Arthur Steinmetz, who served as Walter | Haverfield’s managing partner from 1989-1991, died on June 23, 2019. He was 93 years old. A recipient of a Purple Heart, Steinmetz survived sniper fire in Germany while serving in World War II. Germany is also where the lifelong Cleveland-area resident met his wife of 67 years, Thea Steinmetz.

Steinmetz attended John Marshall High School where he was valedictorian and a champion sprinter. He later attended law 完美彩票官方网站下载 at Case Western Reserve University and began his career at Walter | Haverfield in 1951.

For the next 63 years, Steinmetz practiced law at Walter | Haverfield, where he pleaded cases all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Business owners, executives and professionals turned to Steinmetz for counsel on a broad range of personal, financial and tax matters. He also acted as corporate counsel to a wide range of companies and prepared comprehensive estate plans and related trusts.

“Art was such a fixture here at Walter | Haverfield, and his counsel and leadership are ingrained in the history of our firm,” said Ralph Cascarilla, managing partner at Walter | Haverfield. “He was an invaluable resource to his clients and loved by everyone here.”

Steinmetz’s time in the U.S. Army was the start of a lifelong passion for military history. He also enjoyed golf, stayed active in the Presbyterian Church of Rocky River and loved the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Steinmetz is survived by his wife; sons, Art Jr. and Greg; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Alex, Ed and Josh Hurtuk

Alex, Ed and Josh Hurtuk with Alex’s French bulldog, Cooper, in the Hurtuk’s South Russell family 完美彩票官方网站下载.

Admiration for their father and curiosity about his career fueled Josh and Alex Hurtuk’s interest in real estate law from a young age.

“Alex would draw up contracts around the house and hide parts of it so I couldn’t tell what I was signing,” recalls Ed Hurtuk, father of Josh, 33, and Alex, 27. “He wanted a horse so he drafted a contract that I signed that said he could get a horse by the time he was 12 years old.”

Contracts turned into negotiations in the Hurtuk household as the kids mimicked their father, Ed, a real estate lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载 who opened the law firm of Hurtuk & Daroff in Mayfield Heights in 1997.

“Alex’s interest in a horse faded so he used the contract as leverage and negotiated for something else – a painting of LeBron James in his bedroom,” added Ed as he laughed. “The contract was a long-term play,” said Alex.

The Hurtuk kids soaked in their dad’s work – as foreign as it seemed – while Ed shared small details of his job along the way.

“I remember driving around with the family, and my dad would say, ‘I did the lease for that building,’ or ‘my clients own that building,’ or ‘I did the loan for that building,’” said Josh, a Solon resident.

“When I was growing up, I didn’t understand that clients could leave and go to another firm,” said Alex Hurtuk, a downtown Cleveland resident and former college tennis player. “I thought my dad’s clients were part of our extended family, and I think that speaks to my dad’s positive and long-term relationships with his clients.”

Josh grew up excelling in science, while Alex enjoyed math and art, and Ed did not expect their interest in real estate to exceed their passion for such subjects.

“I thought Josh and Alex might think it’s boring to sit and read a lease,” said Ed, who once served as law commissioner for the Ohio Supreme Court. “I thought there are sexier things out there than real estate law.”

But when the brothers wanted to work at Hurtuk & Daroff in high 完美彩票官方网站下载 and college to earn some extra money, he sensed he could be wrong.

“I knew through college that I wanted to go to law 完美彩票官方网站下载 and work in real estate,” said Josh, who has been selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the past four years. “In law 完美彩票官方网站下载, I geared all of my classes toward real estate and transactional law.”

“I enjoy the contractual side of real estate and the fact that there is a tangible product when a project is complete,” added Alex.

Once Josh and Alex started their educational paths toward real estate law, Ed hoped that the three of them could work together at Hurtuk & Daroff someday and carry on the family business. But, in a twist of events, the trio ended up working together in a much different scenario.

“It never occurred to me to merge with Walter | Haverfield,” said Ed, who taught real estate and finance as an adjunct faculty member at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Cleveland Marshall College完美彩票官方网站下载 of Law.

Both Josh and Alex practiced real estate law at Walter | Haverfield, and an acquisition of Hurtuk & Daroff by Walter | Haverfield soon seemed like the right move for both firms, the real estate groups and the family.

“It was a good way of getting Josh and Alex involved in my practice, and it’s been great for us to have the back-up of lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s at Walter | Haverfield,” said Ed.

“For me, it was a dramatic change in thinking,” said Josh.

Since the acquisition in 2019, the firms have benefited from the strength, expertise and experience of each other, and Josh and Alex are appreciative of the opportunity to learn from their dad.

“People have always told me that my dad is a great attorney, but he is so humble about it,” said Alex. “He teaches me that if you’re humble, work hard, do a good job and are nice to people, it works out.”

“My dad says the best way to get work is to do good work,” says Josh. “My dad is dedicated to getting people to work together and be on the same page.”

All of the Hurtuks, including Bethany, Ed’s wife, and their third son Ben, who works for a private equity firm, are fierce Ohio State football fans. “We are a pretty quiet family,” according to Ed, “but people are shocked by the rowdiness when they watch an OSU game with us.”

The Hurtuks say work doesn’t spill over into family time, but Sundays can be a bit tricky.

“I work on Sundays, and they don’t,” Ed laughs.

Josh and Alex are quick to respond to say they work Sunday nights after dad goes to bed.

Committed to its mission of offering personalized service to our growing number of clients, Walter | Haverfield has hired Nicholas Buzzy to its Litigation team and Gail Bisesi to its Real Estate team.

Buzzy is a dedicated, dynamic attorney with experience in wide-ranging complex litigation. The Northeast Ohio native has successfully defended multiple cases at trial, valued at more than six figures. That includes personal injury as well as business interruption cases.

“I’m passionate about my work as a litigator and proud of the success I’ve had thus far in defending big cases,” said Buzzy. “I now have the opportunity to continue to do what I love on an even bigger scale with a strong, hard-working team, and I’m very thankful for that.”

Buzzy has also defended a variety of corporations in products liability cases as well as individuals on a variety of disputes. Buzzy most recently worked at the Cleveland-based law firm of Gallagher Sharp as a litigation attorney. Prior to that, he served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Summit County, Ohio.

Bisesi brings more than two decades of real estate experience to Walter | Haverfield. She joins the firm as a paralegal and previously worked at law firms, in banks and with developers in the Northeast Ohio region.

“I was looking for a firm that has a strong real estate practice group, and that’s why I sought out Walter | Haverfield,” said Bisesi, who is also a Northeast Ohio native and enjoys working at the Cleveland Film Festival each year.

“Our goal is to find highly skilled and qualified individuals to serve our clients in ways that align with our strong values and high standards,” said Ralph Cascarilla, managing partner of Walter | Haverfield. “Nick and Gail will be able to deliver that superior service, and I’m happy to have them on board.”

Since 1932, Walter | Haverfield attorneys have served as strategic counselors to private businesses, public entities and high net-worth individuals, providing creative and customized solutions that deliver outstanding results at an exceptional value. Our track record has allowed us to sustain year-after-year growth. Walter | Haverfield has more than doubled in the past decade to become one of Cleveland’s top ten law firms. Today, our team of nearly 80 attorneys is focused primarily in the areas of corporate transactions, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, tax and wealth management, liquor control law, litigation, public law and education.

 

 

Ben Chojnacki, an attorney who focuses his practice on public law, sports law and litigation, is a 2018 graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders. Chojnacki is the third Walter | Haverfield attorney to complete the 10-month long program, which teaches participants how to become effective leaders and create meaningful change around a civic issue impacting Northeast Ohio.

Chojnacki is one of 59 graduates in this year’s class. Others include individuals from the non-profit, public and private sectors. All participants were required to go through a thorough application and vetting process.

“Bridge Builders provided the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the community and develop sustainable, long-term relationships with like-minded professionals,” said Chojnacki, who currently serves as the assistant law director for the village of Cuyahoga Heights. “It also allowed me to get back to doing what I love – volunteering.”

As part of the program, participants applied their skills to assist a local community organization in boosting its strategic efforts and overall effectiveness. Those organizations included the Positive Coaching Alliance, International Women’s Air and Space Museum, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Signature Health, among others.

“I learned a lot about the challenges that non-profits and social service organizations face in achieving long-term success in the civic realm,” added Chojnacki, who worked with Signature Health, an opioid addition and behavioral healthcare services provider in Northeast Ohio. “I also became more aware of the strategies successful civic organizations have employed to ensure they have a long-lasting impact on Northeast Ohio.”

 

Committed to its mission of offering superior service to a wide range of clients, Walter | Haverfield has hired Jessica Bradburn Loucks to its Litigation team.

Loucks is a passionate, young attorney with experience in various phases of complex civil litigation. Her background includes in-depth involvement on a defense team for a Fortune 500 global science company. She worked extensively on all aspects of the multidistrict litigation consisting of numerous, novel claims of personal injury and wrongful death. As part of that team, she helped implement a process to timely remove and transfer more than 2,000 complaints from state court into federal court.

“Jessica’s skills as well as her dedication to the job truly impress us,” said Ralph Cascarilla, head of Walter | Haverfield’s Litigation team. “We are honored to have her on our team.”

Loucks previously served as a legal extern with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. There, she was the driving force behind the development and creation of a pilot program offering legal services in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She also served as a member of the Police Reform Practicum, working with the Cleveland Community Police Commission to improve police-community relations.

A graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College完美彩票官方网站下载 of Law, Loucks is a native of Rochester, NY and resides in Rocky River with her family. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University.

Since 1932, Walter | Haverfield attorneys have served as strategic counselors to private businesses, public entities and high net-worth individuals, providing creative and customized solutions that deliver outstanding results at an exceptional value. Our track record has allowed us to sustain year-after-year growth. Walter | Haverfield has more than doubled in the past decade to become one of Cleveland’s top ten law firms. Today, our team of nearly 80 attorneys is focused primarily in the areas of corporate transactions, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, tax and wealth management, liquor control law, litigation, public law and education.

A dishonest auto repair shop and its shoddy work prompted a local woman to attend a Legal Aid clinic. She needed advice on how to get her money back. That’s where she met Legal Aid volunteer and Walter | Haverfield attorney, Leslie Wolfe. Their story appeared in Poetic Justice.

Kevin MurphyIn an article in Crain’s Cleveland Business, Walter | Haverfield partner Kevin Murphy said he’s not in favor of a state-run system to track money within the medical marijuana industry. He said such a system could hinder patient access and discourage banks that are willing to be involved with the program.

Kevin MurphyIn an article published in Crain’s Cleveland Business, Walter | Haverfield partner Kevin Murphy predicted that Ohio’s medical marijuana program, which faces many challenges, may not be fully functional for 12-18 months.

 

Walter | Haverfield partner Darrell Clay led a panel discussion at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association on the topic of #MeToo and sexual harassment in the legal profession. Cleveland.com recapped the discussion, which included attorneys from other local firms.

 

Sara Ravas Cooper and Shelly LaSalvia are Walter | Haverfield’s two newest partners. The additions bring Walter | Haverfield’s partnership to 38 members.

“I am very proud of both Sara and Shelly’s accomplishments,” said Ralph Cascarilla, Walter | Haverfield’s managing partner. “They work extremely hard in their respective fields, and I look forward to their continued participation in the growth of the firm.”

 

Cooper focuses her practice on litigation as well as labor and employment. She has extensive experience with white-collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).

LaSalvia represents a wide range of commercial clients in complex finance, business and real estate transactions. She also has significant experience representing financial institutions as creditors in collection litigation and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

“I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be integrally involved in shaping the future of the firm,” said Cooper. “Walter | Haverfield is already an excellent place to work, and I’m eager to build on our success.”

“Walter | Haverfield embodies everything I look for in a firm – skilled attorneys, a range of practice areas, substantial bench strength and an entrepreneurial spirit,” said LaSalvia. “Partnership allows me to be even more invested in a place I’m very proud to work at, and for that, I’m thankful.”

Cooper joined Walter | Haverfield in 2009. LaSalvia joined in 2015. Both are members of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Cooper is also a member of the Federal Bar Association. LaSalvia is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

December 6, 2017 – Walter | Haverfield is pleased to announce that nine of its attorneys have been selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list. An additional 11 attorneys have been selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list. The names of those honored are below.

Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s in the state are recognized by the Ohio Rising Stars research team.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s from more than 70 practice areas who have attained peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections, for both Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, are made using a multiphase process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Our 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers Honorees: Our 2018 Ohio Rising Stars Honorees:
Ralph Cascarilla George Asimou
Darrell Clay Benjamin Chojnacki
Bonnie Finley Brendan Healy
Irene MacDougall Patrick Hruby
Crain Marvinney Joshua Hurtuk
Kevin Murphy Shelly LaSalvia
Charles Riehl Ted Motheral
John Waldeck, Jr. Jamie Price
Gary Zwick Rina Russo
andnbsp; Megan Zaidan
andnbsp; Peter Zawadski

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our longtime colleague and friend, Jim Mackey.

Jim, 67, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

“Jim’s contributions to our collective endeavors have been significant, and we will truly miss his spirit, tenacity and kindness,” said Ralph Cascarilla, Walter | Haverfield’s managing partner.

A partner in our Corporate Transactions and Tax and Wealth Management groups, Jim joined Walter | Haverfield in 2001. He was particularly experienced in helping entrepreneurs in business transactions. He was also well known for his skills as an estate planner for individuals and business owners, assisting them through the complex process of estate and gift taxes as well as property transfers.

In 2011, John Carroll University honored Jim as an alumni medal award recipient. It is the highest honor awarded annually by the alumni association for an individual’s accomplishments in his/her profession, personal life and community as well as his/her dedication to John Carroll University.

In 2008, the Ohio State Bar Association recognized Jim as an estate planning, trust and probate board certified specialist in an issue of its Ohio Lawyer magazine.

Outside of the office, Jim was an active volunteer and community leader. He served as president of John Carroll University’s National Alumni Association and was a member of the board of trustees and the Presidential Search Committee. He was also chairman of the university’s Tax Advisory and Planned Giving Counsel.

Prior to joining Walter | Haverfield, Jim worked for Chattman, Gaines and Stern, LPA for 25 years, where he served as a managing director and the firm’s chief financial officer.

Jim leaves behind a wife, three sons, a daughter and 11 grandchildren.

 

Max Rieker brings more than a decade of professional legal experience to Walter | Haverfield. With a focus on labor and employment issues, Rieker has successfully represented clients before various arbitrators, boards, commissions and trial and appellate courts throughout Ohio. He has extensive involvement in administrative investigations and prevailed in a variety of termination and employee discipline cases. He also has considerable experience in public sector collective bargaining as he represented clients in dozens of cases through the statutory fact-finding and conciliation process.

Named to the 2017 Ohio Rising Stars list, Rina Russo has significant experience representing employers in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements as well as allegations of discrimination and harassment. She works with private and public sector employers in matters involving failure to accommodate, wage/hour violations and enforcement of restrictive covenants before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Her litigation practice includes single plaintiff, class and collective actions.

 


We are pleased to announce that
Darrell Clay
who serves as vice-chair of our firm’s litigation services group, is now president of
the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA).
Darrell, a 20-year member of the CMBA, was sworn in at the organization’s annual meeting on June 2.

In addition to helping
guide the operations of CMBA for the next 12 months, Darrell will direct the implementation of the organization’s
new strategic plan. Key objectives of the plan include strengthening membership by enhancing the overall value
proposition for members, promoting the organization as a go-to source for thought leadership in law and justice,
and repositioning the organization to be more relevant and appeal to changing demographics, including younger
members and sole practitioners. The organization is also actively working to improve diversity in the local
legal market.

Darrell has a long history of active participation in CMBA. Among other services, he served on the membership
(recruitment), bar admissions, and grievance committees. He is a Fellow of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar
Foundation, as well as the Ohio State Bar Foundation. He has been a strong advocate of the Association and its
ongoing efforts to elevate the overall perception of lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s and their varied contributions to the community.

During his remarks at the Annual Meeting, Darrell announced plans for CMBA to convene a summit in April 2018 to
mark the 50th anniversary of passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1968, and the 150th anniversary of enactment
of the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law to all citizens.

With more than 5,500 members, CMBA is the largest local bar association in the State of Ohio. Its members are drawn
from all aspects of the legal profession, including private practice, in-house counsel, judges, government attorneys,
law students, paralegals, and business professionals. Its mission is to promote the rule of law, sustain and improve
the quality of and public trust in the administration of justice and the legal profession, and enhance Greater Cleveland
through member, civic and community service, and leadership.

According to Ralph Cascarilla, Walter | Haverfield’s managing partner, “Darrell is particularly well-suited to lead the
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Darrell has been with our firm since 1997. His practice focuses on complex civil and white collar criminal matters covering
a wide variety of subjects, including antitrust, construction, unfair competition, First Amendment, and other matters.
As an instrument-rated commercial pilot and airplane owner, Darrell also has an active aviation law practice. He has been
selected to Ohio Super Lawyers list for the past eight years in the areas of business litigation, criminal defense—white
collar, and aviation law and was named a Leading Lawyer by Inside Business in the area of antitrust law. He also serves on
the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness. He is a 1994 magna cum laude graduate of Tulane
University School of Law, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science from University of South Florida.
He can be reached at dclay@完美彩票官方网站下载.

Walter | Haverfield is pleased to welcome the following attorneys to the firm.


Edward F. Caja
joined Walter | Haverfield as an associate in 2016. Prior to
joining W|H he developed a well rounded aptitude for innovation counseling with
experience in various legal, business, and technical management positions across
many organizational roles from original engineering design and research,
extensive project and program management, and business unit leadership to patent
application preparation and prosecution. Recent legal experience includes
litigation assistance involving patents, trade secrets, business torts, and
unfair competition in numerous art fields. Patent prosecution experience
includes U.S. and international application in multiple technology areas such as
fluid systems, optics, mechanical, electro-mechanical, RFID-based data systems,
computing devices, computer and telecom systems and business methods.

Maria L. Cedroni’s intellectual property practice focuses on patent drafting and prosecution, trademarks, and patent litigation. Maria joined W|H as an associate in 2017. Prior to joining W|H she worked in a Boston area firm for almost 9 years and then a Cleveland firm for 3 years.


Kaitlin Corkran
, an associate in the firm’s Corporate Transactions group,
focuses her practice on a wide range of corporate and business matters,
including new business formation and development, mergers and acquisitions,
stockholder arrangements, and reorganizations. Kaitlin also counsels lenders and
borrowers in commercial finance transactions.


Brendan D. Healy
joined Walter | Haverfield LLP as an associate in 2016, and
is a member of the firm’s Public Law practice group. He has extensive experience
representing public entities throughout Ohio, including cities, villages,
townships, and government agencies. He has advised various municipal boards and
commissions, including Boards of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commissions, and Civil
Service Commissions. Additionally, he served as an Assistant Director of Law for
the City of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Patrick A. Hruby is an associate in Walter | Haverfield’s Corporate Transactions group, whose practice also expands into the Litigation 完美彩票官方网站下载 group. Patrick’s experience includes representing banks and other commercial lenders, commercial property owners, creditors and debtors in the United States Bankruptcy Court, and bankruptcy trustees, among others.

Ellen R. Kirtner-LaFleur is an associate in the Real Estate group. Ellen focuses her practice on a range of commercial real estate matters, including the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, retail leasing, and real estate finance.


DeMarcus E. Levy
is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property
practice group. He focuses on patent law with an emphasis on assistance with
patent prosecution in the electronic and mechanical arts. In addition to
preparing and prosecuting applications in the United States, he has assisted
with advising foreign clients on how to navigate U.S. patent law while keeping
claim language consistent across their international portfolios. Mr. Levy also
performs copyright and trademark prosecution.

William T. Raiff is an associate in the Real Estate group. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate matters and transactions including retail and residential leasing and the disposition and acquisition of commercial properties.


Cary A. Zimmerman
is also an associate in the firm’s Corporate Transactions
group. She represents public and private companies with their corporate and
securities transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity
issuances, venture capital, angel investing, and corporate governance matters.
In addition to her Juris Doctor, Cary has a Master of Science in
Management-Finance, which informs her practice and enhances her value as a
business advisor.

In an article in Crain’s Cleveland Business, published on June 4, 2017 and titled, “Cleveland bar association has new leader, same challenges,” new CMBA president Darrell Clay affirmed his commitment to the organization’s overall strategic plan, adopted in May 2016.

Darrell A. Clay, a partner in the litigation services group of Walter | Haverfield, will assume the position of president of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) at the organization’s annual meeting on Friday, June 2. Clay, who has been practicing law since 1994, has been an active member of CMBA for 20 years.

In addition to helping guide the operations of CMBA for the next 12 months, Clay will direct the continued implementation of the organization’s new strategic plan. Key objectives of the new plan include strengthening membership by enhancing the overall value proposition for members, promoting the organization as a go-to source for thought leadership in law and justice, and repositioning the organization to be more relevant and appeal to changing demographics, including younger members.

“I am excited about the opportunity to be in the driver’s seat to help make this new strategic vision a reality,” said Clay. “Although it won’t be wrapped up by the end of my term, I hope to have the overall direction and foundation for growth in good shape for my successor. I want people to experience CMBA in a new way and promote the idea that this isn’t your father’s bar association.”

Clay has a long history of active participation in CMBA. Among other services, he has served on the membership (recruitment), admissions and grievance committees. He is a Fellow of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, as well as the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

“I believe attorneys should give back to their profession,” said Clay. “Despite the jokes often targeted against lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s, I am proud to be in this field. Lawyers help protect rights and liberties, and CMBA can impact the community in meaningful ways relative to law and justice issues.”

The upcoming CMBA Annual Meeting is significant as it marks the 10th anniversary since the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County bar associations came together. The Cleveland Bar Association traces its roots back to 1873.

“I believe in the CMBA and am confident that I’m a better leader and a better lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载 because of being a member,” said Clay.

Although Clay began his legal career in New Orleans, he has been practicing law in Cleveland with Walter | Haverfield since 1997. He serves as vice-chair of the firm’s litigation services group, with a personal practice focused on complex civil and white collar criminal matters covering a wide variety of subjects, including antitrust, construction, unfair competition, First Amendment, and other matters. In addition, drawing on his experience as an instrument-rated commercial pilot and airplane owner, Clay has an active aviation law practice that includes advice, counseling and representation of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation companies in transactional, administrative and litigation matters.

“In addition to being an excellent lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载, Darrell’s outstanding leadership skills and ability to build consensus make him particularly well-suited to lead the CMBA as its president,” said Ralph Cascarilla, managing partner at Walter | Haverfield.

Clay is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Louisiana. He graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University School of Law and received his M.A. and B.A. from the University of South Florida. He has been selected to Ohio Super Lawyers list for the past eight years in the areas of business litigation, criminal defense, white collar, and aviation law and was named a Leading Lawyer by Inside Business in the area of antitrust law. Clay currently resides in Strongsville.

Walter | Haverfield LLP is pleased to announce that nine of its attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers selects attorneys as a result of a multiphase selection process, in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. Candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement and, each year, selections are made on a state-by-state basis. No more than 5 percent of the lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s in Ohio are recognized by Super Lawyers in their annual listing.

Those named to the 2017 list, and their areas of practice, are as follows:

Six other attorneys have been named to the 2017 Ohio Rising Stars list. The selection process for the Rising Stars list mirrors the Super Lawyers selection process, except that candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s in Ohio are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars list.

Those named, and their areas of practice, are as follows:

In addition, Irene M. MacDougall was named to the list of the “Top 25 Women” in the Cleveland area. This list includes those women lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s who ranked highest in the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.

On an ongoing basis, Walter | Haverfield continues to evaluate the range of legal services we offer our clients to identify complementary practice areas that provide added value and meet our clients’ ever-evolving needs. That’s why, in the past year alone, we have added four new practice areas—intellectual property (IP), public and structured finance, loan workouts/creditors’ rights, and liquor control law. These practices had been identified as high-demand areas by our existing and prospective clients.

The firm’s newest practice group—IP—was initially created as a result of the legal professionals of D. Peter Hochberg Co, LPA, joining the firm at the end of June. D. Peter Hochberg Co. is well recognized in the national and international IP markets, having served clients around the globe for more than 30 years. In addition to its long-standing trademark and patent business, which has been responsible for writing more than 1,500 patents over the years, the firm also provided counseling relative to copyright and trade secret licensing and litigation, as well as arbitration of major patent infringement cases. Peter will be the Chair of the International Patent Group at Walter | Haverfield. The full legal team, including Peter Hochberg and Sean Mellino, were part of the transition.

Also in late June, Walter | Haverfield successfully recruited the entire Cleveland-based IP group of Kegler Brown Hill and Ritter. Jamie Pingor, who was the director-in-charge of the Cleveland office, will head up the new IP group at Walter | Haverfield. Beyond his IP work, Pingor is a licensed patent attorney, and he also counsels clients on a variety of corporate transactions, including business formation and structuring.

Leading the firm’s new public and structured finance practice group is 30+-year veteran Irene MacDougall, who joined Walter | Haverfield in the spring.

In order to better serve Cleveland’s burgeoning hospitality industry, the firm also added a liquor control law practice group that is under the direction of new partner John Neal.

Kirk Roessler, who joined the firm last fall, will lead the new commercial loan originations and workouts team which also offers experience in creditor/debtor law.

Walter | Haverfield also attracted high-level legal talent to support its existing practice groups in the last year. A number of these additions were mentioned in our previous newsletter. Brand new to the firm’s corporate transactions team, however, is T. Ted Motheral, who focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, having handled a wide array of transactions valued between $200,000 and $350 million.

Combined with the attorneys who were brought on board to start the four new practice groups, there were a total of 24 new attorneys joining the firm in the past 12 months. This is the second time in the last four years that the firm has documented double-digit growth in its professional ranks.

We are honored to be able to recruit such exceptional lawyer完美彩票官方网站下载s. All of these attorneys are well recognized in their individual practice areas and will allow us to not only serve our existing clients better but also attract new clients. We are also pleased to be attracting younger attorneys that will support the continued growth and vitality of this firm well into the future.

Ralph can be reached by phone at 216-928-2908 or e-mail rcascarilla@完美彩票官方网站下载.

In an online article in Crain’s Cleveland Business, written by reporter Jeremy Nobile and titled, “Walter | Haverfield law firm is growing at record rate,” Ralph E. Cascarilla discussed the firm’s recent growth.

Jamie PriceJamie Price, an attorney who focuses her practice on civil, commercial and probate litigation, recently joined the Cleveland Bridge Builders class of 2019. The Mobile, Alabama native applied for the competitive 10-month program, which teaches participants how to create meaningful change around a civic issue impacting Northeast Ohio.

“I sought out Bridge Builders to gain a deeper understanding of the civic community in Cleveland and find a hands-on way to give back” said Price, who is an avid runner. “I’m proud to be a part of such a fantastic program.”

Bridge Builders includes 60 local participants in its latest class, all of whom were chosen because they demonstrated a commitment to the community, strong leadership and problem-solving skills.

Price has been highly involved in the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for the past decade. She serves on its regional board and is a part of the ADL’s national civil rights committee. The Shaker Heights resident is also a new member of the National Council of Jewish Women and serves on the Ethics and Professionalism committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

As part of the program, participants apply their skills to assist a local community organization in boosting its strategic efforts and overall effectiveness.

“I’m eager to find my place within the civic realm of Cleveland and pinpoint an organization in which I can become involved,” added Price, who was selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers 2018 Rising Stars list for business litigation. “And throughout the Bridge Builders program, I look forward to learning more about myself and others. That process will help me become a more effective leader and communicator to ultimately assist others in need.”

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