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8 Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Lawyers Named to 2020 Best Lawyers® List

MRR is pleased to announce that eight (8) lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America© list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

MRR would like to congratulate the following lawyers named to the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list:

Elisabeth “Lisa” Gentile (Columbus), Medical Malpractice – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; and Transportation Law

Doug Holthus (Columbus), Commercial Litigation; and Insurance Law

Thomas S. Mazanec (Cleveland), Product Liability Litigation – Defendants

John T. McLandrich (Cleveland), Civil Rights Law

Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr. (Cleveland), Transportation Law

George V. Pilat (Cleveland), Insurance Law

Stacy V. Pollock (Columbus), Education Law

Todd M. Raskin (Cleveland), Civil Rights Law – Lawyer of the Year

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.

 

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.

MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: February 24 – March 9, 2017

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 91 was introduced to develop and conduct a chief of police training course for newly appointed village, city, and township chiefs of police.
  • HB No. 102 was introduced to replace locally levied school district property taxes with a statewide property tax and require recipients of certain tax exemptions to reimburse the state for such levy revenue lost due to those exemptions; to increase the state sales and use tax rates and allocate additional revenue to state education purposes; to repeal school district income taxes; to require the Treasurer of State to issue general obligation bonds to refund certain school district debt obligations; to create a new system of funding schools where the state pays a specified amount per student that each student may use to attend the public or chartered nonpublic school of the student’s choice, without the requirement of a local contribution; to eliminate the School Facilities Commission; to eliminate the Educational Choice Scholarship Pilot Program, Pilot Project Scholarship Program, Autism Scholarship Program, and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program; to eliminate interdistrict open enrollment; to require educational service centers to transport students on a countywide basis; and to permit school districts to enter into a memoranda of understanding for one district to manage another.
  • HB No. 5 was passed on third consideration to create a statutory definition of microbusiness.
  • HB No. 113 was introduced to prohibit any requirement that employees of private employers join or pay dues to any employee organization and to establish civil and criminal penalties against employers who violate that prohibition.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 72 was introduced to allow political subdivisions, special districts, and state institutions of higher education to elect to apply the Prevailing Wage Law to public improvement projects.
  • SB No. 83 was introduced to establish the duties and authority of the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute cases relating to the death of a person caused by a peace officer.
  • SB No. 84 was introduced to require the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to develop a course to train peace officers in performing their duties without biased policing or status based profiling; to prohibit law enforcement officers and officials from engaging in biased policing or status-based profiling; to require each law enforcement agency to develop and provide annually to its officers an educational training program on how to perform law enforcement duties without engaging in biased policing or status-based profiling; to create the racial and identity profiling advisory board; to provide a civil cause of action for an individual who is a victim of biased policing or status-based profiling; and to permit the Attorney General to seek injunctive relief against a law enforcement agency served by an officer who commits biased policing or status-based profiling.
  • SB No. 88 was introduced to modify the composition and powers of the financial planning and supervision commission of a political subdivision that is in a state of fiscal emergency and to clarify the duties of that political subdivision.
  • SB No. 91 was introduced to establish and operate the Ohio Health Care Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all Ohio residents.
  • SB No. 94 was introduced to abolish the death penalty.
  • SB No. 95 was introduced to require a public authority to consider all piping materials that meet the engineering specifications for a state-funded water or waste water project.

For further information, please contact:

Stacy V. Pollock – MRR Columbus
614.324.0163
spollock@mrrlaw.com

 

 

 

 

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MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: February 10 – February 23, 2017

Notes from the House of Representatives

  • HB No. 52 was introduced to regulate the solicitation of certain deeds.
  • HB No. 53 was introduced to remove any requirement under the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Law that public employees join or pay dues to any employee organization, to prohibit public employers from requiring public employees to join or pay dues to any employee organization, and to prohibit an employee organization from being required to represent public employees who are not members of the employee organization.
  • HB No. 79 was introduced to provide for firearms training for tactical medical professionals; to permit such a professional who has received that training and has been authorized by the law enforcement agency to carry firearms while on duty; and to grant such a professional the same right to carry a concealed handgun in this state as a concealed handgun licensee.
  • HB No. 82 was introduced to adjust the fees allowed to county treasurers for collecting property taxes.
  • HB No. 85 was introduced to enter into the Health Care Compact.
  • HB No. 86 was introduced to increase the state minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents per hour beginning January 1, 2019.

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 43 was introduced to enable limited home rule townships to adopt building codes regardless of any similar codes adopted by the county in which the township resides.
  • SB No. 47 was introduced to prohibit the use of non-compete provisions in employment contracts in the broadcasting industry.
  • SB No. 49 was introduced to prohibit private employers from including on an employment application any question concerning whether an applicant has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a felony.
  • SB No. 52 was introduced to allow any person or entity that registers with the secretary of state to solemnize marriages.
  • SB No. 59 was introduced to require bicycle operators and passengers under 18 years of age to wear protective helmets when the bicycle is operated on a roadway and to establish the Bicycle Safety Fund to be used by the Department of Public Safety to assist low-income families in the purchase of bicycle helmets.
  • SB No. 68 was introduced to prohibit the installation of unsafe used tires on certain motor vehicles.

For further information, please contact:

Stacy V. Pollock – MRR Columbus
614.324.0163
spollock@mrrlaw.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Pollock Joins COSI Community Board

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder (MRR) is pleased to announce that attorney Stacy Pollock of the firm’s Columbus, Ohio, office (MRR) is now a member of the COSI Community Board.

Since its opening in 1964, COSI, a nationally recognized non-profit science museum, has hosted over 33 million people from all 50 states and around the world, both on-site and through its award-winning outreach programs. As a non-profit organization, COSI is supported by ticket sales, a network of community and statewide partnerships (including relationships with a variety of donors and sponsors), a volunteer program supported by 10,000 volunteers annually, and nearly 20,000 member households. As a member of the COSI Community Board, Ms. Pollock joins other key Columbus-area leaders in building better awareness of what COSI is doing in the community and working to leverage connections, both old and new, that provide critical resources to help fund the COSI experience for future generations.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” said Ms. Pollock.  “I look forward to working closely with other Board members as we reach out to community leaders in Columbus and beyond in support of COSI.”

Ms. Pollock focuses her practice on employment and labor law. 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 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.

Ms. Pollock also brings to the table many professional accomplishments and accolades. She is a certified specialist in labor and employment through the Ohio State Bar Association and is 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 & 2017) and named an Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Employment Law by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2014-2017).

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Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Announces 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A., today announced that seven of its Ohio-based attorneys have been selected to the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. In the firm’s Cleveland office, Todd Raskin, John McLandrich, and Frank Scialdone were named to the Super Lawyers list, while Tami Hannon and Cara Wright were included in the ranks of Rising Stars. In the Columbus office, Doug Holthus earned Super Lawyers honors and Stacy Pollock was named a Rising Star. 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. Todd RaskinRaskin is a founding partner of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder, Co., L.P.A., 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, Employment Litigation: Defense, and Professional Liability: Defense.

 

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 28 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 Appellate Law, State, Local & Municipal Law, and Civil Rights Law.

 

Doug HolthusDoug Holthus is listed as a Super Lawyer for his work in Civil Litigation: Defense, Employment Litigation: Defense, Construction Litigation, and Civil Rights Law. 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, State, Local & Municipal Law, and Civil Rights Law.

 

Tami HannnonTami Zupkow Hannon is a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office and is a listed Rising Star in State, Local & Municipal Law, Employment Litigation: Defense, and Civil Litigation: Defense. 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, an associate 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. 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. Stacy also 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 and Workers’ Compensation Law.

 

Cara WrightCara M. Wright, a Cleveland 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.

Super Lawyers and Rising Stars have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com.

Raskin, McLandrich, and Pollock Named to 2017 “The Best Lawyers in America”© List

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. (MRR) is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession. Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America© list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise.

MRR would like to congratulate Todd M. Raskin (Civil Rights Law), John T. McLandrich (Civil Rights Law) and Stacy V. Pollock (Education Law) for being named among The Best Lawyers in America© for 2017.

 

Todd Raskin is a founding partner of MRR and has tried more than 100 cases to conclusion in 35 years of private practice. His diverse practice focuses on civil rights and government liability defense, as well as the defense of both public and private employers. He has defended clients in state and federal courts throughout Ohio and surrounding states, including in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Ohio Supreme Court.

 

 

 

John McLandrich

 

John McLandrich, MRR’s Chairman of the Board, has defended civil claims in federal and state courts throughout Ohio for more than 25 years. He has also served as lead counsel on over 100 public entity appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Ohio Supreme Court.

Both Todd and John have consistently been named Best Lawyers® for Civil Rights law, in addition to each being selected as “Lawyer of The Year” by Best Lawyers® for Civil Rights Law in Cleveland, Ohio—John in 2014 and Todd in both 2013 and 2017.

 

 

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Stacy Pollock, is named a Best Lawyer® for her work in Education Law. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources who represents and advises public and private employers in labor and workers’ compensation matters, including schools and school administrators.

 

 

 

About Best Lawyers®

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 12 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” For more information, visit bestlawyers.com.

 

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MRR Ohio Legislative Updates: July 15 – July 28, 2016

Notes from the Senate

  • SB No. 340 was introduced to regulate the use of indemnity provisions in contracts related to public improvements.
  • SB No. 341 was introduced to allow a person who has a concealed handgun license to carry concealed all firearms other than dangerous ordnance or firearms that state or federal law prohibits the person from possessing and to provide that a person 21 years of age or older and not legally prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm by federal law does not need a concealed handgun license in order to carry or have concealed on the person’s person or ready at hand a firearm and is subject to the same laws regarding carrying a concealed firearm as a person who has a concealed handgun license.

 


For questions or more information on MRR’s Ohio Legislation Updates, contact:

Stacy V. Pollock  – MRR Columbus
Phone: 614.324.0163
Email: spollock@mrrlaw.com

 

 

 

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MRR Ohio Legislation Updates: February 26, 2016 – March 10, 2016

Notes from the House of Representatives:

  • H.B. 481 was introduced to revise the requirements regarding student enrollment reporting for public schools, mandatory student withdrawal policies, and scholarship program eligibility relative to students who choose not to take state assessments during the 2015-2016 school year
  • H.B. 486 was introduced to increase the state minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents per hour beginning January 1, 2017
  • H.B. 488 was introduced to modify the qualified immunity from civil liability for volunteer health care services provided to indigent and uninsured persons and to permit health care professionals to earn continuing education credit by providing volunteer health care services to indigent and uninsured persons

For questions or more information on MRR’s Ohio Legislation Updates, contact:

Stacy V. Pollock  – MRR Columbus
Phone: 614.324.0163
Email: spollock@mrrlaw.com

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