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For immediate release: Oct. 3, 2016

Morrison appoints Kevin Cogan BWC's chief legal counsel

COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison announced today the appointment of Kevin Cogan as the bureau's Chief Legal Counsel.

Cogan will be a member of BWC's executive staff, responsible for coordinating all legal activities for BWC, providing legal advice and assistance, and acting as chief ethics officer for the agency. He succeeds Morrison, who served in that role from 2012 until her appointment in April to Administrator/CEO.

"Kevin is an experienced trial lawyer. He has represented clients in complex civil litigation in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts throughout the United States," said Morrison. "We are pleased to have him at BWC to help manage the challenges of complex workers' compensation law."

Cogan has been an attorney with the Jones Day law firm in Columbus and has served as special counsel to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a role he also served under former Attorney General Jim Petro. His litigation experience includes corporate control contests and shareholder disputes, securities fraud, insurance coverage disputes, environmental litigation, real estate controversies and disputes relating to asset and stock purchase agreements.

Governor John Kasich appointed Cogan to the Ohio Lake Erie Commission in 2013. He is a trustee and past president of the Board of Trustees of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. He was named an Ohio Super Lawyer, a 2016 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America and one of America's leading lawyers for business by Chambers USA.

Cogan began his duties at BWC today.

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