Taft Stettinius & Hollister is bulking up its presence in Cleveland with the acquisition of the 46-year-old Kahn Kleinman firm and its 30 attorneys.

Kahn’s attorneys will join the Taft office in Cleveland’s BP Tower, nearly doubling Taft’s presence there to 70 attorneys who provide a complete array of legal services.

“This merger is a great strategic fit for both firms and gives us a bigger and better toolkit of legal services to offer our clients in Northeast Ohio,” said Stephen M. O’Bryan, Taft’s partner-in-charge of the Cleveland office.

He said Kahn’s attorneys add expertise and depth to the firm’s tax, wealth management, probate and estate planning, corporate finance, business law, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law practices.

Kahn Kleinman Managing Partner Rick Rivitz will become a member of a standing management committee, and Kevin Barnes, a member of Kahn Kleinman’s executive committee, will join Taft’s executive committee that oversees management of the firm.

Taft estimates the merger will put it among the 175 largest firms in the country by revenue, with more than 400 attorneys, and legal professionals in six Midwest offices in addition to offices in Phoenix and Beijing.

Dinsmore & Shohl partnerMichael Newmanwas elected to a second term as sixth circuit vice president for the Federal Bar Association, where he will have supervisory responsibility over all of the Federal Bar Association chapters in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. He previously served as president of the Federal Bar Association’s Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky chapter and is on the editorial board of the association’s monthly publication,The Federal Lawyer.

Sterling Colvin, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl in the Corporate Department, was selected for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead Leadership Program, which is geared toward women on established career tracks who want to gain the skills necessary to advance to higher levels.

Ohio Sen.Bill Seitz, a Taft partner, was voted Legislator of the Year by his peers at the American Legislative Exchange Council at a meeting of the group in Chicago. The award goes to attorneys who distinguish themselves by advancing, introducing and/or enacting policies based on the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty.

Charles Shane Crase, a Dinsmore & Shohl associate in the Labor & Employment Department, was awarded the Alice Neeley Memorial Award for 2008. The award has been given annually for five years to recognize outstanding associates who are dedicated to the practice of law, relate well to clients, have a positive attitude even in adverse situations, and make a genuine effort to personally know others in the firm.

The Covington Business Council tapped Robert D. Hudson, a Greenebaum Doll & McDonald member in the Labor and Employment Practice Group, with the Director’s Award for distinguished service to Covington’s business community. Hudson is immediate past chairman of the council and serves on the Covington Business Council Foundation board, which funds projects related to economic development in Covington. He became chairman of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in September.

Newport Central Catholic High School is the recipient of the new Michael J. Burke Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the 1961 Newport graduate and former managing partner of Keating Muething & Klekamp, who died in 2001. Dennis and Lois Doyle and Harry and Linda Fath established the fully funded scholarship.

In January, Frost Brown Todd will open a new office in West Chester’s Centre Pointe VI, Suite 300 in the Centre Point Business Park. The new office will initially house 12 attorneys and include a conference center. Thomas A. Swope will serve as administrative member.

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