Three KWW Law Clerks Pass the Bar Exam, Join Firm as Associate Attorneys

Nov 8, 2021

Three former Kastner Westman & Wilkins law clerks have passed the Ohio Bar Examination and are now associate attorneys at the boutique labor and employment law firm representing management exclusively.

Sean A. McKinley, Alissa F. Oduro and Michael R. Tontillo, who have been clerking at KWW for multiple years, received their Bar results this month. They are each scheduled to be sworn in remotely during a special session of the Supreme Court of Ohio on Nov. 8.

“We’ve gotten to know and respect both the character and talents of Sean, Alissa and Mike throughout their law school years,” said Jim Wilkins, KWW’s Managing Shareholder. “We are confident our clients will continue to greatly benefit from the legal knowledge, professionalism and fresh perspectives each of them brings to the firm.”

McKinley graduated from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Before entering law school, he graduated from Hawken Upper School in Gates Mills, Ohio, and enrolled at Ohio University, where he graduated cum laude in 2018 with a B.A. in English Writing and Rhetoric and a Minor in History. At Moritz, Sean was involved in a variety of organizations, including the ACLU at Moritz, Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), Black Law Student Association (BLSA), and the Diversity Committee of the Student Bar Association (SBA).

Oduro graduated from The University of Akron School of Law, where in 2019 she was elected president of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). In the same semester, she was also elected as the Student Bar Association Representative for the Spring Start Class of 2020. A native of Akron, Oduro graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017 with a B.A. in International Studies. While there, she furthered her studies of Mandarin Chinese that began her freshman year at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. She was finally able to use her language skills when she briefly lived in Chengdu, China.

Tontillo, of Cincinnati, graduated from the University of Alabama in 2014 with a B.A. in Education. Following his undergraduate studies, he moved back to Cincinnati and taught elementary school before deciding to make the transition into law. He graduated from the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, where he participated in Moot Court and won 2nd place for Best Brief in his school’s 1L competition. He also worked with Ohio State’s Truancy Mediation Program and was a member of the Education Law Society.

KWW, based in Fairlawn, limits its practice to labor and employment law, representing a client base that ranges from Fortune 500 companies to smaller closely held businesses, and both local institutional employers and public sector entities.

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