December 22, 2011 / Press Release

Porter Wright partners among Top 50 in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2012 listings

Seven Porter Wright Partners, including David Croall, Marilyn Maag, Christopher Russell, Bradd Siegel, Carolyn Taggart, Kathleen Trafford and Charles Warner, are among the Top 50 Ohio Super Lawyers 2012 listing in their respective metropolitan areas.

Super Lawyers’ Top 50 lists include attorneys who received the highest point totals in the Ohio Super Lawyers 2012 nomination, research and review process. Super Lawyers comprise the top five percent of lawyers in each state based on verdicts and settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, special licenses and certifications, position within law firm, bar and other professional activity, pro bono and community service, scholarly lectures and writings, education and employment background, and other outstanding achievements.

David Croall, who has represented employers across a range of employment law matters for more than 25 years, is recognized in the area of Employment Litigation in Cincinnati. He focuses his practice on employment discrimination, wrongful discharge litigation, and preventive employment law counseling and training, serving such employers as hospitals, manufacturers, a major airline, a university, retailers and service providers. Croall has obtained summary judgment for numerous employers as well as favorable jury verdicts in cases that have gone to trial. He is also recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in labor and employment.

Marilyn Maag is recognized in the area of Estate Planning and Probate law in Cincinnati, and is also honored in the Top 100 in Ohio. She works with individuals and families on estate planning, trust and probate law issues. Her practice includes charitable planning, elder law and estate planning for family business owners. She is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law and has been named a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She received both her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Cincinnati. She is also recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in trusts and estates.

Christopher Russell is recognized in the area of Employment and Labor law in Columbus. He practices in the fields of workers’ compensation and labor and employment, representing various companies before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He has been certified as one of the state of Ohio’s first specialists in the field of Workers’ Compensation by the Ohio State Bar Association. A substantial portion of Russell’s practice also involves labor arbitrations, employment litigation and workplace safety issues. Russell has also been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of employment law.

Bradd Siegel, who has more than 30 years of experience in labor and employment law litigation on behalf of companies and their managers in state and federal courts, is recognized in the area of Employment Litigation Defense in Columbus. He is also honored in the Top 100 in Ohio. Siegel has successfully defended management clients against claims brought under state and federal employment discrimination statutes, ERISA, Section 301 of the LMRA, and state wrongful discharge law. He was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 1999, has been named for more than 20 years to The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of employment law, and has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading employment law attorney. Additionally, Siegel taught Employment Law and Employment Discrimination Law as an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School. He is a Fellow of both the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the Columbus Bar Foundation.

Carolyn Taggart is recognized in the area of Civil Litigation Defense in Cincinnati. With more than 30 years of trial experience, Taggart defends product liability, legal malpractice, and nursing home liability claims and litigates complex commercial cases. She has extensive jury and bench trial and appellate experience in both state and federal courts. Taggart is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, received the Ohio State Bar Association’s Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism in 2007 and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of product liability litigation. In addition, she participates in the Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, volunteers as a mediator in federal court and serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Kathleen Trafford, a partner in Porter Wright’s Litigation Department in Columbus, was recognized in the area of General Litigation where she concentrates her practice in the area of governmental and regulatory litigation and constitutional law. She is also honored in the Top 100 in Ohio. Trafford represents private parties in disputes with governmental agencies and also serves as special counsel to a number of state and local governmental agencies. She also handles cases involving constitutional challenges to state and local laws and orders, First Amendment claims, rate making and price discrimination, licensing disputes, trademarks, professional ethics, public records, injunctions and special writs in the Ohio Supreme Court. Trafford serves as an arbitrator for complex litigation matters and is past President of the Columbus Bar Association and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of commercial litigation and by Chambers USA in the area of general commercial litigation. Before joining Porter Wright in 1988, Trafford was Deputy Chief Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General where she had primary responsibility for defending the constitutionality of state statutes and for representing state officials and agencies in complex litigation.

Charles Warner is recognized in the area of Employment & Labor in Columbus. He represents employers in connection with discrimination charges, express and implied employment contract issues, employment practices and related tort and benefit claims. Warner is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a Fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation, and a Life Fellow of both the Ohio State and American Bar Foundations. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for labor and employment law, Chambers USA as a leading attorney in Employment Law in Ohio and Who's Who in American Law®.