Ohio Enacts Asset Protection Trust Legislation
In December 2012 Ohio become the fifteenth state to enact domestic asset protection trust (DAPT) legislation, which will be effective March 27, 2013.
Liebenthal, Levine and Podolsky Join Firm
Jon B. Liebenthal, Jason D. Levine and Michael J. Podolsky have joined Eastman & Smith.
Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2013
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is proud to present its attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars.
Eastman & Smith Ltd. Named In Fortune's 2013 Top Ranked Law Firms
Fortune magazine once again has selected Eastman & Smith Ltd. for inclusion in its latest Top Ranked Law Firms.
Michigan, A Right-To-Work State
On December 11, 2012, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law two bills which make union membership and dues voluntary for public and private sector employees.
Eastman & Smith Co-Sponsors Holiday Event
Eastman & Smith Ltd. was delighted to be a co-sponsor of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio annual holiday party.
Cravener Post: Health Care Reform and the Large Employer Mandate
Associate Garrett M. Cravener recently posted an article on Sterling Educational Services blog in regards to health care reform.
Eastman & Smith Designated A Best Law Firm
In conjunction with Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News and World Report has published a compilation of the top law firms in the country in several different practice areas.
Eastman & Smith Supporting Pre-Law Students
Several years ago, Eastman & Smith Ltd., in conjunction with the Toledo Public Schools Foundation, established the Eastman & Smith Ltd. Pre-Law Scholarship for students at Toledo Public Schools.
Bingle and Democko Pass Bar, Join Firm
William P. Bingle and Breanne M. Democko recently passed the Ohio bar exam.
Nunn Panelist at University of Toledo
David W. Nunn participated in the Coffee and Conversation session on environmental law at the University of Toledo College of Law.
Pawlicki and Sponseller Receive Awards
Sarah E. Pawlicki and Carrie L. Sponseller, members of Eastman & Smith, were each honored with a 20 Under 40 award.
Nahhas Speaks at International Conference
Fadi V. Nahhas spoke at the 5 Lakes Global Economic Forum, held in Toledo, Ohio.
Buddy Walk a Success
Eastman & Smith Ltd. was proud to be one of the sponsors of the Down Syndrome of Central Ohio's Buddy Walk.
Eastman Hosts BLSA
Eastman & Smith Ltd. recently hosted a reception for the Black Law Student Association in celebration of the beginning of the academic year.
UT Professor Wins The Eastman & Smith Achievement Award
On Saturday, September 8, the University of Toledo College of Law and its alumni held the Law Alumni Affiliate Award Reception.
Best Lawyers in America®, 2013
Sixteen attorneys from our Toledo office are listed in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America®.
Harden and Johnson Attorneys of the Year
Best Lawyers of America®, in their 2013 edition, have named Gary M. Harden and Patrick J. Johnson lawyers of the year, in Toledo, for Tax Law and Labor Law - Management, respectively.
Stopar, Lefevre and Carey Successful in Ohio Supreme Court Case
Eastman and Smith Ltd. attorneys Jeffrey M. Stopar, Jared J. Lefevre and John M. Carey successfully argued in the Ohio Supreme Court that Ohio law does not recognize a cause of action for tortious acts in concert under Section 876, Restatement (2d) of Torts.
Bauer and Rimelspach Have Success in Ohio Supreme Court
On behalf of a consortium of 14 solid waste management districts, counties and townships, Eastman & Smith Ltd. members Albin Bauer and Rene L. Rimelspach, and former Eastman & Smith member Dirk P. Plessner, successfully argued in briefs filed in 2011 for the reversal of a lower court decision that found landfills to be exempt from township zoning.
Nooney and Diedrich Win Workers' Comp Case
Member James F. Nooney and associate Colleen L. Diedrich successfully defended a workers' compensation claim in common pleas court.
Eastman & Smith A Sponsor of Buddy Walk
Eastman & Smith, Ltd. will join over 5,000 walkers at Crew Stadium in Columbus on September 23, 2012, for the Down Syndrome of Central Ohio's Buddy Walk.
Gerber Encourages Law Students
Melissa A. Gerber, an associate with Eastman & Smith, recently created a video for her alma mater Ohio State University.
Power to Tax Used by US Supreme Court to Sustain Health Insurance Mandate
The US Supreme Court used the government's alternative position to uphold individual mandates to purchase insurance as constitutional.
Yates and Pawlicki Publish Social Media Article
Eastman & Smith Ltd. members James B. Yates and Sarah E. Pawlicki recently published an article entitled, "NLRB In Action: The Use of Social Media in Light of Recent NLRB Pronouncements."
Eastman & Smith Recognized for Pro Bono Work
Eastman & Smith Ltd. was recognized for its leadership in the handling of pro bono guardianships.
Eastman Sponsors BLSA Scholarship Banquet
On April 20, Eastman & Smith Ltd. once again sponsored the Torrence R. Greene Memorial Scholarship Banquet for the University of Toledo Black Law Student Association (BLSA).
Goldberg, Stopar and Markakis Prevail for School Board
Eastman & Smith members Stu Goldberg, Jeffrey M. Stopar and Maria Limbert Markakis recently won summary judgment and then an affirmance in the court of appeals on behalf of a school board.
NLRB Notice of Employee Rights Poster Delayed Again
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in response to an April 13, 2012 S.C. Federal Circuit Courts decision that the NLRB rule requiring all employers to post a Notice of Employee Rights exceeded the NLRBs authority, a three judge panel in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals placed an injunction on the enforcement of the NLRB posting rule while the issue is decided by the Court of Appeals.
NLRB Posting Rule Stricken by Court
The National Labor Relations Boards posting rule mandating that private sector employers post a notice detailing employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act is scheduled to go into effect on April 30, 2012.
Court Victory Published by DRI
Eastman & Smith attorneys Stu Goldberg and Connie S. Swemba recently won judgment on the pleadings in a wrongful death action.
Louise A. Jackson joins Eastman & Smith Ltd.
Eastman & Smith is pleased to announce that Louise A. Jackson has been named as a member of the Firm.
Yates Speaks at Toledo Regional Chamber Regarding Social Media
Firm member James B. Yates spoke to the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce in a seminar entitled New Year - "New NLRB Rules on Social Media and Union Organizing."
IRS Publishes Informational Guides/Regulations
The IRS has published the 2012 edition of the Taxable Fringe Benefit Guide on its web site.
Eastman & Smith Ltd. Named In Fortune's 2012 Top Ranked Law Firms
Fortune magazine has selected Eastman & Smith Ltd. for inclusion in its 2012 Top Ranked Law Firms.
Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2012
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is proud to present its attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars.
Eastman Employees Participate in Shoes That Fit
Eastman & Smith Ltd. lit up with Christmas spirit in its recent donation of shoes to a local elementary school.
Gerber Passes Bar
Melissa A. Gerber, associate, passed the Ohio bar exam in October.
Eastman & Smith Ltd. Alert - Planning for Incapacity
Comprehensive estate planning includes not only planning for death, but also for the possibility that a sudden event. . .
Eastman & Smith Named in U.S. News publication
In conjunction with Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News and World Report has published a compilation of the top law firms in the country in several different practice areas.
Best Lawyers in America, 2012
Thirteen attorneys from our Toledo office have made reappearances in Best Lawyers in America.
Shaw and Cravener Prevail in Premises Liability Suit
Eastman & Smith Ltd. member Mark A. Shaw and associate Garrett M. Cravener were awarded summary judgment in a premises liability action before the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court.
Gregg Prevails in Sewer Dispute
Joseph A. Gregg prevailed in a dispute between a group of homeowners and a regional water and sewer district.
Sponseller Honored by OSBF
Carrie L. Sponseller received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's 2011 District Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under for District Four.
Goldberg, President of Toledo Bar Association
It promises to be a busy year for litigation member Stu Goldberg. On July 1, Mr. Goldberg assumed the presidency of the Toledo Bar Association, and becomes the eighth TBA president from our law firm.
Lefevre Co-Founds Company
Associate Jared J. Lefevre, in conjunction with his wife Amanda, have founded an acting company, Second Stages Toledo.
New Members Elected to Firm
The following associates have been elected to membership at Eastman & Smith Ltd.
Ohio Conference on Freight
Eastman & Smith is proud to be a supporter of the fifth annual Ohio Conference on Freight.
Gregg and Hartman Secure Workers Comp Victory
Eastman & Smith members Joseph A. Gregg and Heidi N. Hartman secured a defense victory in a workers' compensation case.
Carey, Kondalski and Lefevre Join Firm
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is pleased to announced that it has affiliated with attorneys formerly practicing at Watkins, Bates & Carey LLP of Toledo.
Gibney Successfully Defends Manufacturer in Federal Appellate Court
Thomas J. Gibney recently represented a manufacturer in the Sixth Circuit Appellate Court.
Eastman & Smith Alert - Third-Party Ownership of Life Insurance
Life insurance proceeds on policies owned by the insured are included in the estate of the insured for federal estate tax purposes.
Casey Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award
Peter R. Casey III has been honored by the University of Toledo College of Law with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Goldberg To Be Toledo Bar President
Stu Goldberg will be sworn in as president of the Toledo Bar Association at the organization's annual meeting on June 14.
Shaw and Cravener Publish Health Care Reform Articles
Attorneys Mark A. Shaw and Garrett M. Cravener published two articles in the Toledo Bar Association newsletter regarding health care reform.
Bauer Interviewed On Landfill Fees
The Press reports the decrease in waste fees paid to Wood County by two local landfills is because a growing amount of waste collected in the County is being taken to out-of-county landfills.
Atticus Finch: A Model for Lawyers
Published in the Toledo Bar Association's April 2011 newsletter is Eastman & Smith attorney Matthew D. Harper's article on Atticus Finch.
Casey Successfully Defends Medical Malpractice Case
Peter R. Casey III recently received a defense verdict after a week-long trial.
Harper and Cavanaugh Obtain Dismissal At Close of Plaintiff's Case
Attorneys Matthew D. Harper and Tiffany E. Cavanaugh defended a molding company at trial which had been sued for conversion of personal property.
Lardiere Joins Eastman & Smith
Eastman & Smith is pleased to announce that Christopher L. Lardiere has joined our firm as of counsel and is based in our Columbus office.
McCauley Joins Eastman & Smith
The Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Practice group welcomes Ann M. McCauley as an associate in its section.
Rene L. Rimelspach Receives OSBF Award
Rene L. Rimelspach received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's 2011 District Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under for District Seven.
Estate Planning Alert -- Continuity for Your Estate Planning
Estate planning clients often are concerned about who will take care of changes in their estate plans or the future administration of their estates if their attorney dies, retires, or is otherwise unavailable to assist them.
PUCO Rescinds Some Motor Carrier Safety Rules
On March 16, 2011, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) announced rescission of its motor carrier safety rules regulating not-for-hire light-weight commercial vehicles used in commerce.
Eastman & Smith Remembers John T. Landwehr
The attorneys and staff of Eastman & Smith Ltd. are saddened to announce the passing of our friend and colleague, John T. Landwehr, who died Friday, February 25. John was a member of the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group and the first general counsel for Eastman & Smith.
Casey Prevails in Medical Malpractice Case
Peter R. Casey III prevailed in a two and a half week medical malpractice trial held in Lucas Common Pleas Court.
Eastman & Smith Alert - Has Congress Made Estate Planning Unnecessary?
The tax bill passed by Congress in December 2010 increased the estate tax exemption to $5,000,000 for two years and introduced portability of the exemption for married couples. As a result, individuals may be tempted to conclude that they do not need estate planning, at least not yet.
Harden Receives Heroism Award
For his efforts in saving a staff member's life, Gary M. Harden was given the National Boy Scouts of America's Heroism Award.
Eastman Attorneys on Ohio Super Lawyers List
Eastman & Smith is pleased to announce that seven of its lawyers have been named 2011 Ohio Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine.
Eastman & Smith Alert - Estate Planning Under the 2010 Tax Law Changes
Congress, to the surprise of most observers, included very favorable estate tax provisions in the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (the 2010 Act), which was enacted December 17, 2010.
Miller Accredited by VA
Gary L. Miller has been accredited by the Veterans Administration. He is now permitted to assist clients in planning to become eligible for VA benefits . . .
Sandretto Admitted to Michigan Bar
Mark W. Sandretto, an attorney with Eastman & Smith since 2005, was recently admitted to the State Bar of Michigan.
Eastman & Smith Alert: Year-end Gifting to Reduce Estate Taxes
With the estate tax exemption dropping to $1 million in 2011 unless Congress acts by year-end, annual exclusion gifts in 2010 (up to $13,000/donee, or $26,000/donee from a married couple who elects to split gifts) are an especially attractive way to reduce the donors estate.
Department Publishes Two Franchise Tax Releases
As you may be aware, the Ohio franchise tax has been phased out over the last several years for many Ohio corporations.
Gregg and Johnson Victorious in WC Case
Joseph A. Gregg and Richard L. Johnson recently represented a national food manufacturer in a workers' compensation matter in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.
Jacobs Honored by Library
Frank D. Jacobs has been honored by the Library Legacy Foundation as the 2010 Outstanding Community Volunteer.
Eastman & Smith Alert -- Updating the Estate Plan After a Divorce
A divorced individual will rarely wish to leave assets to an ex-spouse at death. During divorce proceedings, a court injunction will often prevent an individual from changing his or her estate plan. However, when the divorce is final, certain changes should be made to the estate plan.
Eastman & Smith Alert - Veterans Administration Benefits Often Overlooked
Many seniors are eligible for a little-publicized monthly benefit from the Veteran's Administration (VA), the Aid and Attendance Benefit.
Eastman & Smith Named in U.S. News Publication
Eastman & Smith was named by U.S. New and World Reports as a "tier one" Toledo, Ohio, law firm in several practice areas.
Estate Planning for a Young Adult Child
Trying to settle on what to gift to a teenager when he or she reaches eighteen? A car? A deposit for an apartment? A trip overseas?
Twelve Eastman & Smith Attorneys Make "Who's Who in Toledo Area Law"
Toledo Business Journal, a monthly business newspaper focusing on economic development and related issues in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, published its second annual list of "Who's Who in Toledo Area Law." This list was compiled based on nominations provided by attorneys and clients.
Sargeant and Gregg in Chambers Directory
Firm members Richard T. Sargeant and Joseph A. Gregg have been listed in Chambers & Partner's USA directory in the Natural Resources & Environment category.
Best Lawyers in America, 2011
Fourteen attorneys from our Toledo office have made a reappearance in Best Lawyers in America.
Sponseller and Flynn Become Members of Eastman & Smith Ltd.
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is pleased to announce that Carrie L. Sponseller and Nicole A. Flynn are now members of the Firm. Ms. Sponseller has been an associate with Eastman & Smith since 2001, Ms. Flynn since 2006.
Eastman and Smith Co-Sponsor of Black Swamp Conservancy Event
Dinner, raffle and a local author will all be part of the Black Swamp Conservancys September 16th event. Appreciating the Great Outdoors, Pass it On is the title of Matt Andersons speech taking place that night.
Life insurance tax traps for the unwary
Life insurance death benefits are generally thought to be tax-free, but are not necessarily so (as the old song goes).
Ohio Estate Tax Alert
Ohio is currently one of the few states which still have a state estate tax (Michigan and Florida, for example, do not).
Eastman & Smith Opens New Findlay Office
The attorneys of Eastman & Smith Ltd. are pleased to announce the opening of their new Findlay office at 510 South Main Street in downtown Findlay.
Bill Holt Receives Prestigious Award
Bill Holt, an attorney with Eastman & Smith Ltd. in Toledo, has received the prestigious Patrick A. O'Neill Memorial Award from the Ohio Self-Insurers Association (OSIA).
Jacobs Appointed to OSBA Board
Eastman & Smith attorney, Frank D. Jacobs, has been appointed to the Ohio State Bar Association Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Specialty Board.
Goldberg Receives Legacy of Achievement Award From American Heart Association
On March 27, 2010, E&S member Stu Goldberg received the American Heart Association's Legacy of Achievement Award at the Heart Ball.
Eastman & Smith Attorneys Win Summary Judgment in Franklin County
Recently, Eastman & Smith attorneys Mark A. Shaw and Holly L. Hollandsworth secured a favorable decision from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in a personal injury case based on negligence and products liability theories.
Eastman & Smith Receives BLSA Honor
Eastman & Smith was honored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) of the University of Toledo College of Law at last week's annual Torrence R. Greene scholarship banquet.
Eastman & Smith Attorneys Achieve Victory for Ohio Employers
Eastman & Smith attorneys prevailed before the Ohio Supreme Court recently in a long-awaited decision, and one of particular importance to Ohio employers.
Eastman & Smith Attorney Receives Red Cross's Highest Honor
Eastman & Smith attorney Gary Harden has a message for those who might doubt the importance of CPR and First Aid training. "If you're trained, you can save a life."
Eastman & Smith Remembers Jim Millon
The attorneys and staff of Eastman & Smith Ltd. are saddened to announce the passing of our friend and colleague, James W. ("Jim") Millon.
Eastman & Smith Goes Red for Women
On Friday, February 5 attorneys and staff at Eastman & Smith Ltd. participated in "Go Red For Women Day," an American Heart Association initiative designed to bring awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States.
Shaw and Hollandsworth Prevail in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas
Eastman & Smith attorneys Mark A. Shaw and Holly L. Hollandsworth recently secured a favorable decision from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas in a personal injury case.
Tice Named "Toledo Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year"
Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Ronald J. Tice as the "Toledo Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year" for 2010.
The Best Lawyers in America 2010
Fourteen lawyers from Eastman & Smith Ltd. have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010 (Copyright 2008 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).
Eastman & Smith Announces 2010 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is pleased to announce that ten of its lawyers have been named 2010 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars by Law & Politics magazine.
Eastman & Smith Attorneys Earn Certification
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is pleased to announce that, effective January 1, 2010, four of its attorneys have recently become Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) certified specialists in the areas of workers' compensation, labor and employment and estate planning.
Eastman & Smith Attorneys and Staff Raise Funds for Berry's Landing
In the spirit of the holiday season, Eastman & Smith's attorneys and staff raised over $400 for the residents of Berry's Landing, a Toledo-based organization that provides homeless veterans with mental illness a chance to recover with permanent housing and other support.
Eastman & Smith Welcomes New Associates
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is please to welcome Joshua Didion, Colleen Maloney and Joshua Peterson to its Toledo office.
Eastman & Smith Ltd. Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Work
Eastman & Smith members Heidi Eischen, Thomas Gibney and Stuart Goldberg were honored for their pro-bono work on October 29 at the Toledo Bar Association's annual Pro Bono Recognition lunch.
Women of Eastman & Smith Sponsor Second Annual Shoe Drive
The Women of Eastman & Smith Ltd., is proud to announce that it recently completed its second annual shoe drive through its Toledo chapter of Shoes That Fit, a non-profit organization established to help build the self-esteem of schoolchildren in need by providing them with new shoes.
Nooney Wins Medical Malpractice Defense Verdict
James F. Nooney, a member in Eastman & Smith's Litigation section, received a favorable verdict for the Firm's physician defendant client in a medical malpractice case.
Sponseller and Watson Nominated for Leadership Award
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is pleased to announce that Carrie L. Sponseller and Laurie A. Watson have been nominated for the 2009 20 Under 40 Toledo Leadership Awards.
Eastman & Smith Secures Victory Before Ohio Supreme Court
Eastman & Smith Ltd. secured a victory for Defendant Sky Bank - Ohio Bank Region (now part of The Huntington National Bank) in the Ohio Supreme Court in Spiller v. Sky Bank - Ohio Bank Region.
Harden Honored by Red Cross
Gary M. Harden, an attorney in the firm's business section, was one of four Toledo area residents honored by the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross during National CPR/AED Awareness Week.
Casey and Pawlicki Prevail at Trial
Eastman & Smith attorneys prevailed after a bench trial in the Lucas County Common Pleas Court.
Eastman & Smith Receives President's Award from The Employers' Association
Eastman & Smith was presented with the 2009 President's Award presented at The Employers' Association''s annual meeting in May.
Eggs 'n Issues Draws to Close
The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce's Annual Eggs 'n Issues series drew to a close on Friday, May 29 as representatives involved with the construction of the downtown arena project spoke about the process.
Eastman & Smith Welcomes New Members
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is pleased to welcome Thomas Kemp and Stephen Roepke as members based in its Findlay office.
Spotlight On: Women of Eastman & Smith Ltd.
The Women of Eastman & Smith (WES) is a professional development initiative. The mission of WES is to further attract and retain talented women attorneys, foster successful client relationships and promote leadership within the firm and community.
Goldberg and Markakis Obtain Favorable Result for Public School District
On December 5, 2008, Ohio's Sixth District Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in favor of the Maumee City School District Board of Education finding that Maumee Schools could fulfill its obligation to transport private school junior high and high school students living within its district without using yellow buses.
Eastman & Smith Attorney Speaks at 2009 International Builders Show and Nextbuild
Eastman & Smith member, Jim Rogers, was a panelist at the 2009 International Builders Show and Nextbuild.
Holt Joins Eastman & Smith
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is pleased to announce that William D. Holt has joined the Firm.
Eastman & Smith Lawyers Named to Super Lawyers List
Nine Eastman & Smith attorneys were named Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Law & Politics magazine.
Eastman & Smith Welcomes New Associates
Eastman & Smith is pleased to announce that Michael Beal, Garrett Cravener and Daniel Everson have joined the Toledo office as associates.
Eastman & Smith Attorneys Speak at Commercial Core Law Seminar
On November 13, Eastman & Smith Ltd., and the Commercial/Industrial Committee of the Toledo Board of REALTORS, presented a seminar on Commercial Core Law.
Eastman & Smith Brings Shoes That Fit to Toledo
Eastman Smith announces the establishment of Toledo's first chapter of Shoes That Fit.
Eastman & Smith Elects New Members
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is pleased to announce that Heidi Hartman and Jeffrey Stopar have been elected members of the firm.
Johnson Joins Firm
Scott A. Johnson has joined Eastman and Smith Ltd. as an associate in the Business Section.
Rimelspach Member of OSBF Fellows 2008 Class
Eastman & Smith Ltd. associate Rene L. Rimelspach has been accepted as a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation's 2008 class. Members of the class learn about the Foundation and undertake a class project.
Williamson Honored by WCEDC
Lane D. Williamson, a member of the Firm, was honored by the Wood County Economic Development Commission for his role as president of the WCEDC's Executive Committee from 2006 through 2007.
Nunn and Gregg Resolve Complex Environmental Dispute Through Innovative Arbitration Process
Eastman & Smith Ltd.'s Environmental Practice Group was retained by a Fortune 50 company which was involved in a dispute over the allocation of responsibility for environmental cleanup costs between two former plants in a Midwestern city.
Eastman & Smith Acts as Counsel to Toledo Orthopaedic Surgeons in Acquisition and Development of Wildwood Fitness Center Medical Office Building
Toledo Orthopaedic Surgeons (TOS) announced the execution of a ground lease agreement with Reynolds Road Fitness Center and plans to develop a medical office building of approximately 48,800 square feet.
Reinbolt Assists With Ohio's First Commercial Ethanol Project
POET Energy LLC, a South Dakota ethanol producer, began production at Ohio's first commercial ethanol facility. On January 10, 2008 more than 3,000 people attended POET's grand opening in Leipsic, Ohio (southwest of Toledo).
Watson Publishes Article in Toledo Newspaper
Attorney Laurie A. Watson, an associate in the Firm's Wealth Preservation Practice Group, recently published an article in the Toledo Free Press entitled "The Importance of Good Estate Planning" (Toledo Free Press, February 10, 2008).
Sadowski Joins Firm
Patrick A. Sadowski has joined Eastman & Smith as an associate. A native of Northwest Ohio, he will be based primarily in the Firm's Findlay office.
Announcing The Opening of Our Michigan Office
Eastman & Smith Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has opened an office in Novi, Michigan. The office will be staffed by our new attorney, K.C. Hortop. Mr. Hortop has been in-house counsel for Chrysler LLC for 21 years, specializing in labor and employment law.
Black Swamp Conservancy Assisted by Eastman & Smith in Establishing Conservation Easement to Preserve and Restore Wetlands at Pearson Park
The Black Swamp Conservancy, a local non-profit land trust, recently accepted a conservation easement from the Toledo Metroparks to ensure the preservation of approximately 26 acres of important wetlands and the restoration over time of another 184 acres of wetlands located on property at Pearson Park in Oregon, Ohio.
Gilmer, Hales Speak at Federal Court Practice Seminar
Robert J. Gilmer Jr., a member of the Firm, and Janet E. Hales, of counsel, were part of a panel of attorneys at the 2007 Nicholas J. Walinski Federal Court Practice Seminar.
Goldberg and Stopar Victorious in Appellate Court
Stuart J. Goldberg, a member of the Firm, and Jeffrey M. Stopar, an associate, successfully represented an insurance company in the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Sixth Appellate District.
Hales Joins Goldberg as Trustee of the Toledo Bar Association
Janet E. Hales, an Eastman & Smith Ltd. of counsel attorney, has been elected to the Toledo Bar Association’s Board of Directors.
Five Attorneys Join Firm as Associates
Aemisegger, Carter, Dobrzykowski, Wabeke and Walters join Eastman & Smith.
Jacobs and Tarini Recertified as Specialists
Firm members Frank D. Jacobs and Mimi Tarini were recertified by the Ohio State Bar Association as specialists in Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Law. Renewal is required every five years. In Ohio, 140 attorneys have this certification (10 are located in Lucas County).
Nooney to Receive Service Award
Firm member James F. Nooney has been honored by the Toledo Bar Association.
Eastman & Smith Ltd. Acts as Seller-Side Counsel in $1 Billion Sale of OmniSource to Publicly Traded Company
Steel Dynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ/GS: STLD) and OmniSource Corporation announced on October 1, 2007 the execution of a definitive agreement whereby Steel Dynamics (SDI) will acquire OmniSource, one of North America's largest scrap recycling companies, a privately held company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Eastman & Smith Ltd. Names New Members
Eastman & Smith Ltd., has elected two attorneys as members of the Firm: Fadi V. Nahhas and Joseph R. Durham.
Eastman & Smith Attorneys Named Ohio Rising Stars Super Lawyers
Seven Eastman & Smith Ltd. attorneys have been selected as 2007 Ohio Rising Star Super Lawyers. Recipients are: Graham Bluhm and Fadi Nahhas (Business/Corporate), Matthew Harper (Business Litigation), Michael Regnier (Professional Liability: Defense), Heidi Eischen (Employment and Labor), Connie Swemba (General Litigation), and Maria Markakis (Schools and Education).
Eastman & Smith Ltd. Recipient of Family Friendly Award
Eastman & Smith Ltd. was awarded the Family Friendly Award which recognizes law firms for their accomplishments in creating an environment that fosters balanced lives in an increasingly diverse and competitive legal market.