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Biography

Kevin advises clients in complex business litigation, intellectual property, media and advertising matters. He is recognized as one of Ohio’s leading business litigators. He has been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers®, received the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell® and is the current Chair of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) Judicial Screening Committee.

Kevin has extensive experience representing national and local media clients in high profile cases, defending defamation and invasion of privacy claims and advocating for access to courtrooms, public records and public meetings. Kevin is the former Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Media Law Committee and a member of the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) Copyright and Litigation Committees.

Kevin also regularly represents clients in intellectual property cases, including trademark, counterfeiting, copyright, false advertising, unfair competition, trade secret, privacy and technology litigation. Kevin has successfully protected and defended some of the world’s most recognized brands in state and federal courts and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (“TTAB”). Kevin is Vice-Chair of the firm’s Technology Industry Team and a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). 

Kevin serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus.  In this role, he has served as Chair of the Red Cross Service Delivery Committee, Chair of the Red Cross Central-Southeast Ohio Regional Council and Chair of the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Committee.

Experience

Representative Matters

American City Business Journals, Inc. v. Parshall, Case No. 2:17-cv-00596, 2018 WL 4599843 (S.D. Ohio Sept. 25, 2018).  Obtained order granting dismissal of trademark infringement counterclaims against newspaper.

Baker v. Northwest Hauling, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Sixth District, Wood County. June 30, 2003, WL 21489619 WD-02-050.  Successful defense of employer establishing Ohio law regarding an employer’s right to revoke a job offer.

Bolero Co. Ltd. v. Bruetta, LLC, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Opposition Proceeding No. 91243315 (November 2019). Successfully obtained resolution and voluntary dismissal of opposition proceeding filed against client trademark application.

Bruetta, LLC v. Bolero Co. Ltd, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Case No. 1:18-CV-00667. Successful resolution of trademark infringement lawsuit.

Carradine Chiropractic Center, Inc. v. Posture Pro, Inc. U.S. Southern District, Eastern Division Case No. 15-CV-02378-BYP. Successful defense of class action alleging violations of TCPA claims.

Daily Services, LLC v. Nifco America Corporation, Franklin County, Ohio, Common Pleas Case Number 19CV-03-2365. Voluntary dismissal of complex staffing contract litigation.

Elkins v. Scripps Media, Inc., Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Common Pleas Case No. 889733 (Dec. 13, 2018).  Obtained dismissal of defamation and false light claims brought by elected members of a village council against TV station.

Huntington National Bank v. Gahanna Creekside Investments, LLC, Franklin County, Ohio, Common Pleas Case No. 11-CV-2320. Successful prosecution of $30 million judgment and receiver sale and defense of lender liability claims.

In re: Malik Richmond, Jefferson County, Ohio, Common Pleas, Case No. 2012 DL 138. Successfully represented CNN, ABC, CBS, NY Times, AP and Scripps in obtaining access to judicial proceedings in high profile rape case and opposing motion to close proceedings.

In re: T.J.L., Geauga County, Ohio, Common Pleas, Juvenile Division Case No 12-JD-102.  Successfully represented CNN on obtaining access to court records and proceedings in the T.J. Lane Chardon High School murder case.

Jai Guru LLC v. Columbus WTTE Inc., Franklin County, Ohio Common Pleas Case No. 12-CV-009634. Successful defense of media defamation claims.

John Hill v. The Ohio State University Marching Band, et al., United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Case No. 2:17-cv-00532-MHW-CMV. Obtained dismissal of copyright infringement claims filed against The Ohio State University related to the university band uniforms. 

Huntington National Bank v. Gahanna Creekside Investments, LLC, Franklin County, Ohio, Common Pleas Case No. 11-CV-2320. Successful prosecution of $30 million judgment and receiver sale and defense of lender liability claims.

Kabban v. Meridell Achievement Center, Warren County, Ohio, Common Pleas Case No. 12-CV-83232. Obtained summary judgment of all claims in defense of defamation case.

Keainns v. Rawlings, Mayor, Jackson County, Ohio, Common Pleas Case No. 07CIV268. Obtained dismissal of all claims in defense of media client in defamation case.

Marathon Petroleum Company LP v. C&K Petroleum Products, Inc., Columbiana County, Ohio, Common Pleas Case No. 2014-CV-137. Obtained summary judgment in breach of contract case in the amount of $794,215.42.

Obama for America v. Jon Husted, U.S. District Court for the S.D. District of Ohio, E.D., Case No. 2:12-CV-636.  Defended fifteen military organizations representing almost one million members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

O’Neal v. HSBC Auto Finance, Inc., U.S. Southern District, Eastern Division Case No. 2:15-CV-881. Obtained dismissal of class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Retail Installment Sales Act.

Spingola v. Sinclair Media, II., Inc., 2006-Ohio-6950, 2006 WL 3805680 (10th Dist. Ohio Ct. App. Dec. 28, 2006). Successful defense of television stations against defamation claims brought by preacher arrested at Pride Parade. 

Sprint Solutions, Inc. v. Shoukry, U.S. Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, Case No. 2:14-CV-00127. Successful prosecution of unfair competition and civil conspiracy claims.

Sprint Solutions, Inc. v. Wireless Workshop, LLC, U.S. Southern District for Ohio, Western Division, Case No. 1:16-CV-00482-SJD. Successful prosecution of counterfeiting, unfair competition and trademark claims.

The Ohio State University v. Ohio State Tire, U.S. Southern District, E.D. Case No. 2:09-CV-01108-MHW-MRA. Successful prosecution of trademark infringement claims.

Truitt Brothers, Inc. v. Enviro Flow Companies, Ltd., Muskingum County of Common Pleas Case No. CH-2014-0174. Successful prosecution of breach of contract and breach of warranty claims.

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Other Info About Kevin

Education

Law School

The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2001

Undergrad

Denison University, B.A., 1995

Bar Membership

Kevin is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio

Courts

Kevin is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

2019 AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®, Awarded 2014-2019.

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2018-2019

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® 2007, 2009-2012

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Ohio State Bar Association, Media Law Committee, former Chairman

Columbus Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee, Chairman

Columbus Bar Association, Common Pleas Committee

Media Law Resource Center, Employment Libel Committee, Member

Advertising Federation of Columbus, Member

Ohio Association of Broadcasters, Member

Ohio Newspaper Association, Associate Member

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Ohio Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Vice President, Board of Directors

American Red Cross of Greater Columbus, Board of Directors

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton’s Reelection Campaign, Host Committee

Firm Committees

Kevin serves on the following committee(s) at Frost Brown Todd.

Pro Bono Committee, Member

Presentations

Kevin was invited to speak at the following events:

Media Law 101: Legal Wisdom for the Newsroom– Seminar presented to Columbus Business First newsroom providing an overview of defamation and copyright law for journalists, September 2019.

Social Media in the Newsroom– Seminar presented to Ohio State Bar Association Law and Media Conference, October 12, 2018.

The Internet of (Media) Things: Automated News from Your Coffeemaker– Seminar presented to the Ohio State Bar Association regarding legal issues related to media use of artificial intelligence, October 13, 2017.

Artificial Intelligence and the Business of Law– Seminar presented to Chief Justice Moyer Inn of Court, April 2017.

Social Media and Elections– Seminar presented to the Ohio State Bar Association Law & Media Conference, regarding legal issues related to the role of social media in elections, October 2016.

Judges Behaving Badly– Seminar presented to Chief Justice Moyer Inn of Court regarding judicial legal and ethical blunders and an overview of the Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct, April 2016.

Punching Out Scruff Face:  Jesse Ventura/American Sniper Libel Lessons– Seminar presented to Ohio State Bar Association pulling lessons learned from the American Sniper/Jesse Ventura libel lawsuit, October 16, 2015.

Data Privacy and the News:  Hackers, Leakers, Journalists and Spies– Seminar presented to the Ohio State Bar Association Law and Media Conference regarding legal issues related to the publication of news uncovered from leaks and information obtained by computer hacking and other surreptitious means, October 10, 2014.

When the Subject is Children and Crime– Seminar presented to the Ohio State Bar Association Law and Media Conference regarding legal issues related to publishing and investigating news when the subject is children and crime, October 2013

Free* Seminar:  How to Stay on the Right Side of the Law When Advertising Your Automobile Dealership– Seminar presented to Dayton AdClub, November 20, 2008

Talkin’ ‘Bout My(Space) Generation. Seminars presented at Ohio State Bar Association Annual Conference and Ohio State Bar Association Law and Media Conference, May 2008 and October 2008.

When an Asterisk Just Won’t Save You: Making Advertising Claims Without Fear: Speech presented Columbus AdFed, April 2, 2008.

Major Publications

Kevin is an author of the following publications:

Ohio Employment Libel and Privacy Law, Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)- Authored this annual MLRC Survey of federal libel and privacy law every year from 2007-2019.

The Judicial Screening Committee Helps Voters Make Informed Choices, Columbus Bar Association- Legal Connections- Article explaining the role and process the CBA Judicial Screening Committee undertakes for interviewing, screening and rating judicial candidates in Central Ohio, June 15, 2018.

Self-Enforcing Smart Contracts Will Change Your Life– Article published in Corporate Counsel, February 6, 2017.

Let Me Introduce You to Three Robot Lawyers– Article published to LinkedIn and Frost Brown Todd Website regarding the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the legal industry, May 4, 2017; https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/let-me-introduce-you-three-robot-lawyers-kevin-shook.

Social media pitfalls for financial services: the latest legal guidance every bank should follow– Article published in the Association of Corporate Counsel publication, Lexology, March 10, 2014.

Social Media and the Law by Lisa Hooker, Columbus C.E.O (quoted extensively on First Amendment issues), June 2010.

Push Pull Drag It In:  Advertising Your Automobile Dealership Without Fear, Article published in FBT @sk the Legal Pro (2009).

State Sponsors of Terrorism: The Flatow Mistake, Ohio State Law Journal, 61 Ohio St. L.J. 1301 (2000)