May 12, 2008 / Press Release

Porter Wright Welcomes Five New Partners

Porter Wright recently welcomed five of its associate attorneys -- Andrew C. Emerson, Karen K. Hammond, L. Bradfield Hughes, Melanie R. Martin-Jones, and Jeremy D. Siegfried -- into the ranks of the firm's partnership. These new partners are the latest chapter in the firm's more than 150 years of providing trusted legal advice and counsel to local, regional, and national clients across a range of industries.

"This is a truly outstanding class of new partners," said Robert W. (Buzz) Trafford, Porter Wright's Managing Partner. "I've had the pleasure of working with each of them as they've built their legal careers and developed strong relationships with our clients. I'm looking forward to working more closely with them as they continue to contribute to the firm's ongoing success."

Andy Emerson, a graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, focuses his practice in Internet protocol video, telecommunications, and energy-related legal areas and routinely advances client interests before governmental regulatory bodies, legislatures, and state and federal courts. Mr. Emerson also represents clients in public contract and rights-of-way disputes with state, county, and municipal governments and advises clients on state and federal telemarketing laws.

Karen Hammond's practice centers around providing intellectual property advice and litigation representation to clients seeking to protect their trademarks and copyrighted material. A graduate of Capital University Law School, Ms. Hammond also advises clients on licensing issues and matters that arise at the intersection of law and technology including issues related to the Internet.

Brad Hughes assists clients with complex commercial and environmental litigation, including litigation under the Clean Air Act, and, through his appellate practice, helps clients to defend favorable decisions and challenge erroneous decisions on appeal. Mr. Hughes was a law clerk at the Ohio Supreme Court for two years after graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Melanie Martin-Jones is experienced in both domestic and international intellectual property protection and transfer and routinely works with clients to secure their copyright, trademark, and patent rights. In addition, she helps clients integrate intellectual property considerations into their strategic business plans. Ms. Martin-Jones obtained her law degree from Capital University Law School.

Jeremy Siegfried, another graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, advises business clients on general corporate law matters, represents buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, and assists companies in their efforts to comply with federal and state securities laws. Mr. Siegfried works with public and private companies of all sizes to further growth opportunities.