MEET THE BOARD

2020-2021

EXECUTIVE BOARD

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GINA PIACENTINO

President

Gina M. Piacentino is the Owner & Founding Member of The Piacentino Law Group. 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.

KAILEE GOOLD

President-Elect

Kailee Goold is an in-house litigation attorney at Cardinal Health (a Fortune 20 company) where she manages litigation and government investigations including pharmaceutical and medical device product liability, class actions, false claims, insurance as well as other complex commercial disputes.

Kailee is known for her workshops that drive innovation, authenticity and effective communication. She works with industry groups and law firms to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Kailee is co-founder of the leadership development firm Mauna Kea, LLC (@maunakeallc).

Kailee is actively engaged on social media (@kaileegoold) and in the community. In addition to her work with WLFC, Kailee has served as Secretary on the Board of Community for New Direction (@CNDonline) for nearly a decade.

MEGHNA RAO

Secretary

Meghna Rao is an associate at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP.  She practices in the area of financial services, where she assists insurance carriers and financial institutions with regulatory and corporate initiatives. She combines her experience as a litigator with perspectives gained while seconded to a Fortune 100 insurance carrier, where she helped streamline million-dollar changes to its commercial product lines of business while ensuring regulatory compliance across the state departments of insurance. She offers clients particular depth in property and casualty products and underwriting. Before focusing her practice on insurance, Meghna represented commercial clients in a number of industries in complex civil litigation and government investigation defense.

 

Meghna is originally from Northeast Ohio.  She graduated from The Ohio State University, and received her JD from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While attending law school, Meghna gained experience in risk analysis and brand protection, working in the legal division of a global consumer products company. She externed for Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor at the Supreme Court of Ohio, represented Moritz College of Law at the National Robert F. Wagner Moot Court Competition, and served as a Legal Writing Fellow.

CELIA SCHNUPP

Treasurer

Celia Schnupp is an Attorney with Perez & Morris.  In that role, she serves as a strategic legal partner for large corporations, small businesses, medical practices and individuals.  Celia effectively manages her clients’ litigation, compliance, employment and general business needs. As an advocate for her clients in a variety of settings, she delivers creative and effective solutions, while balancing business needs with each client’s definition of a successful outcome. Celia is an experienced trial and appellate attorney, trying cases at all levels of state and federal courts. Her background includes complex business litigation, employment defense, including the defense of discrimination claims, healthcare fraud and billing compliance, HIPAA, trade secret/non-compete disputes, and contract disputes involving fraud, misrepresentation and bad faith.  With more than a decade of experience, her confident demeanor in court was developed from her experience as a staff attorney to the Honorable Richard A. Frye in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, working on the specialized Commercial Docket.  Prior to joining Perez Morris, Celia was an attorney with the Columbus office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister.

 

In addition to spending time with her children and large extended family, Celia enjoys “passing the torch” by helping girls and women develop their interests and create a foundation for a successful career.  Beyond serving as Treasurer for the Women Lawyers of Franklin County, she also is the President of the Board of The Ohio State University Dance Team Alumni Society, Board Secretary for her homeowner’s association, and is actively involved in pro bono services with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. She received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and earned her J.D. from Capital University School of Law.

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BRIDJETTE HAIRSTON

Trustee 

Bridjette Hairston is an Associate Assistant Attorney General at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office where she specializes in research, writing, and government advising in a variety of legal practice areas. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and earned her J.D. with a concentration in Litigation/Alternative Dispute Resolution.  In addition, she is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and is admitted in The United States District Courts for Southern Districts of Ohio. 

 

Bridjette is well known for her active involvement in the local community, passion for mentorship initiatives, service as the Co-Chair of the CBA Minorities in the Law Committee, and volunteerism as a Columbus Public Schools Girls Basketball Team Mentor. 

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RACHEL SABO

Trustee

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 is a current Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow. 

2020 Committee Chairs

Membership - Alexis Preskar

Public Relations/Women in the Profession - Martina Ellerbe

Scholarship - Rachel Sabo

Social Media - Sara Valentine

Law School Co-Chair - Kimberly Despas

Law School Co-Chair - Nita Garg

Governance - Anna Sanyal

Judicial Campaign - Jhannelle Spottswood

Diversity Co-Chair - Janay Stevens

Diversity Co-Chair - Liz Mote

Dining Circle - Sunni DiNicola

Events - Kelli Jo Amador

Pro Bono - Casey Cross

Website/Data & Information - Ashley Watson

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