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  • Columbus REALTORS support Columbus Education Plan & levy

    Posted on Sep 30, 2013

    Columbus REALTORS announced their support of the Columbus Public Education Plan and levy. The group of 6,000 residential, commercial, development and property management professionals issued a statement of support this morning:

    On August 21, the Columbus REALTORS® voted to support the Columbus Education Plan, a plan which outlines a pathway to better schools and in turn leads to better neighborhoods and higher property values. Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman along with a representative of Columbus City Schools appeared in front of our Board of Directors to present details of the levy and Columbus Plan for revitalizing our Columbus city schools, as they considered the recommendations of our Steering Committee.

    There should be no question that voters in the Columbus school district have every right to, and should demand, accountability on the part of the school board and the City of Columbus with regard to implementation of Columbus Education Plan.

    Our Board of Directors also struggled with the affordability issues this levy poses, as it represents a school tax increase of $318 per $100,000 in market value. We know that roughly 82 percent of students attending Columbus schools are economically disadvantaged.

    We also know that Columbus is the 15th largest city in the United States and one of the fastest growing areas in the Midwest. An up-and-coming tech city, our research and technology institutions are attracting the brightest minds from around the world. We want our own children to be among them.

    Columbus City Schools has the largest student body in Ohio. These children will be our work force, future leaders and homeowners of tomorrow, so the combination of levy and Columbus Plan can be the much-needed investment in their future and in our future.

    Schools are the heart of communities, and few public policy decisions are more fundamental to the health and well-being of our communities than those governing structure and funding for basic education.

    As the voice for real estate in central Ohio, we believe that strong schools make strong neighborhoods, and strong neighborhoods strengthen property values.

    Therefore, after careful deliberation, Columbus REALTORS® Board of Directors voted to support the proposed school levy and Columbus Education Plan.

    Everyone wins with quality education.

  • Q&A with Chris Corso & Jimmy Woodland

    Posted on Sep 27, 2013

    Q&A with CHRIS CORSO

    Developer, majority owner/partner CGS Group


    What clubs are in the CGS Group portfolio after the Park Street Patio, Saloon and Social sale?

    “We currently have the Pint House at 780 North High Street. We opened that up in April. That’s a restaurant and beer garden in the Short North. Then in June we opened a facility on Long Street called the Garage. That was a long-standing gay bar that we’d purchased in 2000. We made that into Long Street Entertainment, and then we just reopened the Garage this year.  We also reopened in December our very first nightclub, which was Red Zone, down on Front Street. That’s where we do all our large DJ shows and concerts and stuff. We still own Cantina which is on Park Street.”

    When did you begin in the nightclub business in Columbus?

    “We began in 1996 and the first club was called Mecca nightclub. That (was) back where the Buggyworks building is behind the baseball stadium.”

    Do you own the Park Street Complex buildings?    

    “We bought all those buildings--we bought that whole block up--back around 2005. We bought Cantina, that whole block there going north. We’ve got Cameron Mitchell’s offices. We’ve got Saloon, Social and Patio. So we acquired that and the entire block behind us as a development project.”

    Did Jimmy Woodland buy the buildings, too?

    “Jimmy’s company came in and bought the businesses. I’m still the landlord. They are really, really strong band promoters, so they’re going to kind of take Park Street Patio and Saloon and do a lot more bands than I ever did there, a lot more festivals and stuff.

    “It should be a good fit for the street and the long term development. For me, I think they’re great operators, and to have Mikey’s Late Night Slice down there as a permanent location I think really is good for the neighborhood, too. That crowd that goes out, they love to eat that pizza and see live music and drink craft beer. So I think they’ve got a great combination brand there that works for them and works for the street.”

    You and your partners in CGS Group are responsible for the growth of and are still heavily invested in the Park Street neighborhood—what does the sale to Jimmy Woodland means for the entertainment district moving forward?

    “I think it just solidifies the area as the premier entertainment district in Ohio. There’s long term viability down there, there’s a nice mix of tenants and entertainment options for people that want to go out and have a good time.”

    How did the deal come about?

    “I’ve been watching Jimmy for a while now. I’ve been very impressed with events and festivals that he does down at Woodland’s Tavern in Grandview--some weekends he’ll have ten or 12 bands. That’s really about connections and hard work. To be able to book bands like that, you’ve really got to be in the scene. I finally went to him and I said, ‘Hey, I’d like to have that specialization down on Park Street, I think it will be great.’ And he said, ‘Well, I can probably also bring Mikey’s pizza,’ I said ‘That’d be even better!’ So we just started talking and made the deal happen.”



    Owner/operator Woodland’s Tavern and Woodland’s Backyard and recently acquired Park Street clubs

    Chris Corso said he’s been impressed with your work and approached you about purchasing the Park Street bars—from your end, how did this deal come about?

    “Being in the industry, if you don’t know Chris Corso you’re living under a rock. He kind of has set the standard for nightlife in this town and the bar scene. I’ve known Chris forever; my partner has known Chris on a business level, my partner, Ed Hastie, in the deal. So you know, just through that relationship it kind of evolved. We’ve been working on this deal for the better part of the summer.”


    In addition to the Park Street acquisition, you recently expanded with the opening of Woodland’s Backyard. How are you going to keep it all under control?

    “To be honest, a solid management team. I feel like we have surrounded ourselves with some really good people. I’m not going to claim to know everything about the bar business but I want to put people in place who know what they’re doing and are passionate about what they’re doing. I really look for people that really want to make waves in this business. I think it’s just having a good, solid management team.”


    How many employees are on your payroll with the new bars?

    “We have probably 45-50 current employees and then …I was told 60-80 (added with the Park Street purchase). I think we’re going to be doubling our employees, going from 50 to about 100.”


    What’s your vision with the rebranding? Obviously you’ll be putting a heavier emphasis on live music.

    “Correct. We’ve been going down there for many years. Recently we’ve been going down there more frequently. And you know, what they’re doing is working.

    They’ve got a young nightlife that is thriving, but that’s only (for) a short period of time—it’s only (open) three days a week. We feel like with our brand, we can bring some good quality entertainment in terms of music and other things to kind of fill in the holes--one being happy hour. There’s a lot of people down in that area. I feel like the happy hour and the bands have not been that present. I feel like that’s something we can kind of interject. You’re going to see our brand, in terms of music, the $2-happy hour. We’ll be bringing Mikey’s Late Night Slice down, who have an excellent reputation in town and that we’ve had a solid business relationship with at Woodland’s Tavern.

    You’re not going to see a lot of physical changes right away. I think after the first of the year we’ll be redoing Saloon, giving that a new brand, a facelift, really focusing on the music in that particular location.”


    This move pairs well with the business and residential growth the Arena District will see in the next few years—do you see your business as taking Park Street entertainment to the next level?

    “Oh, for sure. We just want to expand everything and take it to another level in terms of growth down there. I feel like Park Street has always been a unique block, and not only does it bring value to us, but our brand, I feel, brings value to the street as well.”

    (Photo courtesy Ben French Photo)


  • Woodland's owner acquires Park Street Complex

    Posted on Sep 27, 2013

    Chris Corso, majority owner of the Park Street Complex of bars, announced the sale of the 20,000 sq. foot complex to Jimmy Woodland, owner of Woodland's and Woodland's Backyard in Grandview. The new owners officially debut the weekend of Oct. 4-6; Woodlands partner Mikey's Late Night Slice will occupy a permanent space in the rebranded bar complex. (From left: Jimmy Woodland; Mike Gallachio and Chris Corso. File/Columbus Alive) 

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed in yesterday's announcement. The sale to the Woodland's group marks a major change for the strip of bars which connects the Arena District to the Short North Arts District.

    Corso, partner Mike Gallachio and investors in the CGS Group pioneered nightclub development downtown in the early 2000s beginning with Red Zone, Sugar and Spice Bars, Long Street and the hyper-successful Park Street Complex. The complex includes interconnected nightclubs the Social, Park Street Patio, Park Street Saloon and Park Street Cantina.

    Woodland first made his mark with Hendoc's Pub, a popular OSU campus bar he founded in his early 20s. He purchased Grandview's Thirsty Ear Tavern three years ago, reviving the live muisc venue's reputation as a choice spot to catch local and national bands. The music bar hit big with Grandview's young professional crowd, as did in-house pizza shop Mikey's Late Night Slice. 

    Woodland followed up by opening Woodland's Patio in Grandview a popular spot for sand volleyball, cocktails and music. Mikey's Late Night Slice will open up a permanent location in the complex within three weeks. 

  • CEO Insights event series featuring Les Wexner

    Posted on Sep 26, 2013


    The Columbus Chamber and Columbus CEO magazine announce the CEO Insights event series. The series kicks off Oct. 11 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown with a breakfast discussion featuring guest CEO Les Wexner, chairman and CEO of Limited Brands, Inc. 

    From the Chamber’s event announcement and registration page:

    In an interview hosted by 10TV’s Kristyn Hartman, the visionary Mr. Wexner will share insights with small business CEOs about seizing challenges, growing a business, leadership lessons and giving back.

    Leslie H. Wexner, Founder of Limited Brands, started the company in Columbus, Ohio in 1963 with one store and first year sales of $160,000. 

    Mr. Wexner serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Limited Brands, which includes Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, C.O. Bigelow, La Senza, White Barn Candle Co. and Henri Bendel. The company’s products are available at over 3,000 stores around the world and online at,, and 

    His areas of community interest include the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University; the Wexner Institute for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital, Columbus; the Martin Luther King Center for the Performing Arts, Columbus; and the Wexner Heritage Village.  Mr. Wexner was a recipient of The Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award of the United Way of America, Woodrow Wilson Award for Citizenship, Ordre des arts et des letters, Knight of the Italian Republic and The American Jewish Committee Herbert H. Lehman Centennial Leadership Award.  He was a founding member and the first chair of The Ohio State University Foundation.

    Mr. Wexner is Chairman, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees; Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Member of the Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; Trustee of the Columbus Jewish Federation and Foundation; Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company International Council; Member of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs; and Chairman of The Columbus Partnership.

    Mr. Wexner has a profound interest in the development of tomorrow’s leaders through the works of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University; Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership; and The Wexner Foundation.

    Mr. Wexner holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and honorary degrees from The Ohio State University; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; University of Tel Aviv; Hofstra University; Marietta College; Hebrew Union College; The Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Yeshiva University; and Brandeis University.  Mr. Wexner was inaugurated by Harvard University into the Society of John Harvard Fellows, and serves as a visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    Mr. Wexner and his wife, Abigail, are the parents of four children.

  • Mills James founders to be honored at MS Society Dinner of Champions

    Posted on Sep 25, 2013

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter will recognize Mills and James at tonight's Hollywood Casino gala


  • DeWine urges FDA to regulate e-cigarettes

    Posted on Sep 24, 2013

    Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) is pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate the sale and marketing of electronic cigarettes. DeWine and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) issued a letter today calling for "immediate regulatory oversight" of what they term an "increasingly widespread, addictive product."

    DeWine, Coakley and 38 state attorneys general signees, issued the following arguments in favor of e-cigarette regulation:

    Re: FDA Regulation of E-Cigarettes

    Dear Commissioner Hamburg,

    The undersigned Attorneys General write to urge the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take all available measures to meet the FDA’s stated deadline of October 31, 2013, to issue proposed regulations that will address the advertising, ingredients, and sale to minors of electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes).

    State Attorneys General have long fought to protect their States’ citizens, particularly youth, from the dangers of tobacco products. For example, every State Attorney General sued the major cigarette companies for the harm their products caused. With the protection of our States’ citizens again in mind, the undersigned Attorneys General write to highlight the need for immediate regulatory oversight of e-cigarettes, an increasingly widespread, addictive product.

    As you know, e-cigarettes are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine to the user by heating liquid nicotine, derived from tobacco plants, along with flavors and other chemicals, into a vapor that the user inhales. The nicotine found in e-cigarettes is highly addictive, has immediate bio-chemical effects on the brain and body at any dosage, and is toxic in high doses.

    E-Cigarette Sales are Growing Exponentially Using Marketing that Includes Television

    Sales of e-cigarettes have grown rapidly in the United States, and after doubling every year since 2008, sales in 2013 are now accelerating even faster and projected to reach $1.7 billion.2 The cost of e-cigarettes has fallen
    dramatically, as well, making them more affordable, and thus more attractive to young people. Unlike traditional tobacco products, there are no federal age restrictions that would prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes, nor are there any advertising restrictions.

    Along with the growth of e-cigarette sales, there has also been a growth of e-cigarette advertising over the past year. For example, in this year’s Super Bowl broadcast, NJOY e-cigarettes purchased a 30-second television advertisement slot which reached at least 10 million viewers in certain markets and reportedly translated into a dramatic 30-40% increase in sales.3 The advertisement depicted an attractive man smoking an e-cigarette that looked just like a real cigarette. Since then, advertisements for e-cigarettes have regularly appeared on primetime television, making it easier for those advertisements to reach children. Moreover, e-cigarettes are not being marketed as smoking cessation devices, but rather as recreational alternatives to real cigarettes. Consumers are led to believe that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to cigarettes, despite the fact that they are addictive, and there is no regulatory oversight ensuring the safety of the ingredients in e-cigarettes.

    E-Cigarettes Appeal to Youth

    E-cigarettes contain fruit and candy flavors -- such as cherry, chocolate, gummy bear, and bubble gum -- that are appealing to youth. The FDA has banned such flavors from cigarettes and should take the same action regarding e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes and refills of the liquid nicotine solution used with e-cigarettes can easily be ordered online without age verification. By intentional use or mistaken ingestion from the non-child resistant containers, e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine refills can deliver dangerously high doses of liquid nicotine to youth.

    In addition to flavors, e-cigarette manufacturers, such as and Magic Puff City E-cigarettes, use cartoon monkeys to sell e-cigarettes,4 even though for many years, the major manufacturers of traditional cigarettes have been banned from using cartoons to advertise. Finally, e-cigarette manufacturers, such as White Cloud Cigarettes, offer reusable e-cigarette “skins” -- known as Vapor Jackets -- that are intended to make the e-cigarette desirable or fashionable and are available in a variety of patterns that appeal to children, one of which uses images from the popular video game, Angry Birds.

    Further, data from the 2011 and 2012 National Youth Tobacco Surveys (conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) show that e-cigarette use among students doubled in the last year. Specifically, one in 10 high school students reported that they had tried an e-cigarette in the last year -- up from one in 20 in 2011, and 1.8 million middle and high school students said they had tried e-cigarettes in 2012. The increased usage among young people echoes the growth among adult users, and researchers indicated that aggressive marketing campaigns, in part, drove the increase.

    The FDA has Authority to Regulate E-cigarettes and Protect the Public

    In the Tobacco Control Act, Congress recognized that nicotine is an addictive drug, and virtually all new users of tobacco products are under the age of eighteen and are therefore too young to legally purchase such products. Congress further found that tobacco advertising and marketing contributes significantly to the teenage use of nicotine-containing tobacco products. To help prevent children from using tobacco products, the Tobacco Control Act imposed restrictions on advertising and marketing to youth. These restrictions should be applied to e-cigarettes, as well, to safeguard children from nicotine addiction and other potential health effects of e-cigarettes.

    The FDA has authority to regulate electronic cigarettes as “tobacco products” under the Tobacco Control Act, as they are products “made or derived from tobacco” that are not a “drug,” “device,” or combination product. Case law, such as Sottera, Inc. v. Food & Drug Administration, 627 F.3d 891 (D.C. Cir. 2010), further supports the contention that e-cigarettes are “made or derived from tobacco” and can be regulated as “tobacco products” under the Tobacco Control Act.

    We ask the FDA to move quickly to ensure that all tobacco products are tested and regulated to ensure that companies do not continue to sell or advertise to our nation’s youth.

  • SEC loosens crowdfunding regulation for startups

    Posted on Sep 23, 2013

    SEC is concerned with protecting investors while complying with crowdfunding provisions of JOBS Act


  • DeVry CEO responds to article on Sen. Durbin's for-profit medical school probe

    Posted on Sep 20, 2013

    In response to an AP feed article by Bloomberg reporter Jane Lorin carried September 11, 2013 on the Columbus CEO website, DeVry president and CEO Daniel Hamburger submitted this letter to the editor for publication: 

    Letter to the Editor Regarding Jane Lorin Article:

              The Janet Lorin article on Caribbean medical schools contains many mischaracterizations about our institutions, but perhaps the most egregious is an outright omission of a critical academic outcome: the 96% first-time pass rate achieved by students at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Ross University School of Medicine on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam in 2012. This is the same rate posted by US schools.
              Another glaring omission concerns student debt. Lorin implies that students at our schools are a high financial risk, but the numbers say otherwise. The three-year cohort default rates for the schools are 1.6% at AUC and 0.8% at Ross, showing that graduates are securing employment and paying down their loans.
              Further, the article states that AUC and Ross are “not accredited by the body that approves medical programs in the US,” implying that our schools are not accredited at all. In fact, there is no US accrediting body that reviews and accredits international medical schools. The US Department of Education’s National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) reviews the standards used by foreign countries to accredit medical schools and determines whether those standards are comparable to standards used to accredit medical schools in the US. NCFMEA has reviewed the standards set by our schools’ accreditors and deemed them to be comparable to those used to accredit US schools. That’s why AUC and Ross students are eligible for Title IV – because we’ve met high academic standards - not due to a “loophole.”
              Ross and AUC graduates are practicing in every state in the US, many of them in areas of critical need like primary care. For example, in Texas, 59% of AUC graduates practice in primary care specialties, the type of physicians most desperately needed in that state. With growing healthcare needs across the US, international schools like AUC and Ross will be critical to the success of our medical system.

    Daniel Hamburger
    President and CEO

  • Nonprofit raises cancer funding with a Night of Chocolate

    Posted on Sep 19, 2013

    The eighth-annual Night of Chocolate kicks off tomorrow night at 7:30 in the Grand Ballroom of Hollywood Casino Columbus. Guests will enjoy confections from 30 Central Ohio chocolatiers.

    Tickets are $150; corporate and group rates are available. Proceeds from the event will benefit cancer patients, survivors and family members through Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio programs. The event will feature a live and a silent auction, gaming and lots of chocolate.  

    The dress code is cocktail attire. A VIP pre-party begins at 6:15; the main event runs until 11 p.m. Guests may purchase tickets here

  • Start your downloads: iOS 7 available now

    Posted on Sep 18, 2013

    What to expect from your new iPhone iOS 7 operating system


  • Wexners welcome community to their home for 16th annual New Albany Classic

    Posted on Sep 17, 2013

    Weekend charity event will feature Ariana Grande performance, showjumping competition to benefit the Center for Family Safety and Healing 


  • Posted on Sep 16, 2013

  • Philanthropists get ready: Big Give 24-hour donation drive begins tomorrow

    Posted on Sep 16, 2013

    Columbus Foundation’s 24-hour online giving event allows donations to over 630 local nonprofits #TCFBigGive


  • Mayor's Small Biz conference open for registration

    Posted on Sep 13, 2013

    Registration is now open for Mayor Coleman's 11th annual Small Business Conference and Expo. The networking conference will take place Sept. 26-27 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus at the Convention Center.

    Columbus-based Nationwide and Huntington partnered to present this year's conference Go Forward II: New Directions to Small Business Growth and Profitability. Speakers include:

    Antione Bennett, Senior Director of Procurement and Operations at Nationwide Mutual Insurance

    Tracy Maxwell Heard, Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives for the 130th General Assembly of Ohio

    Victor Thorne, Managing Director, Strategic Development of Columbus 2020

    Troy Miller, Columbus City Council President Pro Tempore, chair of the Small & Minority Business Development, Technology, and Zoning Committees

    Inna Kinney, Founder and CEO of the Economic & Community Development Institute

    Martin D. Golden, Columbus District Director of  the U.S. Small Business Administration

    Lisa Price, Founder & President of Carol’s Daughter 

    Caroline Z. Worley, Worley Law

    Cameron Mitchell, president and founder of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants

    Elizabeth Lessner, CEO/Founder of the Columbus Food League

    Debbie Phillips, founder of Women on Fire

    Dennis Kembro, author & business professor

    Jacqueline D. Neal, CEO of J. Neal Consulting 


  • Boots to Business program sends vets to entrepreneurial bootcamp

    Posted on Sep 12, 2013

    The Columbus district SBA office focuses on veteran-owned business 


  • Mexico lost in Crew Stadium but beat U.S. to prime Columbus hotel booking

    Posted on Sep 11, 2013

    Sports team visits provide a change of pace for downtown's historic Westin Columbus hotel 


  • CAS Names Massie's Successor

    Posted on Sep 10, 2013

    The American Chemical Society has named Manuel “Manny” Guzman the next president of its CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) division. Guzman’s appointment begins Sept. 30. He succeeds Robert Massie, who has led Columbus-based nonprofit research organization for more than 21 years; Massie will retire at the end of March.

    According to a news release, Guzman was executive vice president of learning and research solutions and international at Cengage Learning, which serves library markets around the world. He managed a $2 billion product development operation, including strategy, editorial, business development, and product and platform technology, as well as international operations generating $300 million in annual revenue.

    "Manny was the unanimous and enthusiastic choice of our search committee, which looked at a field of highly capable executives," said Madeleine Jacobs, ACS executive director and CEO, in the announcement. "He is an extremely articulate, knowledgeable, accomplished and personable executive with substantive experience in relevant information businesses. He has led and managed information businesses at the scale of CAS and his knowledge of the library, education, government, and industry marketplaces, both domestically and internationally, places him advantageously to enhance ACS's core products—SciFinder and STN—as well as create new opportunities."

    “CAS has a long and successful history of serving universities, businesses, and patent offices around the world with market-leading products and services," Guzman said in the release. “This foundational success provides the opportunity to exceed the digital customer expectations of the future."

    Guzman was previously employed by Thomson Corp., serving from 2005 to 2007 as CFO and president of Thomson Learning, Career & Professional Group. After it was sold to Cengage, he became executive vice president, finance, operations & international for the academic and professional group. During his 10 years at Thomson and Cengage, he developed and launched innovative learning solutions and acquired entities such as National Geographic School Publishing.

    Guzman holds a bachelor’s in accounting and an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University.

  • Columbus attorneys make the Best Lawyers 2014 list

    Posted on Sep 9, 2013

    The following Columbus firms sent notice that their attorneys have been named Lawyers of the Year in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America listings:

    *Edited to correct Lawyer of the Year listings

    Bricker & Eckler

    Jerry Allen (Lawyer of the Year, litigation & controversy tax)

    John Beavers (Lawyer of the Year, corporate compliance law)

    Drew Campbell (Lawyer of the Year, banking & finance litigation)

    Frank Merrill (Lawyer of the Year, environmental litigation)

    Karen Moore (Lawyer of the Year, trusts & estates)

    Rebecca Princehorn (Lawyer of the Year, education law)

    Anne Marie Sferra (Lawyer of the Year, appellate practice)


    Calfee, Halter & Griswold

    Leah Pappas Porner (Lawyer of the Year, government relations)


    Ice Miller

    Gregory Dunn (Lawyer of the Year, municipal)

    Stephen Samuels (Lawyer of the Year, environmental)



    Roetzel & Andress

    Edward Hertenstein (Lawyer of the Year, tax)



    Michael Canter (Lawyer of the Year, antitrust)

    Mary Ellen Fairfield (Lawyer of the Year, product liability litigation—defendants)

    Russell Gertmenian (Lawyer of the Year, corporate governance)

    Judith Marsh (Lawyer of the Year, franchise)

    Linda Mendel (Lawyer of the Year, employee benefits)

    Gregory Russell (Lawyer of the Year, energy)

    James Wilson (Lawyer of the Year, antitrust litigation)


    The following Columbus firms and attorneys have been included in 2014 The Best Lawyers in America:


    Babbitt & Weis

    Gerald Babbitt (family law)


    Bricker & Eckler

    Jerry Allen (litigation & controversy—tax)

    Laura Anthony (education)

    David Baker (real estate)

    Catherine Ballard (health care)

    John Beavers (corporate compliance, corporate governance, corporate, M&A, securities & capital markets)

    John Birath Jr. (commercial litigation, medical malpractice—defendants, personal injury litigation—defendants)

    Sally Bloomfield (water, energy)

    Drew Campbell (commercial litigation, banking & finance litigation)

    Kimball Carey (education)

    William Conard II (public finance)

    David Conrad (real estate)

    Scott Davis (construction)

    Jennifer Flint (education)

    James Flynn (health care)

    John Furniss III (trusts & estates)

    Dane Gaschen (education)

    Michael Gire (health care)

    Craig Haddox (real estate)

    James Hughes (environmental, environmental litigation)

    Stephen Intihar (real estate)

    Kenneth Johnson (bankruptcy & creditor debtor rights/insolvency & reorganization law, bankruptcy litigation)

    Gordon Johnston (banking & finance, equipment finance)

    Richard Kane (public finance)

    Donald Keller (employment—management, labor—management, labor & employment litigation)

    Allen Killworth (health care)

    Stephan Kleinman (health care)

    Gordon Litt (tax, trusts & estates)

    Richard Lovering (personal injury litigation—defendants)

    Edward Matto (antitrust, antitrust litigation)

    Charles McCreary (real estate)

    Frank Merrill (environmental litigation)

    Karen Moore (trusts & estates, trusts & estates litigation)

    Thomas O’Brien (communications, energy, water)

    James Petrie (employment—individuals and management, labor—management, labor & employment litigation)

    Rebecca Princehorn (education, public finance)

    Robert Rafferty (trusts & estates)

    Jack Rosati, Jr. (construction, construction litigation)

    James Rutledge (corporate)

    Anne Marie Sferra (appellate, commercial litigation)

    Douglas Shevelow (construction)

    Diane Signoracci (health care)

    Karen Smith (health care)

    David Spialter (health care)

    Elisabeth Squeglia (health care)

    Christopher Swank (real estate)

    Betsy Swift (employment—management, labor—management)

    Kurtis Tunnell (government relations)

    David Whittaker (bankruptcy & creditor debtor rights/insolvency & reorganization, bankruptcy litigation)

    Faith Williams (administrative/regulatory, insurance)


    Calfee, Halter & Griswold

    Christopher Jones (environmental)

    Steven Karzmer (corporate, M&A)

    Albert Lucas (commercial litigation)

    Leah Pappas Porner (government relations)

    Stephen Wiley (corporate)


    Fisher & Phillips

    David Hiller (labor & employement)


    Koffel Law Firm

    Brad Koffel (DUI/DWI defense)

    Ice Miller 

    Daniel Anderson (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization, bankruptcy litigation)

    Randall Arndt (real estate)

    William Barath (employment--management)

    Richard Barnhart (banking & finance, corporate)

    Paul Bittner (employment and labor--management)

    Tyson Crist (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization, bankruptcy litigation)

    Corey Crognale (workers' compensation--employers) 

    James Davidson (commercial litigation, labor & employment litigation) 

    Kris Dawley (commercial litigation, health care) 

    Jay Dingledy (corporate)

    Gregory Dunn (communications, municipal)

    Matthew Fornshell (securities litigation, securities regulation)

    Steven Forry (commercial litigation)

    Roger Gilcrest (intellectual property litigation, trademark)

    John Gilligan (commercial litigation, banking & finance litigation, construction litigation, intellectual property litigation) 

    Herbert Godby (banking & finance, real estate)

    Richard Holz (tax) 

    Elden James Hopple (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization) 

    T. Earl LeVere (copyright, intellectual property litigation, patent litigation, patent, trademark) 

    John McDonald (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, construction litigation, environmental litigation)

    Michael Melliere (education) 

    Robert Ouellette (corporate, M&A) 

    Sue Porter (employment and labor--management, labor & employment litigation) 

    Victoria Powers (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization, bankruptcy litigaiton)

    Susan Rector (corporate, trademark)

    Joseph Reidy (environmental, environmental ltigation)

    Hansel Rhee (construction litigation)  

    Robert Robenalt (workers' compensation--employers) 

    John Robinett (banking & finance, real estate)

    Stephen Samuels (environmental, environmental litigation) 

    Alan Starkoff (commercial litigation, M&A litigation)  

    Daniel Swetnam (bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization, bankruptcy litigation) 

    Felix Wade (employment and labor--management, labor & employment litigation)

    Robert Weisman (employment and labor--management)


    Lane Alton & Horst

    Mary Barley McBride (personal injury—defendants)

    Joseph Gerling (personal injury—defendants, product liability—defendants)

    Jeffrey Hutson (personal injury—defendants)

    Rick Marsh (professional malpractice—defendants)

    Gregory Rankin (professional malpractice—defendants)


    Plunkett Cooney

    Amelia Bower (real estate litigation)

    Jack Levey (real estate)



    Thomas Dillon

    Erika Haupt

    Edward Hertenstein

    Douglas Kennedy

    Judith Levine

    Thomas Rosenberg

    Bradley Snyder


    Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick

    Michael Born (environmental, environmental litigation)

    Edwin Emerson (health care)

    Michael O’Callaghan (environmental)


    Steptoe & Johnson

    James Carpenter (commercial litigation, construction, medical malpractice and professional malpractice—defendants)

    Bryan Prosek (corporate, M&A)

    Katerina Milenkovski (environmental, environmental litigation, natural resources)

    William Lane (trusts & estates)

    Vincent Holzhall (personal injury—defendants)

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister

    Donald Brey (administrative/regluatory, commercial litigation, First Amendment litigation)

    David Butler (commercial litigation)

    James Chester (corporate, real estate)

    Catherine Dunlay (health care) 

    Stephen Fitch (bet-the-company and commercial litigation) 

    David Johnson (corporate)

    J. Anthony Kington (corporate, trusts & estates) 

    Pamela Krivda (employment and labor--management, labor & employment litigation 

    Eugene Lewis (family)

    Craig Paynter (eminent domain & condemnation, construction litigation)

    Charles “Rocky” Saxbe (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, government relations)

    Elizabeth Stanton (employment--management, labor & employment litigation, land use & zoning litigation)

    Roderick Willcox (corporate, trusts & estates) 


    W. Jonathan Airy (oil & gas)

    Anker Bell (commercial litigation, corporate)

    Theodore Boggs (environmental, environmental litigation)

    Ross Bridgman (employment—management, labor—management)

    Stephen Buchenroth (franchise, real estate)

    Michael Canter (antitrust, antitrust litigation)

    Nelson Cary (employment management, labor—management, labor & employment litigation)

    Michael Cline (corporate)

    David Cook (immigration)

    Perry Doran (mass tort litigation/class actions—defendants)

    Mary Ellen Fairfield (bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, labor & employment litigation, personal injury litigation—defendants, product liability litigation—defendants)

    Gerald Ferguson (intellectual property litigation)

    Shawn Flahive (corporate compliance, corporate governance, corporate)

    Jackie Ford (employment—management & individuals, labor—management)

    Ivery Foreman (corporate compliance, corporate)

    Sheila Nolan Gartland (real estate)

    Russell Gertmenian (corporate compliance, corporate governance)

    Robert Harris (employment—management)

    Herbert Hedden (franchise)

    Kimberly Weber Herlihy (commercial litigation)

    Reginald Jackson (bankruptcy & creditor debtor rights/insolvency & reorganization)

    Dan Jaffe (tax)

    Benita Kahn (energy)

    John Keller (oil & gas)

    James Kennedy (antitrust)

    Allen Kinzer (employment—management, labor—management, labor & employment litigation)

    William Kloss, Jr. (personal injury litigation—defendants)

    Mark Knueve (employment—management, labor & employment litigation)

    John Kulewicz (appellate, civil rights)

    John Landolfi (commercial litigation)

    Randall LaTour (bankruptcy & creditor debtor rights/insolvency & reorganization, bankruptcy litigation)

    Michael Long (bet-the-company litigation, commercial)

    Judith Marsh (banking & finance, franchise)

    Michael Martz (corporate)

    Douglas Matthews (commercial litigation, employment—management)

    Theodore Mattis (commercial litigation, workers’ compensation—employers)

    Linda Mendel (employee benefits)

    Frederick Mills (government relations)

    Daniel Minor (real estate)

    Robert Minor (workers’ compensation)

    Jonathan Norman (employment –management & individuals, labor—management, labor & employment litigation)

    M. Howard Petricoff (energy)

    William Porter (commercial litigation)

    Frederick Ransier (bankruptcy & creditor debtor rights/ insolvency & reorganization)

    Russell Rosler (corporate)

    Ronald Rowland (tax, trusts & estates)

    Thomas Ruby (banking & finance, equipment finance)

    Gregory Russell (energy)

    Allen Rutz (construction)

    D. Michael Schira (real estate)

    Richard Schuster (commercial litigation)

    Michael Settineri (energy)

    Bradley Sinnott (workers’ compensation—employers)

    Carl Smallwood (appellate, commercial litigation, mass tort litigation/class actions—defendants, product liability litigation—defendants, workers’ compensation—employers)

    Andrew Smith (employment and labor—management)

    Elizabeth Smith (personal injury litigation—defendants)

    J. Theodore Smith (construction, real estate)

    David Swift (trusts & estates)

    Thomas Szykowny (insurance)

    Robert Tait (mass tort litigation/class actions—defendants)

    Jill Tangeman (land use & zoning)

    Thomas Tarpy (employment and labor—management)

    Mark Vannatta (non-profit/charities, tax, trusts & estates)

    Jonathan Vaughn (employment and labor—management, labor & employment litigation)

    John Vorys (banking & finance, corporate)

    Travis Wahl (banking & finance)

    Kristin Watt (environmental, environmental litigation)

    John Weimer (banking & finance, equipment finance)

    Anthony Weis (M&A)

    John Wellner (real estate)

    James Wilson (antitrust, antitrust litigation)

    Kelly Jennings Yeoman (employment—management)

    Scott Ziance (public finance)


  • Q&A with Ologie's chief creative officer and founder Beverly Ryan

    Posted on Sep 6, 2013

    Beverly Ryan (nee Bethge), founder, senior partner and chief creative officer Ologie, talks branding and business


  • Greater Columbus Arts Council appoints AEP VP to board

    Posted on Sep 5, 2013

    Greater Columbus Arts Council president Tom Katzenmeyer was pleased to announce the appointment of David Feinberg to the GCAC board last week. 

    “We are delighted to once again have a representative on our board from AEP, one of Columbus’ most important corporate and community partners,” said Katzenmeyer in an Aug. 29 press release. 

    As executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of American Electric Power, Feinberg supervises AEP's legal department and oversees corporate legal affairs for the $14.9 billion Columbus-based energy company.

    Feinberg joined AEP as senior VP and general counsel in 2011.  He received his juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and TechnologyIn addition to serving on the GCAC board, Feinberg serves on CAPA's board of trustees and is a member of the Columbus Police Foundation board. 

    The GCAC board of trustees features up to 27 members. The board is led by chair Karen Bell, associate VP of arts outreach at Ohio State University, and chair-elect William Faust, partner and chief strategy officer for Ologie.  

  • Should employees show more personality in the workplace?

    Posted on Sep 4, 2013

    Deloitte study shows "covering" harmful to employee engagement


  • Posted on Sep 4, 2013

  • CEO Receives First-Place Honors

    Posted on Sep 3, 2013

    Columbus CEO has won two first-place awards from the 2013 Ohio’s Best Journalism Competition, a collaboration between the Society of Professional Journalists’ chapters in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus.

    The statewide journalism competition drew more than 600 entries from around Ohio this year. The contest was judged by out-of-state SPJ chapters and professional organizations.

    The first award for CEO was in the Best Business Profile category, for print publications whose circulation is fewer than 75,000 copies. Former staff writer Jennifer Wray took first place for “Lhota’s Last Ride,” our March 2012 cover story about Bill Lhota’s retirement from COTA. Click here to read the story.

    CEO also shares a Best of Show honor for 200Columbus, which was named Best Special Publication in the print category for circulation of fewer than 75,000 copies. 200Columbus was a standalone, 152-page magazine celebrating the city of Columbus’s bicentennial. It was distributed with the January 2012 editions of both Columbus CEO and Columbus Monthly and was sold on newsstands around Central Ohio. It was a true staffwide effort: Editors, writers and designers from both magazines as well as sister publications were involved in producing 200Columbus. You can read the publication online here.

    The awards will be presented at a banquet at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in early October.

  • Children's Hunger Alliance chooses new CEO

    Posted on Sep 3, 2013

    The Columbus-based Children's Hunger Alliance has selected Mary Lynn Foster to replace outgoing CEO Mary Lou Langenhop. After four years leading the statewide nonprofit, Langenhop announced her retirement on June 4.

    Foster will assume her new role on September 16. She joins the CHA after having spent 11 years at Charles Penzone, Inc., first as Chief Financial Officer followed by eight years as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, Foster was vice president of finance and administration for the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.