Type: News
Date: 01/04/2016

Taft Elects Six New Partners

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

  • Beth A. Bryan / Litigation / Cincinnati
  • Aaron M. Herzig / Litigation / Cincinnati
  • Sonya S. Jindal / Tax / Cincinnati
  • Robert W. McDonald / Business & Finance / Cincinnati
  • Sean E. Obermeyer / Private Client / Indianapolis
  • Meredith K. Sugar / Private Client / Columbus

Beth A. Bryan practices commercial litigation before state and federal courts, representing clients in diverse matters from business and partnership disputes to legal malpractice defense. A particular area of skill for Bryan is election and campaign law, where she has handled matters not only in courts but also local boards of election and the Ohio Elections Commission. She has acted as counsel for republican and democratic political candidates and campaigns, including serving as Ohio counsel for former presidential candidates and trial counsel for a judicial candidate in a dispute related to the counting of provisional ballots. Bryan earned her J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University and her bachelor's degree in political science from Miami University. She has been honored as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Aaron M. Herzig practices in a variety of fields, most notably antitrust, business litigation, appeals, white collar crime, local government law, and First Amendment and media law. Herzig has been involved in all aspects of complex civil litigation matters and substantial criminal investigations. He has assisted clients in responding to investigations by government regulators, including the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice. Herzig was a Taft attorney from 2005-2012 and rejoined the firm in 2014. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Cincinnati, advising the city’s administrative and political leadership on a broad range of matters. Herzig earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his undergraduate degree in history from Tufts University. He has been honored as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and was named to the Cincinnati Business Courier's list of Forty Under 40 for 2010.

Sonya S. Jindal focuses her practice on all aspects of tax and succession planning work, including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships, restructurings, executive compensation and employee benefits, nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations and foundations, charitable gaming, estate planning, business succession planning, and asset protection planning. She also has significant trial experience and represents clients in tax controversy matters and criminal tax investigations and prosecutions, including government examinations of complex tax shelters and other tax-advantaged strategies. Jindal earned her LL.M. in taxation from Northwestern University School of Law, her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in finance from Xavier University. She has been honored as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star and was listed in The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Criminal Defense) in 2014.

Robert W. McDonald focuses his practice on corporate, securities, venture capital and sports law work. McDonald assists both private and public company clients with a variety of corporate and securities related matters, including mergers and acquisitions and offerings of securities. He also assists start-up and emerging companies with business formation, fundraising, compensation, securities and other matters that entrepreneurial businesses encounter. McDonald is a co-founder of The Brandery, a top 10 business accelerator, and he co-manages Vine Street Ventures, a venture capital fund dedicated to investing in web and mobile technology companies. McDonald earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law and his bachelor's degree from Duke University. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and was named to the Cincinnati Business Courier’s list of Forty Under 40 for 2012.

Sean E. Obermeyer concentrates his practice in the areas of complex estate planning, administration of estates, trusts and guardianships, and fiduciary litigation. He also assists clients with estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax matters, formation and operation of family business entities and private foundations, premarital and cohabitation agreements, planning for LGBT individuals and couples, and planning for children with special needs. Obermeyer earned his J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Hanover College. He has been honored as an Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Meredith K. Sugar focuses her practice on sophisticated wealth transfer, estate planning and administration, tax planning for individuals, corporations and partnerships, business succession planning and general corporate representation. In addition to her estate planning and tax practice, Sugar also advises business owners regarding structuring complex transactions, entity formation, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, nonprofit corporations and other corporate needs. She has developed a special focus on representing business owners who are involved in the development and installation of energy facilities, as well as oil and gas leasing and development transactions. Sugar earned her J.D. from The Ohio State University College of Law and her M.Ed. and bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The Ohio State University. She has been honored as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, was listed in Columbus CEO’s Top Lawyers in 2015 and was named to Columbus Business First’s Forty Under 40 for 2010.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 400 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago, Ill.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; Covington, Ky.; and Phoenix, Ariz. 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; Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients reach their goals.

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