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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.

 

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.

 

Stacy V. Pollock Promoted to Partner at Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder, Co., L.P.A. (MRR), is proud to announce the promotion of attorney Stacy V. Pollock to partner. Stacy is based in the firm’s Columbus office.

Stacy joined MRR in 2015 as an associate. At MRR, she concentrates her practice on employment and labor law – advising public and private employers in matters involving leave and discipline issues, personnel policy matters and labor and negotiations and arbitrations. When necessary, she defends them in state and federal court.

“We are delighted to reward Stacy’s dedication and hard work with this promotion. She is a talented and ambitious lawyer and we look forward to her ongoing contributions, both to our clients and the firm,” said Joe Nicholas, MRR’s President and Managing Partner.

Accomplished in her profession, Stacy earned the distinction as an Ohio Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law in early 2017. This certification marks Ms. Pollock as one of a small number of attorneys in the state of Ohio to have earned this distinction.

Ms. Pollock 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 also advises clients on workers’ compensation matters and regularly appears before the Industrial Commission. She also has considerable experience in education law, representing schools and school administrators involving employee and student disciplinary matters.

In addition to her Ohio State Bar Association certification in labor and employment law, she is also a Certified Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute. Ms. Pollock is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, and the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys. In addition, she has been selected as a “Best Lawyer in America” for Education Law (2016-2018) and named an Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Employment Law by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2017).

A graduate of Wittenberg University in 2002, Stacy went on to earn her J.D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.