Meet Our Attorneys

Meet Our Attorneys – Jon B. Allison and Austin LiPuma

April 21st, 2021 by

Meet Our Attorneys

The attorneys of Freking Myers & Reul are a cohesive team with decades of experience helping individuals with legal advice and representation.  Diligent, empathetic, passionate, approachable, are just a few words you could use to describe us.  We would like you to get to know more about us by following our series “Meet Our Attorneys” to learn about our professional achievements and experiences as well as our passions, hobbies, and interests outside the office.

 

Jon B. Allison

Jon practices in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of employment contract and non-competition. He is an experienced litigator who practices in federal and state trial and appellate courts and in federal and state agencies.
Jon grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He attended the University of Michigan where he studied psychology and education. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati where he served as Law Review Editor-in-Chief.
Jon lives in Mt. Lookout with his spouse, Deb (who works for the City of Cincinnati), and two children, Kate and Ben. He spends the vast majority of his free time with them focused on their various activities. His favorite thing to do is take long walks or hikes with his family. Jon also has a twin brother who lives and works in Cincinnati with his spouse and son.

 

Austin H. LiPumaAustin H. LiPuma

Austin LiPuma concentrates his practice in wrongful death, premises, nursing home neglect/abuse, and car/truck/pedestrian accident cases. Austin is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Indiana, as well as federal courts in both states. Austin was recognized as a 2021 Ohio Super Lawyer Rising – Plaintiff Personal Injury. He sits on the board of the Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association and is an active member of The Ohio Association for Justice.
In his spare time, Austin is heavily involved with University of Cincinnati’s Mock Trial Association, which is ranked in the top 50 out of over 750 registered teams across the Nation. For the past eight years, Austin has been the head coach of The Bearcats where he teaches undergraduate students the fundamentals of effective trial work and advocacy.
As a Cleveland native, Austin grew up in an Italian American household where food and family were the primary focuses of his upbringing. As such, when he is not working or coaching, you can find Austin either watching a cooking show (usually ‘Chopped’), cooking, or most likely, doing both. Austin also enjoys staying as active as possible and although he admittedly has “zero form,” feverishly enjoys playing tennis whenever and wherever the weather permits.
More recently, Austin has been featured as a regular on WLW’s The Bill Cunningham Show as a legal expert focusing on personal injury-type cases. Make sure to tune in and listen for Austin’s advice there or check out his standing blog: Personal Injury Claims During a Pandemic and Beyond.

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Meet Our Attorneys – Mark W. Napier and Laura Welles Wilson

April 14th, 2021 by

Meet Our Attorneys

The attorneys of Freking Myers & Reul are a cohesive team with decades of experience helping individuals with legal advice and representation. Diligent, empathetic, passionate, approachable, are just a few words you could use to describe us. We would like you to get to know more about us by following our series “Meet Our Attorneys” to learn about our professional achievements and experiences as well as our passions, hobbies, and interests outside the office.

Mark W. Napier

Mark Napier concentrates his practice in wrongful death, nursing home abuse, and car/truck/pedestrian accident cases. Mark is licensed to practice law in Ohio, KY, and the local federal courts. Mark has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer – Plaintiff Personal Injury for ten consecutive years. He has the highest attorney rating by Martindale-Hubbell for legal skills and ethics. He is a former President of the Southwest Ohio Trial Lawyers Association and a former Trustee of the Ohio Association for Justice. His is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for attorneys who have achieved million dollar recoveries.

In his community activities, Mark serves as a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul’s Phone Center returning calls from neighbors who seek rent or utility financial assistance or other services. Mark is also a former Board President of the non-profit association IKRON, which provides services to the developmentally disabled.

In his spare time, Mark is part of the Black Widow Top Sportsman class drag racing team beginning in the spring 2021. The team will race its dragster at various drag racing tournaments in Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Florida, and Texas.  Also, Mark is a part-owner of six thoroughbreds headquartered in Ocala, FL who have or will primarily race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.  Mark’s wife of 40 years is Maureen Napier, and they have two children, Shannon, who is a MA degree social worker in Columbus, and Sean, who is a CPA in Boston, MA.

 

Laura Welles Wilson

Laura is an Attorney with Freking Myers & Reul, LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio, and concentrates her practice in Employment Law and Litigation. Laura received her A.B. in French Literature from Dartmouth College and her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Following graduation from law school, Laura began her legal career in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio as a law clerk to The Honorable Robert A. Steinberg, then a United States Magistrate Judge. Following Judge Steinberg’s retirement, Laura continued to serve the Court and served as a Career Law Clerk to Magistrate Judge Timothy S. Hogan for fourteen years, until his retirement in 2010.

As a private practitioner, Laura has experience on both the defense and plaintiff’s side of employment litigation. Since entering private practice, Laura’s work has focused on a wide range of employment law matters, with special emphasis on litigation and motion practice. She has successfully briefed numerous cases, overcoming motions to dismiss and summary judgment motions filed against her clients, positioning the case for trial and/or settlement. Her accomplishments include successfully briefing and arguing employment discrimination claims before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and briefing before the Ohio Supreme Court, as well as work on numerous cases that have resulted in successful outcomes for firm clients at trial and through pre-trial settlements.

Laura is an active member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Professionalism Committee, member of the Admissions Committee, and former member of the Nominating Committee. In addition, she is a member of NELA, OELA, and CELA, as well as the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association, John Weld Peck Chapter.

Laura also volunteers in her community as a member of the Cincinnati Nature Center Board of Directors, former Board member and current member of the Nominating Committee for the Indian Hill Winter Club, and member of the Mariemont City Schools Finance Committee.

When she is not working on a legal brief, she enjoys a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, kayaking, orienteering and nature walks, which she pursues when travelling both near and far. She aspires to improve her skills on a mountain bike and loves to explore local craft beer options in any destination, especially if there is a side of live music.

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Meet Our Attorneys – Liza Asbury Newman

April 12th, 2021 by

Liza Asbury Newman practices employment law. She handles cases of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, as well as cases involving disputes over benefit plans, family and medical leave, and non-compete agreements. She has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2020 and 2021 in plaintiff’s employment litigation. She also has a special interest in the intersection between employment law and ERISA.
Liza is involved in the Cincinnati Bar Association as vice chair of the Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. She frequently gives talks on legal developments in her practice area to the CBA and other organizations. Liza currently coaches mock trial at Seven Hills and recently taught labor law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Prior to law school, Liza worked in the language-learning field. She spent a year teaching English in France, and then worked at the University of Pennsylvania’s English Language Programs while she was in graduate school there. She holds BA and MA degrees in art history.
Outside of work, Liza enjoys birding and spending time in nature. If you’ll tolerate it, she’ll teach you how to identify trees by their bark and birds by their call. In the summer, she loves to work on her garden and ride her bike around the neighborhood. She lives in Columbia-Tusculum with her cat, Laika.

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