Larry R. Rothenberg is a shareholder in Weltman, Weinberg & Reis’ Cleveland office, focusing on residential and commercial real estate foreclosures and transactions, evictions, and title insurance issues. Mr. Rothenberg has been recognized in 13 additions of Ohio Super Lawyers, and is a frequent lecturer on foreclosure and related issues.  He is the author of the Ohio Jurisdictional Summary in the treatise, The Law of Distressed Real Estate, and contributed the lead articles in the book, Ohio Foreclosures, both of which were published by the West Group, and he has been published in numerous industry publications. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Mauritz College of Law, and his B.B.A. summa cum laude, Business - Finance, from Ohio University, and is licensed in Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Stephen M. Bucha III

Chief Magistrate, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division

Stephen M. Bucha III is the Chief Magistrate of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, where he is responsible for the management of the Magistrates’ Department’s staff and a large docket of foreclosure, quiet title, and partition cases.  He has been a magistrate since 1998 and chief magistrate since 2001.  His case load presents numerous real estate related issues, including Truth in Lending violations, mechanic’s liens, equitable subrogation, estoppel by deed, fraudulent transfer, contract interpretation, and adverse possession.   Magistrate Bucha was part of a team that designed and implemented the court’s Foreclosure Mediation Program. He currently sits on court committees that are rewriting the court's local rules, improving access to the court for self-represented litigants, and promoting diversity and inclusion. He has been a member of the faculty of the Ohio Judicial College since February 2005, and has been a speaker in numerous seminars. He writes a weekly case law update of developments in law related to foreclosure, real property, collection, and civil procedure. (To receive the weekly update, e-mail him at cpsb1@cuyahogacounty.us) 

Mag. Bucha received his B.S. Degree in Management from Case Western Reserve University and his J.D. Degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, cum laude.  Additionally, Magistrate Bucha has earned a fellowship from the Institute for Court Management in Williamsburg, Virginia.   Prior to becoming a magistrate, he served as a staff attorney for the Honorable Burt W. Griffin and the Honorable Richard J.

Adam E. Gwaltney, Ritman & Associates, Inc.

Adam is a life-long Hoosier and was born, raised, and resides in Anderson, Indiana with his wife of 29 years, Tana. Adam is licensed in Property & Casualty and Life & Health insurance and has been practicing for 20 years.

Mr. Gwaltney specializes in numerous types of Professional Liability Insurance to include Legal Professional Liability, Title Agent Errors & Omissions and Cyber Liability Insurance. He has been a frequent speaker for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and The Indiana State Bar Association. Adam has also been a contributor to The Law Street Journal and The Title Report. Mr. Gwaltney is an approved CE and CLE provider and conducts webinars and speeches for the American Land Title Association (ALTA), Indiana Land Title Association (ILTA), Michigan Land Title Association (MLTA) and The Ohio Land Title Association (OLTA). Adam’s speaking topics include Legal Professional Liability, Law Practice Management, Ethics, Title Agent Errors & Omissions, Cyber Liability, Fraud and Crime Insurance. 

Adam is proud to be a 35-year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America and he is an avid outdoorsman. He is a 2005 recipient of The District Award of Merit and has served his local Boy Scout District and Indiana Council in numerous leadership and training positions. Mr. Gwaltney is the proud parent of an Eagle Scout, his son Jordan, who is also a 2014 graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.   

Mr. Gwaltney is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), The Indiana Land Title Association (ILTA), Anderson First Church of the Nazarene and The Boy Scouts of America. 

Adam spends his free time volunteering with The Boy Scouts, woodworking, traveling with his wife and spending time in the outdoors. 

Steve Dettelbach

Steve has spent over two decades as a prosecutor, and, based on the recommendation of Sen. Sherrod Brown, nearly seven years as the Presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, serving over 6 million Ohioans. Steve is a husband, father, and native Clevelander with a long record of fighting for justice as a prosecutor, a civil rights attorney and an Ohio Ethics Commissioner. Steve is running to be Ohio’s next Attorney General so he may continue to fight on behalf of all Ohioans.

Amelia A. Bower, Plunkett Cooney

A member of the firm’s Title Insurance Law Practice Group, Amelia A. Bower focuses her practice in the areas of title insurance litigation, underwriting and claims analysis, bank-related litigation, bankruptcy litigation, construction related litigation and appeals. Many of her appellate cases have resulted in published decisions.

Before joining Plunkett Cooney, Ms. Bower practiced in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Bower has served the title insurance industry in many capacities, including as general counsel for an agency and as underwriting counsel. Prior to being licensed to practice law, Ms. Bower worked as a title officer, escrow officer and title examiner in the Cleveland area.

Ms. Bower has served as an expert witness in real estate and ethics matters.

Ms. Bower is a co-editor for Baldwin’s Ohio Real Estate Law, including chapters on Conveyancing, Dower and Oil and Gas leases.

Ms. Bower currently chairs the Ohio State Bar Association Committee on Legal Ethics and Professionalism and is a past Chair of the Cleveland Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee.

Kevin F. Eichner, Esq., First American Title Insurance Company

Kevin F. Eichner, Esq. is State Counsel for First American Title Insurance Company in Columbus, Ohio.  He has worked for First American for the last 22 years.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio.  Before entering the title insurance industry, Kevin was in the private practice of law focusing primarily in the areas of real estate, real estate development, federal and state taxation and estate and probate law.  Kevin is a past president of the Ohio Land Title Association and is a past president of the Ohio Title Insurance Rating Bureau, Inc.  He is also a member of the Real Property Law Section Council of the Ohio State Bar Association and a member of the Columbus Bar Association.

Samuel J. Halkias, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company

Sam joined Old Republic in July of 2008. Prior to that, he worked for another major title insurance underwriter serving as State Agency Operations Manager and also served as President of a domestic title insurance company for 21 years. He began is professional career in 1972 in the Savings and Loan industry, serving as a Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Controller. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Sam has also served as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Task Force for the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the Ohio Title Insurance Ratings Bureau as Chairman of the Audit and Statistical Committees, a member of the Ohio Department of Insurance Committee for the drafting of the independent review rules, and is also a member of the committee for the Ohio Licensing Exam for title insurance license applicants. Sam is currently serving as President-Elect of the Ohio Land Title Association, and has served as a Trustee on the board for the past 5 years.

Henry E. Menninger, Jr.

Hank Menninger chairs the firm’s Bankruptcy, Business, and Creditors' Rights practice group.  He has extensive experience representing individuals and restructuring businesses in bankruptcy proceedings.  He serves as a member of the panel of Bankruptcy Trustees for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and is certified by the American Board of Certification in the area of Consumer Bankruptcy*.   He has served as a state court appointed receiver, including an important stint as Receiver in the celebrated Kenwood Towne Place foreclosure proceeding in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.  He has had involvement in one form or another in nearly every large Chapter 11 case filed in Cincinnati over the past twenty years, including the reorganization proceedings involving Federated Department Stores, Eagle Picher Industries, Brendamour’s Sporting Goods, Elder Beerman Department Stores, Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum, the Cincinnati Cyclones, R.L. Torbeck Industries, Claddagh Pubs, Ameristop Convenience Stores, Berean Christian Stores, Odom Industries, Able Care Medical Services, as well as the Calumet Farms case in Lexington, Kentucky.  Hank is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in both Ohio and Kentucky.

Hank has been included on the Ohio Super Lawyers® list by the publishers of Law and Politics Magazine every year since 2004. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2009 in the fields of Bankruptcy and creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy. Hank has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University and lectures frequently on legal topics relating to bankruptcy and real estate practice.   His article “The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) and Attorney Sanctions – A Sixth Circuit Overview and Analysis”, co-authored with Thomas J. Blatz, Jr., was published in Volume 33 of the Northern Kentucky Law Review.  He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute. He has served as Chairman of the Real Estate Law Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association, Chairman of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Practical Law Institute, and as a member of the Planning Committee of the annual Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar. He is also an approved Real Estate Title Insurance Agent for the Chicago Title Insurance Company.

Having graduated from Elder High School (Class of ’68), the University of Cincinnati (B.A., Class of ’72), and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law of Northern Kentucky University (Order of the Curia, J.D. Class of ‘77) Hank lives in Harrison, Ohio with his wife.  He has three adult sons, one of whom (Michael J. Menninger) is a practicing attorney.  He is an active member of St. John the Baptist parish, and serves as an elected member of the Harrison City Council.  He has been active in the community, currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund Board. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Cincinnati Bar Association Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.  He was honored by the Chase College of Law Alumni Association with its prestigious “Professional Achievement Award”  in 2007.

* - DISCLAIMER:  Please note that Kentucky does not certify specialties in legal fields.

Memberships and Affiliations

·         Cincinnati Bar Association

·         Ohio State Bar Association

·         American Bar Association

·         National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

·         American Bankruptcy Institute

·         Ohio Land Title Association

·         Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Stacey A. O’Stafy

Stacey O’Stafy is a staff attorney with the Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee, Faye D. English. 
Prior joining the Trustee’s office, Ms. O’Stafy represented mortgage lenders and servicers withinthe consumer bankruptcy context. During her career, Ms. O’Stafy represented commercial           lending institutions in financial workouts, litigation and bankruptcy proceedings; labor unions    and their members in various matters; and consumer debtors. Ms. O’Stafy received her B.A. in  English from the University of Toledo and her J.D. from the University of Toledo, College of    Law. Ms. O’Stafy is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association and Credit Education Coalition. Ms. O’Stafy is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois. 


Charles A. “Chip” Brigham, III

Charles A. “Chip” Brigham, III is a sole practitioner in the Cincinnati law firm of Brigham & Brigham Co., L.P.A. and is the second-generation owner of Buckeye Land Title Company.  Mr. Brigham’s practice includes commercial and residential real estate, estate administration, and small corporations.  He is a licensed title agent and has lectured for various groups on real estate matters.  He is a former instructor of Paralegal Studies at Mount St. Joseph University where he taught courses on advanced real estate and estate planning.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Land Title Association, and a member of the Southwestern Ohio Land Title Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.  He currently serves on the Real Property Section Council for the Ohio State Bar Association.  He has authored public information real estate law pamphlets published by the OSBA.  He has been designated an Ohio Land Title Professional and recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for real estate law in 2018.  Mr. Brigham earned his B.S. degree from Ohio Northern University and his J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.


Moncia E, Russell

Monica Russell is a real estate and civil trial attorney in Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston’s Medina office and a licensed title agent at Heartland Title Agency. She is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in residential real property law. Ms. Russell is the chair of the education committee for the Ohio Land Title Association and serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Real Property Law Section Council, on the board of directors for Main Street Medina, as the Vice President of the Medina County Bar Association, and as a member of the City of Medina’s planning commission. Ms. Russell can be reached at 330-723-6404, russell@ccj.com, or on Twitter @OhioPropertyLaw.


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