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Women Lawyers of Franklin County

MEET THE BOARD

2019-2020

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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Rachel Sabo is a founding member of The Friedmann Firm LLC, a plaintiff's employment litigation law firm with offices in Columbus and Cleveland. She graduated from Capital University Law School and was a member of the Mock Trial Team and the Fall National Moot Court team, awarded the Best Oralist award during the Capital University Moot Court Honor Round. Rachel is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and is admitted in The United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. 

Rachel is a member of the following organizations and bar associations: Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, Central Ohio Association for Justice, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, The Junior League of Columbus, The Ohio State Bar Association and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Developmental Board. Rachel is a Board Member of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County, currently serving as the President-Elect. Rachel is currently the Co-Chair of Fund Development for the Junior League of Columbus as well.

President

RACHEL SABO

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Gina M. Piacentino is the Managing Partner at The Weldele & Piacentino Law Group Co., LPA. She brings to the firm an extensive knowledge of legal practice and experience. 

Gina M. Piacentino graduated from Miami University, cum laude and graduated from the University of Akron School of Law. While in law school, Gina worked for the City of Canton Prosecutor’s office in Canton, Ohio and for two boutique law firms in Akron, Ohio. She focused on representing small to mid-sized privately held companies, in facilitating real estate transactions, and in general business issues. Immediately upon graduation from law school, Gina assumed the management of the Piacentino & Piacentino Law firm. Established in Marion, Ohio, for more than 70 years, the prestigious firm specialized in litigation. She bridged between civil matters as well as overseeing all business and marketing decisions. Gina was then charged with creating and establishing the Columbus office of O’Connor Acciani & Levy. At the time, the Cincinnati based partnership had no presence in Central Ohio. Within three years her leadership and skill grew the office so that the practice quickly became a very reputable firm in Columbus. Gina specialized in personal injury litigation. 

Gina currently practices in the areas of personal injury, probate, contract disputes and other civil ligation matters. She remains active in the Columbus area community and serves on several boards and committees. She has presented in several venues, speaking by invitation on a wide array of topics including subrogation, regulatory practices, ethics, client management, and business ownership.

President-Elect

GINA PIACENTINO

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As Litigation Director at Mac Murray & Shuster, Lisa focuses her practice on the unique needs of businesses facing complex civil lawsuits. She has successfully defended businesses in highly regulated industries against class actions and government enforcement actions across the country. Lisa litigates in a variety of jurisdictions and has been specially admitted on a pro hac vice basis to federal district courts including Illinois, Texas, and California, where she has defended a variety of complex lawsuits as well as agency enforcement actions related to consumer protection laws and regulations. 

Bringing more than 17 years of litigation experience, Lisa utilizes a litigation process that focuses on the unique business model, culture, and goals of her client to craft a defense strategy specifically targeted to meet that client’s goals. In addition to her litigation practice, she also assists clients with achieving industry and statutory compliance, conducting employee training, and proactively improving internal policies and procedures to minimize future litigation risks. 

Lisa has been recognized for her outstanding professional achievements as an Ohio Super Lawyer®, Ohio Rising Stars for four years, an award given to less than 5% of all Ohio’s lawyers. She has also earned recognition in Columbus CEO Magazine’s List of Top Ohio Lawyers.

Secretary

LISA MESSNER

Kailee Goold is an in-house litigation attorney at Cardinal Health (a Fortune 15 company) where she manages litigation and government investigations including class actions, false claims, intellectual property, pharmaceutical and medical device product liability, insurance as well as other complex commercial disputes. Kailee is known for her presentations and articles about effective communication. She is passionate about driving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Kailee is actively engaged on social media (@kaileegoold) and in the community. She runs WLFC’s social media (@columbuswmnlaw) and is on the Board of Community for New Direction (@CNDonline).

Treasurer

KAILEE GOOLD

Katherine “Kitty” Ivan joined WLFC as a member in 2011. In 2013, Kitty joined the board as the Legislative Action Chair. In 2014, Kitty was nominated as Treasurer and served as WLFC President last year. 

Kitty is the founding partner of The Ivan Law Firm, specializing in workers’ compensation for injured workers. A native of Troy, Ohio, USA, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an International Affairs B.A. After becoming injured on the job while bartending in 2007, Kitty moved to Columbus and acquired her J.D. from Capital University Law School concentrating in Labor & Employment Law. 

Kitty is also an active leader in statewide women’s bar association as Treasurer for the Ohio State Bar Association’s Women in Profession Section and as an Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute 2017 Graduate.

Trustee at Large

KATHERINE "KITTY" IVAN

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Katrina Thompson has been practicing for 10+ years representing investors, syndicators and community development entities in transactions involving low-income housing, historic, solar and new markets tax credits. She also represents clients in commercial leasing, general real estate and loan transactions. She has been a member of WLFC since graduating from Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in 2008 and joined the Board the following year. She was the first Social Media Chair of the organization (because as a recent graduate she knew what Facebook was), and later served as Membership Chair for three years, Treasurer, Secretary, President-Elect, President, and currently serves as a Trustee. 

Trustee at Large

KATRINA THOMPSON

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Membership - Meghna Rao

Public Relations - Martina Ellerbe

Scholarship - Kitty Ivan

Social Media - Sara Valentine

Law School Co-Chair - Kimberly Despas

Law School Co-Chair - Janay Stevens

Governance - Michalea Delaveris

Diversity - Anna Sanyal

Community Service - Jolene Griffith

Women In The Profession - Celia Kilgard-Schnupp

Dining Circle - Sunni DiNicola

Website/Data & Information - Ashley Watson

Pro Bono - Casey Cross

Events - Alexis Preskar

Judicial Campaign - Bridjette Brown