Mark Your Calendars!

July 28, 2022
OACTA / S-E-A Happy Hour
The Royce
Columbus, OH

July 29, 2022
Personal Injury Defense Seminar
Quest Conference Center
Columbus, OH

August 5, 2022
OACTA Zoom Coffee Chat

August 11, 2022
Women in the Law Wind-Down
Columbus - RSVP
Cincinnati - RSVP

September 6, 2022
OACTA Foundation Golf Outing
Pinnacle Golf Club
Grove City, OH

November 10-11, 2022
OACTA Annual Meeting
The Ritz Carlton
Cleveland, OH
Save the Date!
OACTA Mentorship Program - Last Chance to Apply!
We are proud to officially launch The Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Mentorship Program!

This program is focused on creating a space where new members and lawyers can seek advice freely and without fear of rebuke, develop lasting professional relationships, and directly benefit from the guidance of attorneys with experience. 

Applications for mentors and mentees will be accepted until July 22, 2022, so don't wait, apply today!
Welcome New OACTA Members Since April!
Joshua Brown, Cassone Law Offices LLC
David Culley, Nationwide Trial Defense
Carrie Thiem, Tucker Ellis LLP
Jennifer Kirby, AmeriTrust
Gretchen Lipari, Nationwide Trial Defense
Rebecca Lookabaugh, Branch Insurance
Mergan Mersch, Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, LLP
Les Chambers, Celina Insurance Group
OACTA Award Nominations
Consider nominating a colleague for an OACTA Award!
OACTA welcomes members to submit nominations for any of the following OACTA awards:
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award
  • Respected Advocate Award
  • Outstanding Advocacy Award
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • Distinguished Contributions to the Community Award 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominations are to include a completed Nomination Form and written description of why you believe this candidate should be considered for the award.

View the award descriptions and list of past recipients or visit for more information.
Nominations are due to the OACTA office by August 1, 2022. 
Awards are presented at the OACTA Annual Meeting in November at the Ritz Carlton Cleveland.  
OACTA Personal Injury Defense Seminar | Friday, July 29, 2022
There's still time to register for the 2022 OACTA Personal Injury Defense Seminar. We are excited to be in-person at Quest Conference Center in Westerville, Ohio! We have a fantastic line-up of speakers, hot topics, and opportunities for networking!
This one-day seminar offers up to 5.5 CLE credits.

Date & Location
Friday, July 29, 2022
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Quest Conference Center
9200 Worthington Rd Ste 400, Westerville, OH 43082

Continuing Legal Education
This course is approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.5 total CLE hours instruction. This program is approved by the Kentucky Bar Association for 5.5 total CLE hours instruction.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
OACTA Coffee Chat
OACTA hosted another successful coffee chat on Friday, June 3. Attendees discussed the launch of the OACTA mentoring program!

The next networking event coffee chat will be August 5, at 8:30 AM. The discussion topic for this Coffee Chat will be Expert Witnesses.

Join us to discuss ways to find expert witnesses and encourage more medical professionals to get involved in litigation. Bring your ideas and questions! Leading the discussion will be Dave Orlandini, OACTA Vice President, and Elizabeth Smith, OACTA Secretary, Co-Chairs of the OACTA Litigation & Trial Skills Committee.

Sign up for a casual Zoom Meeting format that will provide members an opportunity for informal discussions with their colleagues. Sign up today to receive your Zoom link and add it to your calendar.
OACTA Foundation 13th Annual Golf Outing | September 6, 2022

September 6, 2022
OACTA Foundation Annual Golf Outing
Pinnacle Golf Club
Grove City, OH

Net proceeds from the Golf Outing benefit the OACTA Foundation. The OACTA Foundation funds projects consistent with the mission of OACTA, such as the annual Hilary S. Taylor Inclusion and Equity Scholarship Program and the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE). 

We are asking law firms to please consider supporting the OACTA Foundation by sponsoring the Golf Outing. There are many opportunities to offer your supportPrize donations are also appreciated! The OACTA Foundation is incorporated in Ohio as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions made to The OACTA Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

  • We hope your firm will consider becoming a sponsor, contributing prizes, and sending golfers! CLICK HERE to submit your sponsorship commitment or please forward this request to the appropriate person in your firm. Please let us know if we can count on your firm to support the 2022 OACTA Golf Outing.
Thank you to our Golf Outing Sponsors!

Weston Hurd LLP
Lexitas Legal
Eastman & Smith Ltd.
Young & Alexander Co. LPA
Technology Concepts & Design, Inc. (TCDI)
Cavitch Familo & Durkin Co., LPA
Explico Engineering
Grange Insurance
The Law Firm of Fitzgerald, Reese & Elliott Co.
Veritext Legal Solutions
Young & Alexander Co. LPA
Annual Meeting Save the Date

November 10-10, 2022
OACTA 2022 Annual Meeting
The Ritz Carlton
Cleveland, OH
More information coming soon!
OACTA / S-E-A Happy Hours are Back
Join OACTA and S-E-A for upcoming networking events! A new city every month from now until September. These events are complimentary and open to OACTA members and prospective members. Your RSVP does not obligate you to attend. Thank you to S-E-A for sponsoring these events!
Thursday, July 28, 5:00-7:00pm

Thursday, August 25, 5:00-7:00pm
Save the Date!
Details coming soon

Thursday, September 29, 5:00-7:00pm
Save the Date!
Details coming soon
Wind-Down with the Women in the Law Committee
Join your OACTA colleagues and bring a friend beginning at 5:00PM on Thursday, August 11 to wind-down after your workday with conversation, food & fun! We’re trying something new, with events in two cities on the same night! Choose your location and RSVP!
Free admission. Cash bar and food.
Pay-your-own. Limited snack menu - charcuterie, handmade chocolates, and cannoli's.
OACTA Leadership Opportunities Available
OACTA is seeking a Vice Chair for the Product Liability and Toxic Tort Committee and for the Governmental Liability Committee. If you are interested, please reach out to OACTA Vice President, David Orlandini at
Articles Needed for the Upcoming OACTA Quarterly Review
The next issue of the OACTA Quarterly Review series will feature articles from the Medical Negligence and Professional Liability committees. The committee chairs are seeking assistance with articles. If you would like to contribute an article, please email the article to OACTA.
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OACTA’s Online CLE Library allows OACTA members the opportunity to earn continuing legal education credit from the comfort and safety of your home. Visit the Online CLE Library today to view our on-demand programs and the OACTA Website for a listing of our Live Webinars!
Member Resource - Member Request Network
The OACTA Member Request Network is a service OACTA provides to its members to facilitate quick and helpful communication and interaction between members on legal issues, research matters, expert witnesses, practice tips, and other matters of member interest. For example, if you need to identify an expert witness in a particular field or if you need information about a particular expert witness, you can use this service to seek input from your fellow OACTA members. 

When a member submits a Member Request, an email is generated by the OACTA staff and is sent to the entire OACTA membership. Members with helpful information are asked to respond directly to the member who made the request.

To submit a Member Request, simply fill out the form at the link below and click "Submit."
OACTA requests that authors who republish articles that were originally published in an OACTA publication, reflect that the article first appeared in the OACTA publication.