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March 2011 Alumni Briefs

Gilbert Gradisar '78 of Upper Arlington recently become a shareholder of Zaino & Humphrey, a Dublin, Ohio-based law firm. Gilbert focuses his practice on litigation, health care and general business issues.

Jane M Lynch '82 has been selected to the Super Lawyers list in the 2011 edition of Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. 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.

Chuck Baldwin '83 was elected to the Board of Directors of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., a labor and employment law 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), Indiana Super Lawyers (2004 to present), the Best Lawyers in America since (2007 to present), and 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.

Shelia Kyle-Reno '83 was selected as the new public defender of Hamilton County, Ohio. Currently the directing attorney for the Elizabethtown trial office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, Shelia will begin her new position on 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.

Timothy D. Wood '84 was appointed to the Montgomery County, Ohio, Domestic Relations Court. He replaced Judith King '77, who retired recently, and will serve the remainder of her term, which expires January 3, 2013. Timothy previously served as a magistrate on the Domestic Relations Court and as a staff attorney on the Darke County Department of Human Services.

Thomas Pinney '89 has been admitted to the partnership at the Philadelphia law firm of White and Williams LLP. Tom is a member of the firm's Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy practice group.

Rich Benziger '90 published a letter to the editor, "Destiny of a Cubs fan," in the Chicago Tribune about his love for the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. Rich resides in Ewing, New Jersey.

Donna Tweel '90 was elected to the Board of Directors of the Warren County, Ohio, Arts and Culture Center. Donna is a partner with Dinsmore & Shohl in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group and Corporate M&A Practice Group.

Scott K. Jones '98 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. Scott is an attorney with Graydon, Head & Ritchey in West Chester, Ohio, and an adjunct professor at Dayton Law.

Brady Yntema '98 is president-elect of the Board of Directors of Santuary House, which provides services for adults with mental illness in Guilford County, North Carolina. He has practiced law in North Carolina for more than 12 years and is currently a partner with Pinto Coates Kyre & Brown, PLLC.

Patrice Blakemore '99 returned to Dayton to present Effective Communication Tips for Women at the latest program in the School of Law's Women in Law Speaker Series on February 17. Patrice is the founder and president of Blakemore Coaching, specializing in helping through female employees maximize their productivity by increasing their confidence. She is married to Edward Blakemore, who is also a '99 UDSL graduate.

The Women in the Law Program Series provides a forum for discussion on topics of interest to women in the legal profession and provides opportunities for women law students to network with women in the legal profession.

Matthew P. Harper '99 was elected partner at Thompson & Knight LLP. He is a member of the firm's intellectual property practice group in Dallas, focusing his practice primarily in the areas of computer hardware, software, telecommunications and the Internet.

Peter A. Draugelis '00 was elected a partner at the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl. Peter works in the firm's corporate department in its Cincinnati office. In addition, he serves as the president of the Oakley, Ohio, Community Council, a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, and recently as the vice chairman of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati.

Dennis J. Harney '03 was elected a partner at SNR Denton US LLP. Dennis is a member of the firm's intellectual property and technology practice in its St. Louis office. He focuses on biotechnology and biochemical patent preparation and prosecution, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications. He also teaches Biotechnology and the Law at Saint Louis University School of Law.

John Langenderfer '05 in January was elected treasurer of the Greene County, Ohio, Republican Party. John is an attorney at Surdyk, Dowd and Turner in Miamisburg, Ohio.

Jude P. Byanski '06 has joined Hunter Law Office, PC, in Fishers, Indiana. After graduating from Dayton Law, he practiced in Ohio for three years before returning to his native Indiana in 2010.

Jason Hilliard '07 has joined Dinsmore & Shohl's as an associate in the labor and employment department. He is practicing in the firm's Cincinnati office. Prior to joining the firm, Jason served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Warren County, Ohio, Prosecutor's Office, where he prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases.

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