The year that "you" were named Time magazine's Person of the Year because of the decentralization of information, employees took to the blogosphere in record numbers, disseminating information that could help or hurt their companies.

With 5 percent of all U.S. workers maintaining blogs in 2006, according to a scientific survey by the Employment Law Alliance, law firms are stepping up to create new rules for what workers can and can't write on their personal blogs. Michael Glassman, a partner in Dinsmore & Shohl's labor and employment department, says companies have to strike the right balance between protecting their interests and the rights of their workers.

"You can't restrict critical comments about the company, about working conditions, or wages and terms of employment. Depending on who the employee is, he or she arguably has the protection of the National Labor Relations Act," he explains.

Labor specialists like Glassman are helping companies set ground rules such as prohibiting workers from posting trade secrets or sensitive financial data that could be used by competitors or embarrass the company.

"There are actually some companies that promote blogging by employees, but have some restrictions. Sun Microsoft is one of the larger ones that encourages blogs," he notes.

Daniel J. Hoffheimer, a partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, has been appointed as just the fourth legal counsel in 43 years at the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. He also has served as president of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association in Cincinnati, was a founding director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and once chaired the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The Tristate's legislative muscle in Columbus bulked up with the appointment of State Rep. William J. Seitz, a Taft partner, to the position of majority whip, making him the fourth-ranking representative in the House. Seitz, an antitrust specialist, earned his law degrees at the University of Cincinnati. He serves on the House civil and commercial law, criminal justice, and commerce and labor committees.

Greenebaum Doll & McDonald named Jeffrey A. McKenzie chairman and chief executive officer, replacing P. Richard Anderson Jr. McKenzie joined the firm in 1986 and has been member-in-charge in Louisville since 2005. He is also chair of the economic development and incentives team. McKenzie has been involved in negotiating more than $1 billion in incentives for new and growing clients.

Amy E. Pennekamp joined the William E. Hesch Law Firm as an associate in the firm's Oakley office. She is specializing in business, probate and estate planning. Ms. Pennekamp graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University last spring, and is a 2003 graduate of Xavier University.

Graydon Head & Ritchey hired Kevin L. Murphy as counsel in its commercial litigation and dispute resolution/client service department. The firm also hired five associates: April M. Hayne, Jeffrey B. Allison, Richard T. Farr, Joseph E. La Rue, Shaun B. Patsy and Nathan H. Blaske.

Taft has hired eight associates: Christopher A. Deabler, Harukuni Ito, Hiroshi Kataoka, Lynn M. Schulte and Scott R. Stanley in the business and finance department; Amy L. Higgins and Beth Ann Thurman in litigation; and Michael S. Williams in tax, probate and estate planning.

Greenebaum Doll & McDonald has added Michael G. Frey, a veteran trademark and copyright attorney, for its intellectual property team. Frey was an associate with Dinsmore & Shohl in Dayton.

Ulmer & Berne added two new associates to its Cincinnati office: Lisa Marlo Miller and Chad Royer, both UC College of Law graduates.

Dinsmore & Shohl hired 13 new attorneys: Mark G. Arnzen, Jr., Kimberly L. Beck, Patrick D. Burns, Richard P. Corthell, John D. Dressman, Matthew H. Dunning, Aaron R. Esmailzadeh, Nicholas S. Johnson, Patricia E. Kelly, Alexander J. Moeser, David A. Nenni, Steven A. Oldham and Seth A. Voit.

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