Oxford law firm merges with Cincinnati law firm and changes name


The company held an open house on March 3 to introduce itself to the community and attended by company namesakes Nick Klingensmith and John Treleven, who remain based in the Cincinnati office. The company also has two other people working in Queen City – Derek Phipps and Phoebe Hart.

Wiseman said they had no plans to leave the offices at 421 S. Locust St. that the Robinson and Jones company occupied, next to the Lane Public Library.

“The goal of merging is to share knowledge among more people. There’s a lot of institutional knowledge,” Wiseman said, noting that the Cincinnati office handles a lot of domestic and working relationships with juvenile courts because they’re close to those courts. “John (Treleven) sums it up like this: ‘Our job is to be advocates for people and small business owners. If you are a small person with legal issues, we can help you. Our aim is to offer a service as complete as possible to individuals. »

Both Robinson and Jones are happy with the decision to merge with Treleven and Klingensmith.

Robinson retired last September and it prompted her daughter to reflect on her life as well.

“It was a good transition point for me to spend more time with my kids before they both left for college,” she said. “Matt (Wiseman) has been with the business for over three years. He was a wonderful addition to our team. He has a great relationship with our customers and I’m excited about the (merger). They’re a great dedicated team. to provide the services that Dad and I have provided.”

She said she was keeping her law degree and had no plans beyond that time when the two children would be in college, but would think about that later. For now, she works one day a week in the office for an indefinite period and will then go home.

“I feel the new owners and have a great working relationship. I will continue to provide some services by working from home and in the office one day a week,” she said.

Jim Robinson began practicing law in Oxford in 1974 while affiliated with a Hamilton firm, then joined barrister Susan Lipnickey to form the local law firm. Jones joined the company in 2006 and Lipnickey later retired, joining Xavier University’s athletic department as associate athletic director.

“After 48 years, it was time for me to retire. We are so excited about new people. They are dedicated and smart to continue providing services to our customers,” Robinson said. “I’m glad we joined them. They will do great things. Matt (Wiseman) and Celia (Klug Weingartner) are already dating in the community.

Although he has high expectations for the new firm, Robinson also has fond memories of his years practicing law at Oxford, helping to found efforts such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation. The best of those memories revolves around practicing law with his daughter.

“It was a dream come true. I sat down with her for her first jury trial. She has a very loyal following,” he said. “It was special to be together for 15 years. Every day was really special for me.

Wiseman said he looked forward to continuing to practice law at Oxford as he has done in recent years, primarily in criminal law and working with small businesses.

“I did my best to learn from Jim and Tara, especially in estate planning. We want to be a one stop shop with whatever we can help you with,” he said. “It wasn’t some sort of takeover. We understand what Jim and Tara had and we’ll keep it with new faces. Jim is a mainstay here. We’ll live off it as much as we can. We won’t change a thing . »


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