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July 2018

Lesley A. Weigand will be speaking at the Ohio State Bar Association’s Midwest Labor and Employment Law Seminar which takes place on October 11-12, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Lesley will be giving a presentation on the taxation of employment settlements and the impact of the Weinstein provision on settlements.

Jay R. Carson is running for state office as the District 13 Representative to the Ohio House of Representative. District 13 encompasses parts of Lakewood and Cleveland. Jay has gained significant legislative experience by serving as a legislative aide to the Ohio General Assembly, through his work for the Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board and Lakewood Civil Service Commission, and through his representation of clients in government-related matters.

On May 23, 2018, Wegman Law’s WAVE (Women Achieving Victory Everyday) group hosted Dr. Francoise Adan, the Endowed Connor Chair of Integrative Medicine at University Hospitals, for a discussion on managing stress and building resilience. The event was well-attended and marked the largest attendance for a WAVE event so far. Stay tuned for information regarding future WAVE events.

Peter A. Hessler and Aaron A. Hessler presented at the Future Lutheran Administrators – Midwest Educators (FLAME) Conference on June 19, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their presentation consisted of an overview of key legal issues facing Lutheran Schools in the current social and political climate.

Peter A. Holdsworth and Jay R. Carson obtained a preliminary injunction enforcing a noncompete agreement against an international competitor for a manufacturing client in the U.S. Northern District of Ohio.

Jay R. Carson and Dr. Michael Baranowski, Associate Professor of Political Science at Northern Kentucky University, will be presenting at the Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Federal Bar Association 2018 State of the Court Luncheon on October 9, 2018. Jay and Dr. Baranowski will be speaking about the political process in the federal judiciary.

Rachel E. Lyons recently secured a temporary restraining order on behalf of the beneficiaries to a trust and thereby protected the assets of the trust from being further depleted by the now erstwhile trustee.  The matter is now in mediation as Rachel seeks to recover as much of the former assets as possible.

April 2018

The team of Sarah A. Nemastil, Patrick J. Quallich and Jessica L. MacKeigan successfully appealed to the Eighth District Court of Appeals, which overturned the trial court’s dismissal of a negligent promotion case involving the wrongful death of an employee.

Richard T. Coyne and Sarah A. Nemastil secured a favorable summary judgment decision on behalf of an international manufacturing client in a products liability case in which a wrongful death action in the U.S. Southern District of Ohio was dismissed.

Richard T. Coyne won a defense verdict in a trial on behalf of a manufacturing client in a products liability action filed in federal court in Seattle, Washington. 

Benjamin B. Cotton assisted in successfully defending a client’s European patent during an Opposition Proceeding in Munich, Germany.

Jay R. Carson is running for the office of District 13 Representative in the Ohio House of Representative. District 13 encompasses parts of Lakewood and Cleveland. Jay has gained significant legislative experience by serving as a legislative aide to the Ohio General Assembly, through his work for the Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board and Lakewood Civil Service Commission, and through his representation of clients in government-related matters.

Sarah A. Nemastil was featured in the April 2018 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal for her volunteer work with the Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program which provides legal aid to the homeless.

Martin L. Kerr has joined Wegman Law as an associate in our Corporate and Business Services Department. Prior to coming to Wegman, Martin worked as both a financial analyst and a contract and compliance manager for several large global organizations where he developed long term approaches to balancing both legal and business needs. Martin has counseled a diverse group of clients ranging from agile, entrepreneurs to more well known, multi-billion dollar corporations. Utilizing his business acumen, he is able to advise clients on a diverse range of business transactions.

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:  www.attorneyatlawmagazine.com/cleveland.

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.

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Articles

Business Update: Supreme Court Decision Expands Applicability of State Sales Tax
By Martin L. Kerr, published July 2018
The United States Supreme Court recently issued a decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. which will drastically change the applicability and imposition of sales taxes throughout the United States. (read more)

Federal Court Casts Doubt on the Use of Salary History in Pay Decisions
By Jessica L. MacKeigan, published July 2018
It has been over fifty-five years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act. However, numerous sources report that the gender pay gap still persists and employers continue to grapple with this issue when making compensation decisions in light of the ever-changing legal landscape. (read more)

New Data Protection Law Going Into Effect On May 25, 2018 – Is Your Organization Ready?
by Lesley A. Weigand, published April 2018
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) take effect on May 25, 2018. GDPR applies to all organizations that collect and process data belonging to EU citizens. This also applies to the United Kingdom post Brexit. It does not matter where in the world the EU citizen may be, if your organization collets the data of an EU citizen, it must be protected. (read more)

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)

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Newsletters

The WHV Legal Press: Spring 2018

  • New Data Protection Law Going Into Effect on May 25, 2018. Is Your Organization Ready?
  • Attorney Spotlight: Martin L. Kerr
  • Notable News

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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