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October 19, 2017

John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law Award Recipients

Congratulations to Mark H. Berliant, Magistrate Judge Timothy S. Hogan, and Robert L. Davis for receiving the 2017 John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law Award. The honor is presented for more than 50 years of exemplary service as a lawyer. Through their distinguished careers, they have reflected the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession.


Mark H. Berliant has been a practicing attorney for nearly 60 years since receiving his law degree from the University Of Virginia School Of Law in 1956. His career began as a trial attorney for the chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. He then went on to work for Straus, Troy Co. LPA (formerly Straus, Troy & Ruehlman) where he quickly earned status as a shareholder and ultimately advanced to lead the law firm for more than 20 years as its president and later as chair of the board.

He is a widely recognized expert in federal income and estate taxation, probate law, and family and business succession matters. Berliant committed himself tirelessly to advancing the legal profession through serving as a charter member of the CBA Taxation Committee and promoter of the Southwestern Ohio Tax Institute, by participating in numerous American Bar Association sponsored committees, including as national chair and vice-chair of the Real Estate Tax Problems Committee, as a member of the Committee on Tax Structure and Simplification Study Group, and by serving as an adjunct professor of partnership taxation and estate planning at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and lecturer for other ABA and CBA tax related programs.

Berliant has served as a member of the board of trustees of the Cincinnati Retirement System, as a member of the Hamilton County, Ohio Tax Levy Review Committee, committee co-chair for the Cincinnati Bicentennial Celebration and the nationally acclaimed “Tall Stacks” I and II festivals, and a volunteer and board member for numerous other organizations. He has also served as a volunteer and leader for the Freestore Food Bank where he was instrumental in the combination of the Freestore and Second Harvest Food Banks and was a founding member of the Freestore Food Bank Foundation. He was recognized for these contributions with the William A. Mitchell Award for Leadership.

His colleagues at Strauss Troy know him as a mentor with steady judgement and a blunt sense of humor. We are honored to recognize Mark H. Berliant with the John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law Award.



The life and career of Judge Timothy S. Hogan demonstrate his long-standing dedication to public service and to upholding the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton, and a master’s degree in education from Xavier University, he went on to get his law degree from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1972. Upon his graduation from law school, Judge Hogan accepted a position as an assistant city prosecutor with the City of Cincinnati and was quickly promoted to senior assistant city prosecutor. He served for 16 years as a municipal and common pleas judge in Cincinnati.

His volunteer commitments are numerous and have included serving as an elementary school basketball and baseball coach, serving as chair of his condominium’s Building Maintenance and Grounds Committee, and offering his time and talents to his church’s education commission. Judge Hogan has taught at St. Gertrude School in Maderia, Summit Country Day School and at the University of Cincinnati at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Judge Hogan served as board chairman of Central Clinic and as a board member of Talbert House and Women Helping Women. He served 14 years as a United States Magistrate Judge, and retired from the federal bench in October of 2010. He currently serves as an assigned/visiting common pleas judge in various Ohio counties.  

Judge Hogan’s long-standing commitment to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession make his a deserving recipient of the John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law Award.



Robert L. Davis, currently Of Counsel at DBL Law, has had an accomplished and dedicated career for almost 59 years. After high school, Davis enlisted in the Army and served in the Army of Occupation in Korea. Then, after graduating from U.C. where he was president of his sophomore, junior and senior classes, he was recalled to the army and served a second tour in Korea during the Koren War. His efforts in the Army were recognized with a Bronze Star and Army Commendation medal. His time in the military helped him develop discipline, a strong work ethic, and the interpersonal skills necessary to have a successful career in law. He was discharged from the Army as a captain.

After the military, he worked as a court constable for Judge Simon L. Leis Sr., and then pursued his dream of becoming an attorney. He completed his J.D. and graduated Order of Curia and first in his class from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He began his legal career at Trabert & Gay (later Gay, Davis & Kelly), and then transitioned to solo practice in 1972. He currently practices in the areas of personal injury, probate, and estate planning.

During his impressive legal career, Robert has tried more than 100 jury trials and cases. He was the recipient of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s John P. Kiely Professionalism Award in 2002 and he has also been inducted in to the American College of Trial Lawyer and the American Board of Trial Advocates. His commitments to our community are numerous and include being an active member of several community organization boards. He continues to volunteer his time by serving as a board member for the Hamilton County Hospital Commission, and was formerly assisting in the cardiac rehab and surgery visitation programs at Good Samaritan Hospital. He also volunteered at Washington Park Elementary (prior to its closing), sharing U.S. history with children in third grade.

Congratulations to Robert L. Davis, recipient of the John L. Muething Lifetime Achievement in Law Award. He said credit should go to his wife Mary Lee (now deceased) and his children for their support and understanding during his law school and the active practice of law.

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