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  • 26 Aug 2011 9:59 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified granting women the right to vote.The amendment reads:

    "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

    Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
  • 26 Aug 2011 8:23 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Rosemarie Hall of Canton has been appointed judge of the Stark County Family Court. Gov. John Kasich announced the appointment Wednesday, and Hall will assume office on Aug. 29, 2011 for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2013. Read more.

  • 23 Aug 2011 11:42 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Pauline E. O’Neill will take the bench Monday in Hocking County Municipal Court after her appointment Monday by Gov. John R. Kasich. She fills the vacancy on the court after municipal court Judge John T. Wallace was appointed in July to the Hocking County Common Pleas Court general and domestic relations divisions. Read more
  • 22 Aug 2011 1:42 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The National Trial Lawyers Association has named Attorney Susan Petersen to the list of Ohio’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers.  The National Trial Lawyers is an organization composed of The Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state.   Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and profile as a civil plaintiff or criminal defense trial lawyer.   

    The criteria used in the Association’s vetting and evaluation process include but is not limited to the following:

    •    Reputation among peers, the judiciary, and the public
    •    The previous year’s achievements and verdicts as a trial lawyer (civil or criminal  defense)
    •    Jury Verdict and Settlement research
    •    Board Certification as Trial Specialist
    •    Nominations from leading trial lawyers and/or The Association’s Executive Committee
    •    Nominations from State and Federal Judges
    •    Leadership and Membership in National and State trial lawyer organizations
    •    Rankings and ratings of the attorney by established organizations

    These Criteria are applied by a leading University’s Trial Advocacy Program with research assistants performing independent evaluations of each lawyer as part of the selection process.

    Susan Petersen’s inclusion in this prestigious group comes on the heels of her recent record verdict in Lake County.  In July 2011, she obtained a $457,060 verdict on behalf of a 73 year old Geauga County resident, who suffered a serious and permanent soft tissue neck injury in an April 2008 automobile crash.  After a day and a half of trial before the Honorable Joseph Gibson, a Lake County jury returned the sizeable verdict.   According to Judge Gibson’s staff, this verdict is the largest auto accident verdict in the 32-year history of his courtroom and that of his predecessor, Judge Mitrovich.

    Susan has been honored by a number of professional groups.  The publishers of Law & Politics® recognized her again in 2011 as an "Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star".  In 2008, she was selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine to its prestigious list of Forty under 40.  She is a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, recognized as the most prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States.  

    She focuses her practice in the representation of injury victims in the areas of wrongful death, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, nursing home negligence, automobile accident, and employment discrimination matters.  Over the years, she has handled cases resulting in substantial compensation awards for injured clients all over Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties, and her hometown of Youngstown.  

    She is currently serving a sixth term on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, and a second term on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association for Justice.  She previously served as President of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.  She and her husband, Todd Petersen (also a respected trial attorney and Petersen & Petersen Partner) have four children.

  • 03 Aug 2011 12:27 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Summer Moses is a 2010 graduate, Capital University Law School, opening her practice along with solo colleagues at Suite 1050, Columbus Bar inc, the incubator program for new lawyers. Read more
  • 03 Aug 2011 12:22 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Laura B. Smith of Bremen has been appointed to serve as judge of the Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division. Gov. John R. Kasich appointed Smith to serve out the remainder of the unexpired term ending Jan. 1, 2013. 

    Smith received a bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Capital University in Columbus and earned her juris doctorate from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She has served as a magistrate on the Fairfield County Domestic Relations Court since 1997 where she presided over divorce and domestics trials, and held hearings related to custody matters including the issuance of restraining orders, temporary custody matters and resolution of discovery disputes and pretrial conferences.
  • 03 Aug 2011 12:16 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Judge Janet R. Burnside of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, General Division, taught evidence topics as a faculty member for the National Judicial College’s weeklong Criminal Evidence Course in Reno NV in June.  She served with Judge Michael Sage of the Butler County Ohio Common Pleas Court and several law professors to present the course to judges from around the country in attendance.  

    Judge Burnside has taught evidence at the College since 2004.  She also serves as a faculty member for evidence, capital cases and other legal topics for the Supreme Court’s Ohio Judicial College.

    Judge Burnside is also a member of the Ohio Women's Bar Association.

  • 03 Aug 2011 12:13 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    A few years ago, Jodi Womack started attending business-networking events in Ojai, California. The cofounder of workplace-performance consulting firm The Womack Company, she was looking for a social experience with fellow businesspeople. Read more.
  • 26 Jul 2011 11:50 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Barbara K. Roman recently became President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Ms. Roman is a Partner in the eastside law firm of Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis.  Previously, with leadership in the Cuyahoga County Bar Association, she served on the Unification Committee to join the two local Bar Associations.  Ms. Roman attended undergraduate school at The Ohio State University and received her law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in 1977. She served as Ohio Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division. Currently, Ms. Roman focuses her practice on family law, including divorce, custody and the business issues related to these legal matters. She favors resolving business and personal conflicts through mediation and collaboration. She is a frequent speaker on family law and related topics to professional and community audiences. Ms. Roman is also a member of the Ohio Women's Bar Association.




  • 26 Jul 2011 11:45 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    What’s the next emerging industry? Women, according to the panelists at last week’s New York Women of ALPFA Summit held at Goldman Sachs. Read more

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