August 2018

Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Prominent Attorney Ranking Publication

We are pleased and honored that 17 of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 25th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers based its 2019 listing on the results of an exhaustive peer review survey, in which attorneys cast their votes regarding the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Those who will be honored in the 2019 edition include:

  • Marc J. Bloch: Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Margaret Anne Cannon: Litigation – Municipal; Municipal Law
  • Ralph E. Cascarilla: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation – Construction; Litigation – Environmental
  • Nick R. Catanzarite: Real Estate Law
  • Darrell A. Clay: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Nathan A. Felker: Real Estate Law
  • R. Todd Hunt: Land Use & Zoning Law; Municipal Law; Real Estate Law
  • Eric J. Johnson: Education Law
  • Irene M. MacDougall: Banking & Finance Law; Real Estate Law
  • Craig Marvinney: Litigation-Insurance
  • Christina Henagen Peer: Education Law
  • David Ricco: Real Estate Law
  • Charles T. Riehl: Environmental Law; Litigation – Land Use & Zoning; Municipal Law; Real Estate Law
  • Russell C. Shaw: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation – ERISA
  • John W. Waldeck, Jr.: Real Estate Law
  • Mark Wallach: Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Municipal
  • Gary A. Zwick: Tax Law

In addition, R. Todd Hunt was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America’s “Lawyer of the Year” listing in the Cleveland metro area. Todd was recognized for his “Land Use & Zoning Law” practice.

February 2018

Chambers USA 2018

Congratulations to Ralph E. Cascarilla, Irene M. MacDougall and Russell C. Shaw who have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA. Designated as "Leaders in their Field" by the London-based publisher, Chambers and Partners, they were recognized for their accomplishments in the following areas of practice:

  • Ralph E. Cascarilla - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Ohio)
  • Irene M. MacDougall - Real Estate (Ohio)
  • Russell C. Shaw - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio)

Chambers USA selects their honorees on the basis of submissions put forward by legal practices, interviews during the course of research and the publication's own database resources. According to Chambers, rankings are based upon, "…criteria that include technical ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities that the client considers relevant."

December 2017

Walter | Haverfield receives two Cleveland Rocks awards

Walter | Haverfield is the recipient of two awards from the Cleveland chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which recognizes outstanding work in marketing communications each year. The firm’s education law attorneys received a gold Cleveland Rocks award for its podcast series titled, “Class Act: Updates in Education Law.” The organization also recognized the firm for its integrated communications efforts. Rocks awards are based on research, planning, execution and evaluation of public relations and communications projects and programs.

In a City of Champions, We Produce 20 More

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 lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are recognized by the Ohio Rising Stars research team.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers 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:

  • Ralph Cascarilla
  • Darrell Clay
  • Bonnie Finley
  • Irene MacDougall
  • Crain Marvinney
  • Kevin Murphy
  • Charles Riehl
  • John Waldeck, Jr.
  • Gary Zwick

Our 2018 Ohio Rising Stars Honorees:

  • George Asimou
  • Benjamin Chojnacki
  • Brendan Healy
  • Patrick Hruby
  • Joshua Hurtuk
  • Shelly LaSalvia
  • Ted Motheral
  • Jamie Price
  • Rina Russo
  • Megan Zaidan
  • Peter Zawadski

November 2017

On November 1, 2017, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® announced their 2018 "Best Law Firms" rankings. This is the eighth consecutive year that these rankings have been issued and Walter | Haverfield was pleased to learn that, this year, the firm was recognized for its achievements in 17 areas of practice.

NATIONAL TIER 3

  • Land Use & Zoning Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 1
Cleveland

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Education Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Cleveland

  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Tax Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Cleveland

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment

According to U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, firms included in this year's listing "...are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise." This year's ratings were based upon a high number of participating firms and a large number of client ballots. More than 13,000 attorneys provided over 1,000,000 law firm evaluations, and over 7500 clients also participated in the evaluation process.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® also explained that, "Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism, and its integrity."

September 2017

We are pleased and honored that sixteen of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers® based its 2018 listing upon the results of an exhaustive peer review survey, in which attorneys cast their votes regarding the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Those who will be honored in the 2018 edition include:

Marc J. Bloch: Litigation-Labor and Employment
Margaret Anne Cannon: Litigation-Municipal; Municipal Law
Ralph E. Cascarilla: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-Environmental
Nick R. Catanzarite: Real Estate Law
Darrell A. Clay: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Michael A. Cyphert: Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental
Nathan A. Felker: Real Estate Law
R. Todd Hunt: Land Use and Zoning Law; Municipal Law; Real Estate Law
Irene M. MacDougall: Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law
Christina Henagen Peer: Education Law
David Ricco: Real Estate Law
Charles T. Riehl: Environmental Law; Litigation-Land Use and Zoning; Municipal Law; Real Estate Law
Russell C. Shaw: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation-ERISA
John W. Waldeck, Jr.: Real Estate Law
Leslie G. Wolfe: Environmental Law
Gary A. Zwick: Tax Law

In addition, both Ralph E. Cascarilla and John W. Waldeck, Jr. were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America's 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" listing in the Cleveland metro area. Ralph was recognized for his "Litigation-Environmental" practice, while Jack Waldeck was listed for his "Real Estate Law" practice.

February 2017

Congratulations to Ralph E. Cascarilla, Michael A. Cyphert, Irene M. MacDougall and Russell C. Shaw, who have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA. Designated as "Leaders in their Field" by the London-based publisher, Chambers and Partners, they were recognized for their accomplishments in the following areas of practice:

Ralph E. Cascarilla - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Ohio)
Michael A. Cyphert - Natural Resources & Environment (Ohio)
Irene M. MacDougall - Real Estate (Ohio)
Russell C. Shaw - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio)

Chambers USA selects their honorees on the basis of submissions put forward by legal practices, interviews during the course of research, and the publication's own database resources. According to Chambers, rankings are based upon, "…criteria that include technical ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities that the client considers relevant."

December 2016

2017 OHIO SUPER LAWYERS

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 lawyers 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:

Ralph E. Cascarilla - Criminal Defense: White Collar
Darrell A. Clay - Business Litigation
Bonnie S. Finley - Business Litigation
Irene M. MacDougall - Banking
Craig A. Marvinney - Civil Litigation: Defense
Kevin Patrick Murphy - Real Estate
Charles T. Riehl - Land Use/Zoning
John W. Waldeck, Jr. - Real Estate
Gary A. Zwick - Tax

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 lawyers in Ohio are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars list.

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

Benjamin G. Chojnacki - State/Local/Municipal
Joshua E. Hurtuk - Real Estate
Shelly R. LaSalvia - Creditor Debtor Rights
T. Ted Motheral - Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
Megan C. Zaidan - Real Estate
Peter T. Zawadski - Schools & Education

In addition, Irene M. MacDougall was named to the list of the "Top 25 Women" in the Cleveland area. This list includes those women lawyers who ranked highest in the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.

November 2016

On November 1, 2016, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® announced their 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings. This is the seventh consecutive year that these rankings have been issued and Walter | Haverfield was pleased to learn that, this year, the firm was recognized for its achievements in 17 areas of practice.

NATIONAL TIER 2
Land Use & Zoning Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 1
Cleveland

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Education Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Cleveland

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Tax Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Cleveland

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment

According to U.S. News – Best Lawyers®, firms included in this year’s listing “…are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.” This year’s ratings were based upon a high number of participating firms and the “…highest number of client ballots on record.” More than 10,000 attorneys provided over 800,000 law firm evaluations, and over 10,000 clients also participated in the evaluation process.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® also explained that, “Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism and its integrity.”

March 2016

Congratulations to Ralph E. Cascarilla, Michael A. Cyphert, and Russell C. Shaw, who have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA. Designated as "Leaders in their Field" by the London-based publisher, Chambers and Partners, they were recognized for their accomplishments in the following areas of practice:

Ralph E. Cascarilla - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Ohio)
Michael A. Cyphert - Natural Resources & Environment (Ohio)
Russell C. Shaw - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio)

Chambers USA selects their honorees on the basis of submissions put forward by legal practices, interviews with attorneys and clients, and the publication's own database resources. According to Chambers, rankings are based upon, "...criteria that include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities that the client considers relevant."

December 2015

Walter | Haverfield LLP is pleased to announce that 11 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2016 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 lawyers in Ohio are recognized by Super Lawyers in their annual listing.

Those named to the 2016 list, and their areas of practice, are as follows:

Ralph E. Cascarilla - Criminal Defense: White Collar
Darrell A. Clay - Business Litigation
Bonnie S. Finley - Business Litigation
Jonathan D. Greenberg - Business Litigation
Craig A. Marvinney - Civil Litigation: Defense
Kevin Patrick Murphy - Real Estate
Charles T. Riehl - Land Use/Zoning
John W. Waldeck, Jr. - Real Estate
Gary A. Zwick - Tax

Three other attorneys have been named to the 2016 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 lawyers in Ohio are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars list.Those named, and their areas of practice, are as follows:

Benjamin G. Chojnacki - State/Local/Municipal
Joshua E. Hurtuk - Real Estate
Shelly R. LaSalvia - Creditor Debtor Rights: Business

November 2015

Nick R. Catanzarite has been named by Crain's Cleveland Business to its 2015 "Forty Under 40" list. Now in its 24th year, this program recognizes young Northeast Ohio professionals under the age of 40 who have established themselves as leaders in the region's business community.

Walter | Haverfield LLP Recognized in "Best Law Firms" Rankings

On November 2, 2015, U.S. News - Best Lawyers® announced their 2016 "Best Law Firms" rankings. This is the sixth consecutive year that these rankings have been issued and Walter | Haverfield was pleased to learn that, this year, the firm was recognized for its achievements in 18 areas of practice:

METROPOLITAN TIER 1
Cleveland

  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Education Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Cleveland

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Trusts & Estates Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Cleveland

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Labor & Employment

According to U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, firms included in this year's listing "...are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise." This year's ratings were based upon the largest number of participating firms and the highest number of client ballots since these rankings were initiated - more than 21,000 attorneys provided nearly 700,000 law firm evaluations, and over 8,000 clients also participated in the evaluation process.

U.S. News - Best Lawyers® also explained that, "Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity." 

August 2015

We are pleased and honored that thirteen of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. First published in 1983, Best Lawyersbased its 2016 listing upon the results of an exhaustive peer-review survey, in which attorneys cast more than 6.7 million votes regarding the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Those who will be honored in the 2016 edition include:

Marc J. Bloch: Litigation-Labor and Employment
Margaret Anne Cannon: Litigation-Municipal; Municipal Law
Ralph E. Cascarilla: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-Environmental
Michael A. Cyphert: Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental
R. Todd Hunt: Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
Christina Henagen Peer: Education Law
Charles T. Riehl: Environmental Law; Litigation-Land Use and Zoning; Municipal Law; Real Estate Law
Russell C. Shaw: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation-ERISA
John W. Waldeck, Jr.: Real Estate Law
Leslie G. Wolfe: Environmental Law
Gary A. Zwick: Tax Law

In addition, both Ralph E. Cascarilla and John W. Waldeck, Jr. were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America's "Lawyer of the Year" listing. Ralph was recognized for his "Litigation - Environmental" practice in Cleveland, while "Jack" Waldeck was listed for his Cleveland "Real Estate Law" practice. Only one lawyer in each practice area, in each community, has been listed as a "Lawyer of the Year."

July 2015

At the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), held in Banff, Alberta, Canada, Craig A. Marvinney received the Annual FDCC Connect Award, which recognizes that member whose work best furthers the FDCC attorney referral network. At the same meeting, Craig was also elected to serve as a member of the FDCC's Board of Directors for 2015-16.

The FDCC, with approximately 1400 members, is comprised of recognized leaders in the legal community. It is tasked with promoting the knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism of its members as they advocate for a balanced justice system and represent those who need a defense in civil lawsuits.

May 2015

Geoffrey S. Goss was named President of the University Settlement Board of Directors. University Settlement is a neighborhood center which provides social services to residents of southeast Cleveland's Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood.

April 2015

Darrell A. Clay was recently selected as Vice President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, effective July 1, 2015. Under the Bar Association's automatic plan of succession, he will serve a one-year term as Vice President and another as President-Elect, prior to assuming the office of President on July 1, 2017.

Darrell was also appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio to its Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness, for a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2015.

Walter | Haverfield is pleased to recognize thirteen of the firm's attorneys, who have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 Edition of Cleveland's Best Lawyers®, a custom publication which appeared in The Plain Dealer and The Wall Street Journal on April 3, 2015. The information in this publication is based upon that found in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, which was published by Woodward/White Inc. in August, 2014. Those listed in Cleveland's Best Lawyers include:

Marc J. Bloch: Litigation-Labor and Employment
Margaret Anne Cannon: Litigation-Municipal; Municipal Law
Ralph E. Cascarilla: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-Environmental
Michael A. Cyphert: Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental
R. Todd Hunt: Land Use and Zoning Law
Christina Henagen Peer: Education Law
Charles T. Riehl: Environmental Law; Litigation-Land Use and Zoning; Municipal Law
Russell C. Shaw: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation-ERISA
John W. Waldeck, Jr.: Real Estate Law
Leslie G. Wolfe: Environmental Law
Gary A. Zwick: Tax Law

In addition, Ralph E. Cascarilla was named by Cleveland's Best Lawyers as the 2015 Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland. Only one lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area has been listed as a "Lawyer of the Year," based upon the highest peer ratings received.

January 2015

Congratulations to Ralph E. Cascarilla, Michael A. Cyphert and Russell C. Shaw, who have been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA. Designated as "Leaders in their Field" by the London-based publisher, Chambers and Partners, they were recognized for their accomplishments in the following areas of practice:

Ralph E. Cascarilla - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Ohio)
Michael A. Cyphert - Natural Resources & Environment (Ohio)
Russell C. Shaw - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio)

Chambers USA selects their honorees based upon submissions put forward by legal practices, interviews with attorneys and clients, and the publication's own database resources. According to Chambers, ratings are issued on the basis of an attorney's "...technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities that the client considers relevant."

December 2014

"They're Super!"

Walter | Haverfield LLP is pleased to announce that 11 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2015 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 lawyers in Ohio are recognized by Super Lawyers in their annual listing.

Those named to the 2015 list, and their areas of practice, are as follows:

Ralph E. Cascarilla - Criminal Defense: White Collar
Darrell A. Clay - Business Litigation
Bonnie S. Finley - Business Litigation
Jonathan D. Greenberg - Business Litigation
Craig A. Marvinney - PI - Products: Defense
Kevin Patrick Murphy - Real Estate
Charles T. Riehl - Land Use/Zoning
John W. Waldeck, Jr. - Real Estate
Gary A. Zwick - Tax

Eric J. Johnson has been named to the 2015 Ohio Rising Stars list in the practice area of Employment & Labor. 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 lawyers in Ohio are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars list.

In addition, Ralph E. Cascarilla was named by Super Lawyers to both their "Top 100 Ohio Attorneys" list and their "Top 50 Cleveland Attorneys" list.

On December 22, 2014, Craig A. Marvinney was re-appointed to the United States District Court (Northern District of Ohio) Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel for an eighth three-year term. This, despite the fact that the Court has cut the Panel membership by nearly two-thirds. Craig has been a member of the Panel since its inception in 1993. The Panel aids the Court's judges in reducing case loads and speeding case resolution, where members are - among other roles - mediators, arbitrators, and early neutral evaluators.

November 2014

Walter | Haverfield LLP Recognized in "Best Law Firms" Rankings

On November 3, 2014, U.S. News - Best Lawyers® announced their 2015 "Best Law Firms" rankings. This is the fifth consecutive year that these rankings have been issued and Walter | Haverfield was pleased to learn that, this year, the firm was recognized for its achievements in 16 areas of practice:

NATIONAL TIER 3

  • Litigation - ERISA

METROPOLITAN TIER 1
Cleveland

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Education Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Cleveland

  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Trusts & Estates Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Cleveland

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation - Construction

According to U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, firms included in this year's listing "...are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise." This year's ratings were based upon the largest number of participating firms and the highest number of client ballots since these rankings were initiated - more than 17,000 attorneys provided nearly 600,000 law firm evaluations, and almost 7,500 clients also participated in the evaluation process.

U.S. News - Best Lawyers® also explained that, "Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity."

August 2014

Saluting the Best of the Best

We are pleased and honored that thirteen of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers® based its 2015 listing upon the results of an exhaustive peer-review survey, in which more than 52,000 attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes regarding the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Those who will be honored in the 2015 edition include:

Marc J. Bloch: Litigation-Labor and Employment
Margaret Anne Cannon: Litigation-Municipal; Municipal Law
Ralph E. Cascarilla: Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Litigation-Construction; Litigation-Environmental
Michael A. Cyphert: Environmental Law; Litigation-Environmental
R. Todd Hunt: Land Use and Zoning Law
Christina Henagen Peer: Education Law
Charles T. Riehl: Environmental Law; Litigation-Land Use and Zoning; Municipal Law
Russell C. Shaw: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation-ERISA
John W. Waldeck, Jr.: Real Estate Law
Leslie G. Wolfe: Environmental Law
Gary A. Zwick: Tax Law

In addition, Ralph E. Cascarilla was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland. Only one lawyer in each practice area, in each community, has been listed as a "Lawyer of the Year."

June 2014

On June 23, 2014, Lacie L. O'Daire was recognized for her achievements in the area of Tax Law in a special section of Crain's Cleveland Business, titled "Who to Watch in Law."

May 2014

An article co-authored by Gary A. Zwick and published in the Journal of Financial Service Professionals was recently awarded one of three Kenneth Black, Jr. Journal Author Awards for best article of the year. This article, titled "Why Tax Minimization is Overrated in Estate Planning," appeared in the Journal in March 2013 and was co-authored by James Jurinski, a professor at the University of Portland and a practicing attorney in Oregon.

March 2014

We are pleased to announce that three of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Designated as "Leaders in their Field" by the London-based publisher, Chambers and Partners, they were recognized for their accomplishments in the following areas of practice:

Ralph E. Cascarilla - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Ohio)
Michael A. Cyphert - Natural Resources & Environment (Ohio)
Russell C. Shaw - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio)

Chambers USA selects their honorees based upon submissions put forward by legal practices, interviews with attorneys and clients, and the publication's own database resources. Rankings are issued on the basis of an attorney's technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities that the client considers relevant.

January 2014

Congratulations to Ralph E. Cascarilla, Michael A. Cyphert and Russell C. Shaw, who have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Designated as "Leaders in their Field" by the London-based publisher, Chambers and Partners, they were recognized for their accomplishments in the following areas of practice:

Ralph E. Cascarilla - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Ohio)
Michael A. Cyphert - Natural Resources & Environment (Ohio)
Russell C. Shaw - Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (Ohio)?