Frost Brown Todd (FBT) is announcing the appointment of six new members across the firm’s eight-state footprint. The following former managing associates were promoted to members, effective on April 1, 2018: Aaron Bernay and Barry Visconte (Cincinnati, Ohio); Katy Klingelhafer and Ashley Oliker (Columbus, Ohio); and Justin Fowles and Carl Lammers (Louisville, Kentucky).
Aaron M. Bernay is a member of FBT’s Business Litigation Practice Group and represents clients in complex litigation matters, as well as international transactions and compliance. He co-chairs the firm’s International Dispute Resolution team, which advises on international arbitration and cross-border litigation, and he also leads FBT’s Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Desk. A speaker of both Arabic and Hebrew, Bernay has worked on commercial matters and disputes across the Middle East. As the United States representative to the Young Lawyers Committee of the International Bar Association, he frequently speaks to various audiences on topics ranging from corporate compliance to terrorism. Bernay graduated with a B.A. from George Washington University, with a master’s degree from Harvard University, and earned his J.D. at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Justin S. Fowles is a member of FBT’s Product, Tort and Insurance Litigation Practice Group, where a significant portion of his work is dedicated to defending insurers, contractors and corporate defendants. He currently represents several national insurers, construction companies and local, regional and national companies. Fowles currently serves as vice chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section and has served as chair of the Louisville Bar Association’s Litigation Section in the past. He was a member of the Louisville Bar Association’s Leadership Academy Class of 2014-2015 and a recipient Louisville Business First’s 2018 Young Leaders Award. Fowles was elected a “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine for personal injury defense in two consecutive annual editions and has been selected for inclusion in Kentucky Rising Stars® annually since 2015, recognizing him as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
Katy M. Klingelhafer is a member of the firm’s Product, Tort and Insurance Litigation Practice Group, where she focuses on insurance and tort matters. She has handled a wide variety of insurance coverage and bad faith matters, including several trials and dispositive motion victories. In addition to her trial experience, she has also worked to negotiate resolution of numerous matters during all phases of litigation. Klingelhafer is a member of the FBT Women’s Initiative Steering Committee. She is actively involved in the United Way of Central Ohio Women’s Leadership Council, having served as an E3 (“Educated, Empowered, Elevated”) mentor. She is a graduate of Duke University and the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she served as staff editor for the I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society.
Carl C. Lammers practices in FBT’s Tax, Benefits and Estates Practice Group, where he focuses on Employee Benefits Law. He counsels employers on employee benefit plan design, implementation, administration and compliance issues affecting all types of employee benefits plans. He also designs and drafts nonqualified deferred compensation and equity-based compensation plans and advises employers on compliance issues related to the Affordable Care Act and the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules. Lammers is an active member of the Kentucky Bar Association, where he currently serves as vice chair of the Tax Section, the American Bar Association, the Louisville Employee Benefits Council, having served multiple times on the Program Committee, and the Louisville Deferred Compensation Practitioners group. He has been included in each annual edition of Kentucky Rising Stars® since 2016. Lammers is a graduate of the University of Florida (UF) and the UF Levin College of Law. He also earned an LL.M. in Taxation with a concentration in Employee Benefits at Georgetown University Law Center.
Ashley L. Oliker is a member of FBT’s Business Litigation Practice Group, where she represents clients in all stages of business litigation and appellate work. She handles commercial and contract disputes, real estate litigation, title insurance defense, non-compete agreements, and class actions. Prior to joining FBT, Oliker served as an Assistant Attorney General for Ohio and represented the state in civil litigation before the Ohio Court of Claims. She is immediate past president and trustee for the Women Lawyers of Franklin County, serves as an Ohio State Bar Foundation fellow, and formerly served on the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors. She was included in the 2018 edition of Ohio Rising Stars®, was recognized among the “People to Know in Law” by Columbus Business First in 2017, and was awarded the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for attorneys 40 and under. Oliker is a graduate of the University of Toledo and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she served as senior editor of The Internet Law Journal and associate editor of The Canada – U.S. Law Journal.
Barry M. Visconte is a member of FBT’s Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Practice Group. He serves clients in strategic management and procurement of intellectual property assets, including domestic and foreign patent prosecution for inventions and designs. He also serves clients in providing intellectual property opinions, negotiating and managing disputes, and drafting and negotiating IP agreements. Visconte works in a broad range of technologies, including mechanical, medical devices, materials, and business methods, among others. Before joining the firm, he worked in research and development for a Fortune 500 consumer products company to develop, launch and commercialize new products both domestically and internationally. His first-hand consumer products experience provides him a unique ability to relate to his clients, their businesses and their intellectual property issues. Visconte is a graduate of Miami University and The University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.