Category Archives: Staff Profiles

Staff Profile: Angie Hall

 

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world” – C.S. Lewis

 

Angie grew up in Mount Vernon, Ohio and graduated from the local high school. She began her university training at the University of Findlay where she studied Bilingual Business Education and Spanish. Later she completed both her undergraduate business degree (BBA) and her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Angie is married to Jeff Hall and they have four children; Kylie, Nick, Tori and Trent.

Angie has been with Cooper & Adel six years where she is a paralegal in the Trust department. Angie meets with clients most days to describe the estate plans that our attorneys recommend. She takes her time and speaks in “plain English” so that our clients understand the plan that we have proposed for them. Angie enjoys helping with our clients because she knows how important it is to be prepared for the surprises that aging brings to all of us.

Angie is busy at work and at home helping her immediate and extended family. She enjoys reading (her favorite book is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis) and despite her busy schedule, has a goal of eventually completing a craft/DIY project that she has on Pinterest, one of her favorite websites for crafts and other projects. Three highlights of her life have been marrying the love her life, her children, and completing her MBA. She's very proud of her children and sees them contributing greatly to the world no matter what path they choose, although it will be hard to let them leave the nest! She takes solace in her standing as a Christian and woman of faith.

What would we be surprised to know about Angie? She is very competitive! She hides it well, but she really likes to win and be the best at everything. She has to get an “A” whether it's a school course or the good opinion of a client. You will find Angie is always available to answer your questions and to make sure you get the help you need.

DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person’s situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
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Staff Profile: Attorney Ted Brown

 

Ted is a staff attorney with Cooper, Adel & Associates. He grew up in Mariemont, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati, where he served as the Director of Traffic Operations for the Police Department. He graduated from Xavier University with a major in History and Philosophy. During Law School at the University of Dayton, his favorite classes were estate planning, tax and constitutional law. Ted clerked for the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. and also spent a semester studying in a comparative law program in London, England. Ted's wife, Natalie, is also an attorney.

Ted's love of history started with his admiration for his grandfather who served in WWII, Korea and the Cold War. His plane was shot down over North Korea and he was the only man of an eight person crew to survive. He spent three days surviving behind enemy lines until he was spotted by a passing American plane using a small signal mirror.

At Cooper and Adel, Ted leads the Estate Administration Department that helps our clients and their beneficiaries get access to their inheritance, minimize estate taxes, claim IRA distributions and navigate the murky waters of probate. He also works in the Trust Department assisting clients with trust and estate planning. He has learned the most from two attorneys in the firm. One he calls “Jedi Master Dan Vu” and the other he calls “Yoda Thom Cooper”.

The top highlights of his life have been marrying his beautiful wife and attending a campaign rally in 2004 where he met President George W. Bush. He is proud of working to start an annual 9/11 Memorial at Xavier University. Ted's greatest aspirations are to live a long, healthy and happy life, while helping other people to do the same.

What would we be surprised to know about Ted?

He is an avid collector of antique road signs. He also volunteers as a traffic control consultant for the Mariemont Police Department and directs traffic for large events, parades, and sporting events. He's also flown in a WWII B-29 Bomber.

How is it to work with Ted? Here is what Ted's client's are saying:

“Ted did a wonderful job … He was very responsive and offered to meet with us to update our documents.”

“It's a great comfort to us knowing that you are overseeing our estate planning. We really appreciate all that you've done.”

“Your presentations were descriptive and to the point. Our questions were answered promptly.”

Thom & Mitch comments…

“Ted has been a great addition to the firm. He does a great job for our clients and they know it. It is always a pleasure to hear from clients about how well Ted has handled their affairs. One of the things I like about ted is how quickly he learns new things. In recent months, Ted has been working through some of the most difficult-to-understand estate tax laws at the firm and he always meets the challenge.  

DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person's situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
No attorney-client relationship is created by this site.

The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement.
If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.

 

Staff Profile: Janet Fickle

 

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” -Phillipians 4:13

Janet has been an office assistant and receptionist with Cooper & Adel for seven years. Having grown up in Mount Vernon, she graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and then went on to Computer Office Technologies. Married to Loren Fickle, she has four children, sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who inspire her each day with their love. Working in the Cooper & Adel office, she has been inspired by how the clients are helped by the company.

Janet's most memorable experience while working at Cooper & Adel was the time she answered the phone with other things on her mind. This doesn't sound memorable, but when answering for a Law Office, the usual script is not “Good Afternoon, Kentucky Fried Chicken.” It's been a good joke at the office ever since.

In her non-work time, Janet enjoys painting, particularly landscapes and snow scenes. She also enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and her particular favorite genre of reading is The Bible and Christian novels. She's proud of her standing as a Christian and that her children are all wonderful people. Janet says that the three highlights of her life are God, her family, and the trip to the Bahamas she received on her 60th birthday. Someday, she'd like to go on a cruise to Alaska. Which is slightly contradictory with her great fear of driving on snowy and icy roads, but then again, she won't have to do the driving!

What would we be surprised to know about Janet? She's been flying in a hot air balloon!

From Mitch & Thom:

Janet is our face to the world in Centerburg. She always has a smile for you when they come in for a visit. She also helps you who call in, making sure that they get to the right person to get the help you need. She is a caring, thoughtful person with a terrific sense of humor. We value Janet for her down-to-earth, hard-working attitude!

DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person’s situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
No attorney-client relationship is created by this site.

The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement.
If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.

 

Staff Interview: Attorney Keith Stevens

 

Keith Stevens

Per aspera ad astara”

Keith Stevens has been many places. While growing up, he lived in Iowa, Minnesota, and Texas. He went to college at Robert E. Look Honors College and at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For some summers, he spent some time in Haskol Iceland. He received his Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School.

At Cooper & Adel, Keith works as an attorney in the Trust department where he explains and delivers trust and estate plans. He helps troubleshot and provide support to the clients. And he also helps find and develop new strategies for estate planning. He's been with Cooper & Adel since Halloween of 2011. Keith has a strong urge and need to do right by his clients, and it's his inspiration when he is at work.

One of Keith's favorite moments at work was for the Staff Holiday party in 2012. The staff was broken down into different teams to play Jeopardy. Up against two other powerhouse attorneys, Liz Durnell and Nathan Simpson, Keith emerged victorious.

Keith enjoys many things, as evidenced by the fact that he is a walking dictionary. But specifically, he likes cycling, running, cooking cajun food, esoterica, and chinese horror-comedy martial arts movies. His hope is to one day eat his way through New Orleans. The top highlights of his life have been marrying his wife Sarah, the birth of their daughter Charlotte, and the two summers he spent in Iceland. One thing he would like people to know about him is that his name is Keith; for some reason people always call him Steve.

What would we be surprised to know about Keith? He was in two garage bands and he can name all 29 Godzilla films in chronological order. His fear of aphasia probably stems from the thought of not being able to name all of those movies in order.

 

DISCLAIMER – Every case is different because every case is different. This blog does not give legal advice. This blog does not create an attorney client relationship. You are not permitted to rely on anything in this blog for any reason. This blog is an entirely personal endeavor. Every person’s situation is different and requires an attorney to review the situation personally with you.
No attorney-client relationship is created by this site.

The use of the Internet, this blog or email for communication with this firm or any individual member of this firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Before we represent any client, the client and the attorney will sign a written retainer agreement.
If you do not have a written, signed retainer agreement with us, we are not representing you and will not be taking any action on your behalf.

 



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