Ohio State Bar Foundation inducts 30 new Fellows

June 18, 2019


Columbus, OH (June 18, 2019) - The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) inducted 30 attorneys into its honorary Fellows Program at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center on June 11. Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and OSBF President Rob Ware presided over the ceremony and reception.  

Fellows are members of the Foundation. They are attorneys who go above and beyond, giving their time, talent, and treasure to advance the OSBF’s mission through community service efforts and monetary donations.

A new class of civic-minded attorneys are inducted each year. All Fellows must be nominated by a peer or self-nominate, and all nominees are reviewed by the OSBF Board of Trustees before committing their time and pledging financial support to fuel the Foundation’s statewide grantmaking program.

The OSBF welcomes the following attorneys to its 2019 Fellows Class:

David Alexander, of Columbus, is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, LLP. He is an alumnus of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, is a board member for the Law & Leadership Institute and has been active with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus and the Columbus Bar Foundation.

Stephen Babik, of North Canton, is Assistant Prosecuting Attorney at Stark County Prosecutor’s Office. He graduated from Duquesne University School of Law, is chairman of the Stark County Bar Association’s technology committee, and has volunteered locally with the Stadium Park Clean-Up Project and the Bicentennial Community Give-Back Program.

Judge Carla Baldwin, of Youngstown, is a Youngstown Municipal Court Judge. A graduate of Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Judge Baldwin is the first African-American and woman to hold the title of judge in the Youngstown Municipal Court. She has served on the boards of Mahoning County CASA, YWCA of Youngstown, Inspiring Minds, and the Raymond John Wean Foundation.

Holly Coats, of Columbus, is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She has served as Moritz College of Law Lawrence Negotiations Competition judge, is Associate Director of Programming for the iBELIEVE Foundation, and is a pro bono attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

Keri Lynne Collin, of Columbus, is an Associate at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. She serves as secretary of the board of directors for Fairfield UP, Inc., has served as a developer and presenter for the Fairfield County Cyber Safety Program, and has been a roundtable panelist for the Fairfield County Juvenile Justice Alternatives Summit.

Bryan Conaway, of Cambridge, is a partner at Knowlton Bennett & Conaway, LLC. He is also vice-president of the Bennet Title Agency and Councilman-at-Large for the City of Cambridge. Bryan currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Ohio State Bar Association and is past vice president of the Guernsey County Bar Association.

Sara Cooperrider, of Cincinnati, is a Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Bar Association and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. She also serves on the board of Beech Acres and the Junior League of Cincinnati.

Shannon Elaine Dawes, of Columbus, is managing attorney of Dawes Legal, LLC. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Fairfield County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers of Franklin County. Dawes has spent time volunteering at the Fairfield County Pro Bono Legal Clinic and was awarded the Pro Bono Clinic Volunteer of the Year in April of 2017.

Robert E. DeRose, of Columbus, is a managing partner at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Wentz McInerney Peifer, LLP. He has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2011 and a Top 100 Trial Lawyer in Ohio since 2007. DeRose is listed as one of the Top 50 lawyers in Columbus by Columbus CEO Magazine and as an Ohio Super Lawyer by Cincinnati Magazine. He is also a member of the Melvin Belli Society.

Charles Elsea, of Lancaster, is a partner in Stebelton Snider's litigation group. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Fairfield County Bar Association. He is a member of the Fairfield County Port Authority and the Board of Park Commissioners for the City of Lancaster. Charles has also served as the legal advisor to the Lancaster High School Mock Trial Team.

Megan E. Greulich, of Columbus, is Senior Staff Attorney at the Ohio School Boards Association. She is a 2018 graduate of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and is affiliated with the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys and the National School Board Association Counsel of School Attorneys. Greulich is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Labor and Employee Law Section, Women in the Profession Section, and Opiate Response Task Force.

Matthew Griffith, of Mount Gilead, is a managing member at Griffith and Brininger, LLC. He is president of the Morrow Land Title Agency, Inc, and is a board member of Mount Gilead Exempted Village Schools, Whetstone Industries Inc., United Way of Morrow County, Morrow County Community Center, and Morrow County Law Library.

Stacy Hannan, of Columbus, is Assistant Section Chief of the Court of Claims Defense Section at the Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. She is a Volunteer Coach for the Franklin County Flyers, a coordinator and judge for the Ohio Attorney General’s Annual Public Service Mock Trial Competition, and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Ali I. Haque, of Columbus, is a partner at Bricker & Eckler. When elected to partnership, he became the first Muslim partner at a major Central Ohio law firm. Haque has been recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers, is a Fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), and is the outgoing President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio (APABA-CO).

Don Humphrey Jr., of Lisbon, serves as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Columbiana County Prosecutor’s Office. He serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Board of Governors, the Columbiana County Fair Board of Directors, the Columbiana County Board of Health, and the United Community Scholarship Foundation Board.

Harvey Hyman, of Paulding, is an attorney at Hyman & Hyman, Ltd. He serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates as the representative of the third district of Ohio, is a member of the Northwest Ohio Bar Association Grievance Committee, and serves as vice president of his local Chamber of Commerce.

Amy Ikerd, of Celina, serves as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. She is the Mercer County Bar Association’s President-Elect, is the president of Women in Leadership of West Central Ohio Steering Committee, serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates as the representative of the sixteenth district of Ohio, and is a member of the Mercer County Bar Association Law Day Committee.

Andrew King, of Delaware, is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Delaware. In his role, he serves as legal advisor to county and township public offices and boards, civil litigation, elections litigation, and prosecuting felonies. In 2018, he was awarded the OSBF’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under.

Magistrate Kathleen Lenski, of Dayton, serves on the Montgomery County Juvenile Court. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, where she serves on its Board of Governors.

Jacob H. Levine, of Columbus, is an attorney at Clark and Lowe, LLC. He serves as chair for Columbus Bar Association’s Municipal Court Committee and serves on the Columbus Bar Association’s Notary Committee. Levine is a graduate of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and the Columbus Bar Association’s Barrister’s Leadership Program.

Ebonie Michelle Martin, of Columbus, is a trial attorney at The Martin Law Firm, Ltd. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers, and the Columbus Bar Assocation, where she serves as the Juvenile Law Committee Chairperson and participates in the New Lawyers Committee.

Gregg Marx, of Fairfield, is a retired Fairfield County Prosecutor. Over his five-year tenure, he tried more than 100 felony and misdemeanor cases. Marx has volunteered for pro bono clinics and served on numerous boards in the Lancaster area. He has been a speaker for the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Fairfield County Bar Association.  A long-time member of the Ohio state Bar Assocation, he currently serves on its Opiate Response Task Force.

Daniel Moore, of Cincinnati, is a partner at the Moore Law Firm. He currently serves as vice president of the Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association and served as a trustee for the Cincinnati Bar Association from 2013-2017. He has been a guest lecturer for several organizations, including Wayne State University Sinai Grace Hospital and the Cincinnati Bar Association.

Adam Nightingale, of Toledo, is a member of Eastman & Smith Ltd. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Toledo Bar Assocation. Adam is also involved with civic organizations, including the Toledo Rotary and is on the Board of Directors of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra.

Victor Perez, of Tiffin, is an attorney with the Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association where he currently serves on the Board of Governors. Perez is also a member of the Seneca County Bar Association and was elected to the Tiffin City School Board in 2018.

Gina Piacentino, of Columbus, is managing partner at the Weldele and Piacentino Law Group. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association and is a trustee for the Ohio Association for Justice. Piacentino has been honored as a Top Attorney in the Who’s Who Directory since 2017 and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers. She also serves as president-elect of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County.

Rachel Sabo, of Columbus, is a founding partner of The Friedmann Firm, LLC. She serves as president of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County, fund development chair for the Junior League of Columbus, and as a member of the Nationwide Developmental Board. Sabo is a 2017 graduate of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and serves on its Women in the Profession Council.

Eli Sperry, of Dayton, is an attorney at Young & Alexander Company, LPA. He was named one of the 40 Under 40 in 2016 by the Dayton Business Journal, he participated in the Montgomery County Probate Court’s E-Filing Pilot Project, and is a graduate of the 2017-18 Leadership Dayton Program. Sperry has also presented at several continuing legal education (CLE) presentations that focused on guardianships.

Maureen Stoneman, of Carrollton, is an attorney at the Stoneman Law Office Co, LPA, where she works with her mother Kathleen Stoneman. Their firm is the first mother/daughter firm in Carroll County. Stoneman serves as a board member of the Carroll County Commission for the Advancement of the Arts and as chair of the Caritas House Board of Directors, a Carroll County domestic violence shelter.

Sunni Sugimoto-DiNicola, of Hillard, is a partner at Lardiere McNair, LLC where she practices domestic law. She is a 2018 graduate of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.  Sugimoto-DiNicola is active with United Way, the Human Rights Committee, and the Junior League of Columbus.

Judge Dean Wilson, of New Lexington, works at the Perry County Municipal Court. He is a board member of Ohio University Regional Campus, serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Board of Governors and its Opiate Response Task Force, and serves on the Deans & Practitioners Advisory Committee.

About the Ohio State Bar Foundation: The Ohio State Bar Foundation’s mission is to advance the public’s understanding of the law and build a better justice system. Through our grants and programs, we educate and perform outreach to the public to make the law fair for all Ohioans. For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, please visit OSBF.org.

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Editor’s Note: Photos from the 2019 Fellows Induction Ceremony and specific details on each Fellow are available upon request. Please contact Jordann Dillard at JDillard@OSBF.net or 614-487-4450.

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