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 based on their professional achievements and continued dedication to client service. The additions bring Walter Haverfield’s partnership to 51 members.
“We are proud to count Ben, James, Jamie and Peter as our partners and look forward to their continued participation in the expansion of the firm’s capabilities,” said Ralph Cascarilla, Walter Haverfield’s Managing Partner. “They each possess the level of client commitment and passion for law that characterizes a successful, service-oriented practice.”
Chojnacki is a member of the firm’s Public Law, Litigation, and Sports Law groups. He counsels municipalities, public entities, and private corporations on all aspects of public law while maintaining a robust litigation practice that focuses on labor and employment, land use, eminent domain, tort defense, and constitutional disputes. Chojnacki rounds out his practice with a focus on matters unique to college athletics, Title IX, and electronic gaming (e-sports). Chojnacki graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2010, has been selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the past five years, and is a 2019 inductee into Ohio Wesleyan University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
McWeeney focuses his practice on education law, labor and employment, as well as litigation. He has considerable commercial and labor/employment litigation experience, and he has managed and assisted with several cases from the initial phases of discovery through trial. Before pursuing a career in law, James was a public school teacher. He taught fourth and fifth grades in the Mississippi Delta as a member of Teach For America. McWeeney graduated from University of Virginia School of Law in 2011 and has been included on the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for the past two years.
Price is a litigator and trial lawyer whose practice focuses on representing clients in complex business disputes, trust and estate litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, and cases involving a variety of business torts and contract claims. Her experience includes all aspects of litigation ranging from preparation of pleadings, oversight of written discovery and document production as well as taking depositions, witness preparation, and first and second chair trial experience. Price graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2008. She is heavily involved with the regional Anti-Defamation League, serving on its board of directors and serving as a member on its National Civil Rights Committee. She is also a graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders, class of 2019.
Zawadski assists clients in resolving legal issues involving labor and employment matters, real estate valuation, contract disputes, employee and student due process challenges, policy drafting, and public records compliance. He defends employers in state and federal court and before administrative agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board, county boards of revision, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Office for Civil Rights, the State Employment Relations Board, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Before pursuing a career in law, he served as a social worker. Zawadski graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2008.
“The skill and talent that Ben, James, Jamie and Peter possess, both individually and collectively, demonstrate the strength of our firm,” added Cascarilla. “We look forward to building upon their success and the growth of our partnership for many years to come.”
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 90 attorneys is focused primarily in the areas of business services, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, education, tax and wealth management, hospitality and liquor control, litigation and public law.