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AUDREY P. FORREST is of counsel with Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone Co., L.P.A. She practices in the areas of employment law and discrimination. Ms. Forrest served as a trial attorney for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) where she was awarded a Special Achievement Award in recognition of her advocacy in employment discrimination. Following the EEOC, Ms. Forrest served as labor counsel to a Fortune 500 company. Since 1990, she has devoted her practice to advocacy on behalf of workers. She has frequently lectured on many topics regarding workers' rights and is also an adjunct professor in legal studies at a local college. Ms. Forrest earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Baldwin Wallace College and her J.D. degree from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
STEPHEN W. FUNK is a partner with the law firm of Roetzel & Andress, L.P.A., where he practices in business and public law litigation, appellate law, constitutional law, and land use and zoning law. Mr. Funk has been listed as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Ohio, and one of the Top 50 attorneys in Cleveland by the Ohio Super Lawyer magazine. Prior to joining Roetzel & Andress, L.P.A., he was a trial attorney and senior litigation counsel with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he gained experience in defending against constitutional challenges to the policies and actions of federal agencies. Mr. Funk is a member of the Akron, Ohio State, and Federal bar associations; and a member of the advisory group for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Miami University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
DALE H. MARKOWITZ is a principal with the law firm of Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, where he practices in the areas of eminent domain, municipal law, real estate law, zoning, litigation, and corporate law. Mr. Markowitz is a frequent lecturer on zoning and real estate topics. He acts as special counsel to municipalities, townships, and county government. Mr. Markowitz has created numerous condominium and cluster developments, and represents community associations. He is also the law director for the Village of Chagrin Falls. He is a member of the Geauga County, Ohio State, and American bar associations. Mr. Markowitz earned his B.S. degree from The Ohio State University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
FRED P. RAMOS is a principal in the law firm of Fred P. Ramos and Associates Co., L.P.A., practicing municipal law, real estate and probate and estate planning. He is the former law director of Mayfield Village, former special legal counsel for Garfield Heights, and served as the mayor of Independence, Ohio. Mr. Ramos is a member of the Cuyahoga County and Ohio State bar associations. Mr. Ramos earned both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Dayton.
ROBERT A. ZIMMERMAN is a partner in the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP and chair of the firm's public law practice group. As a civil trial and appellate lawyer with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Zimmerman has litigated cases involving employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, unfair competition, defamation, breach of contract, real estate, landlord-tenant, zoning, land use, constitutional rights, elections, trusts, business, and commercial law. Complementing his litigation practice is his government relations practice. Mr. Zimmerman is a member of the Shaker Heights City Council. He served in the administrations of Governor Richard F. Celeste and Attorneys General Anthony J. Celebrezze, Jr. and Lee Fisher. He is licensed to practice in Ohio, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Mr. Zimmerman is a member of the American, Ohio State, and Cleveland bar associations. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from The Ohio State University and his J.D. degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.