320 Resor Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Reception: 5:30-6:30 Program: 6:30-8:00
This series features informative “reverse debates” that challenge high-profile advocates on opposite sides of major public policy issues to demonstrate their understanding of the other side’s point of view by explaining it until the other party concedes that they couldn’t have said it better themselves. This format promotes civil, informative discussion of hotly contested issues by trading fact and clear explanation for a typical debate’s spin and obfuscation. The goal?… to learn and practice techniques for communicating around and through our differences; communicating to hear and be heard, to understand and be understood, to show and receive respect, and to find new and better ways to solve problems…together.
Chris is the owner of Finney Law Firm, LLC, where he concentrates on commercial transactional and litigation projects. In addition, he is a renowned public interest litigator.
As a transactional attorney, Chris handles routine and complex real estate matters, and is a licensed Ohio title insurance agent. He has more than 28 years of experience in acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing as well as issues relating to covenants and easements for real property.
As a litigator, Chris handled commercial disputes of many types, with a focus on real estate related matters. These include construction disputes, contract disputes and matters of real estate title.
In today’s increasingly complex world, the intersection of public regulation and private actions has become more intertwined. As such, there is a tremendous value to confronting governmental actions with public interest litigation. As a result, Chris has extensive experience in the public interest arena, from taxation to lobbying to public interest litigation.
Jennifer L. Branch graduated from New York University in 1984 with Honors in Politics. In 1987, she graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law cum laude. She began her legal career at the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati in 1987. Jennifer concentrated her efforts in the areas of housing (keeping poor families from becoming homeless), utilities (advocating for lower rates for poor customers), and prisoner rights. In 1997, Jennifer joined the law firm of Laufman & Gerhardstein which concentrates its practice in civil rights litigation. In 2005 Jennifer became partner in the firm now called Gerhardstein & Branch Co. LPA. Jennifer practices civil rights litigation in the areas of race, sex, disability, and sexual orientation discrimination, prisoner civil rights, and reproductive rights.
Jennifer’s litigation experience includes bench trials, jury trials, and administrative hearings in state and federal court, as well as arguing appeals in the Ohio Court of Appeals, Ohio Supreme Court, and Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.