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2018

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.

2017

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.

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”.

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.

2016

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.

March 2016
Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg is hosting business roundtable discussions on Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, one of the hottest topics in business for 2016. Click here for additional information.

Peter A. Hessler will be addressing the Michigan District Pastors’ Conference regarding the Obergefell Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, its implications for church-related organizations and their personnel and pastors, and what additional issues it raises for religious organizations on the whole array of LGBT issues. The decision and its aftermath have raised numerous questions over the treatment of such matters in churches, parochial elementary and high schools, social service agencies, including adoption agencies. Legal guidance is being sought by a number of the firm’s non-profit clients. The firm represents the Ohio District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, (“LCMS”) made up of 170 Lutheran churches many of which also operate schools, and numerous church-related, non-profit organizations. The Michigan District is the neighboring District to Ohio of the LCMS.

David A. Resser of the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group, has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Rachel Lyons, Angela Lavin and Christopher Holecek were successful in obtaining summary judgment in MJ Direct Consulting Company v. Brooks & Stafford Company, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Case No. 13-CV-818176. In this dispute, our client created an Ohio limited liability company (LLC) and was the sole shareholder of that entity. An employee of the LLC later entered into a Sales Lead contract. The agreement, however, was poorly drafted and erroneously identified the parent corporation as a party responsible for payment. The Sales Lead company brought a breach of contract lawsuit against our client alleging that as the sole shareholder of the LLC, it was legally responsible for the contract entered into by an employee of the LLC. But in dismissing the lawsuit, the court ruled that the parent corporation could not be held responsible for the debts of the LLC because the parent corporation was unaware of the contract and did not know or benefit from it. By observing corporate formalities that ensured a clear distinction between both companies, our client was able to avoid a significant liability incurred by its wholly owned LLC.

2014

October 2014
Robert McIntyre attended the annual convention and executive board meetings of the Independent Distributors Association in Chicago. The Independent Distributors Association is an international trade organization representing over 350 manufacturers and distributors of parts for construction, marine, and mining equipment. Mr. McIntyre has been general counsel to the Association and frequent keynote speaker at its convention since 1991.

October 9, 2014
Richard T. Coyne was invited to be a featured speaker at the American Society for Quality, Elyria/Lorain Section.  Mr. Coyne spoke to an audience of Quality Assurance Professionals, during the presentation he provided an-depth analysis of consumer product recalls and practical considerations for quality assurance professionals.  He shared insights on the recognition of a potential recall, the decision to recall, and the effective implementation of a recall from a quality assurance and legal perspective.

September 12, 2014
Christopher Holecek and Peter Holdsworth recently obtained a favorable judgment from the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for one of our clients in a case involving a riding lawnmower.  In Burgett v. Troy-Bilt, LLC, the Court held that the case was properly dismissed on summary judgment by the lower court, ruling that the Plaintiffs were unable to prove that the mower was defective or unreasonably dangerous in any way.  Plaintiffs’ sought to provide expert witness testimony critical of the mower’s design.  But the lower court granted our motion to exclude and the expert was not permitted to testify regarding electrical engineering, biomechanical, and human factor issues.  Significantly, the Court ruled that even if that expert witness were permitted to testify, the suit was still properly dismissed.  The Court noted that when an expert witness criticizes the design of a product, the expert must put forward proof of a feasible safer alternative design.  Product manufacturers are often confronted with speculative, hypothetical theories as to how a different design could possibly improve product safety.  But this Court ruled that unproven theories are insufficient as a matter of law.  (Click here to read the Court of Appeals Decision).

September 2014
WHV attorneys Robert McIntyre and Peter Hessler obtained a key ruling in the defense of a trademark and copyright infringement case in the Federal Court in Dallas, Texas. Mr. McIntyre successfully argued to the Court that the plaintiff was not entitled to retroactively change its claims and paved the way to an accelerated summary judgement proceeding by the Court.

June 2014
Robert McIntyre successfully resolved a significant third party claim against an Ohio employer in an automobile accident case, before a court ordered mediator in Dallas, Texas. The resolution was based on demonstrating that the employer had no legal liability in Texas for the late night involvement in the accident by an employee while driving a company owned car.

March 31, 2014
WHV attorneys Christopher Holecek and Peter Holdsworth recently obtained summary judgment in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky for product liability claims involving a riding lawn mower.  The plaintiff, who was operating the mower up a steep hillside with a slope measuring between 18 and 35 degrees, fell from the mower when it nearly tipped over backwards. He claimed that an unspecified electrical condition in the mower caused it to perform in ways not physically possible, such as driving itself for approximately one minute and making a full U-turn without the drive pedal pressed down or cruise control engaged. The mower allegedly ran over the plaintiff’s foot, causing injuries to several toes.

The plaintiff alleged the mower finally came to rest near the bottom of the hillside with the engine allegedly running and the blades spinning. Plaintiffs’ expert, a mechanical engineer, opined that the engine failed to shut off when the plaintiff fell off the mower, due to an unspecified electrical failure caused either by a design defect or an assembly error by the retailer. Plaintiffs—the injured plaintiff and his spouse—were, however, unable to replicate the alleged failure. They were also unable to identify a specific defect.

The court granted defendants’ Daubert motion to exclude plaintiffs’ mechanical engineering expert, holding that the expert was not qualified to testify regarding the mower’s electrical system, biomechanical issues, or human factors.  The court then granted summary judgment because of the absence of expert testimony to support the plaintiffs’ generalized defect theory that was based on circumstantial evidence.

January 2, 2014
David A. Resser joined the Firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. David is a 2011 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law.

he Firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. Jason is a 1999 graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law.

2012

October 22, 2012
Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg has been recognized by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell as one of the 2013 U.S. top Ranked Law Firms. This recognition places the Firm’s lawyers in a select group recognized for their exceptional legal ability and professional ethical standards.

August 2012
Several of the Firm’s attorneys were among Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers, Lawrence S. Crowther, David J. Hessler, Christopher A. Holecek, Tanja M. Holecek, John D. Kedzior, David R. Knowles, Bruce E. Peacock, and Keith A. Vanderburg.

January 31, 2012
Christopher A. Holecek and Angela M. Lavin successfully preserved a summary judgment and substantial jury verdict in an action seeking an injunction and money damages on behalf of a corporate client in an unfair competition lawsuit tried in federal court in Miami. The opposing party had appealed the favorable outcomes, and, after full briefing and oral argument, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the rulings and findings in their entirety, including an award of attorneys’ fees.

January 15, 2012
Peter A. Hessler was successful in causing an opposing counsel in a previously settled case to remove unflattering remarks and accusations about the firm’s client on the opposing law firm’s website. In settling the multi-count action, Hessler insisted on non-disparagement and non-disclosure provisions, with a monetary penalty for violating the same. When he learned of the website and its content, designed to solicit clients who may assert claims against the law firm’s client, Hessler successfully negotiated the removal of the offensive comment on the strength of the provisions of the settlement agreement.

2011

December 22, 2011
Christopher A. Holecek, a Partner in the firm’s Litigation and Product Liability groups, has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Ohio for 2011. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Angela M. Lavin and Scott J. Robinson, Associates in the firm’s Litigation group, have been named to the Ohio Rising Stars list as being among the top attorneys in Ohio for 2011. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected to the list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

September 12, 2011
Aaron D. Plasco joined the firm’s Corporate and Business Services practice group. Aaron is a 2007 graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

August 21, 2011
Iken S. Sans joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group as a Patent Agent. Iken earned her Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University in 1998 and a 2011 graduate of the University of Akron School of Law.

July 1, 2011
Renee L. Miller, a paralegal in the firm’s Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Elder Law practice group, successfully completed the Ohio State Bar Association’s Paralegal Certification process.

June 24, 2011
Peter A. Hessler, chair of the firm’s Litigation practice group, and associate Angela M. Lavin, with the assistance of litigation support manager Jason M. Lowbridge, successfully defended our clients in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in which the plaintiff sought damages under various tort claims, including malpractice. The Honorable Linda Rocker granted a directed verdict in our clients’ favor dismissing several of the claims and the jury returned a defense verdict on the remaining claims.

June 20, 2011
The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) advised Christopher Holecek, a partner in the firm’s Product Liability Defense, Litigation and E-Discovery & Technology practice groups that he had met all their requirements, passed the examination and had been approved as a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist.

April 20, 2011
The DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar featured an article on Christopher Holecek and a recent defense verdict in a case related to a shareholder dispute. The full version of the article can be found here.

April 18, 2011
Monica M. Newell joined our Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Elder Law group. Monica is a 1999 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

April 12, 2011
Charles “Drew” Hayes is Vice Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Cleveland Section. The Section is sponsoring the IEEE EnergyTech 2011, an advanced energy conference, on May 25-26, 2011 at Case Western Reserve University. The conference will feature presentations on smart grid, energy storage, wind power, plug-in electric vehicles, power electronics, photovoltaics, solar-thermal energy, and other alternative and renewable means of power generation.

January 17, 2011

Benjamin B. Cotton joined the firm’s Intellectual Property group. Ben is a 1998 graduate of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and a 2002 graduate of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.

January 5, 2011
Christopher A. Holecek and Angela M. Lavin, members of the firm’s Litigation Group, were successful in receiving a jury verdict in favor of our clients in a hotly contested business dispute testing the rights and obligations of the board of directors in a privately owned company to redeem the shares of a minority shareholder after the minority shareholder had been found to have breached his fiduciary duties and duty of loyalty to the company.

January 1, 2011
Christopher A. Corpus, a member of the firm’s Product Liability group, was promoted to Partner. Chris joined the firm in August 2002 and is a 2000 graduate of Case Western University School of Law.

2010

July 1, 2010
David R. Knowles, the firm’s Labor and Employment Law partner, was recently selected for inclusion in the Corporate Counsel edition of Labor & Employment Super Lawyers. This publication, which includes attorneys from all fifty states, lists the nominated out-standing lawyers practicing in business related areas.

June 15, 2010
Christopher A. Holecek and Angela M. Lavin, two of the firm’s litigation attorneys, assisted by Jason M. Lowbridge, head of our litigation support department, just returned from federal court in Miami, Florida, where they were successful in receiving a jury verdict in favor of our client in a hotly contested commercial case testing the validity and enforceability of non-compete and other restrictive covenants designed to protect the company’s trade secrets and other valuable assets.

April 21, 2010
Jay R. Carson joins the firm’s Litigation Group. Jay graduated from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1997.