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VOLUNTEER LAWYERS OF THE YEAR

Cincinnati Bar Association Lawyer of the Year

Charles G. Bretz, Jr. is a solo practitioner who specializes in Estate Administration, Estate Planning, and Probate law. He accepted his first VLP referral 27 years ago; since then, he has taken 74 cases. Charles frequently goes the extra mile for clients, representing low-income families in court to preserve what is often their only asset: their homes. In one complex case with many obstacles—including a request for relief from administration, a Probate Court hearing to admit a lost will, a foreclosure case in Common Pleas Court, a mortgage assumption, and subsequent negotiation of a loan modification—Charles ensured that a woman with disabilities kept her parents’ house and car. Thank you, Charles, for your dedication to your clients and the VLP’s mission.

Butler County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year

Cynamon T. Trokhan is a partner at Parrish, Marcum & Trokhan Co., LPA, where she specializes in Business, Probate, and Real Estate. During 15 years of volunteering for the VLP, Cynamon has accepted 33 referrals in Butler County. Cynamon advises families on how to pass their assets on to loved ones. She guides them through Probate Court when they lack proper titles to deceased relatives’ cars or homes. In one case, the client’s home needed crucial repairs, but the title was in her deceased mother’s name. Cynamon helped the client through a long, complex process of getting family members to sign the necessary estate waivers. As a result, the client was able to obtain the title transfer and home repairs. Thank you, Cynamon, for your commitment to serving our community members in need.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2018 Arthur J. Southard
2018 Stephen M. Bernat (Butler County)
2017 B. Scott Boster
2017 Susan M. Schreiber (Butler County)
2016 P.J. Minnillo
2016 Catherine L. Evans (Butler County)
2015 Nancy Brewer
2014 Montgomery, Rennie & Jonson, LPA
2013 Scott E. Knox
2012 Rich and Dee Dee Uhle
2011 James R. Barton
2010 Mardee Sherman
2009 Alan Abes on behalf of Dinsmore & Shohl
2008 Janet Pecquet
2007 John Eilers
2006 Andrew M. Kaplan
2006 James E. Michael (Butler County)
2005 Benjamin, Yocum & Heather
2004 Thomas L. Cuni
2004 Frost, Brown Todd – Middletown Office (Butler County)
2003 Eric D. Bender
2003 Harry B. Zornow (Butler County)
2002 Edward G. Marks

2002 Timothy Evans (Butler County)
2001 Randolph Freking
2001 Judge Leslie Spillane (Butler County)
2000 Rose Ann Fleming
2000 Bradley Carmella (Butler County)
1999 Michael A. Roberts (Graydon, Head & Ritchey)
1998 Steven D. Knittle
1997 Edmund J. Adams, Douglas Halpert (Frost & Jacobs)
1996 Tom Gaier
1995 Stacie Seiler, Binem Dizenhuz (Thompson, Hine & Flory)
1994 Robert Cloud, Francis McCune
1993 Steve Cohen
1992 Julia Sears
1991 Robert Owens
1990 Mike Walton
1989 Stan Hirtle
1988 Terry Weber
1987 Margaret Reis, Margaret Stigler
1986 Lewis Seiler
1985 Cathy Cook
1984 John Norwine
1983 Peter Thompson
1982 Harry Santen

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