Lunsford, a native of Piner, Kentucky, grew up on an 8-acre farm that he ran from the time he was 13 years old, he says. And It was on the farm that he learned to manage people effectively.
“My dad had a lot of confidence in me,” Lunsford says. “I took the responsibility seriously. We raised cattle, tobacco and raised and cut hay. It was my responsibility to hire the people to help me. As a result of that, it gave me a lot of background that helped me later on in life.”
Lunsford, now chairman and CEO of Lunsford Capital, came to NKU after meeting a Chase student taking night classes at the downtown YMCA on Central Parkway, the law school’s campus before becoming a part of NKU. Lunsford worked in the tax department at Alexandria Grant, and he decided to take night classes himself, which he did for four years.
“As I look back, that was a tremendous character-building time for me,” he says. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder. It prepared me for a life of work. I’ll never retire. Coming from a farmer’s family, they never really die. They fade away, and that’s how I expect my life to be.”
While a student at Chase, Lunsford also served in the Army Reserves. He worked 60 hours a week, went to law school at night and spent one weekend a month at the Ft. Thomas Army Reserve. Needless to say, he didn’t have a lot of spare time.
And he stays just as busy today. His political career includes service as treasurer of the Kentucky Democratic Party and Kentucky Secretary of Commerce, as well as a run for the United States Senate in 2008.
Lunsford has been involved as an investor, director and adviser to many local start-ups through Lunsford Capital, as he did even before founding the company. Chase’s W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology was named after him following a $1 million gift to the college.
“I’ve done a lot of philanthropic things in my life, but I’ve never really put my name on anything. But this one was one I took a lot of pride in. I’m proud my name is on it.”
As Lunsford thinks back on his time at NKU, he’s thankful he made the jump to take those night classes.
“As I went into business, I realized how much law school meant to me. There are terrific amounts of legislation and regulations that affect starting a business, but I had the education to understand it, read it and know what I was doing,” he says. “The best years of my life were my years in college. I’ve done many different, diverse things as a result of my education at NKU. That’s why I’m so thankful I went here.”
Dean Daar was a practicing attorney following graduation from Georgetown University Law Center, prior to her academic career. She has been an interim dean, associate dean, and professor of law at Whittier Law School, in Costa Mesa, California, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.
As an educator, she has received the Teacher of the Year Award of the Whittier student body, the Teacher of the Year Award of the Whittier Alumni Association, and the Jay Healey Distinguished Teaching Award of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Her other awards include the Suheil J. Muasher, M.D. Distinguished Service Award of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for service to the organization.
Bob Furnier has practiced law nearly 35 years in firms of all sizes with a national practice focusing on complex litigation. During his career, he has represented individuals, corporations, and governmental entities in matters implicating many areas of the law, including antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, class actions, environmental, insurance coverage, mass tort, medical devices and malpractice, products liability, and sports. Along the way, he has managed law firms or participated in law firm leadership. In 2012, he cofounded the Furnier Muzzo Group, a law firm with offices in Ohio and Illinois.
Most notably, he served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor appointed by the Ohio Attorney General to investigate and prosecute crimes associated with the demise of the state’s savings and loan industry in 1985. He later represented Hamilton County, Ohio in antitrust litigation against the National Football League concerning the Paul Brown Stadium lease. After the country’s economic crisis in 2009, he led a group of litigators retained by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to investigate the collapse of a dozen banks in five states. Finally, he had the honor to represent Senator Roland Burris for two years on various matters, including arguing before U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals as to whether a special election should be held to fill the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
Even before becoming the Director for the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology at the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, Bob has had a strong interest in technology and the law. After regularly attending ABA TECHSHOW over 15 years, he became Vice Chair of the TECHSHOW Board. He has also served on the ABA e-Lawyering Task Force, created a legal startup company, worked on a team that won the Second Legal Startup Weekend held in Seattle, Washington in 2013, and has taught law and technology at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aside from serving with the ABA on its TECHSHOW Board, Bob is a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession, a member of the ABA Law Practice Division Council, Chair of the Division’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the ABA Women Rainmakers Board.
Jeannine Abukhater Lambert administers the Chase Centers, which specialize in advocacy, entrepreneurship, cyber and data privacy law, and business and technology. She also manages the special events and alumni relations for the College of Law.
Jeannine also serves as general counsel for her family companies, Kentuckiana Alarms, Inc. and BeeSecureNow and is licensed to practice in Kentucky. She is active with the Northern Kentucky Bar Association serving as co-chair of the Women Lawyers Section and the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division serving as co-chair of the ABA Women Rainmakers’ Women of Legal Tech Summit subcommittee and Local Programming subcommittee.
Prior to joining the administration at Chase, Jeannine and her husband taught English in Busan, South Korea. She played cello in the London Community Orchestra and is a member of the We Three Strings trio for weddings and other special events. Jeannine received her Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in Islamic Studies from the University of Kentucky where she played in the Symphony Orchestra and studied French, Italian, and Arabic.