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 Ann Hancock Ann Hancock

Ann Hancock serves as a board member for The Ohio Art League, a non-profits arts organization that provides exhibition and professional learning opportunities to Ohio visual artists. Recently, Ann orchestrated the organization’s annual fundraiser event, launched a partnership with another local arts organization and spoke at an artists’ workshop regarding copyright and contract law. She also volunteers with the Greater Columbus Arts Council/Columbus Bar Association pro bono arts program and is a member of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County.  Ann is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and is an active grant reader for the Women's Fund of Central Ohio.

Photo of Darrin Wesley Harris Darrin Wesley Harris

Photo of Jennifer Hann Harrison Jennifer Hann Harrison

Jennifer is a partner with the firm and practices in the areas of Workers' Compensation and Employment Law. She is dedicated to the improvement of the legal profession, having served for more than 10 years on the Dayton Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee, a group that investigates complaints brought by clients against their attorneys. Jennifer is a member of the board of trustees and executive committee of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the steering committee of the Dayton Area Logistics Association and serves as its general counsel. Jennifer also serves on the board of trustees for The Dayton Art Institute and is past president of the Cox Arboretum Foundation board of trustees. Jennifer is proud to be the first woman to have made partner at Crew & Buchanan, an established Dayton law firm that joined Taft in March of 2009.

Photo of Jill Friedman Helfman Jill Friedman Helfman

Jill is a partner with the firm, and concentrates her practice in the area of matrimonial law. She practiced in a small firm for 13 years before joining Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as a partner in 2000. When Jill joined the firm, her three children ranged in age from one to seven years old. Jill has been working full time since she began practicing law, and devotes her spare time to her family and volunteer work. She serves on a board for the Partnership For Families and volunteers for the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. Her ability to juggle work, family and volunteer opportunities has proven to be valuable for her family—and her clients.

Photo of Leigh A. Hellner Leigh A. Hellner

Leigh is a partner with the firm practicing in the area of commercial real estate law since 1996. While in law school at the University of Pennsylvania, she ran a student legal aid clinic on the South side of Philadelphia providing free legal assistance to low-income residents with child custody, spousal support and domestic violence issues. While handling a broad range of real estate transactions, Leigh has a particular fondness for projects involving urban redevelopment and brownfields development.

Photo of Manny Herceg Manny Herceg

Photo of Ronald D. Holman II Ronald D. Holman II

Ron is a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Labor and Employment groups. For more than 25 years, Ron has defended national, state and local clients in class actions, employment and commercial litigation. He strives to build long-term business partnerships with his clients. To that end, Ron is passionate about achieving outstanding results and providing exceptional customer service. Ron earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law and received his B.A. from Dartmouth College. The chief judges for the Northern District of Ohio have appointed Ron to several special judicial committees. He has served as board chair of numerous non-profit organizations and served for nearly 10 years on the board of a financial institution. Ron and his wife, Susan, live in Gates Mills, Ohio, and have two children in high school, Tim and Connie.

Photo of Richard Hu Richard Hu

Richard was born in Taiwan but immigrated to the United States at age six. He was raised in Maryland in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area thereafter. After a six-year layover in Atlanta, Richard moved to Chicago where he currently resides. At Taft, Richard works mainly on employment litigation, estates, trust, and fiduciary litigation, video gaming litigation, regulatory compliance defense and healthcare regulatory litigation.