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Patricia Ambrose Rubright Joins Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A.: Experienced Litigator Assumes Of Counsel Role in Firm’s Cleveland Office

patricia-rubright-borderMazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. (MRR) is pleased to announce that Patricia Ambrose Rubright has joined the firm’s Cleveland office, where she will work Of Counsel in the Municipal Law Group. Ms. Rubright, who most recently served as Law Director for the City of Akron, Ohio, has over 35 years of experience in public sector law.

Ms. Rubright’s primary area of focus is on civil rights and the defense of public employers and employees in government liability matters. In the course of her career, she has litigated multiple civil rights cases involving all aspects of policing, including deadly force, in addition to major employment discrimination cases in both state and federal courts involving race, sex, disability, and age discrimination, and many other types of claims. She also provides advice and counseling regarding federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and Title VII.

Prior to joining MRR, Ms. Rubright engaged in a life of public service with the City of Akron, first as an assistant prosecutor. Later, as assistant law director, she represented the city in litigation as well as directed both the Labor Relations Office and Personnel Department. Her career culminated in her role as the city’s Law Director. She earned her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree, graduating cum laude, from West Virginia University.

“Patricia is a highly respected attorney who is a great fit for our Municipal Law Group,” said MRR President and Managing Partner Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr. “We are delighted to be able to call on her knowledge and experience.”

MRR’s public sector, civil rights, and governmental liability attorneys represent counties, cities, villages, townships, boards of education, mental health agencies, children services boards and other social service agencies, park districts, and numerous other local and regional agencies. The team consists of attorneys who have practiced almost exclusively in the civil rights area for their entire careers, including several former assistant law directors and prosecutors, in addition to two attorneys who have consistently been named Best Lawyers in America for Civil Rights law. For more than 30 years, our firm has successfully represented virtually every type of public agency in cases involving allegations of civil rights violations, Section 1983 Claims, land use and zoning, police liability, general liability claims, child neglect and child abuse claims, employment matters, age discrimination, gender discrimination, and race discrimination.

“The Changing Face of Gender Discrimination” – A New Article by Tami Hannon Published by DRI

In her second article on Transgender Law published this month, Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder’s Tami Hannon provides an in-depth study of the unique concerns that transgender discrimination presents in a correctional or prison setting, in the workplace, and in public housing. “The Changing Face of Gender Discrimination” can be read in full HERE.

Two MRR Attorneys Set to Speak at OACTA Seminar

On August 26, 2016, at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio, two MRR attorneys will serve as seminar speakers at the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) continuing legal education program, “Governmental Liability Seminar.”

Jeffrey T. Kay (Cleveland) presents a “Primer & Update on Ohio Political Subdivision Roadway Liability.” The session will provide an overview of the applicable sections of the Ohio Revised Code and recent court interpretations involving those sections. Jeff focuses his practice on civil rights and governmental liability, business and commercial law, and appellate law, with a concentration on civil litigation defense. He 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.

Stacy V. Pollock’s (Columbus) presentation is entitled, “Degrees of Care: How Careful Does a Political Subdivision Need to be to Retain that Immunity.” Stacy will analyze Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2744 immunity with an emphasis on the lesser-understood exceptions. She focuses her practice on employment and labor law, advising both public and private employers in matters involving leave and discipline issues, personnel policy matters, and labor negotiations and arbitrations. She also has considerable experience in education law, representing schools and school administrators on employee and student disciplinary matters. Prior to working in private practice, she worked as a staff attorney with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission in its state and local government section.

To view the seminar brochure, please click here.

For registration and additional information about OACTA, please visit their website at www.OACTA.org