Paul-Michael La Fayette Recognized for Pro Bono Service by the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio

Congrats to Paul-Michael La Fayette for receiving the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio’s (PACO) Pro Bono Service Award for his years of volunteering and providing his professional and legal services (2013-2019) to those who are unable to afford them.

PACO (formerly known as Legal Assistants of Central Ohio) was established in 1995 to promote the interests of paralegals, foster relationships with the legal community, serve the public, advocate the Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility, and endorse the mission of PACO.

Paul is a Partner in MRR’s Columbus office. He focuses his practice on professional liability defense, including the defense of dentists, physicians, real estate agents and attorneys. He represents several professionals in administrative licensure proceedings before their professional Boards. In addition to professional liability, Paul regularly represents governmental entities in litigation and as general counsel.

Paul has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer during each of the past seven years (2012-2019) in the primary practice area of professional liability. He is also an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell.

 

 

 

MRR Continues Growth in Columbus with Addition of Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Andy Douglas

Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Assumes Of Counsel Role in Firm’s Columbus Office

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA is pleased to announce that Former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Andy Douglas has joined the firm’s Columbus office as Of Counsel in the Public Sector & Business Law Groups. Douglas joins MRR to lend his extensive knowledge of the public and private sector landscape in Ohio, along with his depth and breadth of experience as an Ohio Supreme Court Justice, having served three terms on the high court from 1985 to 2002.

Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr., MRR President and Managing Partner said of Justice Douglas’ addition to the team, “Andy is very well known and highly respected for his deep and far-reaching understanding of the many types of issues faced by our public sector and business clients. We are honored to have him on board and look forward to be able to call on his knowledge and experience that will surely benefit our clients.”

His many accomplishments include serving as special counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio, nine-time elected Toledo City Councilman, as well as working as an adjunct assistant professor at Ohio Dominican College and the University of Toledo Community and Technical Colleges. Justice Douglas served in the U.S. Army Infantry and Signal Corps, from 1954-1956, where he obtained the rank of first lieutenant. He also was a partner with the law firm of Winchester & Douglas in 1960 where he practiced law in Toledo and Lucas County for 20 years, before being elected to the 6th District Court of Appeals in 1980.

Since 2009, Douglas has focused his practice on Complex Litigation, Business Law, and Public Sector Law.

He is a member of the Ohio State, Columbus, Lucas County, and Toledo Bar Associations, in addition to the American Judicature Society, National Political Honor Society, The North Toledo Oldtimers’ Football Association (Trustee), and The Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association. Douglas earned his law degree from The University of Toledo – College of Law.

Over the course of his three terms on the Ohio Supreme Court, Justice Douglas published more than 900 judicial opinions, and he was regarded by many of his colleagues in the legal profession as one of the most intelligent and best-prepared members of the high court during his service.

“His unique understanding of federal government and judiciary procedures along with his reputation within the State and Columbus area are strong assets for our firm,” said Doug Holthus, MRR’s Columbus Office Administrative Partner. “We are thrilled to have him on our team.”

Larry Stelzer joins MRR’s Columbus Office

MRR is pleased to announce that Lawrence J. Stelzer, Jr. (Larry) has joined the firm’s Columbus office, where he will focus his practice on Business & Commercial Law, Employment & Labor, and General Liability defense. Mr. Stelzer has extensive experience providing counsel on legal matters relating to civil litigation, business, insurance, employee benefits, and government affairs.

Prior to joining MRR, Larry served as the Vice President of Legal Affairs for InHealth Mutual; general counsel for Simplifi ESO, LLC; and general counsel for the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants.