March 23, 2010 / Press Release

Porter Wright Promotes Eight Attorneys To Senior Associates

Porter Wright recently promoted eight of its associates to senior associate status: Karim A. Ali, Deborah A. Boiarsky, Greg M. Daugherty, Tami H. Kirby, Allyson O'Keefe, Andrew R. Post, Kendall V. Shaw, and Mark A. Snider. Promotion to senior associate is a significant milestone and reflects outstanding contributions to Porter Wright's success.

"This group of attorneys brings a wealth of legal knowledge and client service to our firm," said Robert W. (Buzz) Trafford, Porter Wright's Managing Partner. "They have been significant contributors to Porter Wright's success throughout the years and I look forward with high hopes as they embark on this next phase in their careers."

Karim Ali, who practices in Porter Wright's Columbus office, is a seasoned real estate attorney with extensive experience drafting and negotiating retail and office leases as well as resolving lease-related business issues including lease buyouts, amendments, defaults, and options. In addition, he has assisted with various types of business transactions including commercial real estate purchases, private placements, mergers and acquisitions, emerging and privately held companies, distribution agreements and various general business matters. His experience also extends to advising public clients on corporate governance under NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards, securities law compliance, 1934 Act reporting, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance. A graduate of The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Mr. Ali also serves as a board member of Directions for Youth & Families and has been named one of Ohio's "Rising Stars" by the publishers of Law & Politics and Super Lawyers.

Deb Boiarsky concentrates her practice in the field of employee benefits and executive compensation. Practicing in Porter Wright's Columbus office, she has experience with the design, implementation, administration, amendment, and termination of qualified retirement and health and welfare employee benefit plans for both for-profit and tax-exempt organizations. She has assisted clients in obtaining determination letters from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and in utilizing various correction mechanisms through the IRS and Department of Labor. During law school at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ms. Boiarsky served as a judicial extern with the Honorable Thomas J. Moyer, Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.

Greg Daugherty's practice consists of executive compensation and employee benefit plan issues for public and private companies and not-for-profit entities. He has assisted companies in designing stock and non-stock based incentive programs as well as employment agreements, severance agreements, change-in-control and parachute agreements, and other nonqualified deferred compensation plans. He also advises public companies on their executive compensation disclosure obligations under the securities laws. A graduate of The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Mr. Daugherty has contributed his time to serving the City Year Service Alliance and Miami University Alumni Association. He also has been named one of Ohio's "Rising Stars" by the publishers of Law & Politics and Super Lawyers.

Tami Kirby, a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, practices in Porter Wright's Dayton office and focuses her attention on creditors' rights, real estate, and commercial and business transactions. She routinely represents financial institutions and businesses in all aspects of creditors' rights, including the rights and remedies available under the Uniform Commercial Code, the Bankruptcy Code, and applicable state law. Named one of Ohio's "Rising Stars" by the publishers of Law & Politics and Super Lawyers. Ms. Kirby also serves her community through work on the Board of Trustees of the Dayton Fund for Home Rehabilitation and the Dayton Chapter of A Kid Again (fka Adventures for Wish Kids).

Allyson O'Keefe works with banks and financial institutions in commercial lending, loan structuring, and documentation matters. Practicing in Porter Wright's Cleveland office, she also works in the area of general business, including advising clients with regard to the structure of new companies and the sale or merger of existing companies. Ms. O'Keefe assists clients in developing and negotiating various kinds of business contracts. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Andrew Post, a graduate of Capital University Law School, joined Porter Wright's Columbus office in 2003. Mr. Post is a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group, and has extensive experience working on various types of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions of manufacturing facilities, real estate portfolios, computer recycling companies, electronic financial service providers, and pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Post is also a member of the Securities Practice Group where he is active in helping businesses fund and implement their growth strategies through private placements and public offerings of debt and equity securities and advising clients with respect to federal and state franchise regulations. Mr. Post has been named one of Ohio's "Rising Stars" by the publishers of Law & Politics and Super Lawyers in 2009 and 2010.

Kendall Shaw, resident in Porter Wright's Cincinnati office, has obtained a range of litigation experience in federal and state court and before the American Arbitration Association, representing clients in commercial, product liability, and environmental actions. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Ms. Shaw has served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James L. Graham, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. In addition, she has received recognition for her volunteer work with the Ohio Eta Chapter of Pi Beta Phi by Denison University's Panhellenic Council, as Outstanding Chapter Advisor in 2007, and by the Saint Ursula Academy Alumnae Association, as the recipient of its Outstanding Young Alumna award in 2006.

Mark Snider counsels clients in a number of industries regarding a range of business concerns. He helps businesses plan for and manage their tax obligations. In particular, Mr. Snider has represented investors and developers in numerous housing and tax credit transactions. His tax work also extends to advising clients as to corporate, partnership and individual tax issues at both the federal and state levels. Mr. Snider practices in Porter Wright's Columbus office. An Alumni Advisor of Delta Chi Fraternity, Denison University Chapter, Mr. Snider is also a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law.