U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® have released their 2020 “Best Law Firms” rankings and we’re proud to share that Wickens Herzer Panza has been listed in multiple areas. Rankings as a “Best Law Firm” recognize Firms for their professional excellence and consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. According to Best Lawyers, “achieving […]
by Philip J. Truax, Esq. Renovation and rehabilitation projects continue to flourish in Ohio, as owners and developers prefer in some instances to salvage older structures. This is a good thing. These original buildings tell a story about who we are, and as an industry, we should work hard to keep, improve, and/or re-purpose them. […]
by Amy DeLuca, Esq. When was the last time you reviewed and updated your employee handbook? What about job descriptions? Do you have them? As the year is coming to an end, now is the ideal time to conduct a check-up of your HR policies, practices and procedures. Having HR policies and practices that are […]
by Julie Vaccarelli, Esq. The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule that will redefine which white-collar workers are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”). The new rule is effective January 1, 2020 and will increase the number of employees who are eligible for overtime pay. […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Susan Austin Carney Tel. 866/ 226-2224 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Attorney Erica K. Williams, Named an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) Designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils on August 22, 2019 Cleveland, Ohio – Attorney Erica K. Williams is newly certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designee […]
Wickens Herzer Panza is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been named in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020. This recognition is earned through peer nominations and reviews and is intended to capture "the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice [...]
by Matthew N. Danese, Esq. Any employer subject to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) should be aware of the opinion letter the U.S. Department of Labor issued on March 14, 2019 regarding designation of FMLA leave. The FMLA provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for certain […]
by Amy Deluca, Esq. UPDATE: The Department of Labor announced a proposed rule regarding overtime. The newly proposed standard salary level has been increased to $679 per week (or $35,308 per year). Anything above this salary level means eligibility for overtime varies based on job duties. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), employers […]
We’re proud to announce the following attorneys have been named to the 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers List based on peer nominations that were submitted, reviewed and researched by Super Lawyers: Philip J. Truax, Real Estate & Construction (first time on the list!) Arthur E. Gibbs III, Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Richard A. Naegele, Employment […]
by John A. Polinko, Esq. The distressed market has always presented fertile ground for business parties – investors, business owners, and start-ups – to explore opportunities that, though they may come with some uncertainty, offer “value” that potentially outweighs the issues present. Sometimes these opportunities come through as shut-downs, liquidations, reorganizations, or otherwise (at times, […]
by William P. Prescott, Esq. Worker Classification- It’s Not a Worker or Employer Decision! Worker classification remains a problem for businesses of all types, including professional practices. Because the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), the Department of Labor (DOL) and the states believe that they are currently incurring a significant loss of revenue and where […]
Thursday, September 27th marked our Firm’s first quarterly Women’s Initiative event. The topic? Balance: The Sandwich Generation Covering what you need to know when you find yourself caring for your parents AND for your children, WHP attorneys Carmen Verhosek and Erica Williams led the discussion with some of our area’s top female leaders who happen […]
Don’t Rely Only On Your Invoice! By: Philip J. Truax, Esq. As a service provider, invoices can often be your lifeblood to cash. You perform your work or your services, and you provide your customer with an invoice, whether to obtain a partial payment or full payment for that work or those services. In […]
PRESS RELEASE: RETIRED ATTORNEY, THE HONORABLE JOSEPH E. CIRIGLIANO, RECEIVED THE OHIO STATE BAR ASSOCIATION’S HIGHEST HONOR: THE BAR MEDAL
AVON (August 24, 2018) – On Thursday, August 23, 2018, retired Wickens Herzer Panza attorney and former Judge Joseph E. Cirigliano was presented with the Ohio State Bar Association’s highest honor: the Bar Medal. This medal is awarded to individuals who give their time and talent by way of leadership roles on the bench and […]
We are excited to come together to offer you, your family and your loved ones the opportunity to attend the Snacks & Snippets panel discussion on how you can protect yourself now and in the future through asset protection, financial planning and more. It’s never too late (or early) to start planning. Topics will include: […]
Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. is pleased to announce 5 attorneys have been recognized on the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers list and 2 have been named Ohio Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in Ohio. Part of Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers is a research-driven, […]
Carmen Verhosek to concentrate in rare Elder Law; Michael Nakon joins Litigation group Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista is pleased to announce Carmen Verhosek and Michael Nakon are newly appointed attorneys in its Avon office. Ms. Verhosek is a member of the Firm’s Probate & Estate Planning department, focusing her practice on estate planning, […]
Best Lawyers® has released The Best Lawyers in America© list for 2018. Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. is pleased to announce that six of its attorneys have been recognized for their expertise and selected for inclusion in the 2018 list. Richard Panza, Commercial Litigation Matthew Nakon, Commercial Litigation Arthur Gibbs, Trusts & Estates […]
On September 18, 2017, employers must begin exclusively using the revised I-9 Form with the revision date of 07/17/17. Changes have been made to both the instructions for completing the form and the form itself. Employers should make sure they are familiar with the new form and instruction changes prior to this September 18th deadline. […]
WHP is pleased to announce that Attorney Philip J. Truax has been selected to receive the 2017 District 10 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, a charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association. This award is presented to attorneys, 40 years of age or younger, who […]
WHP is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Erica K. Williams to its Avon, Ohio Office. Ms. Williams is Of Counsel with the Firm’s Probate & Estate Planning Department and focuses her practice on estate planning, and wealth transfer & preservation. She is experienced in all areas of estate planning, including income tax, estate tax, […]
Timothy J. Pillari, Esq. Thomas Pillari, Esq. Dear Valued Clients and Friends, This is a bitter-sweet announcement for our Firm. It has been nearly 40 years since our Probate & Estate Planning (“PEP”) Department has been led by someone without the last name Pillari. Yet, that will be changing very soon. […]
Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. today announced the promotion of Christopher W. Peer to Shareholder, effective January 1, 2017. “We welcome Chris Peer as a new shareholder and director of WHP. Chris is experienced in a variety of corporate areas, including mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, creditor’s and debtor’s rights and corporate finance. Recently, Chris […]
WHP would like to congratulate Richard Panza, Richard Naegele, Matthew Nakon and Thomas Pillari who have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Mr. Panza and Mr. Nakon have been selected for their expertise in Business Litigation, Mr. Naegele for his expertise in Employee Benefits/ERISA, and Mr. Pillari […]
Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. today announced the promotions of Benjamin M. Cooke, Esq. and Philip J. Truax, Esq. to Shareholder, effective January 1, 2016. “The Shareholders of WHP are proud to welcome and congratulate Ben and Phil on this wonderful milestone. They are shining examples of the professionalism demanded of WHP attorneys and are […]
WHP is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Benjamin M. Cooke to its Avon, Ohio Office. Mr. Cooke focuses his practice on corporate and business matters. He handles business organization and formation, business contract issues, mergers and acquisitions, real estate matters, banking and financing, employment issues, bankruptcy and records retention/e-discovery. He also represents a number of […]
WHP is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Christopher A. Gray to its Avon, Ohio Office. Attorney Christopher A. Gray has joined the Litigation Department at WHP. Licensed to practice in Ohio and Kentucky, his practice includes Workers’ Compensation representation of self-insured, State Funded, group-rated, and public employers. He handles all phases of defense representation in […]
WHP would like to congratulate Richard Panza, Richard Naegele and Matthew Nakon who have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Mr. Panza and Mr. Nakon have been selected for their expertise in Commercial Litigation and Mr. Naegele has been selected for his expertise in Employee Benefits/ERISA.
WHP congratulates the 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, including its own Super Lawyers Matthew W. Nakon, Richard D. Panza, Richard A. Naegele, Thomas Pillari, and Ohio Rising Star Philip J. Truax. WHP Attorneys Matthew W. Nakon, Richard D. Panza, Richard A. Naegele and Thomas Pillari have been selected as 2015 Super Lawyers. Attorney Philip […]
WHP is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Christopher W. Peer to its Avon, Ohio Office. Mr. Peer is a member of the Business Organizations & Tax Department at WHP and advises clients on the legal implications of business and commercial decisions. His experience extends beyond general corporate matters to include expertise in financing transactions, commercial […]
The law firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista law firm has announced the addition of Christopher W. Peer
Attorney Christopher W. Peer has joined the Business Organizations & Tax Department at WHP and advises clients on the legal implications of business and commercial decisions. His experience extends beyond general corporate matters to include expertise in financing transactions, commercial issues and ERISA. Mr. Peer also represents parties with distressed debt concerns both in and out […]
WHP Attorney Judge Joseph E. Cirigliano was Spotlighted in the January-February 2015 OSBA Ohio Lawyer Magazine. Click the below link to view the online article and related video. https://www.ohiobar.org/NewsAndPublications/News/OSBANews/Pages/OSBA-member-spotlight-Joseph-Cirigliano-member-since-1952.aspx
WHP is pleased to announce the promotions of Mr. Timothy J. Pillari and Ms. Rachelle Kuznicki Zidar to Shareholder. Mr. Pillari is a member of WHP’s Probate & Estate Planning Department. In addition to probate and estate administration services, he provides innovative business succession and estate planning counsel tailored to each client’s unique needs. Mr. […]
WHP congratulates Attorney Matthew W. Nakon for achieving the highest AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell®.
WHP attorneys Richard D. Panza, Matthew W. Nakon, Richard A. Naegele and Thomas Pillari have been selected as 2015 Super Lawyers. Attorney Philip J. Truax has been recognized as an Ohio Rising Star.
WHP would like to congratulate Richard Panza and Richard Naegele who have been selected, once again, to be included in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Mr. Panza has been selected for his expertise in Commercial Litigation and Mr. Naegele has been selected for his expertise in Employee Benefits/ERISA.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is proposing a rebate similar to last year’s – this time called “Another Billion Back”. View the proposal summary, which is to be discussed at the BWC’s Board of Directors’ meeting on August 22, 2014. One of the eligibility criteria for the rebate is having active coverage. Therefore, it […]
BWC is changing the way it bills for workers’ compensation coverage to better serve Ohio employers. For decades, the agency has billed for employer premiums after-the-fact. It will begin billing in advance of coverage starting: July 1, 2015 for private employers Jan. 1, 2016 for public employers This change will align BWC with standard industry […]
June 19, 2014 Blog – “Township’s Failure to Upgrade Sewer Capacity is Not Actionable” March 17, 2014 Blog – “Green Building & LEED Construction” February 24, 2014 Blog – “Ohio Consumer Sales Practice Act (CSPA)”
WHP is pleased to announce the expansion of its Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice to include Insolvency Litigation. With over 55 years of collective experience, our bankruptcy and litigation professionals have an excellent track record of securing successful outcomes for our clients. The addition of Insolvency Litigation to WHP’s established Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice […]
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Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. is pleased to announce that partners Richard D. Panza and Richard A. Naegele have been recognized by their peers as “Best Lawyers” in Cleveland for 2014. Mr. Panza was recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation and Mr. Naegele for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista and FirstMerit Bank are teaming up to co-sponsor the 2014 Lorain County Community College Foundation’s Jack Nicklaus Scholarship Golf Benefit on August 18, 2014, at the Elyria Country Club.
Reproduced with permission from Doug Maag of Alternative Risk LTD. Group Rating The deadline for guaranteed enrollment is February 14. Enrollment forms received after this date could result in ineligibility for the program. If you have not returned your completed group rating forms, we ask that you email a copy to KFraatz@WickensLaw.com and mail your originals to […]
The law firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista law firm has announced the addition of Philip J. Truax
Mr. Truax is a member of the Litigation and Real Estate Departments, and focuses primarily on a variety of construction and real estate matters, commercial and environmental litigation, and product liability. In addition to his extensive experience in complex business and tort litigation, Mr. Truax works with contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers to preserve, pursue, […]
Crain’s Cleveland 2:33 pm, May 30, 2013 As expected, the board of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation unanimously has approved plans presented by Gov. John Kasich to distribute $1 billion in cash rebates to 210,000 Ohio employers. In a separate action, the board signed off on a 2.1% average reduction in base rates for […]
Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. (WHP) successful in obtaining reinstatement for Cedar Fair Executive as Chief Operating Officer
Richard D. Panza and William F. Kolis, Jr., two of Ohio’s premier legal practitioners, have successfully obtained reinstatement for their client, Jacob “Jack” Falfas, to his position as Chief Operating Officer for Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN) is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional […]
A Billion Back A Three part plan for making workers’ comp work for Ohio. — Click here for article.
Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista law firm has announced the addition of Brian W. Bonham. Mr. Bonham has joined the Business Organizations & Tax Department at WHP, where his focus is on Business and Corporate Law, Real Estate Law and Education Law. Mr. Bonham received his bachelor’s degree and a master of public administration […]
Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. announced that Amy DeLuca has recently been elected shareholder and director of the firm, effective January 1. Ms. DeLuca earned her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall Law School and joined the firm in 2008. She is a member of the firm’s litigation department, specializing in Labor and Employment law […]
December 20, 2012 — Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Law Firm announced today the addition of two new associates, Malorie A. Rooney and Douglas J. Swearingen. Ms. Rooney joins the Litigation department in Avon, OH where she will focus on all aspects of litigation, as well as representing employers in Workers’ Compensation matters. She […]
Important Notice To All Employers: Ohio Minimum Wage inrceases to $7.85 per hour effective January 1, 2013. This increase applies to businesses with annual gross receipts of at least $288,000.00. Employers with gross receipts under $288,000.00 must pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. If you have any questions regarding this new law, […]
The following is a link to the PDF of the Cleveland’s Best Lawyers special advertising supplement distributed in the July 31, 2012 edition of The Plain Dealer.
The Morning Journal By JASON HENRY LORAIN — More than 500 people in Lorain County found a warm meal for the holiday at four locations across the county yesterday afternoon. Five local businesses hosted community dinners at the Senior Center in Avon, Community Resource Services in Avon Lake, Antlers in Lorain and the Salvation Army in […]
New Directors Monday, November 7, 2011 Liberty Bank, N.A. Elects Three New Directors November 7, 2011; Beachwood, Ohio — Liberty Bank, N.A. today announced the election of three new Directors to the bank’s Board – Thomas W. Bevan, Esq. of Bevan & Associates LPA, Inc., Joseph E. Cirigliano, Esq. of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & […]
The BWC Board of Directors approved the creation and implementation of a new program in Ohio called the Grow Ohio Incentive Program. The Program allows brand-new employers to receive a 25% discount on their workers’ comp premium OR elect to participate in group rating within thirty days of applying for workers’ comp coverage. (In the past, new […]
By KATE SNYDER ksnyder@MorningJournal.com Rich Panza, a Legal Aid Board Member and Shareholder of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista, speaks during an open house for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s new Elyria office yesterday. ELYRIA — Rich Panza cannot think of a more worthy cause to contribute to than the Legal Aid Society of […]
Inside Business, November 2010 David L. Herzer, Esq Richard D. Panza, Esq.
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The Chronicle-Telegram, March 7, 2010 The Morning Journal, March 7, 2010 Matt Nakon and Previous Winners Dr. Zolli’s Speech