In June of 2016, Tom Heekin was appointed to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, by Ohio Governor John Kasich. His twenty-eight years of experience as a former Hamilton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and private sector litigation practitioner have allowed for a smooth and seamless transition to the bench.
Steven E. Martin is a judge on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in Cincinnati, Ohio. He first joined the court in 1996 and was last re-elected in November 2012 to another six-year term which expires on December 31, 2018.
Erin M. Campbell represents clients in federal False Claims Act cases, personal injury actions, and other tort and contract matters. She has been practicing with the firm since 2005. She especially enjoys the investigatory and trial aspects of her practice.
Mr Gabelman is Of Counsel for the law firm of Stepleton Dugan LLC and focuses primarily on plaintiff personal injury cases. Mr. Gabelman has proudly represented hundreds of clients in a variety of loss matters, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall, products liability, and wrongful death. A lifelong resident of Cincinnati, he obtained his B.A. from Xavier University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law. Mr. Gabelman is a former Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Hamilton County Prosecutors Office and former Assistant City of Cincinnati Solicitor Office where he worked in both Civil Divisions.
As Technology Coordinator, Michelle “Micky” Warncke has 18 years information technology experience, including over nine years in computer forensic investigations, e-discovery and data recovery. She has investigated several hundred cases covering such topics as intellectual property theft, embezzlement, fraud, theft of trade secrets, harassment, and divorce. She has testified extensively as an expert in these areas in depositions and at trial.
Micky is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigators Organization (HTCIA) and of the High Technology Crime Consortium.
Judge Lee H. Hildebrandt, Jr. was elected to the Court in 1984 at the age of 37. He was re-elected in 1990 and again in 1996.
Judge Hildebrandt received his B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1969, and his J.D. degree from the University of Toledo in 1972. Upon admission to the bar in 1972, Judge Hildebrandt was in private practice until be became as Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor in 1978. He then served as a Referee in the Domestic Relations Court until taking his seat on the Appellate Bench.
Judge Hildebrandt has been and continues to be active in numerous professional and community organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of ProKids of Cincinnati, as President of the Lawyer's Club of Cincinnati, and as Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals Judges Association. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Cincinnati.
Mr. Phillips received his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. While living in Minnesota, he was appointed twice by Governor Rudolph Perpich to serve on the Hazardous Substance Injury compensation Board where he was Vice Chairman. He left Minnesota to join the litigation department of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister where he focused his practice on environmental law and litigation. In 1994, he left Taft, Stettinius and Hollister to become managing partner of what is now Phillips Law Firm, Inc.
Brian has joined White, Getgey & Meyer, a premiere litigation firm, where his practice consists of representing individuals harmed by medical providers, product manufacturers or through other catastrophic means. Brian also remains actively involved in complex litigation including commercial matters. Brian brings with him his experience as a civil litigator where, for 19 years, he has defended companies and individuals throughout the country. Brian remains recognized by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer and ranked for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America.
Terry L. Yoho is a Director at the regional firm of Flagel, Huber, Flagel & Company. Named as one of the Top Ten Women in Accounting in the Business and Professional Women’s Journal, she is an author and guest speaker at seminars for attorneys, accountants, judges, and the public. She has more than 25 years of diversified business valuation and forensic accounting experience, including the successful use of statistical and factual evidence. The net result of Terry’s efforts has saved clients billions of dollars through recovery or defense strategies. With a Master of Accountancy from Case Western Reserve University, her trial experience is extensive including appearances in both federal and state courts. She is also active in professional organizations including serving as a current member and Past President of the Certified Fraud Examiners Association Chapter, Past Chairman of the Management Services Committee of the OSCPA, the Estate Planning Council, and Past Foundation Director of EWomenNetwork Chapter.
Sean Owens is an Associate at Wood Herron & Evans LLP, where his practice focuses on trademarks, copyrights, and related soft-side intellectual property matters. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he taught “Copyrights,” and he currently co-teaches “Media Law” at UC’s College Conservatory of Music. Sean is also a Board Member and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Cincinnati chapter of the American Advertising Federation. He has written and presented on a variety of intellectual property topics, and conducted peer review and editing of the book Computer Games and Virtual Worlds: A New Frontier in Intellectual Property Law (2d ed.), slated for publication by the American Bar Association. A native Cincinnatian, Sean now lives on Prospect Hill and spends much of his free time learning the joys and tribulations of owning a 19th Century house.
George P. Montgomery is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati Law School. Prior to going to law school, he served as a police and parole officer. He has extensive knowledge and understanding of how the judicial system works. Using his police and parole officer background, he ensures that those accused of crimes are treated fairly within the legal system. He also has an active Social Security Disability practice, and he has extensive experience with the legal process helping those with permanent disabilities receive benefits.
Glenda A. Smith, is a 1992 graduate of Indiana University School of Law and Public Affairs. She holds both a Jurisprudence Doctorate and Masters in Public Affairs. Glenda is licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Ohio. She has been a public servant most of her career working as: Indiana Deputy Attorney General; Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General; Hamilton County Ohio Public Defender; Assistant City Manager for the City of Cincinnati; Area III Court Judge (West Chester, Ohio), and Hearing Examiner for the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Glenda is currently a sole practitioner focusing her practice on appeals and civil rights.
Andrew Berghausen is an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney currently assigned to the White Collar/Corruption In Government Unit. He frequently talks about his cases and current legal issues related to the prosecution of financial crime to classes at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati, as well as to various law enforcement organizations.
Sonja Hayes possesses a broad depth of experience that comes from 15 years of service in the financial services industry. As part of Prudential Annuities' Advanced Planning and Solutions team, Sonja works extensively with financial professionals, CPAs and attorneys to help them understand the complexities and opportunities of retirement planning, income distribution and estate planning.
Lewis G. Gatch maintains law offices in Cincinnati, Ann Arbor and Traverse City where he is of counsel to the firm of Kuhn, Darling, Boyd, and Quandt, PLC. He graduated from Princeton University in 1956; from the University of Michigan Law School in 1961; and earned a Masters in Business Administration degree (finance major) from Xavier University in 1973. He practices in the areas of Probate, Estate Planning, the use of Living Trusts to avoid probate and estate tax, and he helps families with planned giving, including charitable remainder trusts and private foundations. Mr. Gatch presents workshops in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Traverse City, Michigan. In Traverse City, Michigan, he has a call-in radio program "Everybody's Planning Hour"® on WTCM, 580 AM on Saturday mornings; and writes about estate planning topics.
Michael Brown is a Legal Web Marketing Consultant with FindLaw and Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business and works with large, small, and solo law firms in Southwestern Ohio, South East Indiana and Northern Kentucky. As someone who has worked with Attorneys and firms for Sixteen years, he approaches law firms as a consultant first- educating, questioning and discovering a firm's objectives. He puts together internet marketing strategies that help lawyers and law firms attract and retain new business while maintaining their current client base. He speaks regularly to Legal Associations, local Bar associations, Statewide organizations like KJA, and OAJ as well as nationwide webcasts on legal marketing trends and best practices.
Elizabeth Tuck Loring, founder of the Loring Law Office, LLC, has 13 years' experience advising individuals and organizations on all aspects of employment law in the public and private sector. Lisa’s areas of expertise include severance and employment contracts, non-compete agreements, FMLA leave, retaliation, wrongful termination, employment-at-will, sexual harassment, age, gender, and disability discrimination, unemployment compensation, protected workplace speech, workers’ compensation retaliation, and whistleblower protection. She is an experienced litigator and is well-versed in alternative methods of dispute resolution. Lisa has spoken and written on numerous topics, including mediation and arbitration, employment law basics, workplace harassment and bullying, employment law for general practitioners, client consultation, whistleblower protection, federal and state administrative practice, and employment at will.
Paul’s practice concentrates on estate planning & probate, mergers & acquisitions, and business matters, including entity selection and formation, contract negotiation and enforcement. His clients include individuals, families, entrepreneurs, and privately held businesses and their owners.
Ms. Burke represents clients in the areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning and Probate Administration. She advises clients on Medicaid planning, estate planning for families with disabilities, lifetime gifting and transfers at death, and asset protection. She assists clients with trust and estate Administration.
Sole practitioner (Cincinnati, Ohio) specializing in:
Since 2001, Howard has been included in Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® under federal taxation. Both Law & Politics Magazine and Cincinnati Magazine selected him as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” every year from 2004 through 2010. He’s also included in “Who’s Who in American Law.” Additionally, Martindale Hubbell/Lexis Nexis bestowed Howard with the highest possible peer review rating of "AV Preeminent."
Since 1995, Bryan Scott Hicks, Attorney at Law has concentrated his practice on immigrants and their legal needs. Dealing with the Immigration Service, Immigration Court, State Department, and all of the laws and regulations can feel like being lost in a maze. Whether it is with the local Immigration Office, or with a deportation/removal case before the Immigration Court, or trying to bring loved ones to the United States, an attorney is an important part of the process.
Elliott, a 26 year law enforcement veteran, formerly served in the U.S. Treasury Department as Chief, Criminal Investigation Division. He has also served in Las Vegas, Washington DC, Miami, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Northern Kentucky. During his career he investigated individuals and organizations that derived illegal income from organized crime, narcotics, and other illegal activities.
Lauren Morrison is the Outreach Librarian at the Hamilton County Law Library, where she is responsible for conducting outreach to the legal community and assisting library patrons with legal research and reference questions in both routine and complex matters.
Roccina Niehaus focuses her practice on residential and commercial real estate law. In her 28 years of experience in the real estate field, Roccina’s practice has included title review and underwriting, including risk assessment and curative measures; preparation and closing of residential and commercial transactions, subdivision/planned unit/condominium development, and the negotiation and preparation of all types of real estate documents. Her experience also includes representation of several local municipalities and governmental agencies in real estate acquisitions and sales. Roccina has also been retained by national underwriters to serve as an expert witness in several title insurance and escrow claims. She is licensed to practice in Ohio and Federal courts, and is a licensed title insurance agent in Ohio and Kentucky (1985) and Indiana (2001).
Ms. Ruck focuses her practice in representing clients in a variety of complex wrongful death, personal injury, labor & employment and general civil litigation matters in Ohio and Kentucky at both the trial and appellate levels. She has spent the majority of her career representing clients as first chair trial counsel in both jury and bench trials. In addition to her trial experience, Ms. Ruck represents clients in alternative dispute resolution mediations and arbitrations and administrative hearings.
Anthony joined Phillips Law Firm in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, he practiced as a civil litigator at White, Getgey & Meyer. Anthony actively participates in every facet of the litigation process, having tried multiple cases, and has appeared in courts throughout Ohio. His experience extends to both trial and appellate practice.
While attending law school, Anthony served as a legal extern to Judge John Kessler and Judge Mary Wiseman. He also clerked for two years at the Cincinnati law firm Mezibov & Jenkins.
Ken Germain has more than 40 years of varied experience in the trademark/unfair competition field and is a former full-time law professor. He focuses his practice on trademark counseling, consulting and litigation. Ken is often retained as an expert witness on issues relating to trademarks and unfair competition, working on cases involving some of the nation’s largest companies in high-stakes, cutting-edge cases. For many years, Ken has been an active speaker on trademark and unfair competition, lecturing at national, regional and local conferences over 240 times.
Stephen is the leader of the Labor & Employment practice group at Thompson Hine. He counsels employers regarding all aspects of labor and employment practices.
James A. Tate served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Cincinnati Law Review for 2008–2009, and as an Articles Editor on the Human Rights Quarterly, 2007–2008. While in school, James also founded the U.C. Law student chapter of the ACLU, and worked as an extern for United States Senior District Judge Herman J. Weber of the Southern District of Ohio.
Mr. Tate is a 2009 recipient of the James B. Helmer, Jr. University of Cincinnati Law Review Prize as the most valuable member of the Cincinnati Law Review. In 2008 he authored “Eliminating the Nexus Obstacle to the Prosecution of International Drug Traffickers on the High Seas” which was published in the Cincinnati Law Review, 77 U. Cin. L. Rev. 267 (2008). He is a barrister member of the Potter Stewart Inn of Court.
Dr. Kenneth J. Manges, PhD, forensic psychologist, is a nationally recognized expert witness providing consultation, evaluation and testimony in the areas of vocational wage loss and psychological trauma for both plaintiff and defense litigants.
He applies over 30 years of experience to assist trial attorneys with a wide range of services in the areas of:
Michael Weber, Attorney at Law, is certified as a Specialist in Ohio Workers’ Compensation law by the Ohio State Bar Association. Mr. Weber is committed to helping injured workers receive fair and just compensation for their job-related injuries and illnesses. He is one of a limited number of attorneys in the State of Ohio to hold the designation of Workers’ Compensation Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association.
Alfred Schneble III (“Bud”) has been practicing law since 1981. He focuses his practice on Legal and Medical Malpractice; Civil Litigation; Corporate Law and Contract Litigation; Personal Injury and Wrongful Death; Liquor Licensing; Tax Appeals and Tax Court Litigation; Bankruptcy Reorganization; Bankruptcy Litigation; Real Estate; Probate; Divorce; Traffic Law including DUI.
He has presented seminars on legal malpractice, bankruptcy, and different areas of litigation and business law. He has served as an expert witness in legal malpractice claims, and was lead counsel in over 34 published state and federal cases.
J. Adam Engel, LLC is a boutique law practice focusing on criminal defense and appeals throughout Ohio, including the cities of Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus and Hamilton County, Franklin County, Warren County, Butler County, and Montgomery County. J. Adam Engel, LLC is dedicated to representing individuals facing serious criminal charges such as white collar crimes and computer crimes, including appeals.
Steve Magas is an avid cyclist and Cincinnati trial lawyer whose unique law practice at The Magas Firm focuses on two-wheeled advocacy. While Steve has handled, and continues to handle, a diverse selection of cases his passion has been representing riders injured or killed on the roadways. He has handled cases throughout Ohio and has been called into bike cases in Virginia, Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky and Indiana.
Practicing Divorce, DUI, Criminal Defense, in Hamilton, Warren, Clinton, Clermont, Butler Counties .
Gregory S. French is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the Ohio State Bar Association and the National Elder Law Foundation, accredited by the Veterans Administration, and rated AV Preeminent and Top-Rated in both Elder Law and Healthcare Law by Martindale-Hubbell.
Robert Armand Perez Sr., M.S., J.D., limits his practice to helping people with disability, health insurance, pension issues, and other insurance matters.
Kelly Farrish served five years in the United States Air Force with two voluntary years in South Vietnam. He worked full time at Cincinnati Bell while attending college full time year round for three years and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati. He continued to work full time at Cincinnati Bell while attending Chase Law School. He’s practiced DUI law for 33 years and exclusively DUI for the last 7 years. He has been a speaker at many DUI seminars and speaks to private groups and organizations upon request.