08.25.2014

Three Attorneys from Katz Teller earn 'Lawyer of the Year' Honors

CINCINNATI – Katz Teller attorneys Mark J. Jahnke, Robert A. Pitcairn and William F. Russo were recently selected by their peers as a Cincinnati “Lawyer of the Year” in Woodward/White's The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)  Each of the above attorneys were selected in the following categories:

  • Mark Jahnke – Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Cincinnati
  • Robert Pitcairn – Litigation-Securities, Cincinnati
  • William Russo – Trusts and Estates, Cincinnati

Mark Jahnke’s reputation has been built on and staked to the special skill he brings to advising clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other major corporate transactions. Several times Mark has represented one party in a deal only to be hired later by the other party in connection with a separate transaction.  In addition to handling a variety of matters relating to business organizations, including formation, organizational structure, owner/shareholder relationships, business succession and related issues, and representation of company C-level executives, Mark has represented a number of clients in significant acquisition, recapitalization and disposition transactions.

Bob Pitcairn’s deft touch with complex litigation, in areas as far-ranging as antitrust, employment law, ERISA, patent, probate, securities and tax, and his poise and polish under pressure in commercial contract and business disputes, have led to local and national recognition as a top “bet-the-company” litigator.  In addition to Bob’s active litigation practice, he served as the chair of Katz Teller’s management committee from 2000 to 2012. Bob is currently the head of the firm’s litigation practice group and a member of its marketing, professional responsibility and risk management committees.

Bill Russo believes that wealth planning is ultimately about family planning:  how to devolve wealth without creating acrimony or bitterness among family members.  He brings his intelligence, creativity and experience to add value and benefit to the wealth planning experience.  In addition to providing multi-generational wealth transfer solutions that resolve business, personal, tax and charitable issues without negatively impacting the character and ambition of succeeding generations, he also represents individual and corporate taxpayers before the IRS, state Tax Commissioners, and various courts, and has prevailed in a number of litigated tax controversies.

Mark, Bob and Bill have been pillars of the firm and leaders in their respective practices for years, and their service and skill are certainly worthy of notice.

Katz Teller law firm, established in 1980, serves individuals, entrepreneurs, businesses and large corporations. Their unique approach combines the personal attention of a small firm with the comprehensive national and international resources usually only available with large firms. With a reputation built on results, Katz Teller attracts clients who appreciate the value of quality, proactive legal counsel – in business and life. For more information, visit www.katzteller.com.