Dinsmore & Shohl Announces 11 New Partners

January 6, 2014News Releases
Dinsmore & Shohl is pleased to announce 11 attorneys have been named Partner. Mark G. Arnzen, Jr., Anthony F. Bonner, Jr., Joshua J. Chernesky, Brandon D. Coneby, Brian C. Judkins, Jason M. Nutzman, R. Warner Off, Jill M. Scherff, Julie A. SchoepfElizabeth M. Shaffer and Robert M. Zimmerman were elected to partnership effective January 1, 2014.

“We look for attorneys to promote who reflect the core values of the firm. This group stands out for their dedication to helping our clients achieve their goals and accomplish their objectives. These new Partners will help to ensure a bright future for Dinsmore,” said George H. Vincent, Managing Partner. 

Mark G. Arnzen, Jr. - Cincinnati
Mark Arnzen is a member of the Litigation Department. His practice focuses on representing public and private companies, small businesses and individuals in a wide range of complex litigation. Mark has appeared in both Ohio and Kentucky State and Federal Courts and he has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Ohio First District Court of Appeals. 

Anthony F. Bonner, Jr. - Lexington
Anthony “Tony” Bonner is a member of the Intellectual Property Department. He represents Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individual investors with respect to patent prosecution, trademark prosecution, copyright registration, patent opinions and related litigation.

Tony has unique experience in various fields of intellectual property prosecution and litigation in the electrical, computer and mechanical engineering fields. In the electrical and computer fields, Tony's experience includes DSL technologies, microelectronics, GPS technologies, integrated circuits, networking, communications, semiconductor, computer architecture, Internet technologies, personal communication services, software and digital logic. In the mechanical engineering field, Tony has experience in manufacturing and medical devices. 

Joshua J. Chernesky - Dayton
Joshua “Josh” Chernesky is a member of the Corporate Department. Josh concentrates his practice in the areas of general corporate and partnership law (including limited liability companies and non-profit organizations), commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions. 

Brandon D. Coneby - Pittsburgh
Brandon Coneby is a member of the Litigation Department and practices in the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group. He represents energy companies and landowners in connection with federal, state and local environmental laws and regulatory programs, with a primary focus on environmental issues relating to energy extraction (notably coal and oil and gas). Additionally, Brandon has represented landowners in negotiating oil and gas leases for the Marcellus Shale formation and in actions to defend the subsurface rights in leases dating back to the 1950s. As part of his environmental practice, he routinely represents companies of all sizes before federal and state regulatory agencies and before federal and state administrative tribunals.

In addition to his environmental practice, a small portion of Brandon's practice involves advising clients on issues involving the aquatics industry. He has advised municipalities with various issues and also represented homeowners in lawsuits involving construction of swimming pools and swimming pool accidents. 

Brian C. Judkins - Cincinnati
Brian Judkins’ thorough knowledge of corporate law matters, including experience with private and public securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions of all sizes, enables him to bring efficient results for clients. Having worked with clients in a variety of industries, from health care to software, Brian’s practical approach allows him to learn each client’s operations and objectives before tailoring a strategy to suit their needs. He has extensive experience in working with start-up entities, guiding them through both organizations and raising capital. At the same time, Brian has significant transactional experience with companies of all sizes.

Brian’s work has led to his recognition in The Legal 500 US 2011 Edition in the areas of middle-market transactions (defined as up to $500 million), where he is described as being “masterful at putting the terms of a deal together, being a subject matter expert in certain areas and pulling the entire acquisition team together to ensure all points are thoroughly considered and implemented.” He is a member of the Leadership Academy, Departmental Training, Associate Retreat and Professional Development Committees at Dinsmore. 

Jason M. Nutzman - Charleston, WV
Jason Nutzman is a member of the Labor & Employment Department and Mine Safety & Health Practice Group. Jason represents both coal and metal/non-metal clients before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission in accident investigations, special investigations, and discrimination investigations conducted by the Department of Labor with respect to the Mine Safety and Health Act.

In his practice, he works with human resource managers and in-house counsel providing employment advice and litigation support to employers. Jason also provides employment counseling to employers from the beginning of the employment relationship through termination and employment advice covering all types of discrimination and wrongful discharge, FMLA, ADA, ADEA and FLSA issues, and non-compete agreements. Jason is also experienced in representing clients regarding labor issues, including dealing with unions during a labor campaign and assisting management with a unionized workforce. 

R. Warner Off - Cincinnati
As a member of the Corporate Department, Warner Off provides a wide range of corporate and business counseling services to support the firm’s clients. Warner provides counsel for all manner of companies before, during and after engaging in mergers, acquisitions and other transactions. Whether it’s a well-known public deal, or a smaller-sized private startup transaction, he has experience advising clients on the legal and business issues at hand. His ability to break through the fog of a deal and focus on reconciling the client’s business goals with its legal needs makes him an asset to any client’s deal team.

Among the other benefits he provides his corporate clients is a thorough knowledge of contract law and the contract negotiation process. Warner also supports a number of local and national companies with their promotional, contest and sweepstakes efforts. 

Jill M. Scherff - Cincinnati
Jill Scherff is a member of the Corporate Department and the Estate & Trust Practice Group. She has been certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, an honor earned by fewer than 175 attorneys throughout the state.

Jill’s estate planning practice includes estate and gift taxation and planning, business succession planning, asset protection planning and probate and estate administration. She has significant experience advising trustees on legal issues with respect to trust administration and in advising HR departments regarding the validity and proper uses of powers of attorney. Jill’s practice also focuses on corporate and partnership law, corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and international taxation and business structuring. She works with nonprofit organizations to seek and maintain tax exempt status and on corporate governance matters. 

Julie A. Schoepf - Cincinnati
Julie Schoepf practices in the area of commercial lending, real estate and mergers and acquisitions. She represents numerous banking institutions and life insurance companies in connection with negotiating and closing commercial, multi-state loans secured by real estate and personal property. She has significant experienced in the area of commercial construction lending. Julie’s corporate practice includes stock/asset purchases of diverse operating entities, including all related due diligence. 

Elizabeth M. Shaffer - Cincinnati
Elizabeth “Libby” Shaffer is a member of the Litigation Department. Libby's practice primarily involves commercial litigation at the state and federal trial court level through appeal. She focuses on the defense of litigation claims brought pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and related state consumer protection laws. She also focuses on construction litigation, insurance coverage and insurance extra-contractual litigation. In addition, she is a frequent speaker and author on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and practical litigation issues. Libby recently spoke at the Ohio State Bar Association's Consumer Law Institute CLE program on "Pitfalls in Collection Letters Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act." She was also recently published in the American Bar Association's The Practical Litigator magazine for her article on effective post-trial motion practice. 

Robert M. Zimmerman - Cincinnati
With extensive experience litigating business and commercial disputes within a wide variety of industries, Robert “Rob” Zimmerman leverages an aggressive approach to help clients reach efficient resolutions. He has represented clients in a number of cases involving breach of contract, commercial fraud, trade secrets, corporate governance, securities, shareholder/partnership disputes and unfair competition.

Understanding that each client has unique circumstances, Rob places a premium on quickly learning each client’s business culture, including their objectives and needs, in order to tailor an approach to fit their operations. He has worked with clients in an array of industries, including banking, real estate, consumer products, manufacturing components, pharmaceutical sales, and natural resources, and his ability to build a specific strategy for each client provides them the requisite counsel they need to move forward with their business. Rob also has substantial experience in complex litigation and is a member of the firm’s recruiting committee.