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KMK Complex Litigation Blog Contributors:

Joseph M. Callow, Jr., Partner, Litigation
Joe Callow has represented clients in more than 20 class action and MDL cases primarily involving securities, ERISA, antitrust, and general corporate and business-related claims.  He also has experience in copyright infringement and intellectual property litigation; False Claims Act and qui tam litigation; product liability/tort litigation and multiple case management and oversight; and constitutional law.  Mr. Callow has represented Cincom Systems, Inc., Fifth Third Bank, LSI Industries, and other clients in litigation matters on a local, regional and national basis.  He has also represented Fifth Third Securities, Inc., Great American Advisors, and other clients in FINRA and AAA securities arbitrations.

Richard L. Creighton, Jr., Partner, Litigation
Rich Creighton is a trial attorney. His practice is concentrated in general civil litigation, with particular emphasis on complex business, antitrust, and tort litigation, including class actions. In recent years, he has served as lead class counsel in several class action cases, including antitrust price-fixing cases.  In the business law arena, he has successfully represented a wide variety of clients in contract and/or fraud cases. Mr. Creighton is also recognized for his experience in counseling clients and serving as trial counsel in matters involving libel, invasion of privacy, and other First Amendment issues. A licensed instrument rated private pilot, he has successfully represented numerous clients in aviation related matters, including aviation crash cases and administrative proceedings before the Federal Aviation Administration.

Thomas F. Hankinson, Partner, Litigation
Tom Hankinson helps clients deal with conflict – avoiding or resolving disputes, as needed, to pursue their business objectives.  Tom has experience with disputes involving trademarks, patents, employment, contracts, unfair competition, class actions, D&O liability, large- and small-scale discovery, subpoenas and more.  He regularly handles complex litigation matters.

Pamela Morgan Hodge, Partner, Insurance Coverage & Litigation
Pamela Morgan Hodge primarily focuses her practice in the area of insurance coverage, helping clients understand the insurance coverage that may be available to them and then assisting them in accessing it in the event of claims. Within this practice area, she performs various services for client insureds.

Brian P. Muething, Partner, Litigation
Brian Muething's practice is primarily concentrated in the litigation and bankruptcy and reorganization areas. He has represented public and private companies in a range of matters in state and federal court, as well as commercial arbitrations. Mr. Muething has represented multiple firm clients in class action matters. In bankruptcy courts, he has represented numerous firm clients including financial institutions, insurance companies, landlords, and a court-appointed creditor representative in a mass tort bankruptcy.

Michael L. Scheier, Partner & Practice Group Leader, Litigation
Mike Scheier is co-chair of the Litigation Practice Group at Keating Muething & Klekamp.  Mr. Scheier’s practice is concentrated in the areas of complex banking and creditor’s rights disputes, bankruptcy related litigation, complex commercial disputes, and mass tort bankruptcy proceedings. He has extensive experience representing financial institutions and corporate clients in a wide range of matters including banking fraud, lender liability, UCC Article 3 and 4 litigation, insolvency litigation and general enforcement of creditors’ rights. He regularly appears in federal and state trial and appellate courts around the country.

Joseph L. Trauth, Jr., Partner, Litigation
Joe Trauth's practice is concentrated in the areas of civil litigation, zoning and planning law, and real estate law. He has been extremely successful in major rezoning for local and national clients and in obtaining real estate property tax reductions for major commercial properties in this region. He also has handled major eminent domain cases and construction cases.  From 1967-1969, Joe served in the United States Peace Corps in Western Samoa as Assistant to the Director of Economic Development, and from 1971-1973, he served as an Assistant to United States Congressman W. J. Keating.

Anthony M. Verticchio, Partner, Litigation
Tony Verticchio's practice includes work in class action litigation, commercial and securities litigation, financial services litigation, product liability, and personal injury / wrongful death litigation.  He is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky.

Meaghan K. FitzGerald, Associate, Litigation
Meaghan FitzGerald practices in the firm's litigation group.  During law school, Meaghan served as research assistant to Professor Daniel Tokaji, exploring a variety of voting rights and campaign finance issues. She also worked as an intern in the Office of Congressional Affairs of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications & Information Administration in Washington, DC designing and compiling databases for the candidate selection process of the First Responder Network Board. Meaghan researched and prepared materials for Assistant Secretary of NTIA to use when testifying before Congress.

Sarah Vonderbrink Geiger, Associate, Litigation
Sarah Vonderbrink Geiger practices in the firm’s Litigation Group.  Prior to joining KMK, Sarah was a co-mediator for the Family Alternative Dispute Clinic, Mediation Center of Charlottesville, Virginia, where she co-mediated parental disputes regarding custody, visitation and child support.

Sophia R. Jannace, Associate, Litigation
Sophia Jannace practices in the firm’s litigation group, with a focus on commercial disputes. While in law school, Sophia served as a judicial extern in the chambers of the Honorable David L. Bunning, District Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Sophia also acted as a legal extern at General Cable Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, where she drafted and reviewed commercial agreements and prepared due diligence materials for the issuance of high yield notes.

Jacob D. Rhode, Associate, Litigation
Jacob Rhode practices in the firm's Litigation Group concentrating in the areas of commercial and securities litigation and class actions.  Prior to joining KMK, Jacob was an attorney with Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP in Columbus, Ohio where he gained experience representing clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes and class actions.

Collin L. Ryan, Associate, Litigation
Collin Ryan practices in the firm's Litigation Group. Before joining KMK Law, Collin served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Patrick F. Fischer of the Ohio First District Court of Appeals.  He worked as a summer associate at KMK Law in 2015, and continued to work at KMK throughout his third year of law school.

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