women and minority attorneys

Taft is committed to creating an inclusive culture of individuals from diverse backgrounds. We are proud of our ongoing efforts in this area and of our growing diversity, and we invite you to contact any of our women and minority attorneys to discuss what it is like to practice at Taft.

Below are informal profiles for some of our women and minority attorneys. To see a full list, click on “View by Last Name” or “View by Practice Area.”

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Photo of Marcia Voorhis Andrew Marcia Voorhis Andrew

Marcia has been resolving a wide variety of business disputes for Taft clients since joining the litigation group in 1988. She co-chairs the Franchise and Distribution practice group. The skills Marcia has developed as a litigator, including the ability to analyze complex problems, develop creative solutions and negotiate to a successful result, are a great asset in her role as an elected member of the Board of Education of the Middletown City School District. She is as committed to improving the Middletown public schools, which her three children attend, as she is to advancing her clients' business and legal interests. Marcia says her parents taught her by example the importance of giving back to the community, and feels fortunate to be part of a firm that supports those efforts.

Photo of Philip R. Bautista Philip R. Bautista

Philip is a first generation Filipino-American who was born in Akron, Ohio and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He returned to his home state of Ohio after living in North Carolina and Washington D.C. Philip is involved with the Filipino-American community in Northeastern Ohio as a Director on the Board of the Philippine-American Society of Ohio and as a volunteer for events held by the American-Philippine Physicians of Ohio. He is also a member of St. Ignatius High School's Alumni Executive Council and Duke University's Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee and Alumni Association. Philip and his wife, Brooke, have two children who truly reflect the meaning of diversity, having a diverse ethnicity of Filipino, Irish, English, German, Spanish, and Chinese.

Photo of Donnell J. Bell Donnell J. Bell

Donnell is an associate in the firm’s Litigation group. Before attending law school, Donnell managed a research library at the University of Southern California. While at Vanderbilt University Law School, Donnell was a member of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. Donnell is currently an active member of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati.

Photo of Jane S. Berman Jane S. Berman

Jane is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property group. She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and concentrates her practice on the prosecution, enforcement, licensing and transfer of intellectual property, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. She is a member of the International Trademark Association, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Jane is on the board of trustees for the Vernon Area Public Library District and serves as secretary on the boards of directors of the Stevenson High School band and chorus parent groups.

Photo of Tracy N. Betz Tracy N. Betz

Tracy is the co-chair of the firm’s Gender Advancement Committee and a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. She focuses her practice on all litigation matters, including cases involving business disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, and other general business matters. Tracy graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington with a B.A. in political science and gender studies, and a J.D., cum laude. Tracy serves on the board of directors for Child Advocates of Marion County, is a member of the steering committee for Women4Change Indiana and is a member of the board of directors for Women4Change Leadership Series, Inc. In addition, she is a scout leader for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and has been involved in several political campaigns and active in the Marion County Democratic Party. Tracy has been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer since 2015. Prior to that, she was recognized as an Indiana Rising Star for several years. In 2014, Tracy was named the winner in the law category for Indy's Best and Brightest Awards and in 2008 was honored by the Indiana Lawyer as one of 15 Up and Coming Lawyers.

Photo of Beth A. Bryan Beth A. Bryan

Beth is a Partner in Taft’s Litigation Practice Area. After earning her bachelor's degree from Miami University and before joining the firm, Beth spent 7 years working for two members of U.S. House of Representatives—Representative Tom Tancredo in Littleton, Colorado and Representative Steve Chabot in Cincinnati, Ohio. While working full-time for Mr. Chabot, Beth attended Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law at night and graduated summa cum laude, Order of the Curia. Beth remains active in local politics—she serves on several committees for the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments. She’s also a member of Taft’s Professional Women's Resource Group, an organization dedicated to helping support women in leadership positions at the firm and in the greater business community. Beth lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and two children.

Photo of Stacia A. Buechler Stacia A. Buechler

Stacia is a partner with the firm and practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and general corporate transactions. Before returning to her home state of Indiana and joining the firm, Stacia was an associate for a Chicago law firm. Stacia is an actively involved member of the Indianapolis community, serving on several boards and regularly volunteering, most recently with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, College Summit of Indiana and the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association. She also serves on the board of directors for TCC Gives, Inc. and is an adjunct professor of business law at Butler University.

Photo of Jayna M. Cacioppo Jayna M. Cacioppo

Jayna is partner with the firm and chair of Taft's Indianapolis Litigation practice group. She concentrates her practice in predominantly complex environmental and criminal litigation. After graduating from Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, she joined the San Francisco corporate offices of Gap, Inc., where she managed multi-million dollar merchandise departments and traveled to Asia on a quarterly basis to negotiate garment prices. After four years in merchandising, Jayna decided to return to the Midwest and pursue a legal career in criminal defense. As a law student she took part in the criminal defense clinic at Indiana University - Indianapolis, and represented clients in felony cases and in post-conviction relief. She also worked as an intern for the Marion County Public Defender and the Indiana Federal Defender's offices. Her experience working in both business and criminal law has proved invaluable in her role as a litigator, where she constantly investigates, analyzes and negotiates towards a positive resolution. Today, Jayna enjoys doing criminal defense pro bono work as a way of helping underprivileged clients navigate the criminal system.