BakerHostetler's Cincinnati Office Grows with Addition of 13 Attorneys

Press Releases / June 28, 2017

CINCINNATI, June 28, 2017 — BakerHostetler announces the addition of 13 attorneys to the firm’s Cincinnati office. Richard Barnett, of counsel, and Associate Katlin Rust join the Business Group; Associates Brian Bartish and Julie Hein join as members of the Intellectual Property Group’s Privacy and Data Protection team; and Staff Attorney Megan Fields joins the Employment Group. Eight staff attorneys also recently joined the firm. The addition of the attorneys is part of continued growth of the Cincinnati office and follows a recent expansion of its Intellectual Property and Business practice groups in 2016.

“We are pleased to add this talented group of trusted counselors as we continue to meet the growing demand for our services,” said Dave Holcombe, Partner-in-Charge of the Cincinnati office. “Expanding our attorney complement allows us to deliver on the firm’s long-standing tradition of strongly supporting our clients’ business and legal needs.”

Barnett, of counsel, is a member of the Business Group. His practice focuses on general legal and business counseling in the commercial, transactional and employment arenas. Most recently, he served as vice president, associate general counsel and assistant secretary of Hillenbrand Inc., a publicly-traded global diversified industrial corporation. At Hillenbrand, he also served as general counsel for its operating companies, including Batesville Casket Company where he was vice president, general counsel, secretary and a member of the executive management team. Previously, he was senior counsel for International Paper Company, a Fortune 100 company, where he helped guide the legal activities of the company’s $7 billion distribution and retail division. He has also served in private practice, having represented Fortune 500 companies, major universities, small businesses and individuals. Barnett received a J.D., with honors, from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1992, where he was a member of Order of the Coif. He earned a bachelor of arts in history, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989.

Four additional attorneys are dedicated to supporting individual practice groups. Rust is a member of the Business Group. She assists corporate clients in growth strategies and managing business risks, focusing on corporate and transactional matters. Rust earned an MBA from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 and received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2014. She received a bachelor of science in business economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Louisville in 2011. Bartish is a member of the Intellectual Property Group and part of the firm’s Chambers USA-ranked Privacy and Data Protection team. He focuses his practice on privacy and data protection. He earned a master of science in information systems from the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business in 2017. He received a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 2015 and a bachelor of arts in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Hein also is a member of the Intellectual Property Group, and her practice focuses on cybersecurity and data protection, with a concentration on contracts. She earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2009 and a bachelor of arts in communications from the College of Mount Saint Joseph in 2004. Fields is a member of the Employment Group and part of the firm’s Chambers USA-ranked Labor and Employment team in Ohio. She is an experienced litigator who defends employers and managers in wide-ranging employment and labor issues. She earned a J.D., cum laude, from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2009. She received a bachelor of science in political science, magna cum laude, from Clemson University in 2005.

Additionally, eight staff attorneys recently joined the Cincinnati office. New to the Litigation Group are Joshua Berry, Maxim Brumbach, Ken Foisy, Ross Gillingham, Noah Goertemiller, Marianne Hoover, Lauren Martin and Matthew Molony. These litigators are members of the BakerHostetler team serving as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), in the unprecedented recovery effort involving hundreds of actions.

The Cincinnati office has been serving clients since 1997. The office has grown to 32 attorneys who practice in all five of the firm’s practice areas, which include Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax. BakerHostetler’s clients in Cincinnati include Fortune 1000 companies in industries such as media and communications, financial services, insurance, manufacturing, technology, energy, consumer products, biohealth and healthcare.


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Recognized as one of the top firms for client service, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax – the firm has more than 940 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice and an industry-leading business practice. The firm is also recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work recovering more than $11 billion in the Madoff Recovery Initiative, representing the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Visit


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