Overview

Buzz concentrates his practice in the area of complex business litigation at trial and appellate levels, including matters involving securities fraud, director and officer liability, and other corporate governance matters including internal investigations, attorney and accountant liability, and matters involving trade secrets and consumer class actions. In addition to his litigation practice, Buzz served as the firm's managing partner from 1997 to 2015.

Buzz is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been continuously listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for over 20 years and serves as a member of its national board of advisors. In 2013 and 2017 he was named "Lawyer of the Year" in Columbus, Ohio by Best Lawyers® in Litigation- Banking & Finance category, and the Best Lawyers 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbus, Ohio for Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions. In 2008, he was the first Columbus lawyer named “Lawyer of the Year” for Bet-the-Company Litigation. Buzz has been recognized by clients and peers in Chambers USA as one of the leading General Commercial Litigation attorneys in Ohio and is recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers®.

Education

  • The Ohio State University College of Law  (J.D., 1977)
  • The Ohio State University  (B.A., with distinction, 1974)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Associations

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow 
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Business Law Sections

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, Ohio
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, General Litigation
  • Best Lawyers® Columbus, Ohio Litigation – Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Best Lawyers® Columbus, Ohio Litigation – Banking & Finance “Lawyer of the Year,” 2013, 2017
  • Best Lawyers® Columbus, Ohio Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions “Lawyer of the Year,” 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking and Financing; Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation – Securities

Community

  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Chair, Board of Trustees, 2006-2008; Trustee, 1999-2010
  • Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Director, Executive Committee, 2003-2013
  • Legal Aid Society of Columbus, President, Board of Trustees, 2006; Trustee, 1997-2007
  • Ohio Business Roundtable, 1997-2015
  • Columbus Council on World Affairs, Honorary Trustee