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roundtable 1978 Gilbert Gradisar of Upper Arlington, Ohio, recently became a shareholder of Zaino & Humphrey, a law firm based in Dublin, Ohio. Gilbert focuses his practice on litigation, health care and general business issues. Dennis Lieberman was featured in a question-and-answer article with the Dayton Business Journal in which he discussed trends in the legal industry and his career. Dennis is an attorney at Flanagan, Lieberman, Hoffman and Swaim, an adjunct professor at UD and coaches the school’s mock trial team. He received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000. Walter Reynolds received the 2011

Joseph Cinque Award from Dayton Law’s Black Law Students Association during a banquet March 18 in Keller Hall. Walter is partner-incharge of the Dayton office of the law firm Porter Wright. He received the School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008.


Mark B. Koogler was named one of the top attorneys in Ohio in the category of corporate mergers and acquisition by Chambers USA. Mark is an attorney with the law firm Porter Wright. Working in the firm’s Columbus office, he is the leader of the firm’s mergers and acquisition practice group. James D. Piergies, a member

of the Montgomery County Municipal Court in Huber Heights, Ohio, is featured in an article in the Huber Heights Courier. Previously, he operated his own law practice, served as vice president of Progressive Paper Co. in Middletown, Ohio, was an attorney with the Labor Counsel and worked for the Spalla & Spalla Law Offices in Huber Heights.

Michael Strong has a chapter,

as general counsel and corporate secretary of a new stand-alone defense and information solutions company once it is spun off from its current parent company, ITT Corp. Ann is currently vice president of corporate responsibility for ITT Corp., which she originally joined in 2007. Prior to joining ITT, she held executive, legal and ethics and compliance positions at Alliant Techsystems, Honeywell and Parker Hannifin.

“Subrogation: Payback for the Insurance Companies — Or What the Insurance Companies Giveth, the Insurance Companies Taketh Away,” included in the new book A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing: What Your Insurance Company Doesn’t Want You To Know and Won’t Tell You Until It’s Too Late! On the day of its release, the book reached No. 1 in the insurance category and No. 42 in the personal finance category on Michael now operates a private law practice in Falls Church, Va. and Bethesda, Md.



Jeffrey Ireland was elected

Jane Lynch was selected to

Ann Davidson is expected to serve

the president of the Dayton Bar Association. Jeff is a partner and cofounder of the Dayton law firm Faruki Ireland & Cox.


This is the third year in a row a UD law alumnus has led the Bar Association. The previous two presidents were both 1977 graduates: Judge Mary Donovan of the Second District Court of Appeals in Ohio and Tom Whelley II, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl. In a recent survey by Chambers USA, Jeff was ranked fourth in litigation in the general commercial individual category for Ohio.


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the Super Lawyers list in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers. She is a shareholder of Green & Green Lawyers in Dayton. Jane

specializes in the defense of significant construction litigation, governmental immunity litigation and significant personal injury litigation.

company’s New York City base. He previously served as president of publishing at SPi and vice president of global data fabrication at LexisNexis.



Chuck Baldwin was elected to the board of directors of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., a labor and employment firm. Chuck is the managing shareholder of the firm’s Indianapolis office. He was selected as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in Indiana by Chambers USA Leading Business Lawyers in the USA (2004 to present), one of the Indiana Super Lawyers (2004 to present), one of the Best Lawyers in America (2007 to present) and named on the International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (2010). In 2009, he was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a nonprofit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law.

Timothy Wood was appointed to the Montgomery County, Ohio, Domestic Relations Court. He replaced Judith King ’77, who retired, and will serve the remainder of her term, which expires Jan. 3, 2013. Timothy previously served as magistrate on the Domestic Relations Court and as a staff attorney on the Darke County (Ohio) Department of Human Services.

Sheila Kyle-Reno was selected as

the new public defender of Hamilton County, Ohio. Formerly the directing attorney for the Elizabethtown trial office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Sheila began her new position March 14. Previously, she served with Dayton’s Legal Aide Society; for AFSCME, a union for government workers; and as the deputy safety director for Columbus, Ohio.

Chris McGrath was named Citizen of the Year by the Inwood Civic Association in New York. Chris was honored for his community service. He is a trial attorney at Sullivan Papin Block McGrath & Cannavo in New York and a member of the UD School of Law Advisory Council.

Robert O’Dell was appointed

president and general manager of Jouve North America, where he is responsible for consolidating Jouve’s position as a leader in editorial and publishing services as well as e-book conversion. He will work out of the

1985 Kathryn Buono is recognized for excellence in her practice in the 2011 edition of the Chambers USA directory. Stephen Owens was appointed

state public defender by the Indiana Supreme Court.

1986 David White and his wife, Suzanne, announce the birth of their twin daughters, Lilybet Christina and Makayla Simone (1-4-11).

1987 Jackie Butler is running for a

seat on the city-county council in Marion County, Ind. A practicing attorney, Jackie has also served as a deputy prosecutor, sitting judge in Ohio and pro tem judge in Marion County.

Robert A. Skelton has been named to the Ohio Heritage Bank board of directors. He has served as board secretary since 2005 and is a founding director of Ohio Heritage Bancorp, the parent company of

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