Recognition News

Ohio Super Lawyers Selects Nearly 20 Percent of Walter | Haverfield Attorneys

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Ohio Super Lawyers, a prominent legal rating service that recognizes outstanding lawyers for their high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, has selected twelve Walter | Haverfield attorneys to its 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers…

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

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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…

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

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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 partner, Benjamin Chojnacki and former…

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

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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®

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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®

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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…

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…
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Walter | Haverfield Elects Four New Partners

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          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…

Five Walter | Haverfield Attorneys Recognized by Prominent Legal Ranking Service

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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…
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Walter | Haverfield Receives National Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

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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…

December 2020

Ohio Super Lawyers Selects Nearly 20 Percent of Walter | Haverfield Attorneys

Ohio Super Lawyers, a prominent legal rating service that recognizes outstanding lawyers for their high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, has selected twelve Walter | Haverfield attorneys to its 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers list. It has also selected an additional six attorneys to its Ohio Rising Stars list, which honors candidates who are either 40 years old or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less. The names of those honored are below.

Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Ohio Super Lawyers to receive recognition, and no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are recognized by the Ohio Rising Stars research team.

The annual selections for both Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars are made using a multi-step process, which includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

2021 Ohio Super Lawyers

2021 Ohio Rising Stars


August 2020

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

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 of the Year” recognition is awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer feedback during the Best Lawyers® research process. Only one lawyer is selected as “Lawyer of the Year” within a designated practice area and region.

More than 65,000 attorneys in 147 practice areas are recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America®. Individual selections are based on more than 8 million evaluations. At Walter | Haverfield, nearly half of all of the firm’s attorneys are included in the latest edition.

Lawyer of the Year

Todd Hunt – Land Use and Zoning Law: Todd Hunt, partner at Walter | Haverfield, has managed and tried a wide range of civil and administrative cases and counsels business owners, developers and public officials on related matters involving land use, zoning, entitlements, and development incentives. He has also successfully handled a variety of cases involving tort and civil rights, construction contracts, and general government authority issues. Hunt serves as special counsel to several cities, villages, townships, other governmental entities and taxing authorities throughout Ohio. Furthermore, he serves as general counsel for a Division I college sports conference and handles its transactional matters and multi-faceted litigation.

Christina Peer – Education Law: Christina Peer, chair of the Walter | Haverfield Education Practice Group, provides counsel to boards of education on state and federal laws on a wide variety of topics including student discipline, employee grievances, employee discipline, student privacy, and the drafting and implementation of board policies. Peer also represents boards of education in employment-related matters such as defense of employment discrimination claims brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other claims arising from terminations. Peer’s practice places a particular emphasis on counseling boards of education regarding issues related to the education of students with disabilities. In these matters, Peer assists school districts with the development of educational plans for students with disabilities and in resolving related disputes. She also represents school districts before the Ohio Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.


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

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 Lawyers® only after exhaustive peer review surveys in which leading attorneys evaluate their peers anonymously.

Additionally, two Walter | Haverfield attorneys have been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year.” This additional recognition is awarded to individuals with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and region.

Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers 

Ones to Watch 

This level of award is reserved for attorneys who are early in their careers and demonstrate outstanding professional excellence in private practice. They are also recognized by peer review surveys.


May 2020

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

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 is the first time the group has been recognized by Chambers, and Walter | Haverfield is honored to have received this recognition.

The positive client feedback that Chambers USA received about the Walter | Haverfield Real Estate team was the driving factor to achieving the ranking. Testimonials published by Chambers on its website state that the team is “a good group of lawyers,” who “really know what they are doing.”

Other factors that helped earn the team the ranking include the acquisition of the Cleveland-area real estate firm, Hurtuk & Daroff, as well as three Chambers-ranked Walter | Haverfield real estate lawyers: Charles Daroff, Ed Hurtuk and Irene MacDougall.

Additional client testimonials published on the Chambers’ website state that Charles Daroff is well-reputed for his strong capabilities in various elements of real estate transactional work. Ed Hurtuk comes recommended for his broad capabilities in commercial real estate and finance work, where he is described as “skilled and very strong.” Irene MacDougall is a “very good, technical practitioner” who has “incredible knowledge” in all aspects of real estate financing and development transactions.

Charles Daroff, Ed Hurtuk and Irene MacDougall are among five Walter | Haverfield attorneys recognized by Chambers USA in its 2020 guide for Ohio. The other two are Ralph Cascarilla, managing partner of Walter | Haverfield, and Mark Wallach, a partner at the firm. Cascarilla is recognized for litigation: white-collar crime and government investigations. Wallach is recognized for litigation: general commercial.

Walter | Haverfield’s Real Estate team has played an integral role in transforming Northeast Ohio by supporting more than $1.5 billion worth of regional development since 2013. The group represents a wide range of clients from Cleveland’s thriving theater and entertainment districts to the region’s industrial and distribution companies. It also represents leading retailers in leasing activities throughout North America as well as developers in the acquisition, redevelopment and financing of warehouses, offices and industrial buildings.


April 2020

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. MacDougalland Mark I. Wallach to be included in its 2020 USA guide. Cascarilla, Daroff, Hurtuk, MacDougall and Wallach are being recognized in the following practice areas after the company conducted numerous interviews with clients and general counsel:

Many of the world’s largest banks and companies rely on Chambers in selecting their outside counsel. Its 200 research analysts have been ranking firms and lawyers in the U.S. for more than two decades. In Chambers USA 2020, more than 6,000 law firms and 19,000 attorneys are ranked. Rankings are based on technical ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence and commitment.


November 2019

Walter | Haverfield Receives National Ranking from U.S. News – Best Lawyers

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 use and zoning law focuses on public efforts to shape the use and development of private land, either through regulation or governmental incentives. Walter | Haverfield earned a second tier national ranking for its land use and zoning law practice for the second year in a row. Previously, 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, land use and zoning law, litigation – land use and zoning, and real estate law.

The firms included in the 2020 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 & Zoning Law

Metropolitan Tier 1

Cleveland

Commercial Litigation

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Education Law

Environmental Law

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation – Land Use & Zoning

Real Estate Law

Metropolitan Tier 2

Cleveland

Banking and Finance Law

Litigation – Environmental

Litigation – Insurance

Tax Law

Metropolitan Tier 3

Cleveland

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Litigation – Construction

Litigation – ERISA

Litigation – Labor & Employment


August 2019

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, in which attorneys cast their votes regarding the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Those who will be honored in the 2020 edition include:

Rick Amburgey: Construction Law

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

Charles Daroff: Real Estate Law

Nathan A. Felker: Real Estate Law

Todd Hunt: Land Use and Zoning Law; Municipal Law; Real Estate Law

Ed Hurtuk: Real Estate Law – Development

Eric J. Johnson: Education Law

Irene M. MacDougall: Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law

Craig A. Marvinney: Litigation – Insurance

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

John E. Schiller: Litigation – Real Estate; Litigation – Trusts and Estates

Russell C. Shaw: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation – ERISA

John W. Waldeck, Jr.: Real Estate Law

Mark I. Wallach: Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Municipal

Gary A. Zwick: Tax Law

In addition, Ralph Cascarilla was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America’s “Lawyer of the Year” listing in the Cleveland metro area.  Ralph was recognized for his “Litigation – Environmental” practice.


April 2019

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, MacDougall and Wallach are being recognized in the following practice areas after the company conducted numerous interviews with clients and general counsel:

  • Ralph E. Cascarilla – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Ohio)
  • Irene M. MacDougall – Real Estate (Ohio)
  • Mark I. Wallach – Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio)

Many of the world’s largest banks and companies rely on Chambers in selecting their outside counsel. Its 200 research analysts have been ranking firms and lawyers in the U.S. for more than two decades. In Chambers USA 2019, more than 6,000 law firms and 18,000 attorneys are ranked. Rankings are based on technical ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence and commitment.


December 2018

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

Walter | Haverfield is pleased to announce that eight 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 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 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers Honorees:

  • Ralph Cascarilla – Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Darrell Clay – Business Litigation
  • Shelly LaSalvia – Creditor Debtor Rights
  • Irene MacDougall – Government Finance
  • Craig Marvinney – Civil Litigation: Defense
  • Kevin Murphy – Real Estate
  • John Waldeck, Jr. – Real Estate
  • Gary Zwick – Tax

Our 2019 Ohio Rising Stars Honorees:

  • Rick Amburgey – Surety
  • Benjamin Chojnacki – State/Local/Municipal
  • Patrick Hruby – Bankruptcy: Business
  • Joshua Hurtuk – Real Estate
  • James McWeeney – Schools & Education
  • Ted Motheral – Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Rina Russo – Employment & Labor
  • Megan Zaidan – Real Estate

November 2018

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 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 & Zoning Law

Metropolitan Tier 1
Cleveland

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

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.


December 2017

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)

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