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Increase in Trademark Fees, Effective January 2, 2021

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November 24, 2020 As if anything else could go wrong in 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced an increase in a number of trademark filing fees, effective January 2, 2021.  For anyone considering a new U.S.…

Ohio Implements 21-Day Overnight Curfew

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November 20, 2020  In a continuing battle to reduce the exponential growth of coronavirus infections in Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine recently announced Ohio’s adoption of an overnight daily curfew, effective on Thursday, November 19, 2020.…

Ohio Re-Tightens Restrictions on Mass Gatherings

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November 17, 2020  Like many other states, Ohio has recently been experiencing a significant uptick in community spread of COVID-19. To combat this, Ohio’s Governor Mike DeWine, in conjunction with the Director of the Ohio Department…

Ohio Updates Requirements for Mask-Wearing Order

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November 16, 2020  In an effort to blunt the recent, rapid upswing in coronavirus infections throughout the State of Ohio, on Friday, November 13, 2020, the Department of Health issued an order updating requirements for the wearing of…

Walter | Haverfield Attorney Selected for Promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps

November 11, 2020  The United States Army Reserve has selected Jason K. Wright for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. Jason is an associate in the Business Services Group, and formerly held the rank of Major. In his new role as a Lieutenant…

Walter | Haverfield Represents Local Developer to Acquire Former Geauga Lake Land

November 9, 2020  The former home of Geauga Lake Park, Six Flags and Sea World in Bainbridge Township, Ohio will be developed into residential and commercial use, thanks to Industrial Commercial Properties (ICP) of Solon. ICP bought a 377-acre…

Walter | Haverfield Recognized for its Achievements in the 2021 Edition of “Best Law Firms”

November 5, 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has recognized Walter | Haverfield as a national “Best Law Firm” for its land use and zoning law practice. Furthermore, the firm received 19 regional rankings, the largest number of regional…

Benjamin Carnahan Joins Walter | Haverfield

November 2, 2020 Ben Carnahan, who focuses his practice on business services and litigation, has joined Walter | Haverfield as a partner in its Cleveland office. “I am thrilled to join a full-service firm with deep bench strength that…

Paycheck Protection Program, Change of Ownership Requirements

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October 14, 2020 On October 2, 2020, the Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) issued a long-awaited procedural notice (the “SBA Notice”) regarding change of ownership for borrowers that participated in the Paycheck Protection…

Walter | Haverfield Attorney Joins Board of the Federal Bar Association – Northern District of Ohio Chapter

October 2, 2020  Mark Fusco, a partner at Walter | Haverfield who focuses his practice on litigation, was recently appointed to the Board of the Federal Bar Association – Northern District of Ohio Chapter (FBA-NDOH). Mark is one of 72…

Walter | Haverfield Secures Victory for Client in Ohio Supreme Court Case

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September 18, 2020  On September 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled in favor of the Village of Put-in-Bay’s imposition of a tax on owners of vehicles available for hire. Walter | Haverfield partners, Susan Keating Anderson and Benjamin…

Two Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Cleveland Jewish News as Difference Makers

September 11, 2020 Cleveland Jewish News, a weekly online and print publication, has recognized Walter | Haverfield attorneys, Charles Daroff and Miriam Pearlmutter, in its 2020 class of Difference Makers. Difference Makers are characterized…

Two Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Selected as “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers®

August 20, 2020  Best Lawyers®, a prominent worldwide attorney ranking publication, has recognized Todd Hunt and Christina Peer as “Lawyer of the Year” for its 2021 U.S. edition. Hunt and Peer are partners at Walter | Haverfield. “Lawyer…

Nearly Half of All Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers®

August 20, 2020  Walter | Haverfield is proud to announce that 38 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers®, a prominent, worldwide attorney ranking publication. Individuals are recognized by Best…

Have a Game Plan When Seeking to Secure Intellectual Property Rights

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July 29, 2020  When attempting to secure certain intellectual property rights, it is best to have a game plan in place before taking the field. This plan should be enacted timely and include provisions to overcome potential obstacles…

Ohio Releases New Order for Contact & Non-Contact Sports and Competitions

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Updated: July 23, 2020 *On July 22, 2020, the Ohio Dept. of Health issued a second Order extending the expiration date of the Order below to July 31, 2020. The second Order can be found here. On July 7, 2020, just over three weeks after…

Supreme Court Rejects USPTO Rule That Addition of “.com” to a Generic Term is Ineligible for Trademark Registration

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July 6, 2020  On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the Supreme Court rejected the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) proposed rule that a generic term, combined with a generic Internet suffix (e.g., “.com’), is generic and, thus, not…

Ohio H.B. 164: Emergency Legislation for the Reopening of Schools

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Updated July 8, 2020  Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 164 (H.B. 164) on Friday, June 19, 2020, also known as the Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019. The bill allows public school students to pray, attend religious…

New Guidance for Early Intervention to Preschool Transition

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June 18, 2020  Several Ohio agencies are providing guidance regarding serving children with disabilities who are transitioning from Part C Early Intervention to Part B special education preschool services. The guidance, developed by the…
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ESOPs: A New Normal

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During the best of times and during the worst of times, companies with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) have proven to perform better than non-ESOP peer companies as measured by profitability, jobs gains and fewer job losses. Long-term…

Walter | Haverfield’s Real Estate Team Recognized by Chambers USA

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May 29, 2020 Chambers USA, an affiliate of Chambers and Partners, the world’s leading ranking service of top lawyers and law firms, has selected Walter | Haverfield’s Real Estate Team to be ranked in its 2020 USA guide for Ohio. This…

Don’t Forget About ADA Accessibility When Planning Virtual Graduation Ceremonies

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May 5, 2020  School-building closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have Ohio districts preparing for a very different kind of student graduation this year. The Ohio Department of Education is urging all school districts to utilize alternative…
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Ohio Nonprofit Develops Mobile Ventilator for COVID-19 Patients

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May 5, 2020 A Cincinnati-based nonprofit corporation, Venti-Now™, has received FDA temporary Emergency Use Authorization to create a portable ventilator to meet the ventilator shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Venti-Now™,…
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Walter | Haverfield Elects Four New Partners

          May 1, 2020  Walter | Haverfield is pleased to announce four attorneys – Ben Chojnacki, James McWeeney, Jamie Price and Peter Zawadski – have been elected to the firm’s partnership…

Ohio Shifts Course On Masks

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April 29, 2020  Governor Mike DeWine has changed his stance on the mandatory mask requirement that was part of the original plan to restart the state’s economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The mandate of “No mask, no work,…

Moving Forward in May: Ohio Announces Its Plan for a Responsible Restart

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*On April 28, 2020 Governor DeWine changed his stance from mandating face coverings to recommending face coverings for employees, clients and customers. April 27, 2020   At a press conference on April 27, 2020, Ohio Governor Michael…

Five Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Prominent Legal Ranking Service

Chambers and Partners, a London-based independent research company that conducts rankings of law firms and attorneys, has selected Ralph E. Cascarilla, Charles Daroff, Ed Hurtuk, Irene M. MacDougall and Mark I. Wallach to be included in its…
Ohio's Extended and Revised Stay At Home Order

Ohio Extends and Revises Its “Shelter In Place”/ “Stay At Home” Order

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April 3, 2020 Twelve days after issuing an initial “Shelter In Place”/“Stay At Home” Order, Ohio Governor Michael DeWine and Ohio Director of Public Health Dr. Amy Acton announced during a news conference on April 2, 2020 the…

Updated Ohio Department of Education Guidance Regarding Students with Disabilities During the State’s School-Building Closure

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March 30, 2020  On March 27, 2020, the Ohio Department of Education issued updated guidance clarifying its previously issued guidance document of March 18, 2020 entitled “Considerations for Students with Disabilities during Ohio’s Ordered…

Department of Labor Issues Required Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster

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March 25, 2020  On March 25, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) released its Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) notice.  The required notice can be located here (please see first link under “Posters” section).…
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Walter | Haverfield COVID-19 Legal Team

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At Walter | Haverfield, we understand the difficulties and uncertainties that you’re facing with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to assure you that we are here to help. Our team is committed to providing counsel and advice on a wide…
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Ohio Adopts “Shelter In Place”/ “Stay At Home” Order: What it Means for You

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*Read about Ohio's Amended Stay At Home Order here. March 23, 2020  During a press conference on Sunday, March 22, 2020, Ohio Governor Michael DeWine disclosed that Ohio would join California, Illinois, Connecticut, New York, and…
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COVID-19: Status of Court Operations

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Updated: May 27, 2020 Cuyahoga County: Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas The court will still not hold any jury trials until at least Aug. 1, and judges will not be able to call bench trials, where a judge instead of a jury renders…
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COVID-19 and ESEA School Assessment Obligations

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March 13, 2020 Ohio schools are actively instituting Governor Mike DeWine’s mandatory three-week closure of all elementary and secondary schools, including public, private, and charter schools, in an attempt to battle the spread of…
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A Message to our Clients, Friends and Partners Regarding COVID-19

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Updated: July 22, 2020 Dear Clients, Friends and Partners: At Walter | Haverfield, we take the health and safety of ourselves and those around us very seriously. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to reassure you that we are…
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Ed, Josh and Alex Hurtuk: Bringing the Family Back Together Again

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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…
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The Intersection of Blockchain and M&A: Smart Contracts in a Closing

M&A closings don’t always go as planned, and in some cases can be considered coordinated chaos. Parties often work around the clock in hopes of meeting the infamous wire deadline, typically resolving final issues on the day of closing. Once…
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Walter | Haverfield Docket Supervisor Marks Four Decades of Service

It was January 1980 when 22-year-old Gary Bloom walked into a 12-lawyer firm in downtown Cleveland for a job interview. “I was looking for a position out of school, but not necessarily at a law firm,” said Bloom of South Euclid. Bloom…
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Walter | Haverfield Attorney Becomes Mayor of Willoughby Hills, Ohio

Following a grassroots campaign in which he championed positive change for the city of Willoughby Hills, Walter | Haverfield senior counsel G. Andrew Gardner is the newest mayor of the quaint east side Cleveland suburb. Gardner, who was raised…

More Than 20 Percent of Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Prominent Rating Service

Walter | Haverfield is pleased to announce that 12 of its attorneys have been selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list. An additional eight attorneys have been selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list. The names of those honored are below. Furthermore, Walter…
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Walter | Haverfield Receives National Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

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 16 regional rankings ranging from real estate to litigation to education law. Land…

Walter | Haverfield Acquires Cleveland and Columbus Law Firms

Walter | Haverfield has acquired Hurtuk & Daroff Co., LLP, a Cleveland real estate and finance law firm. Separately, Walter | Haverfield has acquired Nardone Limited, a Columbus-based tax and business services law firm with a nationwide…
Corporation of the Year Award, presented to Walter | Haverfield by The Music Settlement

The Music Settlement Honors Walter | Haverfield, Recognizes Real Estate Chair for Service

The Music Settlement, a 107-year-old Cleveland organization that offers early childhood education, music instruction and music therapy, awarded Walter | Haverfield its Corporation of the Year award at its 2019 annual meeting. The organization’s…

Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Prominent Attorney Ranking Publication

We are honored that nearly 25% of our attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers based its 2020 listing on the results of an exhaustive peer review survey,…

Walter | Haverfield Expands Columbus Office, Grows its Education Team

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As one of the few full-service law firms in Ohio with a dedicated education law practice, Walter | Haverfield is proudly adding two new attorneys to its team in the firm’s Columbus office. Both attorneys will serve an increasing client…
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Walter | Haverfield Attorney Wins Public Records Request Case Against Cuyahoga Community College Foundation

After a nearly two-year legal battle, Walter | Haverfield partner, Darrell Clay won a lawsuit against the philanthropic arm of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) over a sought-after speaker’s contract. Clay represented Bill Sheil, an investigative…
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Remembering Art Steinmetz: Former Managing Partner of Walter | Haverfield

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…

Bryan Jeffries Joins Columbus Office

In an effort to serve our growing number of diverse business clients in Central Ohio, Walter | Haverfield is pleased to announce that Bryan Jeffries has joined the firm as a partner in its Columbus office. Jeffries focuses his practice on commercial…
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Join our Team in Columbus

Walter | Haverfield, a top ten Cleveland-based law firm, is expanding our existing office in Columbus and hiring attorneys in all practice areas. We are looking for experienced, hard-working, self-starter individuals who are eager to grow their…

Three Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Prominent Legal Ranking Service

Chambers and Partners, a London-based independent research company that conducts rankings of law firms and attorneys, has selected Ralph E. Cascarilla, Irene M. MacDougall and Mark I. Wallach to be included in its 2019 USA guide. Cascarilla,…
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Walter | Haverfield's Partnership Grows

Josh Hurtuk, Rina Russo and Megan Zaidan are Walter | Haverfield’s three newest partners. The additions bring Walter | Haverfield’s partnership to 42 members. “Josh, Rina and Megan all demonstrate the talent and dedication needed to…
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Walter | Haverfield Attorney Named Workers’ Compensation Specialist

The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has certified Walter | Haverfield attorney Margaret O’Bryon as a specialist in workers’ compensation law. O’Bryon is the only Ohio attorney to have received such certification in 2018. The OSBA…
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Ohio Super Lawyers Honors Two Walter | Haverfield Attorneys

Walter | Haverfield attorneys Ralph E. Cascarilla and Irene M. MacDougall have received special recognition by Ohio Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a nationwide legal rating service with statewide divisions which evaluates attorneys based…
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$60 Million Ohio City Development Deal Led by Walter | Haverfield Real Estate Team

Construction on a mixed-use Detroit Ave. project that includes apartments, retail and event space will soon begin, thanks to half a dozen real estate attorneys at Walter | Haverfield. The legal team represented Project 29 Partners, LLC, the…

More Than 20 Percent of Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Prominent Rating Service

Walter | Haverfield is pleased to announce that nine of its attorneys have been selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list. An additional eight attorneys have been selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list. The names of those honored are below. Each…

Paul Walter: Founder, Counselor, Peacemaker

On August 13, 1932, Western Reserve School of Law graduate Paul W. Walter, the son of German immigrants, joined several hundred recently graduated attorneys in Cleveland’s Engineers Building where they were to be sworn into the Ohio Bar. It…
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Walter | Haverfield attorney in popular Serial podcast

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Sara Fagnilli, an attorney in the firm’s Public Law group, is in Serial, a podcast that shares stories from inside the Cuyahoga County courthouse during its third season. Fagnilli was the special prosecutor in the controversial case of Euclid…
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Walter | Haverfield Litigator Selected to Prominent Leadership Program

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Jamie 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…
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An Introduction to Blockchain

Often confused as being synonymous with bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, blockchain is the underlying technology upon which the cryptocurrency concept was built. Blockchain first made its debut in 2008, and its relationship to bitcoin has…
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Walter | Haverfield Grows Its Partnership, Expands its Corporate Transactions Team

After more than three decades of litigating high-profile cases in Cleveland, Mark Wallach is joining Walter | Haverfield as partner. Wallach has handled nearly two dozen cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, including several major municipal…
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Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Prominent Attorney Ranking Publication

We are pleased and honored that 15 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…
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Walter| Haverfield Expands its Litigation and Real Estate Teams

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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…
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Another Walter | Haverfield attorney graduates from in-depth leadership program

  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…
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Walter | Haverfield Expands Its Litigation Team

  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…
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Armed with legal advice, woman wins claim against slipshod mechanic

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.…
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Banks hedging at working in marijuana space

In 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…
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Ohio’s marijuana program slow to metamorphize

In 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.
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Cleveland Bar panelists discuss #MeToo in the legal profession

  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…
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Walter | Haverfield's Partnership Grows

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  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…
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In a City of Champions, We Produce 20 More

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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…

Walter | Haverfield Partner, James (Jim) Mackey, 1949-2017

  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,…
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Walter | Haverfield is pleased to welcome Max Rieker and Rina Russo

  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…
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Darrell Clay Assumes Role of President of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

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  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,…
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Walter | Haverfield Continues to Grow

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…
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Cleveland bar association has new leader, same challenges

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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,…
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Clay Named President of Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Partner at Walter | Haverfield to help Association implement new strategic plan

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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…
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2017 OHIO SUPER LAWYERS

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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…
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Four Added Practice Areas, 24 New Attorneys Enhance Client Service: Firm now offers IP, public and structured finance, loan workouts and liquor control law

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…
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Walter | Haverfield law firm is growing at record rate

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.