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Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Jul 20, 2020


The Toledo Bar Association is pleased to announce the launch of our brand-new website! Since launching on July 22, is looking better than ever. Our goal with this new design is to create a user-friendly browsing experience for all of our members. 

To get the most out of our new website, click here to set up your login. 

Once you have set up your new login, you will be able to access your personalized dashboard by clicking on the MyTBA button located on the top right corner of the website. There you will have access to the Online Member Directory, E-Communities, CLE Registration and many other member benefits. 

We encourage you to review and update your personal profile after creating your new login credentials. The professional information we have on file, including your photo, address and place of employment will be reflected in the printed edition of the 2021 TBA Legal Directory.  This information must be updated no later than September 15, 2020 and will be published in the printed directory unless otherwise noted.

The new website also includes email features which allows us to easily send email reminders and announcements. This means you may see emails from “”. Please note these emails are coming from TBA staff members.

We hope you enjoy the new website and thank you for your continued support. 


Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Aug 10, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Judge James D. Jensen who served as president of the Toledo Bar Association from 1998 -1999.

Described as a caring man who never knew a stranger, Judge Jensen was an influence to both the Association and lawyers. His compassion and support of others demonstrates his strong leadership. During his term as president, Judge Jensen worked closely with the three vice presidents, the executive board and staff to put a long term vision in place and worked collaboratively to accomplish it. It was Judge Jensen who recognized the lack of diversity on the board and implemented a Diversity appointment made by the president after the board elections, this diversity board appointment is still practiced today. He strongly encouraged support in the Pro Bono Legal Services Program and also believed in providing resources and mentorship for attorneys just starting their careers.

Current TBA President, Bill Meyer spoke fondly of Judge Jensen stating that “he will be described with many accolades due to a life well lived. A "mensch" ,in German, is a person of integrity and honor. The opposite of mensch is a person who treats others cruelly and without compassion. Simply stated, Judge Jim Jensen was a mensch.” Below is a fond recollection of his long time support for the Food Basket program to benefit the Salvation Army (photographed in 1998).

Our condolences go out to his family and the many friends he made in our community. For Judge Jensen’s obituary, read here.


Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Jul 30, 2020



The Toledo Bar Association (TBA) Pro Bono Legal Services program was selected as one of three winners of the 2020 Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Community Partnership Challenge. The contest is an opportunity to highlight nonmonetary, community partnerships between VHA and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that serve Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors. This event enables the Dr. Richard A. Stone, Executive in Charge Veterans Health Administration, to recognize the extraordinary work accomplished through these partnerships.

This year’s contest theme is The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks.  Each submission to this year’s contest showed how a particular partnership benefits Veterans and advances VA’s mission by addressing one or more of six social determinants of health that were the focus for this year’s contest: education, employment, food security, housing, spiritual support, and/or transportation.  More than 40 entries were submitted this year!


In partnership with the VA Ann Arbor Medical Center’s Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic, the Toledo Bar Association has been providing free monthly walk-in clinics to help Veterans with legal issues that affect social determinants of health such as access to employment and safe housing. The clinic was developed by Michelle M. Tussing, TBA Director of Pro Bono Legal Services and Leslie Witherell, Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator of the Toledo Community Based Outpatient Clinic in 2015.

Since its inception, 895 Veterans have been served by a team of private practice lawyers, some of whom are Veterans themselves. The success of this program would not be possible without those attorneys who frequently volunteer their time and knowledge. Volunteers include Todd Noll, Cindy M. Kirby, Mike D. Kirby, David J. Borell, Nick P. Wainwright, Jim Jones, Laura M. Dettinger and University of Toledo College of Law students Amelia Wolf and Misty D. Goodrick. Three lawyers who attend the monthly clinics have obtained VA accreditation and are well-versed in benefits and surviving spouse benefits.  

The pro-bono attorneys work to prevent and remedy employment discrimination, secure service-connected educational benefits, and assist in securing unemployment compensation and/or unpaid wages. They also help Veterans with eviction notices, landlord-tenant issues, and bankruptcy, which has a direct effect on securing stable, safe housing for Veterans and their families. This partnership aims to release Veterans from legal burdens, which also aids in reducing the overall “stress of life” which, in turn, can also reduce suicidality. The free monthly clinics have saved Veterans more than $344,000 in legal services, in the form of routine specific needs or focus areas such as durable power of attorney.

The award will be received by Tussing and Witherell at a virtual ceremony on August 27, 2020.


Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Jul 1, 2020


Attorney William G. Meyer was sworn in as 120th President of the Toledo Bar Association for the 2020-2021 membership year on Monday, June 29, 2020.



Meyer primarily practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law at William G. Meyer Attorney at Law and is of-counsel at Spengler Nathanson, PLL. A native of New York, Meyer found himself studying law at the University of Toledo after serving in the Marine Corps. He then established his practice here after being admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1977.

Meyer took the oath of office from Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Meyer formally assumed leadership duties for the Toledo Bar Association on July 1.

Other officers for 2020-2021 include:

1st Vice President, Hon. Myron C. Duhart, Lucas County Court of Common Pleas
2nd Vice President, Sarah K. Skow, Esq., Spengler Nathanson, PLL
Treasurer, Jeremiah P. O’Brien, Esq., LaValley, LaValley, Today & Schaefer Co., LPA
Secretary, Michael E. Bryant, Esq., solo practioner

A complete listing of the Toledo Bar Association Board of Directors follows.


Service Awards Presented to Paula Hicks-Hudson and Carasusana B. Wall

The Toledo Bar Association also presented the following awards to members during a virtual Annual Meeting held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
The Community Service Award was presented to Paula Hicks-Hudson for years of work in the community and more recently her service as “legal eagle” of the Toledo Buffalo Soldiers.

The recipient of the Trustees Award for outstanding service and involvement in the Toledo Bar Association and legal community is Carasusana B. Wall, partner at Zoll & Kranz, LLC.

The Toledo Bar Association, a voluntary professional association of 1450 attorneys, is observing its 142nd year of service to attorneys practicing in Northwest Ohio, including continuing legal education and a pro bono legal services program.


2020–2021 Board of Directors

Effective July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

  • President William G. Meyer
  • First Vice President Hon. Myron C. Duhart
  • Second Vice President Sarah K. Skow
  • Secretary Michael E. Bryant
  • Treasurer Jeremiah P. O’Brien


  • Dean Benjamin Barros
  • Kurt W. Bruderly
  • Timothy W. Effler
  • Valerie J. Fatica
  • Mag. Trevor N. Fernandes
  • Ashley A. Futrell
  • Evy M. Jarrett
  • Cindy M. Kirby
  • Tammy G. Lavalette
  • Hon. Christine E. Mayle
  • Adam S. Nightingale
  • Jane E. Roman
  • Robert C. Tucker
  • Carasusana B. Wall
  • LaTanya R. Wilson
  • Patricia A. Wise
  • Craig M. Witherell
  • Peter G. Rost – Past President




Posted by: Peter Rost on Jun 10, 2020


The Toledo Bar Association joins the Nation in condemning the killing of George Floyd and the countless others who have experienced injustice because of the color of their skin.

We believe that black lives not only matter, but black lives are valued, black lives are worthy and black lives deserve justice. As lawyers, we are sworn to uphold the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Ohio.

Accordingly, we have a responsibility to speak out and act against injustices and to condemn intolerance. In the words attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” The Toledo Bar Association pledges to work to promote and advance the values of inclusion and equal justice, which are fundamental principles of this organization and of the legal profession.

We will work within our Association and we will join the larger community in honest reflection, conversation and action to assure equal justice for all.


Posted by: Peter Rost on May 14, 2020


I'm sure that you have experienced the stressfulness and uncertainty caused by the pandemic. The last two months have been difficult and there is no clear end to the adjustments we continue to make in our personal and professional lives.

In light of the disruption to the economy in general and to the profession specifically, the TBA and the TBA Foundation are taking action to help members. The TBA Foundation just approved a grant that allows the TBA to provide members with free access to all of the Association's live, video replay and live-interactive webinar CLE throughout the entire 2020-2021 bar year which starts July 1st!

Over the next week you will receive a membership renewal invoice. Please renew your membership and take full advantage of this special CLE benefit and the many other benefits of belonging to your local bar association.


Posted by: Gina Scherzer on May 12, 2020


With participation from more than 50,000 Ohio legal professionals, the results from last weeks Ohio Metro Bar Association Trial Advocacy Survey on opening courtrooms for jury trials are in.

While the duration and reach of the COVID-19 pandemic remains largely speculative, consensus within the Ohio legal community is that jury trials must proceed when (1) deemed essential; (2) they can be conducted in compliance with best medical practices; and (3) they are able to honor the fundamental rights of all parties to the judicial process.

You can read the results of the survey and recommendations presented to the Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice on the OMBAC Jury Trial Advisory Survey here.


Posted by: Maggie Humphrey on Jan 6, 2020


Christine Caryer


Karen Davis


Gabby Schramm


Hometown: Toledo, Ohio Undergrad:  Walsh University
Law School: University of Toledo

Areas of practice: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Juvenile Law

I’m very excited to meet seasoned attorneys  who are willing to invest their time in teaching me how to navigate through various areas of law that of law that I want to practice, begin to build a successful solo practice, and form a great reputation in our legal community. 

I’m married with three children ages 18, 14, and 12. I don’t have a lot of extra time for hobbies, but do love to watch reruns of Law and Order and any other law or crime related show.


Hometown: Toledo, Ohio Undergrad: University of Toledo
Law School: University of Toledo

Areas of practice: Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, and Probate  

Through the Fellowship Collaborative, I hope to obtain the knowledge and skills required to lay a strong foundation for my practice. I also look forward to learning from experienced attorneys and creating a strong connection to Toledo’s legal community.

I enjoy spending time with family, walking my dog in the park, and playing tennis


Hometown: Elyria, Ohio
Undergrad: University of Akron
Law School: University of Toledo 

Areas of Practice: Criminal and Family Law

I am hoping to learn how to establish my own practice while also building strong relationships with fellow attorneys in the Toledo area. 

I am a runner. I run 5ks regularly and half marathons about once a year. I currently have a puppy and a cat.




Megan Ward






Hometown: Petersburg, MI
Undergrad:  University of Toledo
Law School: University of Toledo

Areas of practice: I am currently practicing criminal law and traffic matters but am open to gaining familiarity with as many areas of law as possible since all areas of law interest me. 

I hope to utilize the expertise of the Toledo legal community by building relationships, learn the ins and outs of each Toledo court and gain the knowledge necessary to build a successful legal practice.

I enjoy spending my free time with family and my shih tzu/ yorkie Sophia. I love cooking, hiking and traveling.





Posted by: Maggie Humphrey on Jul 1, 2019



LaRon Bankston


Richard Frelin


Nathan VanDenBerghe






LaRon Bankston grew up in Toledo and attended the University of Toledo for both undergraduate and law school.  He has always had a passion for criminal defense, and is also interested in family law, personal injury and probate.  When he is not building his practice, he enjoys photography, music and runs in the park.


When asked what his goals are for the fellowship, his response was, “I hope to obtain a practical understanding of the practice of law, and use the experience and knowledge gained to run a successful law practice.”



Richard Frelin is from Toledo and attended Lourdes University for undergraduate. He stayed in Toledo for law school, attending the University of Toledo College of Law.  He is interested in criminal, civil, family and constitutional law. In his free time, Richard enjoys watching his daughters play fast pitch softball and volleyball, and visiting the Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo Zoo.


When asked what his goals are for the fellowship, his response was, “I hope to obtain a practical understanding of the practice of law, and use the experience and knowledge gained to run a successful law practice.”



Nathan VanDenBerghe is from Delta, Ohio and attended Bob Jones University for undergraduate, where he majored in biology. He went to the University of Toledo College of Law, and is interested in real estate, probate, and general civil practice. Nathan spends his free time with his family, and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

When asked what his goals are for the fellowship, his response was, “I want to establish the foundation of a successful law practice through maximizing the available resources and learning from experienced attorneys.”

Posted by: Maggie Humphrey on Jan 20, 2018


Francis de la Serna


Brian Morrissey


Sarah Haberland






Francis de la Serna grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio and attended Miami University for undergrad. He moved to Northeast Ohio for law school, attending University of Akron School of Law. His practice area interests include criminal law, family law, juvenile law and personal injury. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, basketball, and playing with his half Yorkshire, half Chinese crested dog, Yoda.


Brian Morrissey is a Toledo native, and attended The University of Toledo for both undergrad and law school. He is interested in criminal law and domestic relations. His favorite TV show of all time is Seinfeld (and would argue with anyone who says Friends is better)!


Sarah Haberland is from Rossford, Ohio and attended Ohio University for undergrad. She returned to Toledo for law school, attending The University of Toledo College of Law. Her practice areas of interest are criminal defense, probate, employment and domestic relations. When Sarah is not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her two children, Harlow and Hunter.


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