Type: News
Date: 01/03/2017

Taft Elects Five New Partners

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP announces that the following five attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership:

  • Jonathan B. Amarilio / Litigation / Chicago
  • Nicholas E. Davis, Jr. / Labor & Employment / Dayton
  • Kristine M. Kolky / Litigation / Chicago
  • Russell C. Menyhart / Litigation, Business & Finance / Indianapolis
  • Chad R. Ziepfel / Litigation / Cincinnati

Jonathan B. Amarilio focuses his practice in civil appellate litigation and critical motion practice and has been involved in numerous high profile cases. He regularly represents individuals, small businesses, state and local governments, and Fortune 500 companies before state and federal appellate courts, primarily the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He has also served as a special assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois and as a special assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago in a number of matters. Amarilio received his B.A., cum laude, from American University and earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. He has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014-2016) and as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Network (2015-2016).

Nicholas E. Davis, Jr. represents management in a wide variety of occupational safety and employment related matters, including workers’ compensation claims, employer intentional torts, violations of specific safety requirements (VSSRs), OSHA citations, employment discrimination and unemployment compensation. He represents both state-funded and self-insured employers before the Industrial Commission of Ohio, the Courts of Common Pleas, Ohio Appellate Courts and the Ohio Supreme Court. He has significant litigation experience, having defended numerous cases to jury trial. Davis also assists employers with BWC audit disputes, group-rating issues and applications for self-insurance. In addition, he devotes his time to assisting employers in serious accident investigations. Davis received his undergraduate degree from Kent State University and earned his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Kristine M. Kolky focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including commercial foreclosure and creditor’s rights litigation. She regularly represents financial institutions and other lenders in litigation arising from commercial transactions, contract disputes and real estate matters. She also represents court-appointed receivers in various litigation and has experience handling employment disputes and mechanics lien litigation. Kolky works with the National Immigrant Justice Center and represents asylum seekers pro bono in both the application process and litigation arising out of removal proceedings. Kolky received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. She has been honored as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Network (2016).

Russell C. Menyhart works on complex litigation and international legal issues. A former diplomat with extensive international experience and fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Menyhart assists U.S. and foreign clients with international legal issues, including dispute resolution, export control compliance and immigration. His litigation practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including appellate and constitutional matters. Menyhart also leads Taft’s social enterprise practice, working with benefit corporations and impact investors. He received his undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington.

Chad R. Ziepfel regularly assists clients with internal investigations and advocates on behalf of businesses, executives, public officers and other individuals involved in criminal prosecutions and investigations. In addition to his white collar practice, Ziepfel routinely represents companies and individuals in matters involving a wide variety of commercial litigation, including business and contract disputes, injunctive relief, creditor’s rights and collections, misappropriation of trade secrets and various other complex commercial disputes. Ziepfel received his undergraduate degree from Miami University and earned his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law. He has been honored as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014-2017) and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation (2013-2017).

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