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Symposium issue: Tort Reform


James A. Comodeca is a Partner in the Litigation Department at the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl in Cincinnati, Ohio. He represents companies across the United States in litigation involving products, medical issues and other complex litigation, including class actions. His class action experience includes cases related to herbicides, medical devices, ERISA, insurance claims and labor law matters. A 1987 graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, Mr. Comodeca is admitted to the State Bars of Ohio and Kentucky, as well as numerous Federal courts. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Cincinnati Bar Association, Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Ohio and Kentucky Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute and an elected member to the International Association of Defense Counsel. He has served as adjunct faculty at Xavier University and continues such role at Northern Kentucky University. He is widely published and a frequent speaker on various topics throughout the United States.

Margaret M. Maggio is a 2002 summa cum laude graduate of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Ms. Maggio received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, summa cum laude, from Loyola University of Chicago in 1976 and her Masters of Science from the University of Illinois in 1982. She is admitted to the practice of law in the states of Ohio, Kentucky and Florida as well as numerous Federal courts. Ms. Maggio is an adjunct Professor of Law at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University and a Certified Nurse Midwife. An associate at Dinsmore & Shohl, Ms. Maggio's practice focuses on health law, the defense of health care providers in medical malpractice litigation and the defense of drug medical device and consumer product manufacturers in class actions and mass tort litigation.

Philip J. Truax is an associate with the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. Prior to attending law school and receiving his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Truax graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and worked as a news producer at WOIO/WUAB in Cleveland. Mr. Truax practices in the area of litigation, including products liability, health care, mass tort defense and construction law.

Joshua M. Bilz is an associate at the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. Mr. Bilz practices in the area of litigation, including products liability, health care, and mass tort defense. Mr. Bilz received his B.B.A from the University of Notre Dame in 2002, his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005, and his Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute in 2005.

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