Thomas W. Adams teaches Patent Law and Practice. He is a partner at Renner Otto, where he practices a broad spectrum of intellectual property law, primarily patent preparation and prosecution and rendering opinions on patent infringement and validity, freedom-to-market, and due diligence. Mr. Adams focuses his patent preparation and prosecution in the chemical and semiconductor materials arts. Mr. Adams also represents a variety of clients with trademark selection, registration and maintenance. He received his B.A. from Austin College, an M.S. from Texas Christian University, and his J.D. from Cleveland State University.
Susan M. Audey teaches Advanced Brief Writing. She is Counsel in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis & West LLP. She practices in the area of general litigation, and primarily focuses on appellate matters. She is one of only 17 attorneys in Ohio certified as an appellate specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. Ms. Audey received her B.A., M.A. and J.D. degrees from Cleveland State University. After graduating from Cleveland-Marshall in 1993, Ms. Audey clerked for the Honorable Timothy E. McMonagle and the Honorable John T. Patton, both of the Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth District. She also served as a magistrate in the Lake County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division. She is admitted to practice in Ohio state and federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court.
Harold Babbit teaches Local Government Law, Ohio Local Government Seminar, and Torts. He is a retired partner in the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP where his practice focused on public law and finance. He received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1967. Mr. Babbit currently serves as editorial advisor to the Municipal Finance Journal, and is the co-author of Baldwin's Ohio Practice, Local Government Law - Municipal. He has been an adjunct professor of local government at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law since 1975. He received a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an LL.B. from Yale University.
Joyce E. Barrett teaches Family Law. She is a solo practitioner in Cleveland and is certified as a specialist in family relations law by the Ohio State Bar Association and is a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Law. She earned her B.A. and her J.D. at Cleveland State University.
Honorable William H. Baughman teaches a seminar in Supreme Court Advocacy. Judge Baughman is a Magistrate Judge on the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Before his appointment, he was a partner at the Cleveland law firm of Weston, Hurd, Fallon, Paisley & Howley, L.L.P. His practice concentrated on appellate, commercial, employment, and products liability litigation. Judge Baughman graduated from Saint Vincent College summa cum laude and from Notre Dame Law School magna cum laude. He began his legal career as law clerk to Judges Roger J. Kiley and John Paul Stevens at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. He was a charter member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit's Attorney Advisory Committee on Rules and Procedures and chaired the Advisory Committee for four years. Judge Baughman is a Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Mark Bennett teaches Advanced Brief Writing. He is an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the N.D. of Ohio.He earned his B.A. at Baldwin Wallace College and his J.D. at Cleveland State University.
Scott Bratton teaches Asylum Law at Cleveland-Marshall. He is a partner at Margaret Wong and Associates, where his practice includes removal defense, political asylum, federal litigation, consular processing, criminal law, and assistance in business and family based visas. He has practiced immigration law for almost six years and has been the attorney of record on numerous precedent-setting cases, including Liao v. Rabbett, 398 F.3d 389 (6th Cir. 2005), Singh v. Gonzales, 451 F.3d 400 (6th Cir. 2006), Madrigal v. Holder, 572 F.3d 239 (6th Cir. 2009), Wu v. Holder, 561 F.3d 467 (5th Cir. 2009), and Iao v. Gonzales, 400 F.3d 530 (7th Cir. 2005), which has been discussed in numerous newspaper and law review articles. He has also frequent speaker at immigration conferences and has been quoted in several newspaper articles. He earned his B.A. at Ohio Northern University and his J.D. at the University of Cincinnati.
Maureen A. Brennan teaches Environmental Law and Regulation. Ms. Brennan is a partner at Baker Hostetler specializing in environmental litigation. Her work falls under all the major federal environmental statutes and includes cases involving coal mines, solid and hazardous waste landfills, public drinking water supplies and newspaper print operations. Previously, she worked as an attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as an in-house environmental lawyer at TRW, Inc. She taught Environmental Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law for many years and has written and lectured extensively on environmental issues. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and J.D. from Boston College, cum laude, in 1977.
Jason R. Bristol teaches a course on the Fair Labor Standards Act and taught Advanced Brief Writing/Appellate Advocacy for many years. Mr. Bristol is a Partner in the Cleveland law firm of Cohen Rosenthal & Kramer LLP. His broad experience as a litigator includes numerous state and national class actions involving employee benefits, consumer fraud, subprime mortgage devastation, and environmental contamination. In addition, Mr. Bristol devotes a significant portion of his practice to federal and state wage and hour litigation. In this capacity he has represented thousands of employees in class, collective, and hybrid actions. In 2007, he was named Plaintiff’s Complex Litigation and Class Action Counsel to the State of Ohio. He received his B.A. from Bowling Green University and his J.D. from Cleveland State.
Frederick Calatrello teaches Labor Law with Gina Fraternali. He is Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board Region 8. A graduate of Northeastern University (B.A. and M.A.); Suffolk University Law School (J.D.); and Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.), he is a frequent lecturer on labor law.
Peter A. Carfagna teaches a variety of courses in the area of Sports & the Law, including development and participation in the Summer Sports & Entertainment Law Academy. Former IMG chief legal counsel and current majority owner of the Lake County Captains, Mr. Carfagna is an Executive-in-Residence at the College of Law. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a Rhodes Scholar, Carfagna served as chief legal officer/general counsel of IMG (the sports marketing and entertainment leader) for more than 10 years. Reporting directly to IMG founder Mark McCormack, Carfagna led the company’s 20-plus attorney worldwide legal department. In addition, he was previously a partner at Jones Day and senior counsel at Calfee, Halter & Griswold.
Luis Carrion is an attorney with the IP firm Renner, Otto, Boiselle & Sklar. A licensed engineer, he has handled patent matters in the fields of telecommunication systems, uninterruptible (data center and telco) power supplies, fluorescent lighting and ballasts, digital signal processing, audio signal processing, welding equipment, audience response systems, computer programs, software-based control systems, electrical circuits, optical devices, computer hardware, remote monitoring, and mechanical assemblies. A graduate of The Ohio State University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, he teaches Legal Drafting: Patent Prepartion at Cleveland-Marshall.
Deborah A. Coleman teaches Arbitration. Currently a sole practitioner, Deborah works as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial, corporate, real estate, employment and other cases. She also advices and represents lawyers regarding legal ethics. Deborah was previously a litigation partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP. Her litigation experience includes antitrust, insurance, patent infringement and computer technology cases. Deborah is a graduate of Harvard Law School. She is the chair of the Judicial Candidates Rating Coalition, known as Judge4Yourself.com, and of an advisory committee to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
Claire Cahoon Curtis teaches Advanced Brief Writing at Cleveland-Marshall. She received her law degree from Capital University and her B.A. from Otterbein College. Currently a Research and Writing Attorney with the Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of Ohio, her practice is focused on appellate and post-conviction litigation and complex trial-level motion practice. Prior to joining the Federal Public Defender, Ms. Curtis worked for several civil litigation firms in Cleveland. She began her career at the Ohio Public Defender, working primarily on appeals and federal habeas matters for state inmates.
Adam Davis co-teaches Trial Team Competition with Julian Emerson. He is an Associate at the Reminger law firm. Mr. Davis focuses his legal practice in the areas of medical malpractice, commercial transportation, and general liability litigation. He has experience handling all aspects of litigation, including pleadings, motion practice, discovery, trial preparation and trial. He is a member of various professional associations including The Ohio State Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. A graduate of Miami University, he received his J.D. from Cleveland State University.
Joseph Dunson teaches Agency, Partnerships & LLCs. He received his JD from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2007. He serves clients in business litigation, professional liability, personal injury, and legal ethics matters. Mr. Dunson represents the Cleveland-Met opolitan Bar Association as its trial counsel in attorney discipline cases, and volunteers with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
Philip Eichorn teaches Immigration and Nationality Law at Cleveland-Marshall. His law practice, Philip Eichorn Co., LPA, focuses on legal representation in defending deportation or removal charges, obtaining bonds for immigrants detained by ICE or CBP, and obtaining all types of visas including fiancé visas, marriage visas and visas for other family members and a variety of business and career-related visas. Mr. Eichorn received his law degree at the University of Akron and his B.A. from The Ohio State University.
Julian Emerson co-teaches Trial Team Competition with Adam Davis. An Associate with the Reminger law firm, he focuses his practice in the areas of Professional Liability, General Liability, Trucking and Commercial Transportation. He is a member of various professional associations, including The Ohio State Bar Association, The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Norman S. Minor Bar Association. He is a recent graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and earned his B.A. at Villanova University.
Matthew T. Fitzsimmons co-teaches Mediation with Honorable Dan A. Polster. Mr. Fitzsimmons is a partner at Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC in Cleveland. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1975 with an A.B. in Government, and the University of Dayton School of Law in 1980. From 1980 through 1982 he served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Frank D. Celebrezze of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Since 1982, he has been engaged in the private practice of law, with a focus in general civil and business/commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels. His principal practice areas include business, commercial, employment and product liability litigation; health care law; ad valorem property tax litigation; and non-profit organizations. He is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of Ohio, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Charles E. Fleming co-teaches Trial Advocacy with David Weiner and Peggy Foley Jones. Mr. Fleming is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Federal Public Defender Office for the Northern District of Ohio. He has held that appointment since 1992. Fleming received his B.A. from Kent State and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. After law school he was an attorney with the Forbes, Forbes & Associates Law Firm where he had a general practice.
Gordon Friedman teaches Criminal Procedure I. He is a partner in the law firm of Friedman and Gilbert, where he practices criminal defense in the areas of drug crimes, homicide/murder, white collar crimes, sex crimes, DUI, federal criminal practice and sentencing, tax crimes, fraud, and more. Early in his career, he served as an assistant public defender in Cuyahoga County, and as the director of the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland.He received his B.A. at Miami University and his J.D. from George Washington University.
Ian N. Friedman teaches Computers and the Law: Criminal. Mr. Friedman is a founding partner of Friedman & Frey, LLC, and specializes in criminal defense at the municipal, state and federal levels. He has been lead counsel in over one hundred jury trials and represented clients in approximately twenty states. He is a nationally recognized expert on electronic evidence and lectures across the country on this and other issues that affect criminal defense and he has written several articles on current criminal topics. He graduated from Ohio University and received his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall in 1997. He is a member of the Cleveland-Marshall Criminal Justice Advisory Board.
Gina L. Fraternali teaches Labor Law with Frederick Calatrello. An attorney with the National Labor Relations Board Region 8, she received her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Michigan and previously practiced with Goldstein Gragel LLC.
Alex Frondorf teaches Scholarly Writing at Cleveland-Marshall. He received his JD and MPA degrees from Saint Louis University’s School of Law and College of Public Service in 2007 after which he clerked for the Honorable Ann Aldrich and the Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, before joining Littler Mendelson, where he represents clients on employment law matters. He received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University.
David Fusco teaches ERISA. A partner at Schwarzwald McNair & Fusco, a union side labor law firm representing local and international unions, union officers, ERISA governed health and welfare plans and pension plans, VEBAs, and the trustees of such plans, all in a wide variety of fields. He earned his B.A. at George Washington University and his J.D. at Cleveland State University.
Harry W. Greenfield teaches Business Bankruptcy. Mr. Greenfield is a Partner and Practice Group Leader of the Business & Financial Services Practice Group at Buckley King. He represents both corporate debtors and creditors, including secured lenders, official creditor committees, and financial institutions in reorganizations and liquidations. His practice also includes out-of-court workouts and loan restructurings. Mr. Greenfield has represented national and regional financial institutions, financing companies, and trustees, in bankruptcy cases throughout the United States. Mr. Greenfield is a Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights by the American Board of Certification and is a past Chairman of the American Board of Certification. In 2000, the Commercial Law League of America awarded Greenfield with the League’s President’s Cup for his meritorious service. Ohio Super Lawyers and the publishers of Cincinnati Magazine have consistently named Greenfield an Ohio Super Lawyer® for 2007. Mr. Greenfield received his B.B.A. from Ohio University and his J.D. (cum laude) from Cleveland-Marshall.
Joseph N Gross teaches Legal Profession.. Mr. Gross is a Partner at Benesch Friedlander, LLP. He is an OSBA Board Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law and a member of Benesch’s China Group, which assists clients with China-related transactions and business matters. He is also active in matters related to legal ethics. As a member of the Cleveland Bar Association, he is currently the Chair of the Certified Grievance Committee (which investigates alleged misconduct by lawyers and judges) and the Past Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Professionalism (which provides guidance about proper ethical conduct by lawyers and judges). He is a 1991 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall.
Judge James Gwin teaches Criminal Felony Sentencing. Judge Gwin is a judge on the Federal District Court, Northern District of Ohio. President Clinton appointed him to that position in 1997. From 1989 to 1997 he was a judge for the Stark County Court of Common Pleas. Previously he was an Associate at Wise & Guitierrez, and Partner/Shareholder at Guitierrez, Mackey & Gwin. He has been involved in the North Central Ohio Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Central Stark County Mental Health Center. Judge Gwin received his B.A. from Kenyon College and his J.D. from the University of Akron Law School.
Karen Swanson Haan co-teaches Advanced Brief Writing with Tom Warren and previously taught Scholarly Writing. Ms. Swanson Haan is an associate at Baker & Hostetler. She is experienced in a variety of litigation matters including general contractual litigation and defending class action and employment discrimination lawsuits. She received her B.B.A. in Business Management in 2003 from the University of Notre Dame, 2003, cum laude, and her J.D. in 2007 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, summa cum laude. During law school, Ms. Swanson Haan served as Executive Editor of the Cleveland State Law Review and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court Team.
Suzanne K. Hanselman teaches Securities Regulation. She is a Partner at the law firm of Baker Hostetler, a member of the Securities and Corporate Governance Practice Team and is the Business Group Coordinator for the firm’s Cleveland office. Ms. Hanselman represents issuers, investors and underwriters in a variety of financings, including IPOs and other SEC-registered offerings, private placements of debt and equity and venture capital investments.
She earned her B.A. at Miami University and her J.D. at The Ohio State University.
Michael P. Harvey is Managing Partner of Michael P. Harvey Co., L.P.A., established 1994 in Cleveland. Mr. Harvey has been teaching legal writing courses at Cleveland-Marshall since 1988, and has been a Trustee of the Law Alumni Association since 2000. His practice areas are small business, employment, commercial litigation and trade secrets, labor and employment, business law, litigation, unfair competition, corporate, civil rights, commercial law, computers and software, contracts, disabilities, franchises and franchising, and trial and appellate. He received a B.S. from Worcester State College in 1980, the M.Ed. from University of Hartford in 1982, and his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall in 1987, where he also served as Articles Editor 1986-87 of the Cleveland State Law Review. He is a frequent speaker on labor and business issues. Mr. Harvey was Law Clerk to Chief Judge John F. Ray, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, N.E. Ohio, in 1987-88. He has been an Arbitrator for Aaa Commercial/Construction Panel, since 1995, and for Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas since 1993. He served as Chair of the Cleveland Bar Association Employment Law Practice and Procedure Seminar in 1992-99 and the Practice and Procedure Clinic in 1992-95, and as Co-Chair of the Cleveland Bar Labor and Employment Seminar in 2000-02. He was a member of the Cose Leadership Council in 1994-97, and has been Chair of the Rocky River Planning Commission since 1996. He was Chair of Cleveland Bar Association Employment and Labor Law Section in 2001-02 and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, and a Member of Ohio State Bar Association Business and Litigation Committee. Professor Harvey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Johnson teaches Tax II. She is Tax Counsel at The Sherwin-Williams Company, a position she has held since 1993. As Tax Counsel she monitors and provides advice on federal, state, local and international tax issues; handles all tax aspects related to domestic and foreign mergers and acquisitions; provides support on tax audits; and advises on issues related to retirement plans, executive compensation, employee benefit plans and legal settlements. Prior to joining Sherwin-Williams she was a Senior Tax Consultant at Ernst & Young. From 1999 through 2004 she was an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Tax Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she taught Advanced Corporate Tax and Taxation of Property Transactions. Ms. Johnson received her B.S. in Business Administration from John Carroll University, her J.D. from the Ohio State University College of law and her LLM in Taxation from C.W.R.U. School of Law. She is a licensed attorney and a licensed C.P.A.
Peggy Foley Jones teaches Trial Advocacy with David Weiner and Charles Fleming. Having served as both a Common Pleas and Court of Appeals judge, Ms. Jones practices law at Giffen & Kaminski. Extremely active in the legal community, she lectures widely on a variety of subjects, including alternate dispute resolution. She earned her B.A. at Macalester College and her J.D. at Cleveland State University.
Rachel A. Kabb-Effron is a partner in the Kabb Law Firm in Beachwood, Ohio specializing in Elder law and concentrating in Social Security and Veteran’s benefits. Ms. Kabb-Effron is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and is recognized as a specialist by the State of Ohio Supreme Court. Ms. Kabb-Effron has been advocating for elderly and disabled clients on eligibility issues involving Medicaid and other public assistance programs since 1999. She has been a Certified Specialist since 2006. She is a 1998 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Nirali H. Khandelwal teaches Entertainment Law. She is Senior Manager/Counsel of Business and Legal Affairs at Black Entertainment Television where her work includes: negotiating, drafting and reviewing contracts for artists, film and television productions; reviewing and clearing trademark title and logo requests for new BET programming; researching copyright fair use, parody, trademark infringement and other IP issues. Ms. Khandelwal received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia, and her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law where she was Research Editor for the Civil Rights Law Journal.
Peter Kirsanow teaches Employment Law. Kirsanow is a partner at Benesch Friedlander in the Labor and Employment Practice Group and a member of firm’s Diversity Committee. He returned to Benesch in January 2008 after serving on the five-member, President-appointed National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. for two years. President Bush reappointed Kirsanow to serve a second six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Mr. Kirsanow focuses his legal practice on representing management in employment-related litigation, as well as in contract negotiations, NLRB proceedings, EEO matters and arbitration. He testifies before and advises members of the U.S. Congress on various employment laws and matters. He testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. He has extensive experience in public sector employment matters as well as in industries such as health care, trucking, heavy manufacturing, radio and television and employee leasing. Mr. Kirsanow received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he was Articles Editor for the Law Review.
Joshua Klarfeld teaches Scholarly Writing. Mr. Klarfeld is an associate at Thompson Hine in the Product Liability Litigation practice group. His practice focuses on litigation and dispute resolution concerning contracts and leases, commercial and consumer products, injuries to persons and property, and other business transactions and relationships. Mr. Klarfeld received his B.A. in 2002 from Yeshiva University, magna cum laude and his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2005, summa cum laude. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review for 2004-2005. He is the author of Chazakah: Judaic Law's Non-Adverse Possession, 52 Clev. St. L. Rev. 623 (2004-05). Mr. Klarfeld served as a Judicial Extern for Judge Karen Nelson Moore, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. He is admitted to practice in the state of Ohio and in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Rita E. Kline is a partner at Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino, a local Intellectual Property law firm in downtown Cleveland. Rita is an experienced trademark lawyer and copyright practitioner. Rita assists her clients in selecting, registering, licensing and enforcing trademarks, domain names and copyrights. She also serves on the Board of the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association, a non-profit organization composed of local IP attorneys and professionals dedicated to the advancement of Intellectual Property law. Rita was appointed to the International Trademark Association’s Academic Committee and serves on the Adjunct/Guest Lecturer Subcommittee for the 2018-2020 term. She is admitted to practice in Ohio, including before the United States District Court in the Northern District of Ohio, as well as before the United States Patent & Trademark Office in Patent Cases. Rita received her B.S. in Chemistry from John Carroll University and J.D. from Cleveland State University (’00).
Margaret M. Koesel teaches Ohio Civil Procedure. She is an attorney at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP. Ms. Koesel has 20 years of experience in the areas of employment, business, and commercial litigation. She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to defending companies in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation. She also represents clients in ERISA pension and welfare benefit disputes, trade secret, and non-compete disputes. She has significant trial experience and has argued appeals in various Ohio courts of appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Glenn Krassen teaches Oil & Gas Law. Mr. Krassen is the partner in charge of Bricker & Eckler’s Cleveland office and of its Shale, Oil & Gas practice group. He has over 30 years of broad oil and gas experience. Mr. Krassen practices in the areas of energy, public utilities, complex energy finance, corporate, and real estate, in addition to oil and gas. He represents the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council, the largest public retail energy aggregation in the country, comprised of 166 northern Ohio counties, cities and townships, as well as other large public and private energy aggregation groups. He earned his B.A. at George Washington University and his J.D. at The Ohio State University.
Kenneth A. Kraus, who teaches Legal Profession, has been the in-house Law Director for the City of Strongsville, Ohio for over 10 years, responsible for all legal matters for the City. Previously, he had an extensive private practice and was part-time Assistant Law Director and Special Counsel for Beachwood, Ohio. Early in his career he had served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a Federal Law Clerk in Cleveland. Mr. Kraus was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to Chair its Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law during 2010 and 2011. This year he completed service as President of the Cuyahoga County Law Directors Association; and in the past was a Trustee of the then Cleveland Bar Association and Co-Chairman of its first Symposium on Ethics and Professionalism. Mr. Kraus received his BA and JD degrees from the University of Michigan. During recent years, he has lectured on ethics for attorneys at various land use seminars.
Debora Lasch is of counsel with the Cleveland law firm of Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. where she practices primarily in the areas of real estate and environmental law. Ms. Lasch has a broad background in commercial and corporate real estate transactions including purchase/sale transactions, reciprocal easement agreements and development agreements, leasing, multi-layered financing, tax credit transactions and public incentives. She was a member of the first class of Board Certified Business, Commercial and Industrial Real Property Law Specialists in the State of Ohio. Ms. Lasch also has extensive experience documenting loan transactions and assisting developers and corporate real estate clients to maximize the potential of environmentally stressed properties. Ms. Lasch received a B.A. degree from Miami University and earned her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Anthony J. Lazzaro co-teaches Fair Labor Standards Act Seminar with Jason Bristol. He is the founder of The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC. He represents employees in collective, class, hybrid and individual wage and hour actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act for claims that include unpaid overtime compensation, misclassification of employees as exempt, “off-the-clock” work, improper rounding practices, unpaid on-duty mean periods, unpaid donning and doffing activities and unpaid travel time. Previously, Mr. Lazzaro worked as an attorney in the labor and employment group of Frantz Ward LLP, where he represented management in labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination litigation. While at Frantz Ward LLP, he frequently counseled management regarding wage and hour compliance. Mr. Lazzaro earned his B.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He graduated cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May, 2004. While in law school, he was an Executive Editor of the Cleveland State Law Review and a Teaching Assistant in Civil Procedure.
Diane Leung teaches Legal Drafting: Business Deal at Cleveland-Marshall. She is counsel in the Real Estate practice group at Thompson Hine. She focuses her practice on all types and aspects of real estate financing, the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate and other general real estate matters. She earned her B.A. at the College of Wooster, an M.L.S. at Kent State University, and her J.D., summa cum laude, at Cleveland-Marshall.
Theodore M. Mann, Jr., a solo practitioner, teaches Law Practice Management. He earned his undergraduate degree at Allegheny College and his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University.
Stacey L. McKinley teaches Non-Profit Corporations. Director of Planned Giving at Cleveland State University, Ms. McKinley graduated from Cleveland-Marshall in 1997 and was previously Associate Director of Planned Giving at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and an associate at a number of Cleveland law firms. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council. Ms. McKinley received a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Daniel J. McMullen teaches Cyber Law. He is a partner at Calfee Halter and Griswold. He chairs the firm’s Information Technology practice and advises both public and closely-held companies on matters of information technology and intellectual property law, focusing on computer software development, license, acquisition, subscription, implementation, service level agreements and various Internet, website and e commerce matters. Mr. McMullen also handles copyright and trademark applications across all business sectors and represents clients in all forms of intellectual property disputes, including patent, copyright and trademark infringement actions, as well as complex computer system litigation. He uses intellectual property law, contracting practices and dispute resolution techniques to help clients - creators and users, buyers and sellers, licensors and licensees - protect and grow their businesses. He earned his B.A. and J.D. at Harvard University.
Stuart Mintz teaches Secured Transactions, Commercial Law, and Banking Regulation. He is a partner at McCarthy Lebit. Prior to joining the McCarthy Lebit, Mr.Mintz spent 20 years as Senior Corporate Legal Counsel to KeyBank National Association and its predecessors. His practice areas include general corporate law with a strong emphasis on the Uniform Commercial Code including commercial lending, secured transactions and equipment leasing matters. Mr. Mintz is admitted to practice law in the States of Ohio and Florida. He has been a guest lecturer for the American Bankers Association, the American Institute of Banking, the Cleveland Bar Association and the American Association of Equipment Lessors on such topics as bank regulation, commercial paper and secured transactions. He earned his B.A. at Ohio University and his J.D. at Cleveland State University.
Michael Montgomery teaches Advanced Brief Writing at Cleveland-Marshall. He is a member of Baker Hostetler’s Litigation Group and focuses his practice in the areas of general commercial and appellate litigation. Prior to joining Baker Hosteletler, Mr. Montgomery served as law clerk to both the Honorable James S. Gwin, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He currently represente clients in various commercial disputes, including defending clients in patent, trade secret, licensing and public utility rate disputes. He has also assisted clients in employment discrimination, consumer class action and bankruptcy litigation. He received his B.A. and his J.D. from The Ohio State University.
Thomas A. Moran teaches Canon Law. Mr. Moore obtained a professional license to practice canon law after completing the required course of studies at the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America. He remained at The Catholic University of America for further study and research. Mr. Moran received his doctoral degree in canon law in 1988. Mr. Moran has practiced as a canon lawyer for over twenty years. In addition to his teaching duties at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, he provides consulting services in canon law to law firms and attorneys throughout the United States.
Timothy E. Nauman teaches Copyright, Patent and Trademark. He is a Partner at Fay Sharpe, where his practice focuses on patent prosecution, opinions, licensing and counseling related to mechanical arts. He earned a B.S. at Notre Dame and his J.D. at the University of Dayton.
David Neel teaches Evidence. He received a B.A. from Kenyon College, a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall and an LL.M from Columbia. He clerked for Honorable Ann Aldrich of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and then went into private practice. He has more than twenty years of experience as a trial attorney: He was at Benesch Friedlander for eight years, Climaco Lefkowitz for a total of eight years, and Duvin Cahn for five years, and now is a solo practitioner.
R. Russell O’Rourke co-teaches the Mediation short course with Michael Warrell. Mr. O’Rourke is the principle attorney of O’Rourke and Associates, L.P.A. He graduated from the University of Vermont and received his J.D. from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1984 and was an editor on the Cleveland State Law Review. His practice focuses on construction and mechanics liens. He is the author of OHIO Mechanics' Liens and Materialmen's Liens (3d Ed.).
Michelle Paris teaches Consumer Law. Ms. Paris was a magistrate with the Cleveland Municipal Court from January 1988 until her retirement on May 1, 2008, and presently serves as a visiting magistrate with the court. She served as Chief Magistrate of the Cleveland Municipal Court General Division from 1991-2002. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in education and from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Ms. Paris is on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association. Ms. Paris is also an adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Law teaching debtor-creditor rights.
Hon. Benita Pearson teaches Animal Law. She is currently judge on the Federal District Court, Northern District of Ohio, sitting in Akron. After graduating from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1995, she was an associate at McDonald Hopkins Burke and Haber Co. L.P.A. a law clerk for the Honorable John M. Manos, Federal Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and an associate at Jones Day. Immediately prior to becoming a Magistrate Judge she was an Assistant United States Attorney, in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.Judge Pearson’s undergraduate degree is from Georgetown University.
Hon. Dan A. Polster co-teaches a course on Mediation with Matthew Fitzsimmons. Judge Polster earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Harvard University. He has served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, in the Economic Crimes Unit in the Northern District of Ohio. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1998.
Heather Drabek Prendergast teaches Immigration and Nationality Law at Cleveland-Marshall. She is Of Counsel with Aljijakli & Kosseff, LLC, where her practice focuses on: complex removal defense including trials, appeals, and federal court litigation; employment-based immigration for skilled professionals; family-based immigration; asylum; and naturalization. Ms. Prendergast is one of 21 Directors elected to serve on the Board of Governors for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Ms. Prendergast also chairs AILA’s National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Liaison Committee where she meets with senior ICE leadership in Washington, D.C. to resolve issues faced by immigrants and their legal counsel when dealing with the agency. She regularly speaks about immigration issues at local, regional, and national conferences, and serves on several conference planning committees. Ms. Prendergast is a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, OH and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is admitted to practice in Ohio, New York, the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Patricia Ritzert teaches Tax II. She is an attorney with Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co., L.P.A., where she concentrates on business and tax planning for non-publicly held companies; writing tax-qualified employee benefit plans; advising plan administrators; and resolving and litigating employment problems. Ms. Ritzert received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Akron, where she also received a Master of Taxation from the University’s School of Business Administration. She earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Case Western Reserve University.
James K. Roosa teaches Corporations. Founder of Roosa Co., LPA, Mr. Roosa previously practiced in a Fortune 500 company and two large law firms. His practice focuses on the concerns of small and emerging businesses. Mr. Roosa earned his B.A. at Oberlin College, an M.M. at Yale University, and his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University.
Alan L. Rosca teaches Securities Regulation. An attorney with Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, LLP., he focuses his legal practice on complex commercial and financial matters, particularly in the areas of securities and investment fraud. He received his Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, in May 2008. He holds a Law Degree from the University of Bucharest School of Law, Romania, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio.
Karen E. Rubin teaches the legal ethics course, Legal Profession, at Cleveland-Marshall. She is Counsel at Thompson Hine LLP, where her practice is focused on business litigation, legal ethics and professional responsibility. She is a member and past Chair of the Certified Grievance Committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and a member and past Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. Karen co-edits her firm’s legal ethics blog, The Law for lawyers Today. A Cleveland State and Cleveland-Marshall graduate, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cleveland State Law Review and was the founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Health.
The Honorable John J. Russo is the Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Ohio in Cuyahoga County, which serves the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan Area. It is home to 1.2 million people (2010 census). Judge Russo has been unanimously elected by his colleagues to lead the Court every year since November 2013. He is responsible for appointing committees, coordinating the development of Court policies, and overseeing the administration and dockets of the General Division, the highest-level trial court in the state. He has chaired or participated in numerous justice system boards and committees since beginning his judicial career on the Common Pleas Court. They include: Chair, Lawyers Fund for Client Protection (appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court); Co-Chairman, Ohio Judicial Conference Court Administration Committee; Trustee, Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association; Committee Person for the Trends in State Court Committee (appointed by the National Center for State Courts); Member of the Public Health Committee; Past Chairperson, Cuyahoga County Security Committee; Past Trustee, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Past Trustee, Westshore Bar Association; Past Committee Person for the Judicial Advisory Committee; Past Member of the Death Penalty Task Force; Past Member of the Board of Commissioners of the Clients Security Fund of Ohio; and Past President, Legal Eagles St. Edward High School Community. In 2016, Judge Russo served as president of the National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers (NAPCO), a national organization of court chief judges and court executives. Judge Russo brought the inaugural annual meeting in Cleveland. In addition, Judge Russo has taught at numerous court conclaves, judges’ conferences, community programs and bar association meetings, including the National Center for State Courts; the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College; the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association; the Ohio Association for Justice; the National Business Institute; the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys; the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; the Cleveland Marshall Alumni Association and St. Edward High School. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Bar Association, Westshore Bar Association and Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association. Prior to the bench, Judge Russo was a civil and criminal litigator for 12 years in his private practice. Judge Russo earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at John Carroll University and his Juris Doctor degree at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
David Schweighoefer received his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall and is presently a partner at Brouse McDowell, specializing in health care related transactions and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Brouse McDowell he was a partner at Walter Haverfield. He has previously served as a hospital CEO, a multi-hospital COO, and as a psychologist. After obtaining his J.D., he was a partner in an of counsel capacity with the health care practice group at Dinsmore & Skohl LLP and with Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLP, and he started his own firm which focused on health care law. Before entering the legal profession he earned a B.S. at Michigan State University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Michigan.
Edmund W. Searby teaches Criminal Procedure I. He is founding partner of Searby LLP where he focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense and complex litigation. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal division in Florida and a Senior Associate Deputy Independent Counsel with the Office of the Independent Counsel, Washington D.C. His service also includes the Presidential Transition Team, United States Department of Justice Landing Team. He has published a range of articles on criminal issues and a chapter in a book on fraud investigations and prosecutions. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School.
Robert Shepard teaches Workers’ Compensation. He is in-house counsel at Minutemen, Inc.He earned his B.A. at George Washington University and his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University.
Stephen G. Sozio has taught Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime, and Health Care Compliance. A partner at Jones Day, Mr. Sozio's practice involves the representation of businesses, health care organizations, and their employees during investigations by federal and local governmental authorities for potential criminal charges; prosecuting and defending civil actions on behalf of clients involved with allegations of fraud, false claims, and other business-related wrongdoing; and advising health care and corporate clients regarding compliance issues to avoid governmental sanctions. Prior to joining Jones Day, he was an investigating prosecutor for the Organized Crime Strike Force Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio for 10 years. In that capacity, he worked with teams of agents from federal and local investigative agencies in the investigation and prosecution of organized and economic crime matters. Mr. Sozio has tried cases in federal court under the federal racketeering, criminal tax, money laundering, customs, fraud, public corruption, drug, forfeiture, and conspiracy laws. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University before earning his J.D. at Cleveland Stte University.
E. Richard (“Rick”) Stege teaches Legal Profession. He is a Cleveland area trial lawyer, litigator and general practice lawyer - in that order. He has tried well over 100 jury and bench trials. He is a successful appellate advocate, with two victories in landmark cases before the United States Supreme Court (briefed and argued). Among other professional activities, Rick is a past chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Ass’n and a past President of the William K. Thomas Inn of Court. His law firm is Stege & Michelson, Co. LPA.
Judson D. Stelter teaches Legal Drafting at Cleveland-Marshall. He is an Associate in the Labor and Employment practice group at Frantz Ward LLP, where he divides his time evenly between employment-related litigation and labor relations. He regularly assists employers in investigating and responding to federal and state administrative charges of discrimination, as well as charges of unfair labor practices. He has been involved in defending a number of high-profile lawsuits alleging sexual harassment and violations of collective-bargaining agreements. He earned his B.S. at Brigham Young University, an M.S.S.A. at Case Western Reserve University, and his J.D. at Cleveland State University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.
Stephanie N. Switzer teaches Tax Exempt Organizations. Ms. Switzer is Senior Counsel at the Cleveland Clinic and Chairs the Corporate and Tax Practice Group. She has responsibility for overseeing tax exempt organization issues, corporate governance and other business law issues. Before joining the Cleveland Clinic in 1999, she was with the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. There she concentrated her practice in the representation of hospitals, physicians, and tax exempt institutions, including hospital systems, trade associations, community foundations and educational organizations, in a variety of tax, corporate, and regulatory matters. Ms. Switzer received her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College (B.A., Honors, Chemistry and French 1989) and her law degree at Boston University School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude 1994).
Peter Traska teaches Advanced Brief Writing. He is a 2002 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Mr. Traska is the principal attorney at the Traska Law Firm, LLC. His practice includes oversight of much of the motion practice at the firm. Mr. Traska has appeared personally before nine of Ohio’s twelve District Courts of Appeals, and twice in the Ohio Supreme Court. He has considerable experience litigating insurance coverage, liability, and immunity issues. He has served as a lecturer at continuing legal education and other seminars hosted by the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ), and has co-authored an amicus brief filed in the Ohio Supreme Court for OAJ. He earned his B.A. at Case Western Reserve University.
Jeffrey C. Toole teaches Bankruptcy Law. He is a shareholder with Buckley King LPA in Cleveland. Jeff focuses his practice on business restructuring, finance, insolvency, and commercial law matters. With more than 30 years' experience, Jeff has represented debtors, secured lenders, official committees, asset buyers, and other major stakeholders in chapter 11 reorganizations, loan workouts, asset-based lending, transactional settings, commercial litigation, and receiverships. He has written articles on a wide variety of topics, such as UCC Article 9 pitfalls, the intersection between bankruptcy law and receiverships, pre-filing considerations for individuals seeking chapter 11 protection, risks that departing practitioners can face if their law firms dissolve precipitously, and credit-bidding in section 363 bankruptcy sales. A frequent lecturer and panelist, Jeff has spoken about officers' and directors' fiduciary duties in financially distressed for-profit and non-profit companies, strategies to work-out troubled loans from businesses' and lenders' perspectives, unusual preferential and fraudulent transfer problems, and other subjects for numerous organizations, including The Commercial Law League of America, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Among his various recognitions, Jeff has been honored by "The Best Lawyers in America"® (for Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Transactions / UCC Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Bankruptcy Litigation) and has been named an "Ohio Super Lawyer"® for many years. Jeff earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Kenyon College and his J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School.
Dean M. Valore teaches Criminal Procedure. He is a partner at Valore & Gordillo and previously was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio for the Department of Justice, where he prosecuted Organized Crime, Public Corruption and Cybercrime matters. After graduating from Cleveland-Marshall in 1999, he served as an Assistant Prosecutor for Cuyahoga County until 2005. In 2006 he became a partner in the law firm of Valore & Cruse, Co. LPA. Mr. Valore has tried cases in both State and Federal court and frequently lectures on topics involving criminal civil rights, money laundering, cybercrime, grand jury practice, human trafficking, and international crimes. He earned his B.A. at Miami University.
Thomas C. Wagner teaches Arbitration. Mr. Wagner is a co-managing member of Van Deusen & Wagner where he specializes in securities arbitration and civil litigation. Prior to that he was a Director of a general civil litigation firm where, in addition to representing parties before the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) he also served as a panelist and chairperson on NASD arbitration panels. He is an Arbitrator and Mediator for the NASD, the New York Stock Exchange and the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. He is a 1984 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall and received his B.A. from John Carroll University.
Michael Warrell taught Remedies and Ohio Civil Procedure at CSU for many years and now regularly teaches IntersessionMediation course with R. Russell O’Rourke. Mr. Warrell received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Swarthmore College in 1976 and received his law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1980. He has spent his entire legal career as a litigator with a major emphasis on the resolution of business disputes through alternative dispute resolution. He has often served as an arbitrator or mediator of business disputes and is a frequent lecturer at business seminars, particularly in the field of construction contract claims.
Thomas D. Warren teaches Advanced Brief Writing. Mr. Warren argues appeals and serves in an advisory capacity to the firm's clients and lawyers on appellate and complex civil litigation issues. An experienced appellate attorney and member of the state bars of California and Ohio, Mr. Warren has handled matters before the Second Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Ninth Circuit, Ohio Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court. He is one of only 12 attorneys in the state of Ohio who has been certified as a specialist in Appellate Law by the Ohio State Bar Association. He has taught appellate advocacy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and trial advocacy at Loyola Law School. Prior to joining Baker Hostetler Warren served for nine years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. He served as Chief of the General Crimes Section, supervising the training and development of more than fifty new prosecutors. He also served as Senior Litigation Counsel, arguing numerous appeals to the Ninth Circuit and investigating and prosecuting complex criminal cases. Warren graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and with distinction from Stanford Law School. After graduating from Stanford, he clerked for the Honorable Stephen V. Wilson, United States District Judge for the Central District of California.
David C. Weiner teaches Trial Advocacy with Charles Fleming and Peggy Foley Jones. Currently of counsel in the Litigation Practice Group at Benesch, he is past chair of the ABA Litigation Section and past president of OLAP and the Cleveland Legal Aid Society. He has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer in 2000-2012 and has served in numerous bar and community positions. He earned his B.A. at the University of Cincinnati and his J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Denise Wimbiscus teaches Advanced Brief Writing, Scholarly Writing, and Insurance Law. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and is a 1995 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She is a Litigation Manager for Sedgwick Claims Management Service.