Type: News
Date: 12/17/2010

Taft Elects Seven New Partners

CINCINNATI, OHIO  – Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP proudly announces the election of seven new partners:

  • Douglas C. Anspach, Jr. -- Labor & Employment Practice, Dayton Office
  • Gregory W.  Bee -- Health & Life Science Practice, Cincinnati Office 
  • Bridget C. Hoffman -- Business & Finance Practice, Cincinnati Office
  • Lonnie L. Johnson -- Business & Finance Practice, Indianapolis Office 
  • Matthew C. Loftus -- Business & Finance Practice, Cincinnati Office 
  • Majeed G. Makhlouf  -- Litigation Practice, Cleveland Office 
  • Peter S. Nealis --  Business & Finance Practice, Cleveland Office

Douglas C. Anspach, Jr.
Anspach concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law. He assists clients in a broad range of matters including issues arising out of the American with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as other federal and state anti-discrimination statutes. In addition, Anspach represents employers in matters arising out of the National Labor Relations Act, including collective bargaining, training management and supervisory employees in union avoidance and defending against unfair labor practice charges.

He has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2005. Anspach currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Good Neighbor House Board of Trustees and serves on the Leadership Dayton Board of Governors. He received his undergraduate degree, graduating cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and law degree from The College of William and Mary.

Gregory W.  Bee
Bee concentrates his practice on a range of corporate issues, particularly as they relate to physicians and health care entities. He has advised clients on business start-up and financing, contract negotiation, employment matters, hospital and physician joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions (health care and non-), food and drug law matters, hospital medical staff issues, state professional and facility licensing issues, and various other health care regulatory matters including HIPAA, Stark and Anti-Kickback issues.

Bee is involved in a variety of charitable and civic activities through the Cincinnati Bar Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Building Blocks Foundation. He also is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, the Cincinnati Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Bee received his undergraduate degree and master's degree in philosophy from Ohio University and graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the University of Michigan Health Law Society.

Bridget C. Hoffman
Hoffman has served as company counsel in initial public offerings of equity securities and in merger and acquisition transactions. Her work includes assistance with clients’ preparation of proxy statements and periodic reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; advice concerning disclosure, corporate governance, Sections 13 and 16 and insider trading matters; broker-dealer and investment advisor regulation; and work with derivatives, including interest rate swaps and repurchase agreements. She also assists public and private company clients in general corporate matters, including private placements of securities, secured and unsecured financings and venture capital transactions.

Hoffman serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society  and is a member of the Cincinnati Zoo Ambassador Council. She also has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star. Hoffman received her undergraduate degree in political science from Xavier University, where she graduated cum laude and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Lonnie L. Johnson
Johnson focuses his practice on private equity and other complex business and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate financing and general corporate counseling. He has broad experience with various M&A transactions, senior and mezzanine financing transactions and day-to-day operational transactions.

Originally from Eastern Iowa, Johnson is a 2002 graduate of Drake University where he earned a Masters in Business Administration in addition to his Juris Doctorate.

Matthew C. Loftus
Loftus concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, as well as serving as "outside general counsel" for companies of various sizes.  He has significant experience in assisting entrepreneurial businesses in their formation and growth, as well as experience in all large financing transactions (debt and equity issuances, on both the company and investor side.)

Loftus attended Miami University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration. He received an MBA degree, with a concentration in investment finance, from the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, as well as his law degree from Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. In law school he was a member of the Law Review and graduated cum laude and Order of the Coif.  Loftus has also been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star and was a member of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce “C-Change” Leadership Class IV.

Majeed G. Makhlouf 
Makhlouf focuses his practice on complex business and commercial litigation, real estate and land use litigation, federal and state government contracts litigation, and appellate litigation.  He has appeared before trial and appellate courts throughout Ohio, and his trial, arbitration, and appellate experience extends outside of Ohio and includes representing his clients in arbitrations and cases before federal and state courts around the country.

Makhlouf has been repeatedly selected as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of business litigation.  Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America's leading business litigation attorneys, named him a Future Star for 2008 and Inside Business magazine named him one of 15 Young Legal Leaders in Northeast Ohio.

Makhlouf is a member of the City of Bay Village Planning Commission and serves as a magistrate with the North Olmsted Youth Diversion Program.  He co-chairs the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Diversity Action Committee and is also a member of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio's 2010-2011 LEADiversity program. Makhlouf received his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law, where he served as the Articles and Symposium Editor of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.  He received his undergraduate degree in international economics and management and in political science from Hiram College, graduating cum laude.

Peter S. Nealis
Nealis has substantial experience representing both public and private companies and investors in a variety of securities, regulatory and corporate governance matters.  His public company representation has included public equity offerings, sales transactions, and going private transactions. He counsels public corporations about SEC disclosure obligations, stockholder communications, board and special committee procedures and governance, and compliance under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Nealis has also represented many private businesses, including start-ups and emerging growth companies, in their initial capital raising ventures and subsequent private placements, and has substantial experience in the area of partnership and limited liability company formation and governance, and related tax issues. He has represented businesses and their owners in connection with all aspects of the mergers and acquisitions process, and counsels clients on a wide variety of general corporate and business matters including intellectual property protection and licensing. 

In addition, Nealis devotes significant time to antitrust and trade regulation issues, and is familiar with numerous federal and state statutory and regulatory schemes applicable to businesses in a variety of industries, including the Hart Scott Rodino Act, Sherman Act, Lanham Act, CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, Graham Leach Bliley Act, and various consumer lending and consumer protection statutes.  Nealis also represents clients in commercial bankruptcy proceedings, and has extensive experience preparing, litigating, and resolving claims in bankruptcy.

Nealis is a former chair and vice chair of the Business and Corporation Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and is also actively involved with the Ohio Venture Association, Lorain County Manufacturing Alliance, and British-American Chamber of Commerce, among other organizations. He has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star. Nealis graduated from Colby College and earned his law degree from The Ohio State University of Law.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates its more than 300 attorneys and legal professionals every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Northern Kentucky; Phoenix, Arizona; and Beijing, China. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including: Business and Finance, Litigation, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights, Environmental, Health and Life Sciences; Personal Services; Real Estate and Tax law. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, Taft offers breadth and depth of legal knowledge coupled with a trusted business perspective, helping its clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, in reaching their goals.

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