July 2, 2008 / Press Release

Porter Wright's Columbus Office Promotes Nine Attorneys to Senior Associate

Porter Wright's Columbus office recently promoted nine of its associates to senior associate status: Kathryn S. Baltes, Molly S. Crabtree, Heather N. Forry, Anthony R. McClure, Robert J. Morgan, David K. Orensten, Lindsay M. Sestile, Ryan P. Sherman, and Brett P. Thornton. Promotion to senior associate is a significant milestone and reflects outstanding contributions to Porter Wright's success.

"These individuals embody the knowledge, skills, enthusiasm, and judgment that are the hallmarks of all good lawyers," said Robert W. (Buzz) Trafford, Porter Wright's Managing Partner. "I'm proud to count them among my colleagues."

Kate Baltes, an honors graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, counsels clients on general business issues, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate matters. She is also fluent in German and frequently works with international clients to advance their interests in the United States.

Molly Crabtree is a litigator who represents clients in the areas of complex commercial and environmental litigation. Ms. Crabtree also assists clients with complex document production problems and solutions, particularly in the emerging area of electronic document discovery. She graduated magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Heather N. Forry works with business clients on corporate and securities issues including corporate governance, regulatory compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. She also facilitates business growth by offering real estate advice and representation. Ms. Forry is a graduate of Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington.

Tony McClure maintains an active civil litigation practice that includes complex commercial litigation disputes, contractual and mortgage disputes, tort litigation, administrative appeals, legal malpractice, and environmental litigation. A graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and a member of the Order of the Coif, Mr. McClure is also active in local pro bono activities.

Bob Morgan's intellectual property practice helps clients protect their brands through the selection and clearance of trademarks, prosecution of trademark applications for registration, and enforcement of mark rights, among other things. In addition, he works closely with clients to protect intellectual property and business rights on the Internet and counsels them regarding information privacy and data security matters. Mr. Morgan graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law with honors.

David Orensten represents clients in the areas of complex commercial, intellectual property, health care, and construction litigation. He has been actively involved in all stages of litigation. Mr. Orensten also focuses on protecting his clients' interests, such as their trade secrets, through representing them in injunctive proceedings. Mr. Orensten graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Lindsay Sestile, who graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School, defends client interests in commercial, construction, environmental, and constitutional litigation disputes. She also works closely with clients involved in disputes related to real estate development and helps creditors protect their rights in bankruptcy-related matters.

Ryan Sherman practices in the firm's litigation department and represents clients in a wide range of matters, including complex commercial disputes, construction problems, intellectual property rights, insurance, and breach of contract issues. He has represented clients in injunctive proceedings, trial, and appellate proceedings. Mr. Sherman, a member of the Order of the Coif, graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Brett Thornton, a graduate of George Washington University School of Law, works with clients on general corporate and securities matters. His clients include both private and public companies, and he assists them with mergers and acquisitions, financing, and regulatory compliance.