MRR Columbus Office Expands with Partner Paul-Michael La Fayette

MRR is pleased to announce the addition of Paul-Michael La Fayette to its Columbus office. He represent clients in lawsuits involving professional malpractice, premises liability, contracts, employment, construction, civil rights, zoning, wrongful death and products liability.

“We are thrilled to expand our services in Columbus with the addition of Paul,” MRR President and Managing Partner Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr. said. “He brings to the firm expertise in a number of practice areas, a set of exceptional legal skills, and a client-focused commitment to excellence.”

Mr. La Fayette represents several professionals in administrative licensure proceedings before their professional Boards. In addition to professional liability, he regularly represents governmental entities in litigation and as general counsel. Paul is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, The Defense Research Institute (DRI), PIAA, as well as a guest lecturer for The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.

In the community, Paul is the past president of the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio, member of the Boy Scouts of American (Simon Kenton Council), Plain City Area Baseball Association member, and serves as baseball coach at Jonathan Alder Junior High.

A graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, Mr. La Fayette sought his Master’s at West Virginia University and then earned his J.D. from Capital University Law School in 1996.

 

Stacy Pollock to present “Texts, Tweets, and Tags – A Look at Public Officials’ Digital Communication” at OHPELRA’s Annual Training Conference on February 6, 2018

MRR Columbus Partner Stacy V. Pollock will present “Texts, Tweets, and Tags – A Look at Public Officials’ Digital Communications” at the 34th Annual OHPELRA Training Conference in Columbus on February 6, 2018.

Stacy is a certified Specialist in Employment and Labor law and a certified Professional in Human Resources. She advises public and private employers in matters involving leave and discipline issues, personnel policy matters and labor negotiations and arbitrations. When necessary, she defends them in state and federal court. She has experience representing clients before various governmental administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the State Personnel Board of Review, the State Employment Relations Board and the Ohio Department of Education. Ms. Pollock regularly speaks to the OHPELRA membership at trainings and seminars throughout the year.

 

Barry Miller to present on Current Trends in Police Technology & Tools at DRI’s Civil Rights & Governmental Tort Liability Conference in January

MRR Lexington Partner Barry Miller will present “The Future is Now: Current Trends in Police Tools and Technology and Policies to Support Their Use” at the 31st Annual DRI Civil Rights & Governmental Tort Liability Conference in New Orleans on January 25, 2018. Barry regularly provides instruction and counsel to a variety of groups, including attorneys and business owners, regarding preservation of digital evidence and insurance aspects of cyber liability.

 

David M. Smith Promoted to Partner at Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder, Co., L.P.A. (MRR), is proud to announce the promotion of attorney David M. Smith to partner. David is based in the firm’s Cleveland office.

David joined MRR in 2013 as an associate. He focuses his practice on civil rights and government liability, and employment and labor law, as well as representing clients in a wide range of general liability matters including business disputes. Mr. Smith regularly represents clients in State and Federal Courts throughout Ohio, before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and has successfully represented clients in arbitrations under the American Arbitration Association and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services.

“We are very proud of David’s accomplishments and extremely pleased to welcome him as a partner,” said MRR Managing Partner and President Joe Nicholas. “We look forward to his ongoing contributions to the firm and our clients.”

In addition to his current work, David has considerable experience handling commercial and residential real estate matters, contract disputes, appellate proceedings and administrative appeals. He began his legal career as the City of Cleveland Heights’ Assistant Prosecutor/Assistant Law Director.

Mr. Smith is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute, where he serves as the Civil Rights & Governmental Committee Membership Chair. A graduate of Heidelberg University in 2002, David went on to earn his J.D. from Cleveland State University – Marshall College of Law.

 

Akron Legal News features Tom Mazanec in article: “Experts Weigh in on a Recent Dram Shop Act Ruling”

Experts Weigh in on a Recent Dram Shop Act Ruling

Published on December 8, 2017 – Akron Legal News

Ohio’s Dram Shop Act, Revised Code 4399.18, states that a person injured by an intoxicated individual can seek damages from a liquor permit holder if the injuries occur on the property and were caused by the permit holder’s negligence or if the injuries happen off premises, but the permit holder “knowingly sold” alcohol to a “noticeably intoxicated” person or to someone under 21 and the person’s intoxication proximately caused the injuries.

In September 2017 the Ohio Supreme Court put liquor permit holders and others on notice that patrons are not the only “persons” covered by the act.

In its 6-1 decision in Johnson v. Montgomery the court affirmed that the Dram Shop Act is “the exclusive remedy for innocent persons injured off premises by an intoxicated person against liquor permit holders and excludes all other common law negligence claims against permit holders,” said Thomas S. Mazanec, a partner in the Cleveland office of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co.

“The court concluded that according to the law it does not matter whether the intoxicated ‘person’ was a patron or a worker, the same standard applies,” and that “a liquor permit holder’s responsibility for serving intoxicated persons does not change if that person is a worker or an independent contractor,” said Mazanec.

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MRR announces 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA, today announced that nine of its Ohio-based attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. In the firm’s Cleveland office, Todd Raskin, John McLandrich, Frank Scialdone, and Jeff Kay were named to the Super Lawyers list, while Tami Hannon and Kyle Melling were included in the ranks of Rising Stars. In the Columbus office, Doug Holthus earned Super Lawyers honors and Stacy Pollock and Cara Wright were both named Rising Stars. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Super Lawyers list, and no more 2.5 percent are selected to the Rising Stars list.

Todd M. Raskin is a founding partner of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder, Co., LPA, and is based in the firm’s Cleveland office. He has a diverse legal practice with an emphasis on civil rights and government liability defense, as well as the defense of employers, both public and private. He has tried more than 100 cases to conclusion in 35 years of private practice in many courts throughout Ohio and the Midwest and is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, and the Litigation Counsel of America. Todd earned his Super Lawyer rating for his work in State, Local & Municipal Law.

 

John McLandrichJohn T. McLandrich is a partner and Chairman of the Board. John’s practice focuses on the representation of municipalities, including defending cases on behalf of police and public entities accused of violations of civil rights and in employment matters. For over 29 years he has handled matters including claims of jail suicide, police pursuit, false arrest, excessive force by police officers, and failure to properly train police officers. He has represented civil defendants in federal and state courts throughout Ohio, serving as lead trial counsel. He has represented clients in class action matters, including municipalities relating to class action sewer cases. His appellate experience consists of handling and arguing matters before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has argued over 100 cases, as well as hundreds of cases before many of Ohio’s Courts of Appeal, including the Ohio Supreme Court, where he has won eight favorable decisions. John earned his Super Lawyer rating for his work in Civil Rights Law.

 

Doug HolthusDoug Holthus is listed as a Super Lawyer for his work in Civil Litigation: Defense. His primary areas of focus are professional negligence defense, civil rights and government liability, corporate law, employment, and general liability matters. He has tried, advocated and or arbitrated nearly one hundred cases before civil juries, administrative licensing (and other) boards and arbitration panels throughout Ohio (and California), in both state and federal court. Among other professional and civic activities, Doug is immediate past-Chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee (by appointment) and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Liability Defense Federation.

 

 

Frank SciadoneFrank H. Scialdone is a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office and focuses his practice on appellate advocacy in state and federal courts with an emphasis on employment law, constitutional torts (Section 1983), public entity defense, and insurance defense. He has handled more than 200 appellate cases in the Ohio Supreme Court, Ohio’s intermediate appellate district courts, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He routinely consults with trial attorneys on error preservation and pre-appeal strategy. Frank has prosecuted and defended original actions (e.g., mandamus, prohibition, etc.) and has submitted amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs on behalf of clients and organizations. Frank is also one of the first attorneys to be certified as a specialist in appellate law by the Ohio State Bar Association. He is listed as Super Lawyer in the categories of Appellate Law.

 

Jeffrey T. Kay is a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office and focuses his practice on civil rights and governmental liability, business and commercial law, and appellate law, with a concentration on civil litigation defense. Jeff represents insurance companies/risk pools and their insureds with respect to both first and third-party claims, including employment discrimination, professional liability, municipal liability, automobile negligence claims, general commercial matters, bad faith claims, uninsured claims, products liability, wrongful death claims, commercial premises liability claims, and property and casualty claims. He also has significant experience counseling clients in insurance coverage matters, including the securing of declaratory judgments on policy interpretations. Often in conjunction with an insurance company’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Jeff handles the investigation and coverage analysis of suspicious/fraudulent insurance claims, including complex fire and homeowners loss claims.  Jeff has considerable trial experience defending and litigating every aspect of first and third-party fraudulent claims in mediations, arbitrations, and trials in state and federal courts. He is listed as Super Lawyer in the category of Civil Litigation: Defense.

 

Tami HannnonTami Z. Hannon is a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office and is a listed Rising Star in State, Local & Municipal Law. She focuses her practice on defending governmental entities, their employees and elected and appointed officials, particularly those in law enforcement and corrections. Tami also practices extensively in the field of employment law, providing personalized and comprehensive guidance to address not only the direct employment issue at hand but also the larger civil liability context. In addition to providing guidance during the critical decision making process, Ms. Hannon assists in later defending decisions should they be challenged before the courts or an administrative agency. She also provides timely and personalized training in various employment matters, and has experience under the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, Title VII, and their state-law counterparts.

 

Stacy V. Pollock, a Partner in the firm’s Columbus office, focuses her practice on employment and labor law and has been a certified Professional in Human Resources since 2013. Stacy earned Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law from the Ohio State Bar Association in 2017. She advises public and private employers in matters involving leave and discipline issues, personnel policy matters, and labor negotiations and arbitrations. She has experience representing clients before various governmental administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the State Personnel Board of Review, the State Employment Relations Board, and the Ohio Department of Education. Additionally, Stacy has considerable experience in education law, representing schools and school administrators in matters involving employee and student discipline. Stacy is listed as a Rising Star for her work in Employment & Labor Law.

 

Cara WrightCara M. Wright, a Columbus associate, represents counties, municipalities, and their employees in a variety of cases, including claims related to alleged violations of the United States Constitution, violations of Ohio’s public record laws, and state law tort claims. She has successfully defended clients in cases involving the use of deadly force, jail suicides, and claims that inmates were provided inadequate medical care while incarcerated in county jails. Cara also represents public and private employers in cases alleging employment discrimination. Additionally, her experience includes representing professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, behavioral health specialists, accountants and attorneys, in claims of professional negligence. In addition to her representation of clients in state and federal court, she has also appeared in cases before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Cara earned the designation of Rising Star for State, Local & Municipal Law.

 

Kyle B. Melling is an associate in the firm’s Cleveland office.  He represents counties, municipalities, and their employees in civil rights and government liability matters, in addition to employment discrimination. Kyle served on the Federal Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, and is also Vice President of Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Foundation Associate Board. He earned the designation of Rising Star for Civil Rights Law.

 

 

 

 

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