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FORMER UNITED STATES ATTORNEY CRITES TO JOIN HAHN LOESER & PARKS

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- D. Michael Crites, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, will join the law firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks, it was announced by David C. Weiner, CEO of the firm.
 Crites, nominated for the post of United States Attorney by President Reagan, served the Southern District of Ohio's 48 counties from October 1986 to January 1993. As the Chief Federal Prosecutor and Chief Federal Law Enforcement Official for Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, Crites oversaw a staff of nearly 100 federal prosecutors and support staff members.
 During his tenure, Crites and his offices successfully investigated, prosecuted and dismantled numerous local, national and international drug organizations; seized and obtained the forfeiture of more than $17 million in illegal drug money and assets; and collected more than $125 million owed to the United States. Additionally, he set up task forces to address health care fraud, insurance and financial fraud, bankruptcy fraud and environmental compliance.
 Nationally, he served as the chairman of the International Affairs Subcommittee of the United States Attorney General's Advisory Commission, and represented the United States of America at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, at the International Money Laundering and Narcotics Convention.
 Weiner believes that Crites' addition "further solidifies our commitment to the Columbus legal and business community. We look forward to the addition of his white collar crime and institutional fraud expertise to our existing business and corporate practice in Columbus." Adds Thomas J. Riley, managing partner of the firm's Columbus office, "We are excited to work with one of the top prosecutors in the region. Michael's national reputation and contacts will serve our firm's clients well."
 Crites is a career prosecutor, having previously served as city prosecutor for Lima, Ohio; Assistant Allen County Prosecuting Attorney; Assistant United States Attorney in Dayton, Ohio; and Assistant United States Attorney Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (Columbus, Ohio). He also was previously associated with the law firms of Robenalt, Daley, Balyeat, and Leahy, as well as Meredith, Meredith, Tait and Basinger; both in Lima, Ohio.
 He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. (B.S. 1970), and the Ohio Northern University College of Law (J.D. 1978). He served five years on active duty as a Naval officer, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, and currently holds the rank of Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Public Policy Leadership Award (Chief Justice, Ohio Supreme Court), and the Dayton Federal Bar Association Award for Outstanding Leadership. A native of Lima, Ohio, Crites lives in Powell, Ohio.
 Established in 1920, Hahn Loeser & Parks is a broad-based business and governmental law firm of 100 attorneys with offices in Cleveland and Columbus. The Columbus office was founded in 1989 when Cleveland-based Hahn Loeser & Parks merged with the firm of Riley & Lavinsky. The firm's practice areas include Business and Corporate; Taxation and Employee Benefits; Litigation; Real Estate and Environmental Law; Labor and Employment; Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law; Creditor's Rights, Reorganization and Bankruptcy; and Financial Institutions.
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 /CONTACT: Kelly A. Blazek, director of marketing of Hahn Loeser & Parks, 216-621-0150, ext. 361/


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