Eastman & Smith Lawyers Named to Super Lawyers List


Seven Eastman & Smith members were recognized by Law & Politics magazine for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers 2009; two associates were also identified as Ohio Rising Stars 2009. Attorneys so recognized were either nominated by other attorneys or identified by Law & Politics through articles, databases and meetings with law firms. The attorneys were scored utilizing a number of factors including experience, education, honors, certifications, verdicts, professional activity and community service. Those enjoying 2009 recognition include:

Morton Bobowick Category: Estate Planning and Probate  Mr. Bobowick focuses his practice in the areas of wealth preservation, estate planning and trust and estate administration. He is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Probate Law Journal of Ohio.

Peter R. Casey III Category: Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice  A former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force, Mr. Casey, has 34 years of trial experience. He concentrates on defending physicians, hospitals and other health care personnel and entities from medical malpractice claims and other types of professional liability claims. Mr. Casey has been an organizer of continuing legal education programs in the medical/legal area for both lawyers and physicians and is an adjunct faculty member of The University of Toledo College of Law.

Robert J. Gilmer, Jr. Category: Business Litigation Mr. Gilmer is a trial attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of employment, commercial and professional liability litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. Before joining the firm Mr. Gilmer served as a trial attorney in the office of the Lucas County Ohio Prosecuting attorney. He also served for several years as an acting judge in the Perrysburg, Ohio Municipal Court.

Joseph A. Gregg Category: Environmental Mr. Gregg regularly represents and counsels public entities, as well as manufacturing, industrial and landfill clients, with respect to permitting issues, enforcement cases, remediation projects, VAP, RCRA, CERCLA, the negotiation of federal and state lead Administrative Orders on Consent, Consent Decrees and Statements of Work, and implementation of solid waste management plans and flow control rules and regulations. Mr. Gregg also works in the employment area assisting industrial/manufacturing clients in the defense of appeals of workers compensation cases in state court.

Gary M. Harden Category: Tax Mr. Harden is head of the firms tax practice. He concentrates in the areas of general business law and executive benefits and has experience in the related fields of commercial law, health care law and real estate law. Mr. Harden has testified and commented on regulations and, in connection with his service on numerous bar association committees, participated in the drafting, reviewing and lobbying of proposed legislation. Since 1998, Mr. Harden has served as a specialization board member for certification of attorneys in the specialty of federal taxation. He is a regular speaker and author on tax and business related topics.

James F. Nooney Category: Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice Mr. Nooney concentrates his practice in the defense of professional liability and products liability claims and in complex commercial litigation. Before joining the Firm in 1971, he served four years as a staff judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force and, during the same period of time, was a part-time law clerk for Kent County, Delaware Superior Court Judge William J. Storey. In December 2007 he received the Robert A. Kelb Distinguished Service Award from the Toledo Bar Association.

Richard T. Sargeant Category: Environmental Mr. Sargeant has practiced in the area of environmental, administrative and public law for the past 33 years, chaired both the Administrative Law Committee and the Environmental Law Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, authored articles and chapters published in several treatises as well as been a frequent speaker on a variety of environmental and administrative law subjects before legal, engineering and business.

Nicole A. Flynn Category: Employment & Labor Ms. Flynn's experience includes work before federal and Ohio state and appellate courts. Her practice consists primarily of representing employers in labor disputes and collective bargaining and before administrative agencies. She is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, American Bar Association, the Toledo Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and DRI the Voice of the Defense Bar. She is a graduate of Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University, where she was a member of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Carrie L. Sponseller Category: Employment & Labor Ms. Sponseller concentrates her practice in the areas of employment discrimination, workers compensation and related litigation. Her experience includes representing employers in administrative agencies, as well as in Ohio and federal courts. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Toledo Bar Association. She is a law graduate of the University of Toledo, where she served as note & comment editor of the University of Toledo Law Review.