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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”.

November 2016
Angela Lavin has been named a Fellow for The Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society and represents less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.

Tanja Holecek recently presented a program entitled “Breaking up is Hard to Do…Introduction to Domestic Relations Practice” at a Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) program sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association.

Lesley Weigand will present a Probate Boot Camp seminar at a CLE program sponsored by the National Business Institute. The focus of the seminar will include probating estates that include a business.

Christopher Holecek has been recertified as a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Robert McIntyre and David Resser successfully represented an international manufacturer and distributor of diesel engine parts in a multi-state patent infringement litigation. This representation involved the filing of a federal lawsuit seeking the invalidation of patents asserted by a billion dollar multi-national company against the firm’s client and resulted in a settlement that permitted the firm’s client the unrestricted use of the alleged patented technology as well as the release of all claims by the patent holder.

Wegman Law employees raised $523 which was matched by the firm and approximately 15 boxes of food and supplies benefitting the Parma Hunger Center in their annual food drive.

August 2016
David A. Resser has recently become a delegate for the U.S. Bar European Patent Office Liaison Committee which is comprised of approximately 80 American patent attorneys.  The committee serves as an exchange of information and ideas between the European Patent Office and American inventors, businesses, and patent practitioners.

Robert W. McIntyre and David A. Resser have been selected to write a column for Forge Magazine in several upcoming issues, and will publish a bi-monthly column for Modern Casting Magazine.  Forge Magazine is a publication providing news and information on the global forging industry and Modern Casting Magazine is a publication dedicated to providing the North American metal casting industry with technical and management information for operational and business decision-making.

Tanja Holecek was recently appointed to the Board of The Upside of Downs, a nonprofit organization providing education and support for families and individuals dealing with Downs Syndrome.

Robert W. McIntyre will be giving the keynote address at the annual convention of the Independent Distributors Association (“IDA”) on October 26, 2016. The, IDA is a 400+  member worldwide trade association of manufacturers and distributors of replacement parts for construction and mining equipment and heavy duty on road vehicles.  Mr. McIntyre has served as general counsel for the Association and as an advisory member of the Board of Directors since 1992.

Lawrence S. Crowther has been appointed Chairman of the International Law section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

March 23, 2016
Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg is proud to announce that David A. Resser as been selected to become a member of the The United States Bar-European Patent Office Liaison Council. This is a group of delegates from approximately 30 U.S. IP organizations that exist for the limited purposes of meeting annually with officials of the European Patent Office (EPO) and disseminating information about EPO practice while forging international relationships with foreign associates. Congratulations to David on this prestigious appointment.

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Articles

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)

Collaboration is a Key Component To Addressing Cybersecurity Concerns
by Angela M. Lavin, published March 2016
There is no dispute that more and more large and small organizations are experiencing data breaches. According to a report issued by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in June 2015, 74% of small businesses reported that they had suffered security breaches. 90% of large businesses responding to the same survey reported suffering a breach. (read more)

Business Identity Theft and the IRS
by Lesley A. Weigand, published March 2016
The incidents of tax related identity theft are rising exponentially. In 2013, 2.9 million incidents of tax related identity theft occurred, compared to 1.8 million in 2012. From 2011-October 2014, the IRS stopped 19 million suspicious returns and protected over $63 billion in fraudulent refunds. In 2015, the IRS called together major players in the tax industry—tax return preparers, software providers, state tax agencies, payroll providers and financial institutions—for a Security Summit to increase the cooperation in place to fight a common enemy—the identity thieves. Tax preparers are critical players in this partnership, and, because of the taxpayer information they store, increasingly a target for data theft. (read more)

Uncertainty Surrounds EUPDPD Compliance Following Safe Harbor Invalidation
by Charles A. Hayes, published March 2016
The European Union Data Protection Directive (EUDPD) is one of the most stringent data protection laws in the world. The EUDPD prohibits EU residents’ personal data from being transferred to a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), unless the country has put adequate data protection measures in place. Personal Data under the EUDPD is defined very broadly to include, “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person”. Failure to comply with the EUDPD can expose organizations to fines or orders to suspend data flows. (read more)

Anti-Trust Compliance: The Developing Landscape of Vertical Pricing Agreements
by Jack P. Mills, published December 2015
Vertical resale price maintenance is the practice in which the supplier of a product and its downstream dealer or distributor agree on the price at which the dealer or distributor may resell the products to its customers. Minimum RPM agreements prohibit a reseller from pricing a product below a certain price. Conversely, maximum RPM agreements ensure that resale prices remain at or below a certain level. (read more)

Protecting Against Fraud in Your Business
by Robert W. McIntyre, published September 2015
When business professionals think about how to protect their companies from fraud, they may focus on the dangers of cyber-breaches, shady suppliers, or similar threats from outside actors. Yet, a common and often overlooked source of fraud comes from within (not outside) the company, and NO business is immune to it. (read more)

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Newsletters

The WHV Legal Press:Winter 2017

  • When A Data Breach Becomes Your Burden

The WHV Legal Press:Fall 2016

  • Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?

The WHV Legal Press: Summer 2016

  • U.S. Department of Labor Changes the Overtime Pay Regulations
  • Proposed Privacy Shield Framework Released
  • Client Spotlight: PTE Golf

The WHV Legal Press: Spring 2016

  • Collaboration is a Key Component to Addressing Cybersecurity Concerns
  • Business Identity Theft and the IRS
  • Uncertainty Surrounds EUPDPD Compliance Following Safe Harbor Invalidation

The WHV Legal Press: Winter 2015

  • Anti-Trust Compliance: The Developing Landscape of Vertical Pricing Agreements

The WHV Legal Press: Summer 2015

  • Protection Against Fraud in Your Business
  • Collaborative Divorce

The WHV Legal Press: Fall 2012

  • Energy Efficiency — Good for the Environment and the Bottom Line
  • Updates to Corporate Law Dissolution and Creditors’ Rights

The WHV Legal Press: Summer 2012

  • CAN-SPAM — Watch When Sending That E-Mail

The WHV Legal Press: Spring 2012

  • Doing Business With A Partner
  • Ohio’s General Tax Amnesty Program

The WHV Legal Press: Winter 2012

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The WHV Legal Press: Fall 2011

  • Patent System Receives Long Overdue Reforms
  • Guardianship of Adults

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