Congratulations to Walter | Haverfield partner Christina Peer, who is featured in a special section of Crain’s Cleveland Business titled, “Northeast Ohio Notable Women in Law.” Crain’s recognized Peer for her strong education law practice as she and her team now represent nearly 15% of school districts in Ohio.

 

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).

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:

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.”

 

The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has certified Walter | Haverfield Attorney Max Rieker as a labor and employment specialist. Rieker is one of two newly certified labor and employment specialists in the state.

Attorneys seeking certification must devote at least 25 percent of their practice to their particular field of law, submit five professional references, complete a minimum of 36 hours of specialized continuing legal education and pass a written exam.

“I have every reason to believe that being a certified labor and employment specialist will further my practice for years to come,” said Rieker, who spent eight years as in-house counsel for the Ohio’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. “Plus, the process has given me a whole new respect for those who have been certified previously.”

Attorneys who have earned specialty certification must file annual reports showing they comply with program requirements. They must also be recertified every four to seven years.

There are currently 121 OSBA-certified labor and employment specialists in the state.

 

Walter | Haverfield Attorney Brendan Healy is the firm’s newest fellow in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF). Healy, who practices labor and employment law as well as public law, joins an elite group of five other Walter | Haverfield attorneys who are also fellows.

The CMBF extends nominations only to select members of the legal community who have at least 10 years of experience. The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) approves the nomination. The nominees must demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. They must also contribute significantly to the advancement of justice in the Greater Cleveland community.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a CMBF fellow,” said Healy, who represents cities, villages, townships and government agencies throughout Ohio. “I am passionate about the work I do, and I look forward to expanding my service to the community in this new role.”

The CMBF funds the CMBA’s “Justice For All” programs, which promote education and workforce development, social justice, the arts and non-profits through volunteer service.

For the past four years, Ohio Super Lawyers has named Healy to its “Rising Stars” list.

In addition to representing public entities, Healy practices litigation in the areas of land use and zoning, civil rights, and employment and labor law.

 

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.

Miriam Pearlmutter is an attorney in the Education Law group at Walter | Haverfield and host of the firm’s podcast, “Class Act: Updates in Education Law.”

 

 

The Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc. of Cleveland (CREW) recently awarded Irene MacDougall the Deborah Rocker Klausner Leadership Award. MacDougall, a partner at Walter | Haverfield in the public and structured finance group, is the sole recipient of this 2017 award, which is granted annually.

MacDougall received the recognition on the basis of her professional excellence and integrity, her legal expertise and innovative skills, and her commitment to diversity in the commercial real estate industry.

“Irene’s exceptional talent and positive values embody the qualifications that our leadership award recognizes,” said Cecilia Hyun, president of CREW Cleveland. “We are proud to honor her for her many professional and personal accomplishments and contributions to the community.”

MacDougall’s award is named after the late Deborah Rocker Klausner, who was the founding president of CREW Cleveland in 1988.

MacDougall manages complex, multi-party finance and development transactions in real estate, healthcare lending and public finance. Her many accomplishments include her work as developer’s counsel on the first phase of the Flats East Bank project. That phase, which totaled $275 million, consisted of 33 sources of funds, which MacDougall managed. MacDougall’s success on the project earned her the National Impact Award from CREW Network in 2011.

Since then, Crain’s Cleveland Business named MacDougall an influential woman in finance. And Super Lawyers included her in its “Top 50 Women” as well as its “Top 25 Women-Cleveland Area” Ohio attorneys lists for 2018.

“I’m so grateful to be honored for the work I love to do,” said MacDougall. “And it gives me great joy to know that my efforts inspire the next generation of commercial real estate attorneys.”

MacDougall has been a member of CREW Cleveland for the past seven years and is a past president of the Cleveland chapter.

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: 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

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 and Zoning Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 1
Cleveland

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

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Cleveland

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

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Cleveland

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Litigation – Labor and 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 one million law firm evaluations, and over 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 its abilities, its professionalism, and its integrity.”

 

Walter | Haverfield’s Ralph Cascarilla has been named one of the top 100 criminal defense litigators in Ohio by America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys. The organization chose Cascarilla, who represents individuals and corporations in government white-collar criminal investigations, via third-party research and ranking data. The search process took into account Cascarilla’s criminal defense success, ethical standards, client satisfaction and community impact.

“With these extremely high standards for membership, less than one-half percent of attorneys in the United States will ever receive this award,” said Kevin Wieser, membership director for America’s Top 100 LLC. “Ralph certainly deserves to be recognized among this group.”

We are pleased and honored that 15 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:

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.

 


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 lawyers 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
CMBA because of his outstanding leadership skills and ability to build consensus, in addition to being an excellent lawyer.”

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@walterhav.com.

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 lawyers, 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 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, 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.

In a special “Five to watch in law” section in Crain’s Cleveland Business, Josh E. Hurtuk was recognized as one of Cleveland’s bright young legal minds.

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:

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.”

Craig A. Marvinney has been re-appointed to the Board of Directors for the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) for a second term. According to its website, the FDCC “…is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism of its members as they pursue the course of a balanced justice system and represent those in need of a defense in civil lawsuits.”

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:

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:

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.

On November 1, 2016, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® announced their 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings.andnbsp; 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 and Zoning Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 1
Cleveland

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

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Cleveland

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

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Cleveland

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Litigation – Labor and 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.andnbsp; Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.”andnbsp; This year’s ratings were based upon a high number of participating firms and the “…highest number of client ballots on record.”andnbsp; 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.andnbsp; 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.”

Walter | Haverfield LLP Recognized in “Best Law Firms” Rankings

On November 2, 2015,andnbsp;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 and Zoning
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Cleveland

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

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Cleveland

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

According toandnbsp;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.”

Walter | Haverfield is pleased to announce that nine of its attorneys were selected for inclusion on the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list.andnbsp; Those listed, and their areas of
practice, are as follows:

In addition, the firm would like to recognize its two attorneys who have been named to the 2016 Ohio
Rising Stars list:

Geoffrey S. Gossandnbsp;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.

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

In addition,andnbsp;Ralph E. Cascarillaandnbsp;was named byandnbsp;Cleveland’s Best Lawyersandnbsp;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.

Darrell A. Clayandnbsp;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.

Congratulations toandnbsp;Ralph E. Cascarilla,andnbsp;Michael A. Cyphertandnbsp;andandnbsp;Russell C. Shaw, who have been selected for inclusion in theandnbsp;2015andnbsp;edition ofandnbsp;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:

Chambers USAandnbsp;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.”

Walter | Haverfield LLP is pleased to announce that 11 of its attorneys were selected for inclusion on theandnbsp;2015 Ohio Super Lawyersandnbsp;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:

Two other attorneys have been named to theandnbsp;2015 Ohio Rising Starsandnbsp;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:

  • Eric J. Johnsonandnbsp;– Employment and Labor
  • Andrea E. M. Stone – Schools and Education

In addition,andnbsp;Ralph E. Cascarillaandnbsp;was named by Super Lawyers to both theirandnbsp;”Top 100 Ohio Attorneys”andnbsp;list and theirandnbsp;”Top 50 Cleveland Attorneys”andnbsp;list.

On December 22, 2014,andnbsp;Craig A. Marvinneyandnbsp;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.

On November 3, 2014,andnbsp;U.S. News -andnbsp;Best Lawyers®andnbsp;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 and Zoning
  • Litigation – Municipal
  • Municipal Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 2
Cleveland

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Environmental
  • Litigation – ERISA
  • Trusts and Estates Law

METROPOLITAN TIER 3
Cleveland

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Litigation – Construction

According toandnbsp;U.S. News -andnbsp;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 -andnbsp;Best Lawyers®andnbsp;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.”

On June 23, 2014,andnbsp;Lacie L. O’Daireandnbsp;was recognized for her achievements in the area of Tax Law in a special section ofandnbsp;Crain’s Cleveland Business, titled “Who to Watch in Law.”

An article co-authored byandnbsp;Gary A. Zwickandnbsp;and published in theandnbsp;Journal of Financial Service Professionalsandnbsp;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 theandnbsp;Journalandnbsp;in March 2013 and was co-authored by James Jurinski, a professor at the University of Portland and a practicing attorney in Oregon.

We are pleased to announce that three of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition ofandnbsp;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:

Chambers USAandnbsp;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.

Walter | Haverfield is pleased to announce that ten of its attorneys were selected to theandnbsp;2014 Ohio Super Lawyersandnbsp;list. Those listed, and their areas of practice, are as follows:

In addition, the firm would like to recognize its three attorneys who have been named to theandnbsp;2014 Ohio Rising Starsandnbsp;list:

  • Eric J. Johnsonandnbsp;– Employment and Labor
  • Elise C. Keating– Schools and Education
  • Andrea E.M. Stone – Schools and Education

Congratulations to all of the honorees!

Walter | Haverfield LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named a Tier 1 firm in Cleveland forandnbsp;Education Lawandnbsp;byandnbsp;U.S. News – Best Lawyersandnbsp;in its 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings. According toandnbsp;U.S. News – Best Lawyers, firms “…are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.” Theandnbsp;U.S. News – Best Lawyersandnbsp;”Best Law Firms” rankings are based on peer review by other attorneys as well as evaluations submitted by clients.

Walter | Haverfield is one of the few firms in Ohio with a designated Education Law Group. Our education law attorneys represent school districts of various sizes throughout Ohio in all facets of education law.

We are pleased and honored that eleven of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition ofandnbsp;The Best Lawyers in America. In existence for more than 30 years,andnbsp;Best Lawyersandnbsp;based its listing upon the results of an exhaustive, rigorous peer review survey comprising more than three million confidential evaluations of attorneys by their colleagues. Those who will be honored in the 2014 edition include:

On July 15, 2013,andnbsp;Aimee W. Laneandnbsp;was recognized for her achievements in the field of Public Sector Law in a special section ofandnbsp;Crain’s Cleveland Business, titled “Who to Watch in Law.”

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has recognized Walter | Haverfield as a national “Best Law Firm” for its land use and zoning law practice. The firm also received 15 regional rankings ranging from litigation to real estate to education law.

Land use and zoning law focuses on public efforts to shape the use and development of private land, either through regulation or through governmental incentives. Walter | Haverfield earned a second tier national ranking for its land use and zoning law practice in the 2019 listing. That’s a step up from the 2018 listing in which the firm’s land use and zoning practice was ranked in the third tier.

Regionally, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® ranked Walter | Haverfield in the top tier for the following practice areas: commercial litigation, criminal defense: white-collar, education law, environmental law, litigation – land use and zoning, litigation – municipal, and real estate law.

The firms included in the 2019 listing are acknowledged for their professional excellence with ratings from clients and peers, according to U.S. News – Best Lawyers®. Achieving a ranking signals a combination of a quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

More than 16,000 lawyers provided one million law firm assessments, and 12,000 clients participated in the evaluation process.

Below is a complete list of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® rankings for Walter | Haverfield:

National Tier 2

  • Land Use and Zoning Law

Metropolitan Tier 1
Cleveland

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

Metropolitan Tier 2
Cleveland

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

Metropolitan Tier 3
Cleveland

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

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 doubled its size in the past decade to become one of the top ten Cleveland-based 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.

Crain’s Cleveland Business recognized Walter | Haverfield’s Megan Zaidan as one of Northeast Ohio’s Notable Women in Real Estate. According to her colleague Kevin Murphy, “She never fails her poise and composure during difficult and tense negotiations…Megan always remains calm and professional.”