The Defiance law firm of Clemens, Korhn, Liming & Warncke, Ltd. has announced that three of its members, John Liming, Marc Warncke, and Michael Wahl, have been awarded the rating of AV Preeminent from the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell rating firm.

Martindale-Hubbell’s ratings are based on peer reviews from fellow attorneys and members of the judiciary. They are considered the “gold standard” among attorney rating systems, and the AV Preeminent rating is the highest possible rating of the attorney’s expertise, experience, integrity and professional excellence.

Liming, Warncke, and Wahl join Stephen Korhn, also a member of their firm, as the only attorneys in Defiance County who have been awarded AV Preeminent ratings.

Liming is a 1978 graduate of Grinnell College, and a 1981 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including personal-injury litigation, and real estate. Liming is the chairperson of the Ohio State Bar Association Real Property Law Section Council’s Title Standards subcommittee. He is a member of the Defiance Rotary Club and the Elks. Liming resides in Defiance

with his wife, Juli. They have two daughters, Sarah, in Boston, Mass., and Katherine, in Columbus.

Warncke is a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Business, and 1989 graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Law. His practice emphasizes transactional business matters, banking, real estate, business and estate planning, and civil litigation. He is also president of Attorneys’ Title Agency of Northwest Ohio, Inc.

Wahl is a 2003 graduate of Defiance High School, a 2007 graduate of Miami University, and a 2010 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law. Wahl’s practice areas include real estate, estate planning and administration, civil litigation, banking, and family law. Wahl is also the attorney for the Northwestern Ohio Board of Realtors.

Wahl serves as president of the board of trustees of the Defiance Public Library System. He is also a member of the Hicksville Rotary Club, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church, and volunteers with Junior Achievement and the Defiance City Schools mentorship program. Wahl resides in Defiance with his wife, Stephanie, and their son, Calvin.

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