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STUART D. BAKER is an attorney with the Law Offices of John Antel. Mr. Baker defends insureds and insurers against an array of first-party and third-party suits involving property and casualty claims. Mr. Baker is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, and the Akron Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all courts in Ohio, the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Ohio, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He possesses an inactive license in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Mr. Baker has been an instructor with the University of Akron’s Summer Trial Academy since its inception, and has been a coach for the University of Akron Law School’s nationally recognized Trial Advocacy Program for nearly 15 years. He earned his B.A. degree from Bowling Green State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law.
DENNIS J. BARTEK is the founder of the Bartek Law Office, which handles cases in wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, business litigation, insurance coverage, litigation, criminal law, and mediation, in state, federal and appellate courts. Mr. Bartek has spoken at numerous seminars and short courses, professional leadership seminars, workshops and conferences on all aspects of trial practice. He is admitted to practice in Ohio, as well as before the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; the U.S. Supreme Court; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit. He has appeared pro hac vice in other state and federal courts as well. Prior to establishing his own firm, Mr. Bartek served the community as an assistant prosecutor for Summit County. Additionally, he served as acting judge for Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court by periodic assignment for 14 years. Mr. Bartek is past president of the Akron Bar Association and past president of the Scanlon-Bell Inn of Court (Master of the Bench). He is a graduate of the Justice Institute and has been a recipient of both the University of Akron School of Law Outstanding Alumni Award and the Akron Bar Association Professionalism Award. Mr. Bartek has been selected as one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers on numerous occasions including for 2019. He earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Akron.
ERIC K. GRINNELL is an attorney with Carr Law Office, LLC, where he practices in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, and general litigation. Mr. Grinnell is a member of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, as well as the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Cleveland-Metropolitan Bar Association. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; and his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the College of Wooster.
RICHARD S. KOBLENTZ is an attorney with Koblentz & Penvose, LLC. Mr. Koblentz devotes the greatest portion of his practice to the area of professional responsibility which includes, but is not limited to, legal ethics, attorney discipline, bar admission representation, representation in the areas of attorney conflicts of interest, disqualification of counsel, law firm formations and dissolutions, legal malpractice representation as both plaintiff and defense counsel, and service as an expert witness. He also practices in the areas of complex and general civil litigation; criminal defense, both general and white collar; probate; real estate; small business counseling; and domestic relations. Mr. Koblentz has been a presenter, on well over 100 occasions, at continuing legal education seminars throughout the state of Ohio, as well as several other states on behalf of a number of government and judicial bodies, law schools, bar associations, and proprietary organizations. He has appeared as a guest lecturer teaching law students at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the University of Akron School of Law. Mr. Koblentz's service to the profession and legal education includes serving as president of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, acting as an officer of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association, and membership on the Council of Visitors at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. He earned his B.S. degree from The Ohio State University and his J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
NATALIE M. NIESE is an attorney with Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio, L.L.P., where she maintains a litigation practice that includes personal injury, insurance coverage and subrogation lien resolution work. Ms. Niese is a member of the Ohio Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the Scanlon Inns of Court, and the Akron and Ohio State bar associations. She earned her B.A. degree from Ohio Northern University, her M.Ed degree from Kent State University, and her J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law.
SCOTT E. STEWART is the principal in the Cleveland law firm of Stewart & DeChant, LLC. He also specializes in personal injury, legal malpractice, insurance law bad faith claims, admiralty, vehicle and truck accidents, intentional tort, products liability, and other areas of personal injury practice. Mr. Stewart is designated as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy for the last 25 years and has been named as an Ohio Super Lawyer and Best Lawyers in America for the last ten years. He is a member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and is a member and past president of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, as well as a member of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Stewart is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, he is the past chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and was a former director on the Young Lawyers’ Section. Mr. Stewart is a diplomat in the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, as well as a member of the American Judicature Society, the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and one of fewer than 130 associates of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was Lawyer of the Year in Ohio for products liability in 2016 by Best Lawyers in America. In addition to lecturing to other practicing lawyers in Ohio on legal malpractice, ethics, products liability and personal injury, he has published on the topics of intentional tort law and experts. Mr. Stewart earned his B.A. degree from Bethany College and his J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law.