Michael Oestreicher, a member of Thompson Hine’s executive committee and former partner-in-charge of the Cincinnati office, was elected chairman of the board of trustees of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Oestreicher has been a member of Cincinnati State’s governing board since 2004 and its vice-chair since 2006. He is a member of the firm’s corporate transactions and securities and international trade and customs practice groups.

Dinsmore & Shohl was named to the BTI Consulting Group’s BTI Client Service A-Team 2009 report for providing superior client service. The client service ranking is based solely on direct, unprompted client feedback and was compiled through interviews with more than 270 corporate counsel members at Fortune 1000 companies.

Michael Stegman, a Kohnen & Patton partner practicing estate planning and administration, was appointed to the Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Council, which works to draft and propose new legislation to improve Ohio law in this area.

The Bricker & Eckler Foundation awarded its $25,000 annual anniversary gift to the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Midwest to support its Housing Help Center, a foreclosure prevention-counseling program. Each year, the firm selects a nonprofit organization to receive its anniversary gift to commemorate the founding of the firm.

Thompson Hine elected Gary Blachman and M. Scott Young to be partners. Blachman, a member of the employee benefits and executive compensation practice group, counsels public and private employers on the design and administration of tax-qualified retirement plans and welfare plans. Young is a member of the firm’s labor and employment and business litigation practice groups, through which he counsels and litigates in most aspects of labor and employment law.

Frost Brown Todd elected attorneys Ronald Gold, Debbie Reiss Hardesty, and Sheryl Snyder to its executive committee, which governs the firm. George Yund was named managing member.

Jeffrey McSherry joined Bricker & Eckler as a partner in the litigation group in the Cincinnati-Dayton office. His civil litigation practice focuses on business litigation, construction law, insurance, and lender liability and creditors’ rights.

Michael Barolsky and Joseph Russell joined the Cincinnati office of Thompson Hine as associates. Barolsky, a George Washington University Law School graduate, joined the corporate transactions and securities practice group where he advises clients on transactional, regulatory and financial matters. Russell, who earned his degree from Boston College Law School, joined the product liability litigation practice group, where he focuses his practice on automobile defect and premises liability cases.

Ulmer & Berne added associate Hannah Schrock to the firm’s Cincinnati office. She earned her J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

Wood, Herron & Evans hired associates Jim Carey, Dave Fitzgerald and Paul Linden. Carey, who received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and law degree from the University of Dayton, is registered at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Fitzgerald earned his J.D. from the Ohio State University. Linden received his J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where he served as an editor on the Northern Kentucky Law Review.

The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the United States, is honoring a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl at its 25th anniversary event. Best Lawyers is honoring William Freedman, a partner in the Corporate Department of Dinsmore & Shohl, for being one of 1,397 lawyers who has been listed in the publication since it began rating lawyers in 1983.

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