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February 2018

We are pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2018, Peter A. Hessler began serving as the Managing Partner of Wegman Law and Angela M. Lavin became the General Counsel of Wegman Law. As of January 1, 2018, Keith A. Vanderburg stepped aside as Wegman Law’s Managing Partner and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank Keith for his long and successful leadership of Wegman Law. Keith will continue as a partner on a full-time basis and serves on our Board of Directors.

Christopher A. Holecek and Angela M. Lavin have been nominated as Ohio Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the State are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Sarah A. Nemastil and Jessica L. MacKeigan have been selected as Ohio Rising Stars. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Peter A. Hessler and Tanja M. Holecek have been recognized as “Best Lawyers,” an organization that recognizes leading lawyers based entirely on peer review.

Michelle Fabry has joined Wegman Law as an associate in our Intellectual Property Department. Michelle is a 2016 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, and practices intellectual property law, focusing on patent preparation and prosecution, patentability searching and analysis, as well as trademark procurement.

Lawrence S. Crowther serves as Chairman of the International Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. The CMBA ILS presented several important programs and seminars in 2017, including “Impact of India’s New Law – GST in M&A Deals”, “What is the Future of NAFTA – the North American Free Trade Agreement,” and “Doing Business Internationally: Why You Need to Know Your Business Partner.”

Wegman Law employees raised over $600 and collected 15 boxes of food and supplies benefitting the Parma Hunger Center in their annual food drive. Our employees also collected 4 boxes of toys for the annual Toys for Tots Program. In addition, in 2017, our employees raised over $1,400 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

October 2017

Wegman Law is proud to announce that Peter A. Hessler was recently featured in an article published in the Attorney at Law Magazine®. In the article, Peter shares his thoughts regarding his nearly 39 years in the practice of law and his continuing pride in the legal profession. Peter believes that helping the firm’s clients receive the justice they deserve is the most rewarding aspect of his work. In the article, Peter talks about his opportunity to practice law with two of his children, Rachel Lyons and Aaron Hessler. Peter said “It’s truly a wonderful blessing to be able to practice with your children. Something I truly treasure.”  The entire article may be accessed at:

Christopher A. Holecek was recently named a 2016-2017 Community Service Award winner of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.

Rachel E. Lyons was recently appointed by the Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy Advisory Council to be a member of its 2018 Leadership Academy. Rachel will be joining attorneys from around Ohio for the opportunity to network, collaborate, and build relationships with leaders in the legal profession.

Angela M. Lavin will be speaking at National Business Institute’s December seminar entitled, “Business Attorney’s Guide to Information Technology” on December 19, 2017.

Robert W. McIntyre and Jay R. Carson successfully resolved a private eminent domain legal action in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, resulting in the dismissal of the action. Wegman Law’s successful defense strategy will result in the payment of some of our client’s legal fees.

August 2017

Christopher A. Holecek and his team won a verdict on behalf of our clients in a contentious employment, trade secret and non-compete case.

Richard T. Coyne and his team won a defense verdict on behalf of our client in a product liability action filed in Federal Court in Boston, Massachusetts.

Robert W. McIntyre, Angela M. Lavin and David A. Resser successfully represented one of Wegman Law’s international clients as the plaintiff in a complex patent infringement and unfair trade practices matter in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Lawrence S. Crowther represented one of Wegman Law’s clients in connection with the recent acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a manufacturing business located in Sheffield, England. Wegman Law coordinated the negotiation and closing of the transaction along with Stuart Haynes of Aaron & Partners as English counsel. Wegman Law and Arron & Partners are Members of IAG/Integrated Advisory Group International.

Peter A. Holdsworth, Angela M. Lavin and Christopher A. Holecek volunteered at Bard Early College last semester in conjunction with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Mock Trial Competition. Their team prevailed on two trials during the competition, and one of their students won the outstanding defense attorney award.

Christopher A. Holecek was a guest speaker at the Federation Defense and Corporate Counsel Conference in Charleston, South Carolina in March 2017 regarding Data Breach, Privacy and Cyber Insurance.

Charles A. Hayes spoke at the National Business Institute-Manufacturing Law seminar in Cleveland on June 26th. Topics covered were Ethics and Cybersecurity from the perspective of the duty to safeguard a client’s confidential information. 

Keith A. Vanderburg has completed 25 years of service on the Board of Directors of North Coast Health, a charitable medical clinic in Lakewood, Ohio providing quality medical care and healing to those most in need, regardless of ability to pay.

April 2017

Peter A. Hessler, Esq. was featured in a book recently published, entitled, Top Lawyers: The Secrets To Their Success by Worldwide Publishing (2017). Mr. Hessler’s article begins with how he knew that he wanted to be a lawyer at the age of 13 and he pursued a legal career because he viewed it (and still does) as a noble profession.

Lesley A. Weigand, Esq. and Rachel E. Lyons, Esq. recently obtained a complete dismissal with prejudice for clients in the Summit County Common Pleas Court who were sued for violations of the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, Breach of Contract, Fraud and Misrepresentation.

On March 6, 2017 Robert W. McIntyre, Esq. attended the Board of Director’s meeting of the Independent Distributor’s Association, an international trade association of over 400 members engaged in the manufacture and distribution of industrial and commercial parts for heavy equipment. The Board meeting was held in conjunction with ConExpo/ConAgg 2017 in Las Vegas. Attorney McIntyre is General Counsel to the Association, and Wegman Law is proud to represent the Association as well as many of its members from around the world.

Wegman attorneys Robert W. McIntyre and David A. Resser favorably resolved a patent infringement case on behalf of the firm’s client in a matter involving multiple patents for diesel engine pistons. The defendant was an international manufacturer and distributor of OEM and aftermarket engine parts and was represented by a Washington DC multi-national firm.

February 2017

Richard T. Coyne was awarded the prestigious Workers Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the work of Trial Attorneys of America. In addition, Attorney Coyne recently addressed the American Society for Quality.  The subject matter was “Best Practices: When an Accusatory Finger is Pointed at a Manufacturer’s Design and Quality Assurance Team.”

Jason A. Worgull and David A. Resser recently presented a program entitled “International Intellectual Property Protection and Strategies” at a Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Robert W. McIntyre and Jay R. Carson successfully represented a local machine tool technology company in a matter involving the theft of the client’s trade secrets by a multi-national competitor. Shortly after suit was filed, the competitor agreed to not only destroy and never otherwise use any information it may have obtained by questionable means, but also agreed to pay all of our client’s legal fees and expenses.

Wegman Hessler & Vanderburg was recently recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of the thirty largest law firms in Northeast Ohio.

Aaron A. Hessler recently joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation Department.  Aaron graduated from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law on May 13, 2016, successfully sat for the Ohio State Bar Exam in July 2016, and was sworn in to the Ohio State Bar on November 7, 2016.

Jessica L. MacKeigan has joined the firm as an associate in the Litigation Department. Jessica is a 2010 graduate of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Before entering private practice, Jessica was a Judicial Law Clerk and Staff Attorney in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

We are pleased to welcome the following employees to the Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg team:

  • Lesley Newman – Receptionist
  • Karen Gerard – Paralegal in the Estate Planning Department
  • Alisa Adams – Paralegal in the Litigation Support Group.

We are proud to announce that our employees raised over $800 during a Veteran’s Day fundraiser for the benefit of Homes for Our Troops”.


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Start The New Year Right: Review Your Workplace Policies and Procedures
by Sarah Nemastil, published February 2018
It’s been over 30 years since the United States Supreme Court determined in Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, 477 U.S. 57 (1986) that sexual harassment constitutes unlawful discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Yet, a significant lesson that we learned in 2017 is that sexual harassment is a pervasive issue, including in the workplace.  In fact, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts recently announced that “[t]he judiciary will begin 2018 by undertaking a careful evaluation of whether its standards of conduct and its procedures for investigating and correcting inappropriate behavior are adequate to ensure an exemplary workplace for every judge and every court employee;” this, after a prominent federal judge was accused of sexual misconduct in early December. (read more)

Bird Technologies, the RF Experts, Celebrates its 75th Anniversary
Bird Technologies Group, Inc. (“Bird”), the company that helped jumpstart the radio frequency communications industry, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with another year of growth in markets and leadership among RF experts.

Founded in April 1942 by J. Raymond Bird to develop and provide military products, the company today delivers RF expertise to global applications ranging from coverage solutions, off-air testing, radio infrastructure, and sensor solutions to test and measurement. Bird’s reputation of leadership and excellence was earned through decades of innovation leadership, including the development of more than 50 patents and installations in more than 130 countries. (read more)

Wegman Law Client Spotlight – Bettcher Industries, Inc.
Bettcher Industries, Inc. (“Bettcher”), headquartered in Birmingham, Ohio, and founded in 1944, a leading worldwide manufacturer of food processing, foodservice equipment, and medical devices, recently received a significant equity investment from Morgenthaler Private Equity (“MPE Partners”) as part of an October 2017 recapitalization transaction. This transaction involved multiple parties, with various financial interests, and Wegman Law was instrumental in coordinating the Bettcher transaction through closing. (read more)

Medicaid: Worried About Long-Term Care?
by Allan P. Sweet, published August 2017
Test your knowledge about the valuable but complicated benefits of Medicaid for nursing home care.  Medicaid can cover the cost if you or a loved one face the need for long-term nursing home care. You might be surprised to discover that you have certain misconceptions about Medicaid benefits. (read more)

Using Social Media In Employment Screening: Striking it Rich or Striking a Landmine?
by Aaron A. Hessler, published April 2017
In 2009, a would-be employee at Cisco shared the following on his Twitter account: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.” In response to his tweet, a “channel partner advocate” for Cisco Alert, tweeted “Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.” As the foregoing example illustrates, social media profiles can be great sources of information for employers. (read more)

When A Data Breach Becomes Your Burden
by Aaron A. Hessler, published February 2017
While the media often focus coverage on cyber-attacks upon large companies, cyber-criminals do not solely target big businesses. In 2015, almost 50% of the reported or discovered cyber-attacks were targeted at businesses with less than 250 employees. Cyber-criminals view small business as relatively easy targets compared to large companies who have begun to significantly improve their cybersecurity defenses and response procedures. (read more)

Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?
by Lesley A. Weigand, published, November 2016
When it comes to estate planning for your business, many owners think “Oh, my family knows what to do when I die” or “I just want something simple.” When questioned further, it almost always turns out that the initial response is a result of the fear of a large legal bill or fear of the unknown. However, as certain as death and taxes is the certainty that if left unaddressed, the transfer of business ownership will always cost more both monetarily and in terms of stress for those you love.  (read more)

Proposed Privacy Shield Framework Releases
by Charles A. Hayes, published August 2016
As was discussed in a previous article, the European Union Data Protection Directive (EUDPD) is one of the most stringent data protection laws in the world. It generally prohibits EU residents’ personal data from being transferred to a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA).  For the past 15 years, US companies with EEA operations were permitted to transfer personal data from the EEA to the US by self-certifying under the EU-US Safe Harbor Framework.  (read more)

U.S. Department of Labor Changes The Overtime Pay Regulations
by David R. Knowles, published August 2016
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its final rules changing the current overtime pay regulations.  Effective December 1, 2016, the new DOL rule updates the minimum salary level that Executive, Administrative and Professional employees must be paid to be exempt from the time and one-half overtime pay requirement. (read more)

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The WHV Legal Press: Winter 2018

  • Start the New Year Right: Review Your Workplace Policies and Procedures
  • Attorney Spotlight: Jason Worgull
  • Notable News

The WHV Legal Press: Fall 2017

  • Bird Technologies, the RF Experts, Celebrates its 75th Anniversary
  • Client Spotlight: Bettcher Industries, Inc.
  • Notable News

The WHV Legal Press: Summer 2017

  • Medicaid: Worried about Long-Term Care?

The WHV Legal Press: Spring 2017

  • Using Social Media In Employment Screening: Striking it Rich or Striking a Landmine?

The WHV Legal Press: Winter 2016

  • When A Data Breach Becomes Your Burden

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