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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

MRR Attorneys named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America® list

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA (MRR) is pleased to announce that seven attorneys have been named to the 2019 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 the following attorneys named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list:

Todd M. Raskin (Cleveland), Civil Rights Law

John T. McLandrich (Cleveland), Civil Rights Law

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

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

George V. Pilat (Cleveland), Insurance Law

Elisabeth “Lisa” Gentile (Columbus), Medical Malpractice – Defendants

Stacy V. Pollock (Columbus), Education Law

 

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.

Thank you to Carl Cormany for his 17 years of dedication and service!

MRR would like to thank Carl E. Cormany for his dedication and service to the firm over the past 17 years.  Mr. Cormany retired from the practice of law on July 2. His focus was on the defense of claims against local governments and their employees, particularly law enforcement officers, and defense of employment claims against governmental and private entities.

With more than 25 years of legal experience, Carl practiced at all levels of the federal and state courts and in federal agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state agencies such as the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

“Carl was an integral part of MRR’s success and he will be missed at the firm,” said Todd M. Raskin, Co-Founding Partner of MRR. “We wish him the very, very best as he enters a new chapter in his life!”


Six MRR Attorneys named Best Lawyers in America 2018

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA (MRR) is pleased to announce that six attorneys have been named to the 2018 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 the following attorneys named to the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© list:

Todd M. Raskin (Cleveland), Civil Rights Law

John T. McLandrich (Cleveland), Civil Rights Law

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

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

George V. Pilat (Cleveland), Insurance Law

Stacy V. Pollock (Columbus), Education Law

 

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.

MRR’s Columbus Office Expands with Addition of Partners Doug Holthus and Elisabeth “Lisa” Gentile

Holthus.Gentile PR PhotoMRR is pleased to announce the addition of two attorneys to its Columbus office. The new lawyers joined MRR on January 18, 2016. They represent clients in a number of practice areas, including medical defense, auto and commercial trucking, insurance coverage and bad faith, restaurant and retail defense, corporate law, public sector law, civil rights and government liability, real estate, and professional and product liability.

The attorneys joining MRR are Partners Doug Holthus and Elisabeth “Lisa” Gentile.

“We are thrilled to expand our services in Columbus with the addition of these highly talented attorneys,” MRR President and Managing Partner Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr. said. “Both Lisa and Doug bring to the firm expertise in a number of practice areas, a set of exceptional legal skills, and a client-focused commitment to excellence.”

Founding Partner Todd M. Raskin also noted that it’s a homecoming for Lisa Gentile and the firm couldn’t be more pleased to have her back on the team. She began her career at MRR as a law clerk.

“Both attorneys’ backgrounds allows for MRR to respond to demands from clients requesting the greater depth and expertise necessary to service their increasingly sophisticated legal needs,” stated Mr. Nicholas. “The strengthening of MRR’s Columbus office will allow the firm to better serve and develop new clients on a regional level, while continuing to provide a full range of legal services through its collaborative practice model involving more than 38 lawyers in three offices.

Founding Partner Todd M. Raskin Admitted as Member of American Board of Trial Advocates

Todd M. RaskinMRR is pleased to announce that Todd M. Raskin has been admitted as a member of the invitation-only American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

ABOTA’s primary mission is the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury. Admission to the national association is limited to experienced trial lawyers and judges who have demonstrated high personal character and an honorable reputation. Membership selection criteria includes a minimum number of jury trials to verdict as lead counsel.

“Membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates is a prestigious honor and we congratulate Todd on this recognition,” said firm President and Managing Partner Joseph F. Nicholas, Jr. “This speaks to Todd’s significant trial experience and dedication as a trusted advocate for his clients.”

Mr. Raskin is a founding partner of MRR, which has offices in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. He has tried more than 100 cases to conclusion in 35 years of private practice. Todd has a diverse practice with an emphasis on civil rights and government liability defense, as well as the defense of employers, both public and private. He also has considerable experience in the defense of professionals, including doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers, and behavioral health professionals. He has successfully represented his 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.

Todd has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer during each of the past four years in the primary practice area of state, local, and municipal government liability and also during the past five years for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of civil rights law. Additionally, he was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Civil Rights for Cleveland, Ohio in 2013 by Best Lawyers in America. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, Professional Liability Defense Association, and the Defense Research Institute.

Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Joins Insuralex as Ohio Member

logo-insuralexInsuralex has announced that Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder (MRR) has been elected as the Ohio Member of the expanding Insuralex group of firms dedicated to insurance and reinsurance coverage, defense and litigation. MRR is one of 40 firms to be selected internationally.

Insuralex is a world-wide network of independent insurance and reinsurance lawyers who provide legal services to the insurance and risk management communities in the areas of coverage, defense, litigation and other related legal services. Insuralex member firms are located in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Founding Partner of MRR, Todd M. Raskin, said, “For over 35 years we have provided services to clients in the global insurance and reinsurance market. We are delighted for the firm to be elected to membership. Working with Insuralex will be a great opportunity to offer the full range of our services in our own region, as well as contributing to the international standing and reputation of this exceptional group of lawyers.”

Insuralex’s selection process evaluates objective achievements such as clear expertise in the risk management field, as well as proven responsiveness, demonstrable client care, and peer recognition.

 

MRR’s Todd Raskin & Cara Wright Win Defense Verdict on Behalf of Nurse Practitioner

Raskin & Wright

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015,  Todd M. Raskin and Cara M. Wright of MRR obtained a defense verdict in a wrongful death medical negligence claim against a certified nurse practitioner who provided medical care and treatment to the Plaintiff’s deceased mother-in-law (decedent) at an area nursing home. The Plaintiff had alleged that the care and treatment provided by the certified nurse practitioner fell below the standard of care and caused his mother-in-law to experience dehydration which resulted in Digoxin toxicity (a condition marked by elevated blood serum levels of a medication utilized to treat atrial fibrillation and other clinical symptoms) and caused her death.

During the seven-day trial, MRR presented evidence that the care provided by the certified nurse practitioner met or exceeded the standard of care. Indeed, the evidence shown at trial demonstrated that the certified nurse practitioner performed physical examinations of the decedent on five separate occasions and responded appropriately to 12 telephone calls or requests for assistance from the RNs and LPNs employed by the nursing home during the decedent’s 13-day stay at the nursing home. Two physicians and an RN/Nursing Home Administrator with a Ph.D. in Health Policy testified that the care provided by the certified nurse practitioner was exemplary and well exceeded the standard of care.

MRR’s Raskin and Wright further produced evidence that demonstrated that the decedent did not die of dehydration or Digoxin toxicity. Instead, the testimony of five expert witnesses, including two of the decedent’s own treating physicians, demonstrated that the decedent died of post-obstructive pneumonia as a result of the decedent’s Stage IV lung cancer. These witnesses consistently testified that, while the decedent had lab values of Digoxin above the recommended therapeutic range, the decedent did not demonstrate any of the signs or symptoms exclusively associated with Digoxin toxicity. Furthermore, the witnesses indicated that her non-specific symptoms (anorexia, nausea, fatigue and weakness) were more likely caused by her recurrent post-obstructive pneumonia, particularly since those symptoms persisted after the antidote for Digoxin toxicity was administered.

Following deliberations, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense and found that the Plaintiff had failed to meet his burden to prove that the care provided for his deceased mother-in-law by the certified nurse practitioner fell below the applicable standard of care.