2015-2016 Visiting Professionals

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ROBERT B. LOCHHEAD
Robert O. Lochhead obtained B.A. degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah in 1975. He received a J.D. from Columbia University, New York City in 1978. He worked as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Salt Lake City, Utah for 2 years. He worked as an attorney in private practice for 32 years. From 2010 to 2013 he served as a regional councel for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Supervised in-house legal staff and outside counsel in Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet republics, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Areas of responsibility included corporate compliance, real property, construction, labor, contracts, tax, human rights, immigration, finance, government relations, and litigation.

 

RICH HARRIS
Rich Harris graduated cum laude from BYU Law School in 1991 winning the American Jurisprudence Award for Employment and Labor Law studies. Mr. Harris has represented employees in controversial and publicised employment cases and has helped develop the law through both appellate and legislative advocacy. Mr. Harris is a primary drafter of the Recommended Arizona Jury Instructions for Employment Claims.
He has served as an editor and contributing author of the Arizona
Employment Law Handbook, has spoken at several employment law seminars and is a visiting law professor at several universities in Eastern Europe. Mr. Harris’s private practice is focused on representing whistleblowers bringing claims under the False Claims Act (or “FCA”). He is admitted to practice in both Arizona and Georgia, is on the board of directors for the Arizona Employment Lawyers Association and is a member of the plaintiff’s FCA bar, Taxpayers Against Fraud.

 

EDWARD G. MARKS
Edward G. Marks recently retired after practicing law in Greater Cincinnati for 46 years, following an initial career in broadcasting. Professionally, he was a partner in a 21-person firm (Barron, Peck, Bennie & Schlemmer), engaged in the general practice of law. He is a past member the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association, and of the OSBA’s Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section. He has also served on the governing board of the Cincinnati Bar Associations, and has chaired and worked on numerous committees related to the legal profession.  
Mr. Marks has focused much of his professional community work on communicating with the public about our legal system. He has taught Broadcast Law to electronic media majors at the University of Cincinnati, and for almost 10 years, hosted a weekly television show on the local ABC affiliate, Ask Your Lawyer. He contributed heavily to the Ohio Bar’s 250+-page general law text, The Law and You.
Mr. Marks is a Past President of The Mercantile Library, Past-President of Cincinnati-Ukraine Partnership, and Past President of Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati. Until he and Anita, his wife of 50 years, moved to Florida in June, 2015, he served as secretary of the Cincinnati Arts Association (which operates Music Hall and The Aronoff Center for the Arts), and Secretary of the board of Greater Cincinnati Arts & Education Center. He was a trustee of Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, and has taken part in leadership of several other community organizations. He was a Vice-President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Midwest Council, and has served several terms as an officer and trustee of Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, as well as Jewish Family Service. He has advised numerous non-profit organizations in governance issues.
He and his wife have been active in helping New Americans - immigrants from the former Soviet Union -- acclimate to life in the United States. He also served for nine years as president of The Pearlcasters, a dinner-speaking group.
Mr. Marks is an avid photographer; he makes furniture in his workshop and has restored numerous antiques. His other interests include New Orleans Jazz, raising tropical fish, history and antiques.

 

WILLIAM (BILL) WISTER
Chief Crown of the Lethbridge Crown Prosecutors Office, appointed by the Attorney General of Alberta.  Mr. Wister has extensive experience running all types of criminal trials, including homicide, sexual assaults, dangerous driving and impaired driving, including a large number of jury trials.  He has spent over 25 years as a Crown Prosecutor, Assistant Chief and Director in the Maritimes and now in many locations in Alberta.  He is married with two grown daughters and two grandchildren.  Guest instructor for the Leavitt Institute in Ukraine in 2012.

 

 

GREGORY WHITE
Mr. White graduated from Law School in 1998 from the University of Alberta. He has been a trial lawyer for 15 years. He practiced his first 5 years in civil law and for the last 10 years he has
exclusively practiced in criminal law. Mr. White enjoys running trials and particularly enjoys running jury trials.
Mr. White has been married for 14 years and cares for two cats. In his spare time he likes to read, travel and SCUBA dive. Mr. White has lived in Brazil and Israel. He has traveled extensively in China, the United States and South America.

 

 

Briant G. Mildenhall
Briant G. Mildenhall is a partner at the law firm Katz, Wright, Fleming, Dodson & Mildenhall in Atlanta, Georgia. He obtained his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University in 2002, and then received his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2007. Mr. Mildenhall’s law practice focuses on civil litigation in state and federal courts. He represents individuals and families in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases with claims against corporations and insurance companies. Mr. Mildenhall has been named one of the Top 100 attorneys in Georgia and one of the top 40 lawyers under the age of 40 by The National Trial Lawyers Association. He has been named multiple times to the lists of Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine and Rising Stars by Super Lawyers. Mr. Mildenhall is fluent in Russian, and he interned with the Slavic Center for Law and Justice in 2006. He currently serves as the Chairperson of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society Atlanta Chapter.

 

Marcus D. Williams

Marcus D. Williams graduated from Fisk University with University Honors, and received his Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1977.  As a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow he studied European business and competition law at the London School of Economics, and City of London Polytechnic. Also during his fellowship year he studied post colonial law and tribal law in Kenya, East Africa.  After his Watson year abroad, he became a prosecutor and served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney (Fairfax, Virginia) before accepting a civil position as Assistant County Attorney in Fairfax County, Virginia. 

He became a general district court judge in 1987, and was appointed to the circuit court in 1990.  Since retiring in 2012,  he has continued to sit as a judge on a part-time basis, and is a mediator/arbitrator for Juridical Solutions, PLC.  During his years as an attorney and judge he taught in the business school and law school of George Mason University, and has taught judges at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. In 1990, he lectured law students, lawyers, judges, and justices in the African countries of Liberia, Zambia, and Botswana, as part of the U.S. AMPART program. He has continued his teaching during summers in Yangshuo, China.

As a jazz and pop music guitarist, he has performed as a soloist, and as a member of various duos, trios, and groups in the Washington, DC area, and in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Toronto, Saigon, and Yangshuo, China.

 

Paul D. Lyman
Paul D. Lyman was appointed to the Sixth District Juvenile Court in July 200 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Garfield, Kane, Piute, Sanpete, Sevler, and Wayne counties. He received a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1979. Judge Luman was in private practice at the time of his appointment to bench. That practice included part-time Deputy Sevier County Attorney, Wayne County Attorney, and Salina City Attorney. Prior to that, he served in the United States Air Force from 1980 to 1985, achieving the rank of Captain. Judge Lyman was elected Mayor of Richfield from 1994 to 1998 and was on the Richfield City Council from 1989 to 1994. He has served on the Board of Juvenile Court Judges, including as board chair.

 

Ben H. Hadfield
Ben H. Hadfield obtained a B.A. degree from Weber State College in 1975. He received a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1978. He worked as an attorney in private practice for 15 years. He was appointed to the District Court Bench in 1993 by Governor Michael Leavitt. During his years on the bench he served as a member and as chair of the Board of District Court Judges, as a member of the Utah Judicial Council, and two terms as Presiding Judge of the First District Court. He conducted well over one hundred jury trials. He retired in August 2014 and now serves as a senior judge and provides private mediation services.

 

Tyler Ayres

Tyler Ayres fights for people against allegations of criminal conduct by the government.  The allegations he has defended range from simple traffic tickets to attempted murder and everything in between.  During his fifteen year career he has taken more than one hundred cases to jury verdict.  Some of these cases resulted in acquittals, many in convictions, but all of the people represented were given a chance to tell their story and fight the allegations. 

When he is not actively working, Mr. Ayres spends time with his wife and two kids.  They ski regularly, travel as much as possible, and are avid movie watchers.