December 5, 2014 / Press Release

49 Porter Wright attorneys recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers 2015

Porter Wright is pleased to announce that 49 attorneys in the firm’s four Ohio offices have been selected to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers® list.

Among those listed on the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyer’s list, were two attorneys named to the "Top 100 in Ohio" list: Carolyn Taggart in Cincinnati, and Kathleen Trafford in Columbus. Taggart and Trafford, along with Kathleen Brinkman in Cincinnati, were also named to Super Lawyers’ "Top 50 Women" in Ohio list.

Super Lawyers recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves for their high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their legal practices. No more than five percent of lawyers in each state are chosen. Annual selection is made through a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews within each practice area.

In addition to those selected for the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list, 16 porter Wright Ohio attorneys were named to the Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" 2015 list. Rising Stars are age 40 or younger or have been practicing law for 10 years or less, and represent the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state.

Below are the complete 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers and "Rising Stars" 2015 listings. The listings can also be found at, where visitors may search for lawyers by practice area and location. The lists will also appear in the January 2015 issues of Cincinnati Magazine, Columbus Monthly, Cleveland Magazine and Inside Business Magazine

Porter Wright attorneys selected to the 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list are:  

Kathleen M. Brinkman, Criminal Defense: White Collar
David T. Croall, Employment Litigation: Defense
W. Kelly Johnson, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Holly D. Kozlowski, Intellectual Property
Marilyn J. Maag, Estate Planning & Probate
T. Stephen Phillips, Estate Planning & Probate
Carolyn A. Taggart, Civil Litigation Defense

J. Philip Calabrese, Personal Injury Defense 
 Michael A. Ellis, Mergers & Acquisitions
Hugh E. McKay, Business Litigation
Fred J. Pompeani, Workers' Compensation
Michael P. Shuster, Creditor Debtor Rights
Tracey L. Turnbull, Business Litigation

David S. Bloomfield, Jr., Business Litigation  
James P. Botti, Creditor Debtor Rights
Robert L. Brubaker, Environmental
Craig R. Carlson, Civil Litigation Defense
Robert H. Cohen, Immigration
James D. Curphey, Business Litigation
Joyce D. Edelman, Personal Injury Defense: Products
Timothy E. Grady, Banking
Brian D. Hall, Employment & Labor
Sara H. Jodka, Employment Litigation: Defense
Donald W. Jordan, Real Estate
James A. King, Business Litigation
Jamie A. LaPlante, Employment Litigation: Defense
Curtis A. Loveland, Business/Corporate
J. Jeffrey McNealey, Environmental
Richard C. McQuown, Business/Corporate
Terrance M. Miller, Personal Injury Defense: Products
James S. Oliphant, Civil Litigation Defense
Jack R. Pigman, Banking
Fred G. Pressley, Jr., Employment & Labor
Diane C. Reichwein, Employment & Labor
Christopher C. Russell, Employment & Labor
Joseph W. Ryan, Jr., Intellectual Property Litigation
Christopher R. Schraff, Environmental
Edward M. Segelken, Estate Planning & Probate
David P. Shouvlin, Business Litigation
Bradd N. Siegel, Employment Litigation: Defense
John M. Stephen, Employment & Labor
Robert J. Tannous, Securities & Corporate Finance
Kathleen M. Trafford, General Litigation
Robert W. (Buzz) Trafford, Business Litigation
Michael J. Underwood, Employment & Labor
Charles C. Warner, Employment & Labor

Caroline H. Gentry, Business Litigation
Jeffrey W. Morris, Bankruptcy
Walter Reynolds, Business Litigation

Porter Wright attorneys included on the 2015 Ohio Rising Stars list are:

Brodie M. Butland, Business Litigation
Tracy S. Francis, Employment Litigation: Defense
Rebecca Kopp Levine, Workers' Comp
Allyson J. O’Keefe, Banking

Christopher J. Baronzzi, Energy & Resources
Leigh A. Williams (formerly Benedic), Employment Litigation: Defense
Heather N. Forry, Business/Corporate
Eric B. Gallon, Utilities
Jared Klaus, General Litigation
Daniel B. Miller, Business Litigation
Tracie N. Ransom, Personal Injury Defense: Products
Ryan P. Sherman, Business Litigation
Mark A. Snider, Tax
Brett P. Thornton, Business/Corp.
Lisa G. Whittaker, Employment Litigation: Defense

Tami H. Kirby, Creditor Debtor Rights