AREAS OF PRACTICE
Ohio Trial Lawyer with over 30 years of practice in all Ohio courts, state and local.
EMERGING COMPANIES, SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS
Entrepreneurs and startup companies face complicated and myriad legal issues that can have a significant impact on the growth and success of their business. Developing and growing your business is no easy task. Do you have the right company formation and structure? Do you have proper compensation plans and employment agreements in place? Is your new business protected? When seeking legal advice on these issues and others, I can help you navigate a path of success in your venture.
My approach is to understand your business and your goals, and develop a strategy for achieving those goals in a manner that makes good business sense. Effective counsel requires a thorough understanding of your business and the unique issues and challenges you face. I am committed to learning your business and providing practical, cost-effective counsel specifically tailored to your needs.
When you hire a lawyer one of your first questions should be, “How can you deliver value for my business?” Value comes from experience from working with emerging businesses and entrepreneurs, responsive services delivered efficiently and a strong commitment to client relationships. I believe you must listen to the clients’ needs and develop solutions that address those needs. I have that experience.
By anticipating and addressing legal issues and reducing legal costs and litigation, your business will be more successful. Preventive legal counseling is the optimum achievement in any business to make optimum business decisions that benefit your emerging company. Delivering competent, cost effective and efficient legal services to you is the value you seek. Call now to see how I can help you in your business.
Disputes occur from time to time, whether between business to business or individuals. Appropriate remedies are available to address these disputes. Learn how to effectively and efficiently prevent, prepare or minimize potential or current legal issues with your business.
Representation of companies and individuals involved in business disputes requires a lawyer with knowledge of trial practice as well as a business understanding of the underlying nature of the transaction. I am dedicated in resolving litigated business matters that need to be addressed quickly and competently. If you or your company have a legal concern or disputed business matter, call now to discuss with me how I may help you.
SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS
Do you have a business? Are you an entrepreneur starting a new venture? Do you need vendor contracts specifically for your type of business?
I represent owners, investors and entrepreneurs in all aspects of business and commercial law, contracts and negotiations, business litigation and commercial real estate. Professional, responsive and aggressive representation is provided to sole proprietors, limited liability companies, partnerships, and corporations and legal strategies are designed with the client’s best interest in mind. I work with small businesses and new start-ups often times serving as general counsel providing services in areas such as buy/sell agreements, franchises, LLC/incorporations and operating agreements, non-compete/non-disclosure agreements and other related business legal services. If your business or venture needs counsel, call me today.
Ohio Workers’ Compensation was enacted by the state legislature to assist injured workers. Somewhere along its history, this process became and currently remains a technical and complex process that requires the help of an experienced attorney.
I have helped thousands of injured workers receive the workers’ compensation they are entitled for injuries on the job, short-term or long-term disabilities such as repetitive stress injuries. You can receive money for lost wages, medical bills, and job retraining, if that becomes necessary.
Ohio’s workers’ compensation process should be a simple matter, but if you are facing disagreements about the extent of your injuries, payment of your medical bills and treatments, or the amount of money you should be paid, you need an aggressive legal advocate to protect your rights. My experience will ensure you get the maximum benefits you deserve. Call me today for a free evaluation of your case.
Real Estate issues are complex by its nature. There is no question you need an experienced attorney.
I represent individuals, businesses, and professional groups with respect to ownership, purchase and sale of real estate. This includes assisting in closings, title issues, boundary disputes, easements and zoning matters. My representation of lenders and developers involves negotiating, structuring, and documenting commercial, retail, residential, and industrial transactions and developments, including manufacturing facilities, shopping centers, office and apartment buildings. I have experience in drafting and negotiating commercial leases; in organizing, financing, and marketing residential and commercial condominiums, planned unit developments, subdivisions and in handling mortgage foreclosures. If you or your company is involved in real estate legal issues, call me today.
OHIO CONCEALED HANDGUN LICENSE (CHL) FIREARM RIGHTS
If you have been denied your CHL permit, there are several misdemeanors in Ohio that can prevent you from obtaining a CHL permit.
A conviction for a number of Ohio misdemeanors can affect your ability to get or keep your a concealed carry license in Ohio and/or your ability to own a firearm (R.C. 2923.125 & R.C. 2923.128).
Felonies will also affect your ability to obtain a CHL or to own a firearm.
MARIJUANA POSSESSION / PARAPHERNALIA CONVICTION
A marijuana possession or paraphernalia conviction in Ohio may prevent you from obtaining an Ohio CHL.
A pending misdemeanor drug charge under R.C. 2925 that involves a drug of abuse (including marijuana) will prevent you from obtaining an Ohio CHL.
A M1-M4 misdemeanor drug conviction under R.C. 2925 will prevent you from obtaining an Ohio CHL.
A minor misdemeanor marijuana conviction will not prevent you from obtaining an Ohio CHL.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (R.C. 2919.25)
Federal law prohibits anyone with a domestic violence conviction from owning a firearm.
Fourth degree misdemeanor (M4) domestic violence means causing a family/household member to believe that the offender will cause imminent physical harm. An M4 domestic violence charge is expungeable in Ohio.
First degree misdemeanor (M1) domestic violence means knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to a family harm or recklessly causing serious harm. An M1 domestic violence charge is not expungeable in Ohio.
If you were charged with domestic violence and it was reduced to a disorderly conduct involving a threat of harm or violence (e.g. R.C. 2917.11(A)(1)), you may still face a federal weapons disability even if the disorderly conduct charge was expunged.
MISDEMEANOR OFFENSE OF VIOLENCE
Being convicted of or charged with certain “offenses of violence” will prevent you from obtaining a CHL in Ohio. Being convicted of attempt or conspiracy to commit one of the below offenses of violence will also bar you from obtaining a CHL in Ohio.
A misdemeanor offense of violence is any offense (other than traffic) committed purposely or knowingly involving physical harm to someone or a risk of serious physical harm to someone.
If you are convicted of any offense of violence, you are barred from obtaining an Ohio CHL for 3 years following the conviction.
Examples of offenses of violence that can prevent you from obtaining an Ohio CHL for 3 years include:
Assault (R.C. 2903.13) (when victim is not a peace officer)
Menacing (R.C. 2903.22)
Child Endangerment (R.C. 2919.22(B)(1)) Misdemeanor (M1) child endangerment under (B)(1) is child abuse in which the defendant has never before been convicted of child and abuse and the child is not seriously injured. Conviction of misdemeanor child endangerment can prevent you from obtaining an Ohio CHL unless the charge is expunged.
Negligent Assault (2903.14). If you have a pending negligent assault charge, you are barred from obtaining an Ohio CHL. A conviction, however, will not affect your ability to obtain a CHL.
Resisting Arrest (R.C. 2903.13). If you have been convicted of resisting arrest, you are barred from obtaining an Ohio CHL for 10 years after the date of the conviction.
Assault (R.C. 2903.13). Where Victim is a Peace Officer
If you have been convicted of assault where the victim was a police officer or other peace officer, you are barred from obtaining an Ohio CHL for 10 years after the date of the conviction.
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