Legal Digest

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP announced that local business and community leader Lawrence H. Kyte Jr. has joined the firm as an of counsel attorney in the corporate department. Kyte brings more than 40 years of service to his legal practice in real estate and commercial transactions and also represents clients in corporate and estate planning matters.

Wood, Herron & Evans, the region's largest intellectual property law firm, announced the appointment of David W. Dorton and Randall S. Jackson Jr. as partners.

Former American Bar Association treasurer and past-president of the Kentucky Bar Association, Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, was selected by his ABA peers as president-elect nominee at the ABA MidYear meeting in Orlando, Fla. Robinson is the member-in-charge of the Northern Kentucky office of Frost Brown Todd LLC.

Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP announced the addition of Matthew P. Hannahan, who joined the firm as an associate in the downtown office. A former Graydon Head summer associate, Hannahan's practice focuses on the areas of labor and employment law, banking and creditors' rights.

Thompson Hine LLP has elected seven lawyers to the firm's partnership in the Cincinnati office: Bret F. Busacker, Laura A. Ryan, Jeremy M. Campana, Jeffrey C. Metzcar, Jennifer S. Roach, Andrew L. Turscak Jr. and Audra J. Zarlenga.

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL announced that Rachael A. Rowe, a partner in its litigation group, will join the labor and employment group. Rowe will be an active member of both practice groups.

Michael Newman, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl's Cincinnati office and a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association's Board of Trustees, was recently appointed by the national president of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) to its national Task Force on Diversity. Newman is one of two attorneys in private practice in the U.S., and the only attorney in the Sixth Circuit, appointed to serve on the seven-member Task Force.

Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP announced that attorney M. Ryan Kirkham has been selected to serve as chair of the West Chester Township Joint Economic Development District Board of Directors. The board governs a district of 43 acres at the northwest corner of Union Centre Boulevard and Cincinnati Dayton Road in West Chester.

Baker Hostetler announced the continued expansion of its Cincinnati office with the addition of partners David A. Mancino and Kevin W. Kirsch. Mancino and Kirsch, who were most recently partners with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, have joined the firm's intellectual property, technology and media group.

J. Michael Hurst, an attorney in the intellectual property group at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, was elected to the Board of Trustees of ArtWorks. ArtWorks is a nonprofit arts organization that connects artists of all ages with opportunities in the arts through inspiring apprenticeships, community partnerships and public art.

Frost Brown Todd announced that three of its Cincinnati attorneys have recently been recognized in the January/February 2010 Super Lawyers® Corporate Counsel Edition: Deborah S. Adams, Jeffrey S. Shoskin and David E. Schmit.

Business/Economic Development Digest

Neyer Properties has announced two promotions and a new hire within the commercial real estate development firm. Eden McDermott of Covington has been promoted to marketing manager; Jeff Chamot of Milford has been promoted to senior development project manager; and Jared Wendling of Clifton has joined as a development associate.

Rocket Science + Design, a premier graphic and digital design firm, promoted Jamie Golsch to account services coordinator and associate designer. Golsch is a University of Dayton graduate and has worked at Rocket Science since 2007.

Cynamon Trokhan and Gregory Amend were sworn in by Probate Judge Randy Rogers to serve as park commissioners for the MetroParks of Butler County. Trokhan is an estate planning and corporate attorney with Parrish, Marcum, Hirka and Trokhan Co., LPA. Amend, who will serve his fifth term, has been involved with local government and nonprofit organizations for many years.

Downtown Cincinnati public relations and marketing firm JZMcBride and Associates announces the hiring of two new team members. Lisa Biank Fasig has been appointed to director of public relations, and Ray Kowatch has been named public relations coordinator.

Mason-based Basco Shower Enclosures announced Eric Johnson as a new builder sales account manager. Tim Sartori is also beginning a new role as a sales account manager.

People Working Cooperatively (PWC) announced the promotion of Bill Hitch to development manager. Hitch's responsibilities include developing planned giving and donor strategies, securing sponsorships for the organization's major fundraising events, and representing PWC at various events in the community.

Burke, Inc. announced the promotion of Jeff Miller to president and CEO. Current CEO Dr. Michael Baumgardner will be retiring after 28 years with the company. The management change will be effective Oct. 1, 2010.

Great Wolf Lodge at Kings Island announced that Jennifer Hesse has been named sales manager. Hesse is responsible for developing and maintaining group sales accounts for leisure, religious, fraternal, athletic and tour and travel clients. Prior to joining Great Wolf Lodge, Hesse was sales manager at Sheraton Cincinnati North.

To help meet the needs of a growing congregation, Mason United Methodist Church (MUMC) is working with HiFive Church Group, a branch of HiFive Development Services, on the latest phase of 15,250 square feet of renovations and additions. Under HiFive's guidance, the design will architecturally enhance the diverse culture served by the church.

The Board of Trustees of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County elected its new officers for 2010: Tara L. Khoury (Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Cincinnati Bell), President; William J. Moran (Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank), Vice President; and Robert G. Hendon (Vice President of Hendon & Redmond), Secretary.

Education Digest

Northern Kentucky University announced the launch of two new certificate programs that offer career opportunities for professionals hit hardest by these challenging economic times. The NKU Certificate in Healthcare Technology and the NKU Certificate in Business Process Analysis are offered exclusively for individuals who are eligible, dislocated workers under the Workforce Investment Act; the funds are provided through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Miami University has been named one of the top producers of Peace Corps volunteers by placing fourth on the Top 25 list for medium-sized schools. Miami has 43 undergraduate alumni serving, which bumps the university up from seventh place in 2009.

Kentucky Campus Compact has announced that Northern Kentucky University is among four Kentucky higher education institutions selected to participate in the Learn and Serve America Pay It Forward program, administered by the Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky Campus Compacts to address critical needs in communities through student-led grant making and volunteerism.

Three University of Cincinnati College of Business seniors, Neil Black, Alex Bey and Charles Rinehart, took first place for their new venture, Book-A-Bike, in the inaugural Reality Check Undergraduate Business Plan Competition for students from NKU, UC, Xavier University, Miami University and the University of Dayton. This outstanding College of Business undergraduate student team bested eight top teams and 100 business plans from the five universities.

A University of Cincinnati “Pay It Forward” initiative to apply classroom study toward the benefit of the community is anticipated to be awarded up to $60,000 over the next three years, with participating local nonprofit agencies receiving the majority of that funding, as directed by the UC students.

Miami University alumnus Gregory K. Jones, partner in a private equity firm in Chicago, has made a $100,000 gift to the Farmer School of Business. In recognition of this gift from Jones and his family and a previous $100,000 gift, the Farmer School will name the meeting space in its MBA suite the Jones Conference Room.

Sandra Heimann, vice president of American Financial, vice president of American Money Management and Great American Insurance Company, has been elected chairperson of the UC Board of Trustees. C. Francis Barrett was elected vice chairperson, and Thomas H. Humes was elected secretary.

Deaconess Associations Foundation (DAF) has given a half-million dollar gift in the name of the Heimlich Institute to fund new research at Hoxworth Blood Center at the University of Cincinnati. The donation will aid in the development of new cellular treatments for patients. The Hoxworth Blood Center is a self-supporting division of UC and the UC Academic Health Center.

Northern Kentucky University was presented with the Brighton Center’s Elizabeth Herald Community of Support Award at the Center’s Annual Dinner. The award recognizes contributions the university has made to the Brighton Center, including providing volunteers for the board, special events and fundraisers.

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