Attorney Profiles

JOHN E. STILLPASS, ESQ.

ADMITTED: 1981, OHIO, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1982, FLORIDA; 1988, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (including Trial Bar); 1991, U.S. Tax Court

LAW-SCHOOL: Case Western Reserve University (J.D. 1981)

COLLEGE: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance & Commerce (B.S.E. 1978)

Senior Associate Editor: Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, 1980-1981; Canada-US Law Journal, 1980 -1981.

Arbitration Panelist, Cincinnati Bar Association/Cincinnati Board of Realtors Earnest Money Arbitration Program, 1989- .

Arbitration Panelist (Chairman), Clermont County Court of Common Pleas Arbitration Program.

Assistant Zone Manager, AB Volvo, Car Marketing Division, Gothenburg, Sweden. (1973-1978).

Managing Member/Development Principal, Vision Implementation Group LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio. (2000- )

Associate, Goodman & Goodman Co. L.P.A., Cincinnati, Ohio. (1981-2001)

MEMBERSHIPS:
Cincinnati Bar Association (Member: Bankruptcy Committee, 1988 - 1992; Common Pleas Court Committee; Board of Realtors Liaison Committee; Vice Chair, Solo Practitioners/Small Firm Committee, 2006-); Palm Beach County Florida Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; The Florida Bar.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:
GFR Leasing Corporation; Klein Motor Co.; Friendly Auto Sales Inc.; Auto Dealers Acceptance Corp.; The Fulton Railroad Co.; Selden Mast Inc.; SASS Realty Corp.; Ohio Corporate Services, Inc.; Peck Film Corp.

EXPERIENCE

I have provided legal services to individuals and business clients for over 20 years.

Types of businesses represented and advised have included new and used car dealerships, repair facilities, trucking lines, shipping lines, railroads, real estate developers, real estate investors, nursing homes and health care facilities, professional practices (including physicians, architects, engineers, and lawyers), warehousing and distribution, marine terminal, equipment leasing, construction, commodities, sales representatives, financing, technology and manufacturing.

Utilizing a business background, I have provided my commercial clients with representation in the areas of business formation and planning, purchases and sales of businesses, collections, bankruptcies, contracts and commercial transactions, financing transactions, real estate purchases, sales and financing, appropriations, leasing, administrative proceedings, zoning and land use regulation, employment and employee benefit issues, transnational legal issues, and litigation of commercial disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitration and mediation proceedings.

I have provided services and advice to individual clients in the areas of real estate sales and financing, estate planning, probate proceedings, personal injury, consumer matters, and other personal matters.

I have lectured to automobile dealers on legal matters concerning business entities, employment issues, consumer issues, collections and financing. I have also presented seminars to lawyers and real estate professionals on matters of real estate law. I have taught architectural students on the legal topics of practice formation, contract issues, and risk avoidance.

RONNA S. LUCAS, ESQ.

ADMITTED: 1994, Ohio; 1998, Illinois; 2005, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio; United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

LAW-SCHOOL: Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio (J.D. 1994)

COLLEGE: University of Cincinnati (B.A. 1990)

EMPLOYMENT: Staff Attorney, Court of Common Pleas of Hamilton County, Ohio 1994 – 1996

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office 1996-1998

In-house Litigation Counsel, Warrior Insurance Group, Chicago, Illinois 1999-2000

Associate Attorney and then of-counsel for nearly a decade for one of the nation's largest "lemon law" or “consumer” firms and its “brother” law firm and managed the Cincinnati office until her departure.

MEMBERSHIP:

Cincinnati Bar Association

Previously a member of NACA – National Association of Consumer Advocates

EXPERIENCE:

Ronna Lucas began her legal career working in the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and managing the court’s criminal and civil dockets, and researching and drafting many court briefs and opinions. Ronna Lucas then worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, first in the Child Support Division enforcing child support orders, prosecuting contempt proceedings for non-payment of child support and litigating cases to establish paternity, and then in Juvenile Court prosecuting cases including misdemeanors, felonies, traffic violations, “bind-over” hearings and competency hearings.

Ronna Lucas also has experience with garnishment and citation proceedings, as well as “bad-faith” lawsuits.

During this time Ms. Lucas tried new cases daily – often trying more than one case per day – for a total of several hundred bench trials over the course of her employment in this position.

For nearly a decade, Ms. Lucas’ practice has primarily been concentrated in the area of consumer protection litigation and has represented over a thousand consumers. She has been involved, throughout the entire State of Ohio, in all aspects of the litigation of consumer law cases, including pre-lawsuit settlement negotiations to trial. She has represented thousands of consumers in various stages of litigation including drafting pleadings, propounding and responding to discovery requests, conducting depositions, handing mediations and arbitrations, arguing motions before the courts, preparing cases and clients for trial and drafting both State and Federal Appellate briefs.

Ms. Lucas has personally first-chaired over eighteen (18) trials, tried over a hundred bench trials, and argued numerous cases in Ohio’s appellate courts.

ERIK W. LAURSEN, ESQ.

ADMITTED: 2005, Ohio; 2005, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio

LAW-SCHOOL: University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio, (J.D. 2005)

COLLEGE: Ohio University (B.S. 1996, M.A. 1997)

MEMBERSHIPS

Cincinnati Bar Association; Boardmember, Cincinnati Jewish Community Relations Council; Queen City Bike

EXPERIENCE

Erik W. Laursen is a former broadcaster, producer, and writer turned attorney. His dedication to civil and constitutional rights steered him first to journalism and then into the law. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and small businesses realize their visions. His practice is devoted to serving the needs of individuals and small businesses.

Erik's years of experience outside the law help him understand his clients' needs and help clients solve problems, avoid legal mishaps, meet personal and professional objectives, and aggressively pursue legal action when it proves necessary.

Erik's commercial clients receive hands-on help with planning and entity formation, contracts, dispute resolution and litigation, intellectual property issues such as trademark and brand protection, employment issues, and digital privacy.

His work on behalf of individuals includes a successful defense and settlement of a Federal Trade Commission prosecution, representation of numerous clients in discrimination and employment litigation, criminal matters, and consumer protection and debt adjustment, including Chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcies.

His goal is to anticipate your needs and help you resolve legal questions before they become legal problems.

While in law school, Erik was named as one of the first Fellows of the Rosenthal Institute for Justice and Ohio Innocence Project. There he helped initiate a still active effort to free a man for a murder he did not commit. He also served as Articles Editor for UC's Law Review. His writing on First Amendment journalists' privilege is recognized by the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals and cited by other writers.

Before associating with John E. Stillpass, Erik worked with a firm specializing in civil litigation, class actions, and consumer protection. He has also worked behind the scenes at both the Second and First District Ohio Courts of Appeals.

Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Erik worked as a radio and television producer in Washington, DC and Cincinnati. As a producer, Erik produced the number one CBS affiliate morning show in the country. He has written and produced for Knight Ridder Tribune, WCPO-TV, WKRC-TV, and multiple business clients. Together, he and his wife created The Completely Unauthorized Ohio University Coloring Book, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to their beloved alma mater. Erik lectures frequently to his daughter on a variety of topics. Erik writes a daily lawyer haiku that is available on Facebook and Twitter.

PUBLICATION

Note, Putting Journalists on Thin Ice: McKevitt v. Pallasch, 73 U.Cin.L.Rev. 293 (2004) (included in materials for 2005 Second Circuit Judicial Conference; cited, 14 Comm. L. & Pol'y 373 (2009); 14 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1063, (2006); 82 Ind.L.J. 549 (2007); 57 Duke L.J. 199 (2007); and other journals).