August 23, 2011 / Press Release

Porter Wright attorneys recognized by Who's Who Legal

Porter Wright is pleased to announce that five partners of the firm have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The International Who's Who in the following areas:

• Corporate Immigration
Robert Cohen – Partner, Labor and Employment

• Environment
Robert Brubaker – Partner, Litigation

• Management Labour and Employment
Charles Warner – Partner, Labor and Employment

• Product Liability Defence
James Oliphant – Partner, Litigation
Joseph Ryan – Partner, Litigation

Who's Who Legal (published by Law Business Research Ltd.) identifies leading business law practitioners around the world. Nominees are selected based on comprehensive, independent surveys with both general counsel and private practice lawyers.

"We're proud of the work our attorneys do with our clients on a day-to-day basis — and are honored by the recognition their dedication brings,” said Robert W. ”Buzz” Trafford, the firm's managing partner.

Rob Cohen focuses in the area of immigration and nationality law and has extensive experience in all aspects of business and family immigration procedures. He serves as chair of the Nebraska Liaison Committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and in June 2011 received the President's Commendation for “Outstanding Leadership” as chair. Cohen was recently appointed to serve as vice chair of the American Immigration Council and serves on the board of Community Refugee & Immigration Services.

Rob Brubaker has practiced environmental law for nearly 40 years, including drafting Ohio legislation to conform to the requirements of federal Clean Air Act Amendments and amendments to the Ohio Air Pollution Control Act. Brubaker is chair of the American Bar Association Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law, chair of the Section's Environmental Law Committee, a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Coal Council, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is coeditor of the Government Institutes’ Ohio Environmental Law Handbook.

Charlie Warner represents employers in connection with discrimination charges, express and implied employment contract issues, employment practices and related tort and benefit claims. His litigation experience includes the defense of both opt-out and opt-in class actions. Warner is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, member of the American and Ohio State Bar Associations' Labor and Employment Law Sections and founding chair of the Columbus Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Committee.
With nearly 40 years of experience at both the trial and appellate levels in both state and federal courts, Jim Oliphant's practice covers a broad range of cases from complex business disputes to professional negligence cases. His primarily focus areas are product liability, medical defense, and commercial litigation. Oliphant has extensive jury trial experience and has tried over 125 cases to verdict. He has served as an adjunct professor of trial practice at The Ohio State University College of Law and has lectured extensively in many fields of civil litigation.

Joe Ryan focuses in the area of product liability, intellectual property, class actions and commercial law. The National Law Journal singled out his defense of a Cleveland psychologist as the “Most Impressive Civil Defense Verdict in the United States in 2002.” A member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) since 1989, Ryan has held numerous positions, including president of the board of directors of the IADC — a distinguished appointment from the Association, which is comprised of over 2,400 members internationally.

Oliphant and Ryan are the only lawyers in Central Ohio to be included in the product liability area by the selection committee.