2024 Hall of Fame Honorees

Co-Owner, Bixenstine Resolutions, LLC, CSU|LAW Health Law & Policy Leader-in-Residence

Kim Bixenstine is privileged to serve as CSU|LAW Leader-in-Residence for Health Law & Policy and Chair of the Health Law Advisory Council. Since 2019, Kim Bixenstine has served as a professional mediator and arbitrator with Bixenstine Resolutions, a firm she co-owns with her husband, Barton Bixenstine. Since January, 2024, Kim has also served as a Shaker Heights City Council Member. Kim retired from University Hospitals in 2019, where she served as Chief Compliance Officer and, before that, as Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, in charge of claims, litigation and risk management. Before joining UH, Kim was Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel for TRW, Inc.  Prior to that, Kim was a partner in the Jones, Day law firm. Kim is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Chicago Law School. Kim serves as President of the Board of Great Lakes Theater and as a member of the Judge4Yourself judicial candidate rating coalition. She previously served on the Boards of the Shaker Heights Development Corporation and Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. She has received numerous awards, such as the YWCA Women of Achievement Award, Medical Mutual/Smart Business Nonprofit Executive of the Year award, and the Crain’s Cleveland Business Outstanding In-house Counsel Award. She also enjoys participating in community theater. 

Managing Partner, Buckley King

Brent serves as Managing Partner Buckley King and maintains an active practice representing public and privately-held companies, financial institutions, and businesses. He is nationally recognized for excellence in commercial litigation, business and corporate law, governance, banking, and finance. His business sense and trial experience combine to make a distinctive impact. Brent also represents directors and officers in business and financial transaction matters and is often retained in litigation ranging from corporate and class actions to governance, MDL, and financial matters. He has served as chair of the CSU|LAW Board of Visitors and was recently named to the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees. Brent continues to serve on numerous boards, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Ballet, and College Now Greater Cleveland. He has been repeatedly named to Ohio Super Lawyers, Top 50 Lawyers in Cleveland, Top 100 Lawyers in Ohio, and Best Lawyers in America. Brent received Legal Who’s Who recognition as “One of the Nation’s Top Lawyers for Litigation.” He was awarded Best Lawyers’ 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation—Banking and Finance, and again in 2024 as “Lawyer of the Year” in Financial Services Regulation Law. 

Counsel, McDonald Hopkins, LLC

Kevin Butler proudly joins a number of family members who studied at CSU|LAW, including Dennis Butler ’69, Geraldine Butler ’98, Chris Frey ’87 and Marie Frey ’14, all reputable and distinguished attorneys whose examples have shaped Kevin’s own service to the school as a student and alumnus. Kevin is a member of the public law, litigation and real estate practice groups at McDonald Hopkins, providing counsel to government entities and those doing business before public agencies. He has served as law director of the cities of Lakewood and Brooklyn and as special counsel to many public entities throughout his career, and counsels clients with a particular focus on land use and zoning issues, real estate transactions, public ethics matters, and pragmatic advocacy. Since his graduation, Kevin has been an active supporter of CSU|LAW, serving as a past president, trustee, and life member the CSU Law Alumni Association. He has been involved with the alumni association from the time he was a law student, most recently chairing its continuing education committee for a good number of years, and he has always enjoyed the camaraderie shared by so many CSU|LAW graduates in the Greater Cleveland area and beyond.

Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Cassandra Collier-Williams hails from Springfield, Ohio and graduated from Miami University with her BA degree.  After graduating from CSU|LAW, Judge Collier-Williams worked in a mid-size law firm before opening her own law firm in 1999.  In 2012, Judge Collier-Williams became the second African American (female or male) to be elected to the Court of Common Pleas, General Division, without first being appointed by the Governor, or having served on another judicial bench.  She also became just the 4th African American female to be elected to the Court of Common Pleas, General Division, in the history of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.  She is the Chairperson of the Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection; Co-Chair of Ohio Black Judges Association, Inc.; Member of the Executive Board of the National Bar Association Judicial Council; and life member of CSU|LAW Alumni Association.  Judge Collier-Williams is the recipient of the Chair’s Award for Exemplary Leadership and Service; the Sara J. Harper Humanitarian Award; City of Springfield Alumni of Distinction Award; and was named Notable Woman in Law by Crains Cleveland Magazine.   Judge Collier-Williams is one of four judges who maintain a Commercial law docket. 

Chairman & CEO, ParkOhio Industries

Matthew Crawford is a Director and Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President of ParkOhio, a Cleveland, Ohio based industrial company providing integrated supply chain management services and highly engineered manufactured products in 23 countries.  He joined the Company in 1995 as Assistant Secretary and Corporate Counsel, became a Director of the company in 1997, was promoted in 2001 to the position of Senior Vice President, became President in 2003, and was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2019.  Along with his duties at ParkOhio, he has also served as President of the Crawford Group since 1995. He has been a member of Resilience Capital Partners Executive Committee (a private equity firm) since 2010, is a Board Member of Crawford United. Matt’s philanthropic efforts include serving on the boards of the Musical Arts Association (The Cleveland Orchestra) as well as its Audit Committee, University School, Hillcrest Hospital, and Cuyahoga County Bluecoats. He holds a B.A. in Finance from Miami University and his J.D. from CSU|LAW. Matt and his wife, Debbie, have three children and live in Cleveland. 

Partner, Taft Law

From a young age, Julie Crocker knew she wanted to be an attorney. What she did not know at that time was that CSU|LAW would put her on the path to becoming a successful and experienced litigator. Julie is a Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where she has practiced since graduating magna cum laude from CSU|LAW. Julie is a member of Taft’s Commercial Litigation and M&A Litigation groups and specializes in shareholder disputes and M&A-related claims. Julie is also one of the youngest attorneys ever appointed to Taft’s Executive Committee, a group of attorneys who guide the firm’s strategic vision and decision making. This honor resulted largely from her success as a litigator representing global multimillion-dollar companies, as well has her achievements in the community.  Julie’s extensive trial experience includes defending some of the largest jury trial cases in Northeast Ohio. Julie is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Council and Ladder Down Cleveland. Julie is a Crain’s Forty Under 40 Honoree, an Ohio Super Lawyers Honoree, an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, and a Best Lawyers in America Honoree.

Chief Corporate Counsel (Retired), City of Cleveland Law Department

Ronda G. Curtis retired from the City of Cleveland after more than 30 years of public service in municipal government. She served as Chief Corporate Counsel in the Department of Law for the City of Cleveland. Ronda worked for the City of Cleveland from 2005 through 2024. Prior to the City of Cleveland, she served as an Assistant Director of Law and Acting Law Director for the City of East Cleveland, Ohio for thirteen years. Ronda graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with an Associate of Applied Business Degree, and Dyke College with a B.S. degree in paralegal studies before earning her J.D. degree from CSU|LAW. As Chief Corporate Counsel, Ronda supervised four practice groups within the Law Department that provide legal counsel to various departments on municipal law matters. Ronda’s career clearly demonstrates her commitment to public service. In 2023, Ronda received the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Brown, Mulligan, Rochan Distinguished Public Service Award. Ronda is a volunteer mentor in the community of Hope Program which serves young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. She enjoys spending time with her daughters, the theater, Zumba, and long walks. 

Chief Legal and Ethics Officer, Cleveland Metroparks

Drawn to the public sector at an early age, Rose Fini pursued her dedication to good governance and social justice by serving in the Civil Divisions of Medina and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Offices and ADAHMS Board prior to her current role as Cleveland Metroparks Chief Legal & Ethics Officer, where she leads the Legal Department for the entire Park District that includes over 25,000 acres, nine golf courses, over 300 miles of trails, five nature centers, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. She is a passionate advocate for conservation, influencing domestic legislation and international policy, and is a demonstrated leader both within her organization and her profession on issues of diversity, equity, and sustainability by authoring strategic plans, policies, and tool kits. Rose served as the 2021– 2022 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association President and as a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums delegation team for the United Nations CITES Treaty. She is a Life Member of the Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District, a Leadership Cleveland Class of 2015 graduate, and the 2014 Crain’s Cleveland Business General and In-House Counsel Government Award recipient. Rose holds a J.D. Degree from CSU|LAW and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from John Carroll University. 

Partner, Plevin & Gallucci Co., L.P.A.

Frank L. Gallucci III, is principal of Plevin & Gallucci Company, L.P.A.  After several years of successful practice, Frank partnered with his longtime friend and mentor, Leon Plevin, to form Plevin & Gallucci. Now one of the largest plaintiff firms in the state, Plevin & Gallucci has offices across Ohio, including Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Waverly. The firm has obtained billions of dollars in judgments and settlements for plaintiffs and has a fast-growing, statewide, and national client base. Frank practices civil litigation, including matters concerning wrongful death, personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical negligence, industrial injuries, and product liability. Frank is a member and past-President of the Ohio Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Cleveland Association of Trial Attorneys, and a Life Member of the 8th District Judicial Conference. Frank currently serves on the Governing Board of Make-A-Wish OKI, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and has been appointed by both Governors Kasich and DeWine to the Industrial Commission Nominating Council. He earned a B.S. degree from Boston College prior to attending CSU|LAW. 

Director of Member & Donor Engagement, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Mary was introduced to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) during her second year as a law student when she was hired as a law clerk.  As a young lawyer, she took a full-time position with the CMBA as Assistant Bar Counsel, focusing on attorney grievances and professional ethics. She also directed the Bar’s community outreach programs that work to promote the rule of law, improve access to justice, advance inclusion and provide law-related education.  She has been devoted to growing the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, the CMBA’s charitable arm, and in developing many of the CMBA’s impactful professional and community initiatives including Women in the Law, Justice For All, The 3Rs, Louis Stokes Scholars, and 1L Clerkship programs.  She has worked closely with CSU|LAW, engaging law students in CMBA programs and serving as a mentor.  She was honored to serve as president of the National Conference of Bar Foundations (2019-20) and to be recognized with the Founders’ Award from the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education and the CMBA’s Living Legacy Award. 

Owner, Matthew Prison Ministries; Owner, Precious Realty

Edward T Haggins was Born June 19, 1929 in Springfield Ohio and lived in Cleveland since 1952.  In 1946, he joined the U.S. Army and rose to LT Col Commander in 1950.  In 1951 he attended West Virginia State University graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science and from1948-1951 joined Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. as their Chaplain and worked for Dunbar Life Insurance in Cleveland as a Home Office Auditor.  In 1963 he joined Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and Graduated from Cleveland State University Marshall Law in1966.  He worked for the Internal Revenue Services as a Revenue Officer and received his Tax Court Certification and in 1971, Brokers License and Chartered E&D Realty July 21, 198 and in 1991 he started Xtra Title Company.  In 1990 Edward turned his life to God and started his Prison Ministry & became an Ordained Priest in 2007 and an ordained deacon in 2010. Today, Edward donates to CSU|LAW, The Cleveland Foundation, the Cuyahoga Community College Nursing Scholarship- Zella Haggins Scholarship, which he created, West Virginia State, various Prison Ministries and many, many more.  He is a father of Denise (Earl) Pierce & Danielle (Henry) Gibbs, Lydia (Lenard) Pope & Steven (Darlene) Davis. 

First Assistant, Federal Public Defender, Northern District of Ohio

Jacqueline A. Johnson’s, parents Willie and Louise Askew migrated from Alabama. She is the embodiment of their dreams deferred as the first female attorney hired by the Federal Defender Office in 1986. A graduate of Wittenberg University, Johnson is a national speaker on federal criminal law and diversity. She mentors students and she was the CSU|LAW Black Law Student Association (BLSA) 2023 Scholarship Keynote Speaker. She received United States Administrative Office, Director’s Award and Fellowship 2020, and has served on three Bipartisan Judicial Nomination Commissions. She was the recipient of the Norman S. Minor Trailblazers Award in 2018, The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation Public Servants Merit Award 2017, and The Honorable William K. Thomas Professionalism Award in 2014. Johnson testified at the Congressional Hearing for the 25th Anniversary of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. She was Chairperson on the Reappointment of Magistrate Judge Merit Selection panel and a member on three Magistrate Judge Merit Selection panels. She is a member of the Federal Court-Northern District of Ohio Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the Criminal Rules Advisory Board, and serves on Board of Trustees of the Federal Bar Association of Cleveland, where she Chairs the Diversity Committee.  She was Moot court judge for BLSA and trial advocacy at CSU|LAW and Case Western Reserve Law Schools. Johnson is a Member of Mt. Zion Church Oakwood Village and Vice President of S.H.I.G. She and her husband, Robert are grateful parents of three adult children. 

Former Assistant Prosecutor, Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office

Gertrude Bauer Mahon was a Cleveland attorney for nearly fifty years, serving thirty years as a member of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s staff. As such, she represented the State of Ohio in the 1961 Mapp v. Ohio trial, a landmark Fourth Amendment search and seizure case that made its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. She was a member of Kappa Beta Phi, Steuben Society of America, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, and the National Association of Women Lawyers. 

Former Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Judge Nancy R. McDonnell was the Court’s first female Administrative and Presiding Judge, and served nearly 25 years on the Bench. She received her law degree from CSU|LAW in 1985. After graduating from law school, Judge McDonnell served as an assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor in the Criminal Drug Division and the Major Trial Division. In 1991, she became a magistrate for the Lakewood Municipal Court. Judge McDonnell joined the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Bench in 1997. During her tenure as Administrative and Presiding Judge (2006-2009), Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judges voted on Local Rule 23.1 regarding open discovery, which mandates that prosecutors share all evidence for and against an accused citizen in criminal matters.  In addition, the Re-Entry Court docket was established in 2007, and a Commercial Docket was created in 2008. The first Cuyahoga County Drug Court docket began in 2009. After about a decade of planning by other government officials, Judge McDonnell led the final efforts to select a site for and begin construction on the County’s Community Based Correctional facility (CBCF). Her efforts secured millions of dollars in State funding for the construction and continuing operations of the facility. The CBCF opened in 2011 and the Facility Governing Board for the CBCF voted to name the facility after Judge McDonnell and today it is referred to as “The McDonnell Center”.  Judge McDonnell also had the opportunity to preside over one of the Court’s two Drug Court dockets before she passed away on September 28, 2021.

Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

William T. McGinty was elected to the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court General Division in 2019 and is currently in his last year as part of the bench.  In 2023, Judge McGinty launched, and currently presides over, Helping Others Prosper Everyday (H.O.P.E) Court; this is a high-risk drug court which helps to assist and inspire individuals to overcome and change their lives. A graduate of Padua Franciscan High School and Ohio Wesleyan University, he attended, and is a proud graduate of CSU|LAW. In addition to having served as a personal bailiff for Judge Thomas O. Matia and an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney under John T. Corrigan, Judge McGinty was a practicing criminal defense attorney for over 37 years.  He also was the Assistant Law Director for the City of Fairview Park, and eventually became the Law Director. Judge McGinty is the middle child of Connie and John McGinty, with two older brothers and two younger sisters.  He and his wife, Mary, have been married for forty-four years, and have been longtime residents of Fairview Park.  They have two children, Jack and Libby. For as long as Judge McGinty can remember, a life within the legal world was always part of his calling.  He is forever grateful CSU|LAW took a chance on him, and for the opportunity to live out his dream of being a lawyer and a judge.  CSU|LAW also provided him with many friends, colleagues, and even a brother-in-law!

Judge (Retired), Ohio Court of Appeals, 8th District

Judge Tim McMonagle has spent a lifetime in service to the community.  He served initially as a combat medic, who after injury, volunteered to serve on medical missions in the villages of Vietnam and as a convoy medic. He earned the Combat Medic’s Badge, and the Army Commendation Medal with first oak leaf cluster. Upon graduation from law school, he first served as a felony attorney with the Legal Aid Public Defender’s office.  Subsequently he engaged in the private practice of law, ultimately leaving for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas bench, the Mental Health Court, and the Ohio Court of Appeals for a combined 28 years. He was recently inducted into the Ohio Veteran’s Hall of Fame.

Budget Director (Retired), CSU|LAW; Associate, Cleveland State University

Vicki Plata began her career at Cleveland State University the day after graduating in 1971 with a B.A. degree. She worked 15 years in various university offices before coming to work at CSU|LAW in 1986, beginning a 21-year tenure. From her first days on the job, she realized she had come to a special place in the University – that this College was about providing an opportunity to people who might not have become law students. She saw faculty and staff work hard for student success, and the students respond by becoming fervently supportive alumni. As Budget Director, she interacted with all departments and many student organizations and served on several law school committees.  As a member of the Art Committee, she found the atrium mobile in pieces in a storeroom and donated the funds to have it restored rehung in the atrium in honor of her father. Her University leadership included serving as President of the Professional Staff Organization, Co-Chair of the Faculty Staff Fund Raising Appeal, Treasurer of the Howe Mansion Restoration Committee and member of the University Fiscal Officers and HR Liaison Committees. Upon retirement, she and her husband Jack established an endowment to purchase law library materials that later expanded to include support for the faculty research material allowance.   In retirement, she has kept her connection to the University through the CSU Retirees Association eventually serving as President, Vice President and Treasurer, and as a 30-year men’s basketball season ticket holder.   She also volunteers with the Cleveland Metroparks as a trail ambassador and cantors and sings in the choir of her parish.   

Chief Counsel, Glenn Research Center, NASA

Callista Puchmeyer is the chief counsel of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, where she provides expert legal advice to Glenn’s center director and other senior leaders. She also manages Glenn’s Office of the General Counsel, a diverse legal staff that advises Glenn clients on a broad spectrum of federal matters. She has over 20 years of professional experience, which includes more than 15 years of legal experience with both private industry and the U.S. government. Puchmeyer has successfully defended a myriad of complex legal matters before federal administrative and judicial bodies. Prior to her current assignment, Puchmeyer served as Glenn’s deputy chief counsel from 2015 through 2018. She came to Glenn in 2011 as an attorney advisor. Before joining NASA, Puchmeyer was an attorney in the corporate and securities group of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. A Cleveland native, Puchmeyer earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science from Ohio University (magna cum laude, 2004) as well as a law degree from CSU|LAW (cum laude, 2007). She completed the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society program in 2018 and the Diversity Center’s LeadDIVERSITY program in 2017. Calista lives in Westlake with her husband and five daughters. In her free time, she enjoys playing sand volleyball, competing in powerlifting events, and watching her daughters play a variety of sports.

Partner, National Litigation Area and Construction Practice Group Chair, Hahn Loeser

Rob Remington is a partner and career-long member of Hahn Loeser. He is the national chair of the firm’s Litigation Area and a long-standing member of the board of directors.  Rob founded the firm’s Construction Practice Group, which is recognized by Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 National Practice Group and by the Construction Executive Magazine, a respected industry publication, as a Top 50 Construction Practice Group in the United States.  For over 20 consecutive years, Rob has also been recognized as a top construction lawyer by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, and Ohio Super Lawyers. He maintains a national legal practice with a focus on complex commercial, construction and real estate litigation representing a wide range of clients, including a number of Fortune 500 clients on matters nationally.  According to Chambers USA, clients describe Rob as a “class A” trial lawyer. Rob served in the leadership of the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation for over a decade and is the former co-chair of the ABA Construction Litigation and Real Estate Litigation Committees.  Rob received his undergraduate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and his law degree from CSU|LAW where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review. 

Managing Partner, Weston Hurd, LLP

Daniel A. Richards is the Managing Partner of the Ohio-based law firm Weston Hurd LLP and is a proud graduate of CSU|LAW Class of 92, where he was co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Health. Dan has over 30 years of first chair trial and appellate court experience, representing businesses, hospitals, healthcare professionals, attorneys, manufacturers, construction companies, retailers, and the insurance industry throughout Ohio and all over the United States. Within the legal community, he is the Treasurer of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA), former Chair of OACTA’s Appellate Section, and former Chair of its Medical Malpractice Section. In 2019, Dan was honored to serve as Co-Chair of the inaugural Ladder Down Cleveland program for women attorneys focused on leadership, business development, and mentoring. An AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, he is listed in the Best Lawyers in America® and has been named an Ohio Rising Star and Ohio Super Lawyer on numerous occasions. Dan and his wife Amy reside in Solon and are the proud parents of three adult children, Sarah, Ben, and Lily. 

Senior Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church

Stephen Rowan serves as Senior Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church. He succeeded his late father, Rev. Dr. Albert T. Rowan, who served Bethany and the community for 35 years. Located in Cleveland’s Glenville Neighborhood, its mission is to be “God’s People, Doing God’s Business, God’s Way.” With a focus on spiritual, emotional, and physical health, Bethany attempts to serve the community through a variety of ministries and partnerships with the help of their storefront resource/referral center “Kingdom Korner.” He is a former Chair of the Board of Directors at The Cleveland Foundation, where he previously served as a program officer. He served Cuyahoga County for 16 years as Deputy Administrator and Director of Operations for the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. He is a former partner with the law firm of Ulmer & Berne. Over the years he has served on Hospital boards, and numerous committees and task forces seeking to build and sustain healthy communities. A member of several Ministerial Alliances and Bar Associations, he currently serves on The Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Cleveland Clinic Ethics Committee.

Principal, Synenberg & Associates, LLC

Roger committed his career to fighting for the rights of the accused, trying over 100 trials to verdict.  Following his service as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Roger entered private practice at Synenberg & Associates.  Every lawyer ever hired by his firm was a graduate of CSU|LAW. Roger’s trial skills were recognized with invitations to be a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Society of Barristers and The American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He was recognized by his contemporaries in the Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Attorney Association with the John P. Butler Lifetime Achievement Award, and Scene Magazine chose Roger as the best criminal defense attorney in Northeastern Ohio. During his career he devoted his time and resources to many civic and community organizations, provided pro bono legal services to those in need, and served on several non-profit boards. He also served on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for fifteen years, including eight as its chairman. Roger is the proud husband of Judge Joan Synenberg and the proud father of Eric Synenberg, both graduates of CSU|LAW. 

Partner, UB Greensfelder, LLP

A lifetime Clevelander and a 1975 summa cum laude graduate of Cleveland State University, Fred Widen went on to earn his JD from CSU|LAW, magna cum laude, in 1981. Fred concentrates his practice on representing businesses and individuals in taxation, real estate, general business, and succession matters. He is a certified specialist of Federal Taxation Law by the Ohio State Bar Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Fred is also a frequent writer and speaker on complex tax law matters. Often honored for his legal skill, Fred has earned recognition from Chambers USA and is ranked in the highest band for Tax. He’s been recognized by Super Lawyers and has been consistently named to The Best Lawyers in America® for Tax Law, Litigation & Controversy–Tax, and Trusts & Estates since 2005. Fred has been actively involved with CSU|LAW since graduating. He was a board member and past President of the CSU Law Alumni Association. He currently serves on the law school’s advisory board and is an honorary board member of the Alumni Association. Since 2015, Fred has volunteered as a guest lecturer for a Tax 1 course at the law school.


Senior Legal Counsel – Litigation, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Drew Odum is Senior Legal Counsel at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company where he provides litigation counsel. Drew grew up in Cleveland, attended Cornell University, then worked as a fifth-grade teacher before attending law school. In law school, he externed with the Honorable Melody Stewart at the 8th District Court of Appeals.  He then worked for Tucker Ellis LLP focusing on product liability, admiralty & maritime law, toxic torts, and general litigation. Drew also serves as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law. In the community, Drew has been a trusted advisor on boards including The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, co-chair of the Cleveland Early College High School Advisory Board, member of the Cleveland High School for Digital Arts Advisory Board, CSU|LAW School Dean’s Advisory Board, CSU|LAW School Alumni Minority Outreach Committee, and has served as a 3Rs volunteer. Drew mentors informally and formally through the CSU Law School’s Alumni Mentorship program, CMBA Louis Stokes Scholars program, CMBA Minority Clerkship program, College Now Greater Cleveland, and the Legal Counsel on Legal Diversity’s mentorship program.  Drew regularly volunteers with his Goodyear colleagues to support Community Legal Aid and the Akron Foodbank.

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