Five New Members Named in Frost Brown Todd's Cincinnati and West Chester Offices

January 8, 2014

Frost Brown Todd is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members in Cincinnati and two in the West Chester office. The new members are: J. Aaron Byrd, Jeffrey F. Kersting, Ali Razzaghi, Benjamin J. Helwig and Benjamin J. Yoder.

J. Aaron Byrd practices in the firm’s personal and succession planning group where he focuses on estate planning, probate estate and trust administration, business succession planning, asset protection planning, wealth transfer planning, and charitable giving as well as estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax issues.  A West Point graduate, Aaron previously served as a Field Artillery officer in the U.S. Army where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for combat service in Iraq.

Jeffrey F. Kerstingis part of the firm’s intellectual property law and litigation group. Jeff assists clients with all aspects of patent prosecution and portfolio management across a wide-range of technologies and also helps his clients with IP-related agreements, such as licenses, assignments, and development agreements. He has also participated in activities for various local organizations, such as the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, and Hamilton County Special Olympics.

Ali Razzaghi practices in the firm’s litigation department where he represents and advises clients in a wide range of litigation areas, with a focus on business litigation. Razzaghi has been actively involved in a variety of business litigation matters, including contract law, UCC Article 2, real estate, land use and zoning, business torts, franchise and distribution, and other commercial litigation matters.  He has also tried numerous cases and successfully argued motions at both the state and federal levels.

Benjamin J. Helwig counsels entrepreneurs and closely-held businesses and is an attorney with considerable experience in business, real estate and business litigation. His multi-disciplinary practice provides him with the unique ability to counsel business owners on a wide range of issues and business strategies.  He serves as general counsel to several web-based and design firms, and his practice serves privately held companies of all sizes – advising owners on entity choice and formation, partnership agreements, business planning, sales, acquisitions, and real estate issues and concerns.

Benjamin J. Yoder is a member of the firm’s litigation department and practices in the areas of government services and business litigation. The majority of his practice is dedicated to Ohio Township and municipality representation, particularly in the area of land use and zoning.  He serves as zoning counsel to a variety of Southwest Ohio local governments. Yoder serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Warren County Park District, President of the Board of Trustees of the Deerfield Regional Stormwater District, and President of the Board of Directors of Child Focus, Inc.