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January 2012 CBA REPORT
member/firm news
If you are a a Cincinnati Bar Association member and you’ve moved, been promoted, hired an associate, taken on a
partner, received a promotion or award, gotten married, had a baby, or have other news to share, we’d like to hear from
you. News of CLE presentations and political announcements are not accepted. Generally, the CBA Report will not print
notices of honors determined by other publications (e.g., Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, etc.). Notices are printed at no
cost, must be submitted in writing (preferably by e-mail) and are subject to editing. We also request a current, high-
resolution, directory-style photo. Items are printed as space is available. News releases regarding lawyers who are not
Cincinnati Bar Association members in good standing will not be printed. We publish news about our members. Submit
items to Julie Kemble Borths at (513) 699-1391 or
For address changes, contact Andrew Wells at
(513) 699-1409 or
Michele Murphy
has joined Flagel &
Papakirk LLC as an
associate attorney. Her
practice is focused in
the areas of commercial
litigation and general civil
litigation. Prior to joining
the firm, she Michele was
an associate with firms in
Cincinnati and Dayton. She recently worked
as a legal editor for LexisNexis. Murphy
graduated cum laude from Georgetown Uni-
versity with a B.S. in Spanish and was elected
a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained
her J.D. from the UC College of Law and an
M.S. in library science from the University of
Kentucky. She is a long-time volunteer with
Dress for Success Cincinnati.
Scott E. Knox
the Dr. Peter T. Frame
Humanitarian Award
from the Cincinnati
Health Network for his
pro bono legal services
for people with physical
and mental challenges.
The Cincinnati Health
Network is a non-profit
corporation that coordinates services and
programs for medically underserved and
special population groups in our community,
such as the Healthcare for the Homeless and
Community HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care
E. Jason Atkins
has been
named as a partner by
Hemmer DeFrank PLLC,
where he is a member
of the firm’s litigation
and employment group.
Atkins represents com-
panies and individuals
in a variety of complex
litigation matters, includ-
ing business, commercial, construction and
employment disputes. Atkins is a graduate of
the University of Kentucky and Thomas M.
Cooley law school and is admitted to practice
in the state courts of Ohio and Kentucky
as well as the federal courts for the Eastern
District of Kentucky.
Ken LeCroix
has joined
Faruki Ireland & Cox
PLL. LeCroix is licensed
to practice law before
the Supreme Court of
Ohio and is involved in
various aspects of the
firm’s complex business
and commercial litiga-
tion practice. LeCroix is
a graduate of the UC College of Law, where
he served as a Citations Editor of the UC
Law Review. While in law school, LeCroix
worked as a summer clerk for two litiga-
tion firms, including FI&C, as an intern for
Toyota’s legal department, and as an intern
for General Electric’s legal department. He
also served for one semester as a judicial
extern to Senior Judge S. Arthur Spiegel
of the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Ohio. LeCroix spent his final
semester abroad, taking law school courses in
Tokyo, while also working for GE’s corporate
legal department in Japan. LeCroix received
his B.A. in Mathematics and Spanish from
Vanderbilt University. He is a Barrister in the
Potter Stewart Inn of Court.
Megan K. Meyer
joined Finney, Stagnaro,
Saba & Patterson Co.
LPA as an associate in the
firm’s real estate practice
area. A graduate of the
Notre Dame College of
Law in 2011, Meyer was a
writer for the Journal of
Law, focusing on ethics
and public policy. She was a Notre Dame
Legal Aid Clinic volunteer and served as vice
president of the St. Thomas More Society. In
2009, Meyer worked as judicial clerk, writ-
ing judicial opinions for Judge Russ Fagg,
Montana 13th Judicial District Court. Meyer
graduated in 2006 from the University of
North Carolina majoring in public policy and
classics. While in law school, Meyer studied
in Cairo, Egypt and Yotvata, Israel. Before
starting law school, she lived for two years
in Billings, Mont., where she worked at non-
profit organizations focused on helping teach
parenting skills and build positive parent-
child relationships and also worked with
disabled clients aiding them in gaining access
to community resources.
William J. Mitchell
relocated his practices.
He can now be reached at
7809 Laurel Ave., Ste. 14,
Madeira, OH 45243. His
phone number is (513)
834-9741 and e-mail is
Robert H. Siegel
joined Rendigs, Fry,
Kiely & Dennis LLP as
a partner. His practice
focuses on corporate law
and real estate, represent-
ing institutional lenders
and real estate develop-
ers. He is a licensed title
insurance agent and has
extensive class action
lawsuit experience.
Julia B. Meister
, a partner
at Taft Stettinius & Hol-
lister LLP, was recently
elected a fellow of the
American College of
Trust and Estate Counsel
(ACTEC), a national orga-
nization of approximately
2,600 lawyers, each of
whom has been invited
to join the association. Its members work to
teach those who aspire to enter the field and
to improve and reform laws, procedure and
standards while working with their peers and
other professional organizations. Meister is
a member of Taft’s litigation, health and life
sciences, and private client practice groups,
and she heads the firm’s estates, trusts and fi-
duciary litigation practice. She advises clients
on a variety of health care issues, including
privacy, statutory compliance, and decision
making by health care surrogates. Meister
was named one of the Cincinnati Business
Courier’s Forty Under Forty emerging lead-
ers and has been recognized by the YWCA
Academy of Career Women of Achieve-
ment as a Rising Star. She is past chair of the
CBA Admissions Committee and is active
in several legal and community organiza-
tions, currently serving as vice president and
trustee of the Cincinnati Opera Association
and president of the Cincinnati Area Senior
Services Board of Directors.
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