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Shawn J. Organ | Partner

sjorgan@organlegal.com
(614) 481-0901

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Shawn Organ is a trial lawyer who strives to be in the courtroom—thus making the formation of a litigation boutique a pinnacle of professional accomplishment. From serving as a federal law clerk for the Honorable George C. Smith to teaching trial advocacy as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Shawn’s passion has been trial work. To that end, Shawn, as an associate, then a partner, at Jones Day, Columbus, has defended some of the nation’s largest entities, including banks, automotive companies, retailers, and health care companies in class actions and complex commercial disputes throughout the United States. Some of Mr. Organ’s clients have included: Cardinal Health, Cummins Engine, Eastman Kodak, IBM, Bausch & Lomb, Macy’s, Elder-Beerman, LTV, Montgomery Ward, Bank of America, NationsBank, LaSalle, Lehman Brothers, Stride Rite, and MovieTickets.com.

In addition to teaching trial advocacy, Shawn also serves on the board of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, volunteered for four years to coach and mentor a local inner-city mock trial team, and since 2009 has been named in Columbus C.E.O. magazine’s list of “Top Lawyers,” and has been consistently rated as a Super Lawyer in Litigation.

Education:

  • University of Cincinnati (J.D. 1989)
  • Miami University (B.S. 1986)

Clerkships:

  • Hon. George C. Smith U.S. District Court, S.D. Ohio

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Ohio
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 6th Circuit Ct. of Appeals
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio

Publications:

  • New Class Actions Targeting ATM Operators Alleging Failure to Comply with ATM Notice Requirements (Aug. 2009).
  • Protecting Your Data Protects the Bottom Line, Jones Day Practice Perspectives: Products Liability & Tort Litigation (Spring 2009).
  • Your Web Site’s “Terms of Use”: Are They Enforceable?, Privacy and Data Security Law Journal (Aug. 2008).
  • Does FACTA Truncation Apply to E-Commerce?, Privacy and Data Security Law Journal (May 2008).
  • FACTA Truncation: Applicable to the Digital World?, Class Action Watch (March 2008).
  • If Your Company Accepts Credit Cards, You Need to Read This, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (Oct. 2007); reprinted in Jones Day State Tax Return (Oct. 2007).
  • FACTA Truncation – A Small Answer to Identity Theft or a Big Problem for Business? CCH Financial Privacy Law Guide (Oct. 2007).
  • Supreme Court Opens Door Wider to Retailer Liability with Credit Act, Columbus Business First (Aug. 2007).
  • Consumer Transactions May Have Become Riskier in Ohio, Product Liability Law 360 (July 2007).
  • Chapter 17 Post-Trial Motions, Sixth Circuit Trial Practice Guide (1st Ed., Lawyers Cooperative Publishing)(Jan. 1996).

Speaking Engagements:

  • E-Discovery: Best Practices and Trends, Ohio Northern University College of Law, Ada, Ohio, Guest Lecturer (Oct. 15, 2009).
  • Data Privacy and Security: Legal Trends and Developments, McAfee Focus 09 Security Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (Oct. 9, 2009).
  • Trends and Legal Developments in Data Privacy, McAfee Seminar, Columbus, Ohio (Dec. 10, 2008).
  • Strategies for 2009: Protecting Both The Brand and The Bottom Line, McAfee Seminar, Cleveland, Ohio (Dec. 9, 2008).

Erik J. Clark | Partner

ejclark@organlegal.com
(614) 481-0908

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Erik Clark is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on business litigation. Erik’s work includes disputes involving government regulatory actions, school finance, open meetings, public records law, health-care regulations, antitrust matters, multi-million-dollar contract and insurance claims, and executive employment/non-competition matters.  Erik has significant experience acting as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, representing agencies of the State of Ohio in matters challenging the constitutionality of state laws and the authority of state officials.

Selected to the 2017-2023 Ohio Super Lawyers lists and the 2015-2016 Ohio Rising Stars lists, Erik has represented clients including Uber, ProMedica, CVS, Cedar Fair, Urban Active, Trillium Farm Holdings, The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.  Beyond these clients, Erik is proud to represent a number of small businesses and individuals whose names may not be familiar but whose legal matters are just as important.

Erik’s work is focused exclusively on resolving disputes, whether in litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitration, mediation, or just one-on-one settlement discussions with opposing counsel.  He strives to develop strategies to achieve effective and efficient results for clients.  Sometimes this means quickly earning opposing counsel’s trust and respect so that the parties can quickly put a dispute behind them with a settlement.  Other times, nothing short of a full-blown jury trial and appeal will work.  Erik believes that clients get the best results when their attorneys prepare as if the case will go to trial, even though most cases settle at some point along the way.  He relishes the opportunity to stand up in a courtroom and present his client’s case, but he is always looking for ways to achieve a faster and less expensive solution.

After graduating summa-cum-laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of Ohio State Law Journal, Erik clerked for Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton on the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.  He then served as the 2005-2006 Simon Karas Fellow and assistant state solicitor in the Ohio State Solicitor’s office, where he assisted in representing the State of Ohio in high-profile appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He then became a business-litigation associate at one of the largest law firms in the world, before he left in 2012 to join Organ Law LLP.

Throughout his years of practicing, Erik has devoted a significant portion of his time to appellate work, including taking on appeals following trials handled by other counsel.  He has argued multiple high-profile cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit, the Eighth Circuit, and several intermediate state appellate courts.  But the majority of Erik’s work has been on the trial-court level, where he has been lead counsel on cases in every stage of litigation, from pleadings and discovery to dispositive motions and jury trials.

Before law school, Erik was a newspaper journalist with a Master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.  He has been married to a lawyer for over 20 years—proof that not all disputes must end in court, no matter how much lawyers might want them to.  His life purpose is to try to be the best husband and father he can and to seek out ways to help people, either as a lawyer specifically or as a human generally.

Education:

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2004)
  • The Ohio State University (M.A., 2000)
  • Wittenberg University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1998)

Clerkships:

  • Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton 6th Cir., U.S. Ct. of Appeals

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Ohio
  • United State Supreme Court
  • 6th Circuit Ct. of Appeals
  • 8th Circuit Ct. of Appeals
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio

Kirsten Fraser |Partner

KFraser@organlegal.com
(614) 869-3221

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Kirsten Fraser is an experienced litigator focusing on business litigation. Kirsten’s work includes cases involving complex commercial litigation claims, securities, corporate governance, fiduciary duties, shareholder disputes, real estate litigation, employment law, UCC Article 3 cases, insurance, business competition, restrictive covenants, trade libel, civil RICO claims, and general commercial litigation claims.

Selected to the 2019-2023 Super Lawyers Ohio Rising Stars lists, Kirsten has represented clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to small sole proprietorships to nonprofits, involving claims in the thousands of dollars to the billions of dollars. Her experience also spans various industries, including healthcare, retail, insurance, telecommunications, oil and gas, banking and financial services, and tech.

A trial lawyer at heart, Kirsten has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation, from pre-dispute negotiations through discovery, dispositive motions, hearings, and resolution. She also has experience in alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation and arbitration.

Education:

  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D. High Honors, Order of the Coif, 2013)
  • The Ohio State University (B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2006)

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Ohio
  • District of Columbia
  • State of New York
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Eastern District of Michigan

Ashley Merino | Associate

amerino@organlegal.com
(614) 481-0907

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Ashley represents clients in a variety of complex civil litigation matters involving employment law, constitutional law, commercial litigation, and contract disputes. She extends her passion for litigation by maintaining an active pro bono practice.

Ashley showcases her talent for litigation in the courtroom where she has argued before the Tenth District Court of Appeals on several occasions and obtained favorable jury verdicts for her clients at trial. Most recently, she helped recover a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in favor of her client—a former bank officer who filed suit against his employer for breach of contract.

Her experience conducting depositions, drafting winning motions, and negotiating favorable settlements on behalf of clients across the county has garnered the attention of her peers, lending her name to the 2021-2023 Super Lawyers lists of Rising Stars.

Ashley graduated magna cum laude from The University of Dayton in 2013. She received her juris doctor degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2017.  In her free time, Ashley provides career mentorship to young students who aspire to practice law.

Education:

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 2017)
  • The University of Dayton (B.A., Political Science and Criminal Justice Studies, magna cum laude, 2013)

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Connor Organ | Associate

corgan@organlegal.com
(614) 869-3220

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Connor Organ’s practice includes a wide range of complex civil litigation matters, including securities litigation, employment law, constitutional law, administrative law, and contract disputes. Selected to the 2023 Ohio Rising Stars list, Connor also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on general corporate issues, unfair trade practices, and Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act.

Before joining the firm, Connor served as a judicial clerk to Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargus of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, and as a judicial clerk to Judge Douglas R. Cole of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division.

Connor received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Miami University. While in law school, Connor was a judicial extern to Justice R. Patrick DeWine of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Connor was also a law clerk at an international firm and worked as a research assistant for Professor Michael E. Solimine, focusing on procedural issues related to federal three-judge district courts that preside over election law disputes.

Education:

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D., 2018)
  • Miami University (B.S., Finance, 2015)

Clerkships:

  • Hon. Edmund A. Sargus U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Hon. Douglas R. Cole U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Liberty P. Casey | Office Manager

lcasey@organlegal.com
(614) 481-0900

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Liberty received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo and is a certified legal assistant. Her legal assistance experience encompasses all aspects of the litigation process, including legal research, database coordination, and file and document management.

Prior to joining Organ Law, Liberty was the business development & communications coordinator at Jones Day’s Columbus office. She has also worked in various capacities in Jones Day’s recruiting department for 15 years, first as a recruiting assistant and later as the law school recruiting coordinator.

Education:

  • State University of New York at Geneseo (B.A. – 1986)