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Latest News: February 19, 2019

Member News

Andrew Jamison Joins Akron Office of Reminger Co., LPA

Akron Bar member Andrew Jamison has joined Reminger Co., LPA’s
Akron, Ohio office. Andy specializes in the defense of medical and healthcare professionals, including
physicians, dentists, nurses, therapists, hospitals and assisted living and long-term care facilities.
Andy defends malpractice allegations against professionals including real estate agents, brokers,
accountants, architects and engineers. He also has extensive experience handling general liability and
premises liability cases.

Andy returned to Reminger after working as a trial attorney for a large property and casualty insurance
company for seven years, where he focused on matters involving medical and health care
professionals, medical device manufacturers and healthcare entities.

59 Reminger Attorneys Honored as 2019 Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Reminger Co., LPA is proud to announce that 59 of its attorneys were honored as 2019 Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The names will be announced in the 2019 edition of Ohio and Kentucky Super Lawyers and the online attorney directory at Akron Bar Member Bruce Fahey was among those named as a Super Lawyer- Workers' Compensation.

From the Courts

Juvenile Court Honors Dorothy Jackson with Banner

For the 13th year, the Summit County Juvenile Court has observed Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March by displaying banners depicting African-American women who have made an important impact on Summit County history. This year’s honoree is the first African-American woman to serve in the Cabinet of the Akron Mayor’s Office, Dorothy O. Jackson.

On February 5th, in a brief ceremony at the Juvenile Court Center, the banner outlining Ms. Jackson’s achievements was unveiled.

Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio presided over the ceremony and made some opening remarks: “Dorothy Jackson is someone I have admired for many, many years. Even before I became politically involved, I was inspired by her example, and when I finally did get a chance to meet her, it was an exciting moment in my life,” she said. “The past honorees whose banners are displayed each year at the Court are really a Who’s Who of our community’s history, and because of the example she has set not only for the children in our community, but everyone in our community, there is no one more deserving of this recognition than Dorothy Jackson.”

After graduating from East High School and Actual Business College, Ms. Jackson earned a scholarship to Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C. where she learned to interpret for the hearing impaired, something that would become a lifelong passion. She was hired by the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority where she created award-winning service programs. Then, in 1984, she made local history by accepting an appointment from then-Mayor Tom Sawyer to serve a Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Relations.

Former Mayor Tom Sawyer, his successor, Don Plusquellic, and the Senior Pastor at Ms. Jackson’s place of worship, Reverend Dr. Diana Swope from the Arlington Church of God, also made comments regarding Ms. Jackson’s career, her character, and her charisma.

After the comments were delivered, Judge Teodosio and Ms. Jackson unveiled her banner.

“I am so grateful to have this kind of recognition,” Ms. Jackson said. “Congressman Sawyer and Mayor Plusquellic, thank you for the chance to serve the city. And to my daughter, Renee Aniere, my granddaughter Anja, my sister, and my friends who are here today, you have blessed my life. Thank you for being here to share in this wonderful honor.”

United State Trustee Seeks Chapter 7 Trustees

The United States Trustee seeks resumes from persons wishing to be considered for appointment to the panel of trustees who administer cases filed under chapter 7 of title 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (Bankruptcy Code). The appointment is for cases filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, primarily in the Eastern Division (Akron). Chapter 7 trustees receive compensation and reimbursement for expenses, in each case in which they serve, pursuant to court order under 11 U.S.C. §326 and §330.

The minimum qualifications for appointment are set forth in 28 C.F.R. § 58.4. To be eligible for appointment, an applicant must. possess strong administrative, financial and interpersonal skills. Fiduciary and bankruptcy experience is desirable but not mandatory.

A successful applicant will be required to undergo a background check, and must qualifyto be bonded. Although chapter 7 trustees· are not federal employees, appointments are made consistent with federal Equal Opportunity policies, which prohibit discrimination in employment.

Forward resumes to the Office of the United States Trustee, 201 Superior Avenue, East,Suite 441, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

All resumes should be received on or before Monday, March 11,2018.

Latest News: February 8, 2019

From the Courts

Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Joy Malek Oldfield was elected in December to the board of trustees of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association. The Common Pleas Judges Association’s membership includes all general division judges of the state’s common pleas courts, and its mission is “to improve the law, the legal system, and the effective administration of justice.”
Read more....

In Memoriam

The Hon. William R. Baird
February 4, 2019

William R. Baird, 84, of Akron died on Monday, February 4, 2019 after a lifetime of public
and community service.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Bill attended King Elementary and graduated from Buchtel High School in 1952. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College in 1956, and his JD from Case Western Reserve University in 1959. Following law school, he served in the United States Army and Army Reserves.

Bill had brief forays into private law practice, but public service was his calling. In 1960, he joined the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office. Concurrently, he served a term as councilman for then-Fairlawn Village from 1960 to 1965. In 1966, he was appointed Law Director for the City of Akron. He was elected as Common Pleas judge in 1976, where he served until appointment to the Ninth District Court of Appeals in 1983. He was re-elected to the appeals court four times, before retiring in 2004. In 2006, he was honored to receive the St. Thomas More award, recognizing his outstanding personal integrity, community service, and professional excellence as a member of the Akron legal community. Click here for the full obituary....

Legally Breakfast at the Akron Family Restaurant
7-8:30 am
1st Wednesday of each month


Thursday, February 14

Immigration Issues & Juvenile Court Proceedings - A Round Table Discussion
Juvenile Court Committee Meeting (No CLE)

Friday, February 15

The Intersection of Guardianship and Medicaid
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section

Friday, February 15
2:30 - 4 pm

Administrative Law Update
1.5 CLE Credit Hours
(Will be followed by a discussion in re: starting an Administrative Law Section of the Akron Bar

Tuesday, February 26

Navigating ERISA: Disability Claims from Application through the Courts
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Disability Law Section

Looking Ahead....

March 2019

Tuesday, March 5

Drug & Alcohol Testing Update
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Family Law Section

Friday, March 8
CLE: Lawyers Assistance Committee Seminar
This seminar originally scheduled for March 8, has been postponed!  More info coming soon.

Friday, March 15
8:30 am-11:45 am

Juvenile Case Law Update & Practice Tips for Dependency, Neglect & Abuse Practitioners
3 CLE Credit Hours
Hosted by the Juvenile Court Committee

Friday, March 22
1 - 4:15 pm

Immigration Basics & Asylum Law Update
3 CLE Credit Hours

Friday, March 22

What Probate Attorneys Need To Know About Adoptions (Even If You Never Do One)
1 CLE Credit Hour
Hosted by the Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Section

Thursday, March 28
Co-parenting and High Conflict: Arguing, Alienation & Angst at the University of Akron School of Law
C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Law Center - Commons
150 University Ave., Akron

Popular Annual Seminars

Thursday, March 29
White Williams Bankruptcy Institute 

Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18

The 25th & Final Las Vegas Workers’ Comp Seminar-One Claim: How Tough Can It Be?

Click on the highlighted event titles above to register

A Light-Hearted Look @ the Law

The big day for romance is coming up next week. While you're ordering the roses, studying the chocolate options, and making reservations for dinner, consider the risks of asking someone to be your valentine. Blogger Gordon B. Greenwood has, and you probably should heed his advice. "Will You Be My Valentine? A Lawyer's Light-Hearted Look at the Risk of Romance."

Tools You Can Use

How do you edit a brief? Do you print it out and edit with a red pen? Do you scroll through on your computer monitor to catch errors? UNLV Law Professor Joseph Regalia suggests that you can do an even better job of editing by upping your game with some new techniques. "Edify Your Editing."

Latest News: January 28, 2019

Modest Means Program Needs a Boost - Can We Count on You?

The Modest Means program of the Akron Bar's Lawyer Referral service is seeking attorneys to fill this important referral subset. Those low-income members of the community who don't qualify for the services at Community Legal Aid still deserve solid legal representation.
This is where we can help. By joining the Modest Means Referral Program as a panel attorney, you will not only assist people who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn, but you will also:

  • Gain valuable experience
  • Expand your client base
  • Establish yourself in the legal community
  • Maintain a work flow at non-peak times

Click to download the Modest Means Panel Application packet or contact the Lawyer Referral & Information Service at or (330) 436-0117

Thank you for making a difference!

The Moritz College of Law Moot Court Program Also Needs Your Time & Talent

Judges are needed for the Regional Finals of the Annual National Trial Competition (NTC). This year, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is hosting the competition, co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). The competition will run from Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 10, and will take place at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas (345 S. High Street Columbus, Ohio). The NTC draws teams from more than 100 law schools and involves more than 1,000 law students annually. Read more....

In Memoriam

George D. Mallo
December 15, 2018

George D. Mallo, 71, attorney at law, of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away peacefully December 15, 2018, surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Akron, Ohio, on November 3, 1947'

George graduated from Ohio University and earned his law degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law in just two years. He was a well-respected attorney who had a highly successful law career in northeastern Ohio and also founded the Mallo Legal Clinic, which offered affordable legal services. In addition, George served for three consecutive years as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio. Click here for the full obituary....

George M. Miller
January 19, 2019

Born in Parma, Ohio, George graduated from Parma High School and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from Case Western Reserve University. George served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served as a Magistrate in Domestic Relations Court and later started his own law practice. Click here for the full obituary....

Virginia R. Robinson
January 22, 2019

Former Akron Bar President Virginia Robinson was a life-long Akron resident where she began her school career at Saint Vincent St. Mary Elementary School, graduating from Buchtel High School. She earned her nursing degree at Saint Francis School of Nursing, and spent 25 years following her passion for helping others as a registered nurse.

Virginia returned to school and pursued several degrees including a Masters in history and a degree in Law from The University of Akron. She began her law career in private practice then transitioned to a prosecutor for the City of Akron. Later, Virginia served as the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority's Legal counsel from 1989 to 2005. After retirement from AMHA Virginia worked for the City of Akron as the Director of Human Resources.

She joined the Akron Bar Association shortly after graduation from law school ultimately serving as President, as well as the President of the Akron Law Alumni Association and the Akron Symphony Orchestra. Click here for the full obituary....

Member News

Roderick Linton Belfance Names Two New Partners

Attorney Christopher Parker and Attorney Steven J. Heimberger have been named partner at Roderick Linton Belfance. Christopher's primary professional focus has been in the area of civil trial work, trying a variety of types of cases on behalf of individuals and insurance companies, and criminal defense work. Steven's primary focus has been representing individuals and businesses in bankruptcy, but also practices in the areas of divorce and family law, debtor/creditor rights, and general civil litigation. 

Stark & Knoll Promotes Two Attorneys to Partner

Stark & Knoll is pleased to announce that it has promoted two members of the Litigation & Employment Group,  Julie A. Bickis and Kathleen A. Hahner, to partner. 

Julie Bickis represents clients in business litigation cases as well as insurance defense matters. She has 13 years of experience handling litigation involving public and private entities, including business disputes, personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Julie was just named vice chair of the board of YMCA's Camp Y-Noah, which provides Day Camp, Overnight Camp and an Equestrian Center for local youth development and to promote healthy living and social responsibility. She also serves on the boards of the Canton-Akron Youth Hockey Association and Boy Scout Troop 265.  

Kathy Hahner represents clients in complex litigation matters, including trade secrets cases, shareholder disputes, and probate litigation. She also counsels S&K clients on HR matters and defends them in employment suits.  

Kathy also serves as a member of the board for PAWS---Public Animal Welfare Society of Ohio--- the organization that helped craft and enact Goddard’s Law, which makes it a felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal.

Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio Announces Two New Associate Attorneys

Niekamp, Weisensell, Mutersbaugh & Mastrantonio, LLP is pleased to welcome new Associate Attorney Justin T. Powell.
Mr. Powell graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Akron School of Law in May of 2018, where he received the Cali Excellence Award in Corporate Law while in school. He was admitted to the Ohio Bar and joined NWMM in November.

The firm also grew in 2018 with the addition of Associate Attorney Natalie Niese in March. Her practice focuses on litigation in the areas of complex commercial, business, personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and general litigation. Ms. Niese has been recognized as a Rising Star by Law and Politics Magazine.

Brouse McDowell’s Marc Merklin Named Fellow of American College of Bankruptcy

Brouse McDowell’s Managing Partner Marc Merklin will be inducted as a Fellow into the 30th Class of The American College of Bankruptcy on March 15 at the historic Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California. Marc is one of only 36 individuals nationwide and the only attorney in Ohio to be honored.  

Marc’s admission into the American College of Bankruptcy followed a highly selective and comprehensive process. Before candidates are considered by a Circuit Admissions Council for each federal judicial circuit, they must have a minimum of 15 years of practice, with 10 years of specialization in bankruptcy, and must have an exhibited commitment to the advancement of bankruptcy and insolvency law and practice, as well as evidence of service and education to their communities. Each Council recommends the nomination of Fellows to the Board of Regents which then meets to review before extending invitations to Fellow candidates. 

Personal Health & Wellness

What Deep Breathing Does to Your Body

We've lived with constant, low-level stress for so long, we don't even realize that our bodies are always on alert. Our lizard brains still employ the "fight or flight" response, even when the stressor is nothing more than a badly-timed red light on a busy day and not a tiger ready to pounce. The tools to relieve stress are well-known: exercise, sleep, yoga, meditation, and the list goes on. But when one of life's stressors is finding enough time to actually engage in stress-reduction, the answer may be a deep, cleansing breath. Read more....

Practice Builders

Check out what blogger Lindsay Griffiths has to share that will help inspire your practice this year. Forget resolutions and find new inspiration to refresh your thinking and, ultimately, your practice of law.

Leisure Reading

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list.

Marie-Laure is a blind French girl living with her father in Paris until the Nazi occupation. Werner is a German boy with a talent for building and repairing radios used to track down the Resistance. Their paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Place a hold at the Akron Summit County Public Library.

Latest News: January 15, 2019

Nominations Now Open for Senior Lawyer of the Year

Each year, the Akron Bar Association recognizes one of its members as the "Senior Lawyer of the Year." Nominees should be a Bar member who is either 60+ years of age or in practice 30+ years.

1.  A nominee should be any Akron Bar Association member who is either 60+ years of age or in practice 30+ years. 
2. Years of service to the Association's committees or sections.
3. Work accomplished by the nominee for the Summit County legal community or wider community.
4. Work carried out by the nominee in civic, charitable, or philanthropic activities.
5. Activities carried out by the nominee in support of their legal alma mater.
Application Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019. Click here to complete the online nomination form.


Past recipients:

  • 2017-2018: Shirley A. Simon (pictured above

  • 2016-2017: William M. Oldham

  • 2015-2016:  Terry Zimmerman

  • 2014-2015:  James E. Davis

  • 2013-2014:  Bruce H. Wilson

  • 2012-2013:  George M. Miller

  • 2011-2012:  Barbara A. Venesy

  • 2010-2011:  Stephen A. Fallis

  • 2009-2010:  Tom Henretta

  • 2008-2009:  Michael B. Hendler

  • 2007-2008:  George T. Manos

  • 2006-2007:  Dianne R. Newman

  • 2005-2006:  Frank H. Harvey, Jr.

  • 2004-2005:  Edwin “Ned” Oldham

  • 2003-2004:  G. Bernard Harris

  • 2002-2003:  Stan B. Schneiderman

  • 2001-2002:  Robert W. Blakemore

  • 2000-2001:  A.E. Shama

  • 1999-2000:  Jerry F. Whitmer

  • 1998-1999:  Charles E. Pierson

  • 1997-1998:  Fred E. Eastman

News from the Courts

Governor Appoints Akron Municipal Court Judge

Image of Ann Marie O'Brien

Governor John R. Kasich has appointed Ann Marie O’Brien to serve on the Akron Municipal Court. She replaces Judge Kathryn Michael, who was elected to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. O’Brien will take office Jan. 15, 2019, and must run in the November 2019 election to keep the seat for the remainder of the unexpired term ending Jan. 1, 2024.

New Program Launches at Akron Municipal Court

Akron Municipal Court Judge Ron Cable has started a new program entitled Restore Individual Self-Empowerment (RISE). RISE, which kicked off officially in October, is dedicated to adult female victims of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and prostitution.

“I created the program because our state has a major human trafficking problem. I am passionate about helping identify these victims, learning about their past and guiding them as they improve their circumstances,” said Judge Cable. “Ohio law provides for expungement of certain offenses committed by human trafficking victims and I am confident RISE will impact our community in a positive way.”

Read full press release....



Judge Jon Oldham named Akron Municipal Court's Presiding Judge for 2019

Judge Jon Oldham will serve as the administrative/presiding judge of the Akron Municipal Court for 2019. In this role, Judge Oldham will oversee the administration, docket, and calendar as well as the observance of the rules of superintendence and the timely reporting and termination of all cases in the court.

Read full press release....





Application for Appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel of the United States District Court
for the Northern District of Ohio 

The Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Plan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio sets forth provisions for furnishing representation in federal court for any person financially unable to obtain representation in accordance with the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C.  3006A. Pursuant to Section X(A)(1)-(2) of the CJA Plan, “[t]he existing, previously established panel of attorneys who are eligible and willing to be appointed to provide representation under the CJA is hereby recognized; and [t]he court will approve attorneys for membership on the CJA Panel after receiving recommendations from the CJA Committee.”

Pursuant to Section X(C)(3)(a)-(e) of the CJA Plan, to be considered for appointment to the CJA Panel:

“Applicants ... must be members in good standing of the federal bar of this district and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; … must maintain a primary, satellite, or shared office in this district; ... must possess strong litigation skills and demonstrate proficiency with the federal sentencing guidelines, federal sentencing procedures, the Bail Reform Act, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence; … must have significant experience representing persons charged with serious criminal offenses and demonstrate a commitment to the defense of people who lack the financial means to hire an attorney; and [a]ttorneys who do not possess the experience set forth above but believe they have equivalent other experience are encouraged to apply and set forth in writing the details of that experience for the CJA Committee’s consideration.”

Effective January 1, 2006, all attorneys are required to file electronically pursuant to modifications to Local Civil Rule 5.1(c) and Local Criminal Rule 49.2(c) and pursuant to its Electronic Filing Policies and Procedures Manual.

Attorneys wishing to be considered for membership on a CJA Panel who meet the eligibility requirements may submit an application no later than March 31, 2019 to:

Clerk of Court
ATTN: CJA Panel Application
Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House
801 West Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1830

Applications for membership on the Criminal Justice Act Panel may be obtained at the Intake Counter of the Clerk's Offices located in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Toledo and through the Court’s website here.  Completed applications may be returned by mail or email.


Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer and Judge Amy Corrigall Jones to lead Summit County Common Pleas Court in 2019

The Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division judges reappointed Judge Amy Corrigall Jones as administrative judge, a role she has served in since 2017. Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer was nominated and approved as presiding judge to serve the court in 2019. Both judges bring a wealth of experience, a strong history of working together, and hope to bring increased unity to the court.


 “I am fortunate to work together with Judge Corrigall Jones in the supervision of the Court of Common Pleas,” said Stormer. “We will work together to enhance the quality of the Court.”


 “It is an honor to be elected by my colleagues to serve as administrative judge for a third term in 2019,” shared Corrigall Jones. "I look forward to the privilege of collaborating with Judge Stormer in her capacity as presiding judge."

Personal Health and Wellness

Dry January?

We've seen some articles on the web recently, talking about "Dry January." Not weather-related at all, Dry January is about giving up alcohol during the first month of the new year. According to the folks at Self, there can be some real health benefits if you approach it for the right reasons. Take a look....

Practice Builders

The Power of Influencers to Bring Business to Your Solo/Small Firm Practice

This slightly different take on word-of-mouth marketing will get you thinking about ways to build your practice by trading positive comments about your clients' businesses on their social media platforms for positive comments about your practice on your platforms. Think of it as a very different way of networking.... 

Read more....


The Examiner  Digital Magazine Archives

January 2018
January Examiner: Resolve to Be Involved @ the Akron Bar in 2019; Text Messaging Has Arrived at the Akron Bar; Who Has Rights to Lake Erie Beaches: Supreme Court May Decide; Government Shutdown Impacts Law Firms, Too.

November/December 2018

November/December Examiner: Meet Professionalism Award recipient Bob Brown; Limited Scope Representation: Benefits for You and Your Client; From Community Legal Aid: From Impoverished to Empowered - The Value of Our Vision 

October 2018

October Examiner: Akron Bar Board Votes to Oppose State Issue 1; Endorses Judge Linda Teodosio for OSBA, August LRIS Snapshot, Day Ketterer Merges with Goldman & Rosen, Update Your Information for 2019 Directory

September 2018

September Examiner: "Developments in Internet Legal Services," Proposed State Issue 1 Worries Ohio Chief Justice; Will Reduce Prison Costs Says Supporter, July LRIS Snapshot

July/August 2018

July/August Examiner: Initial message from Incoming President Bill Chris, June 2018 LRIS Snapshot, LRIS Produces New Promotional Video, "Crafting to Escape the Stresses of Practicing Law"

June 2018

June Examiner: Reflections from Outgoing Bar President Dave Lewis, Updates on Using New On-Demand CLE Interface, Roadmap to Financial Wellness Seminar Set for June 28, Advanced Topics in Probate Law + a Larry Poulos Cookout on June 29

May 2018

May Examiner: Movie "Marshall" Aired as Part of Law Week, E-Discovery 101 for Paralegals, Federal Courts Luncheon Scheduled for May 11, Senior Lawyer Annual Spring Dinner Honoring Shirley Simon Set for May 15

April 2018

April Examiner: Announcing Law Week Programming, June 21 Set for Annual Meeting, 22nd Annual White Williams Seminar Scheduled for April 13

March 2018

March Examiner: The 2018 Legal Directories Have Arrived!, Application Forms Available for Foundation Grants and Scholarships, Spring Break CLE in Arizona, Signs That You Might Have an Eating Disorder

February 2018

February Examiner: Introducing the Bar's New Membership Marketing Campaign, Steve Fallis Remembers Jerry Leipply, Announcing New Bar Telephone System; Member Management System

January 2018

January Examiner: Announcing the 2018 Akron Bar Foundation Gala, Clothing Drive for Indigent Defendants, Summit County Common Pleas Court Partners with Greenleaf Family Center to Combat Opiate Crisis