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Free Webinar: Practical Advice for PPP Loans (6/16/2020)

Free Webinar: Practical Advice for PPP Loans (6/16/2020)


FREE WEBINAR:  Practical Advice for PPP Loans Tuesday, June 16, 2020. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT Please join our attorneys Chris Peer, Ben Cooke, Julie Vaccarelli, and Brandon Leal to gather some practical advice for the Payroll Protection Program and the updated PPP Flexibility Act. They will review several examples and best practices encountered […]

Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program

Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program


At Wickens Herzer Panza we administer a group rating program (through Trident, sponsored by NEOSC) to assist our client group members in reducing their workers’ compensation premiums. A group rating program allows employers to pool together through a sponsoring organization to combine their risk and liability, and therefore reduce the amount of workers’ compensation premium […]

Latest Rule Change for PPP Forgiveness

Latest Rule Change for PPP Forgiveness


By Julie A. Vaccarelli, Esq. In the ever-changing world of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) and the parameters for forgiveness, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (“PPPFA”) June 6, 2020. The key takeaways are as follows: The ratio of payroll to expenses changed. In the original rule, borrowers were required to spend 75% […]

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

PPP Loan Forgiveness Application


By Christopher W. Peer, Esq. and Benjamin M. Cooke, Esq. Forgiveness has been one of the primary topics of discussion surrounding the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) for weeks (especially for small businesses receiving less than $2 million in PPP funds).  Finally, some official guidance is out on how employers will report their use of PPP […]

Good Faith Certification for Necessity of PPP Loans Causing Concern?  Worry No More!

Good Faith Certification for Necessity of PPP Loans Causing Concern?  Worry No More!


By Julie A. Vaccarelli, Esq. and Brandon J. Leal, Esq. Late in the morning on Tuesday, May 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released additional guidance regarding loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) that many borrowers have been waiting for.  This additional guidance clarifies only one issue:  good faith economic necessity and […]

05/21/20 | Community Foundation of Lorain County Webinar for Non-Profits

05/21/20 | Community Foundation of Lorain County Webinar for Non-Profits


With Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. Join Amy DeLuca on May 21st at 11:00 AM for the Community Foundation of Lorain County Non-Profit HR Webinar: Addressing Your Non-Profit’s Challenging Resources Issues. The webinar will address layoffs vs. furloughs. OSHA, wages and hours, unemployment, FFCRA, and other HR concerns. REGISTER NOW >

Potential Backstops May Cover COVID-19 Pandemic Business Interruption Losses

Potential Backstops May Cover COVID-19 Pandemic Business Interruption Losses


By Wilbert V. Farrell IV, Esq. and Matthew N. Danese, Esq. There have been multiple recent efforts by various interested actors to provide potential backstops that may cover COVID-19 business interruption losses, which would affect Ohio businesses. 1.  If Passed into Law, Ohio H.B. 589 Would Provide Business Interruption Coverage for Some Ohio-Based Companies. First, […]

Ohio Unemployment and Employee’s Refusal to Return to Work While Receiving COVID-19 Benefits

Ohio Unemployment and Employee’s Refusal to Return to Work While Receiving COVID-19 Benefits


By Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the State of Ohio expanded employees’ opportunities to receive unemployment benefits. This, along with the additional unemployment benefits provided under recently passed federal legislation, makes unemployment a lucrative and appealing option for many employees. With the potential for businesses to reopen and/or expand services […]

Not Complying with the Stay at Home Order? Be Prepared for the Legal Consequences.

Not Complying with the Stay at Home Order? Be Prepared for the Legal Consequences.


By Michael R. Nakon, Esq. and Matthew N. Danese, Esq. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip states across the country, Ohio businesses have been among the earliest to feel the effects of a state imposed Stay at Home Order, with some non-essential businesses choosing to ignore the mandates of Governor DeWine and Ohio’s Director […]

You Received Your PPP Funds; Now What?

You Received Your PPP Funds; Now What?


By: Christopher W. Peer. Esq. and John A. Polinko, Esq. To believe the reports and news stories, the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) has been a success in that thousands of small businesses have been able to take advantage of the relief it provides, but the road was less than smooth. The prevailing thought is that […]

Changes to Payroll Reporting as a Result of COVID-19

Changes to Payroll Reporting as a Result of COVID-19


From:  Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation To:  Third Party Administrators/Employer Representatives   The BWC-Employer Services Division will implement two changes in payroll reporting requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency. Please refer to the details below regarding  the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and reportable wages associated with teleworking staff.  […]

CARES Act Update: Retirement Plan Relief

CARES Act Update: Retirement Plan Relief


By Richard A. Naegele, Esq. The retirement savings of the American people have been devastated by the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) includes a series of provisions intended to help American’s retirement savings recover once the crisis abates. There are three primary retirement relief […]

IRS Families First Coronavirus Response Act Guidance

IRS Families First Coronavirus Response Act Guidance


By Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. In order to assist employers with determining tax implications and tax credits available under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or “Act”), the IRS recently issued guidance. An immediate concern of employers is what they should be doing to document leave taken under the FFCRA in order to have […]

Employer Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Ohio Stay At Home Order, and Other COVID-19 Employment Related Matters

Employer Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Ohio Stay At Home Order, and Other COVID-19 Employment Related Matters


By Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. and Matthew N. Danese, Esq. With the recent passage of legislation at both the state and federal levels, employers have been scrambling to determine whether they fall under the various provisions and what must be done to comply with the new laws. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or […]

CARES Act to Provide Critical Funding for Small Businesses to Retain Workforces and Get Back to Work

CARES Act to Provide Critical Funding for Small Businesses to Retain Workforces and Get Back to Work


By Christopher W. Peer, Esq. and John A. Polinko, Esq. In response to the unparalleled upheaval of the U.S. economy as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the U.S. Government has put into place solutions that workers and small businesses can utilize to survive in the immediate term and, potentially, thrive following the slow-down or […]

DOL Guidance for the Implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

DOL Guidance for the Implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act


By Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. The Department of Labor recently issued additional guidance in the form of FAQs to address many of the questions raised by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Below is a link to the DOL posting. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions   This article provides an overview and summary of the matters described therein.  […]

The Small Business Provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Small Business Provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act


By Brandon J. Leal, Esq. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act package is huge (over 800 pages).  It contains tax relief, a wide range of health care provisions (including large subsidies for the industry, loosening of regulations to increase access to “telehealth” services, and increased access to tax-favored health accounts), unemployment insurance, […]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Department of Labor Guidance

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Department of Labor Guidance


By Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. The Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”).  Additional guidance in the way of regulations is expected in April. Employers should take note that the DOL guidance provides the effective date of the Act is April 1st, rather than April 2nd as […]

Business Operations, Cash Needs, and Lender Options

Business Operations, Cash Needs, and Lender Options


By Christopher W. Peer, Esq. and John A. Polinko, Esq. These are unprecedented times. Coronavirus has created significant market volatility in addition to the health crisis. If you are in grocery, pharma or healthcare, opportunities abound. If your business is entertainment or non-specific manufacturing, times are very tough. No matter how unfamiliar this “new normal” […]

Coronavirus Impact to Commercial Property Owners

Coronavirus Impact to Commercial Property Owners


By Brian W. Bonham, Esq. and Brandon J. Leal, Esq. The coronavirus crisis is having a devastating economic impact on every aspect of the economy. Owners of leased commercial property should start acting proactively to protect their interests. All need to start considering how this crisis will impact tenants. At times such as this, it […]

The Current State of Construction Projects in Ohio after the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Stay At Home Order of March 22, 2020

The Current State of Construction Projects in Ohio after the Ohio Department of Health Director’s Stay At Home Order of March 22, 2020


By Michael R. Fortney, Esq. The Ohio Department of Health Director’s Stay At Home Order of March 22, 2020 (“Order”), allows the construction industry to continue working on projects related to “Essential Infrastructure” as well as critical trades (including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, […]

Our Firm’s Commitment to Our Clients and Employees

Our Firm’s Commitment to Our Clients and Employees


In our desire to provide the safest possible environment for our clients and employees, while managing governmental directives, we want to keep you apprised of our plans as we move forward. At present, the Stay at Home Order issued by Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, has identified Law Firms as essential businesses. […]

COVID-19 Response: Ohio Governor Orders Ohioans to Stay at Home

COVID-19 Response: Ohio Governor Orders Ohioans to Stay at Home


By Benjamin M. Cooke, Esq. In response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has been one of the more aggressive governors responding to the crisis.  On Sunday, March 22, Governor DeWine, through Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, issued the Order that All Persons Stay at Home Unless Engaged in […]

Ohio BWC Announces Payment Deadlines Extended

Ohio BWC Announces Payment Deadlines Extended


By Matthew N. Danese, Esq. On Saturday March 21, 2020, Ohio Lt. Governor Husted and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employer’s premium installment payments due for March, April, and May may be deferred until June 1, 2020.  At that time, the matter will be reconsidered by the […]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:  Implications for Employers

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:  Implications for Employers


Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Act”) was passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.  According to recent guidance issued by the Department of Labor, the Act will go into effect on April 1, 2020, employers must immediately determine its impact on their policies and […]

Ohio Unemployment and COVID-19

Ohio Unemployment and COVID-19


By Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. On March 15, 2020, Governor DeWine announced that he was issuing an order relaxing the requirements to receive unemployment benefits in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The order will allow those subject to quarantine by a physician or an employer and those who are unable to work due to a […]

A Message from our Firm’s President, Matthew W. Nakon

A Message from our Firm’s President, Matthew W. Nakon


Dear Clients and Friends of WHP: As COVID-19 continues to spread, the uncertainty and fluidity of the situation forces us to face this challenge directly.  At WHP, our primary focus is the health and safety of our people, their families, and that of our clients and other colleagues.  We live and work in a great […]

Covid-19: Employment Law FAQs and Guidance

Covid-19: Employment Law FAQs and Guidance


Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. Matthew N. Danese, Esq. Employers, as well as their employees, are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.  With schools closing and officials urging social distancing, several questions arise relating to working arrangements, paid time off and other employment considerations.  Based on guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Ohio Industrial Commission Workers’ Compensation Hearings

Ohio Industrial Commission Workers’ Compensation Hearings


The Ohio Industrial Commission announced today that all workers’ compensation hearings will be suspended from Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the Commission will begin conducting hearings by telephone for the following issues: permanent total disability, temporary total disability or the termination of temporary total disability, wage loss, allowance […]

SECURE Act Update

SECURE Act Update


On Friday December 20, 2019, the SECURE Act was signed into law. This new legislation, which became effective January 1, 2020, drastically changes the landscape for estate plans involving retirement accounts. The purpose of this letter is to make you aware of the basic changes in the law and briefly explain how this may impact […]

7 WHP Attorneys Recognized on 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers List; 2 Recognized as Rising Stars

7 WHP Attorneys Recognized on 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers List; 2 Recognized as Rising Stars


We’re proud to announce the following attorneys have been named to the 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers List based on peer nominations that were submitted, reviewed and researched by Super Lawyers: Arthur E. Gibbs III, Estate Planning & Probate Richard A. Naegele, Employment & Labor Matthew W. Nakon, Litigation Richard D. Panza, Litigation Christopher W. Peer, […]

Wickens Herzer Panza receives “Best Law Firm” ranking

Wickens Herzer Panza receives “Best Law Firm” ranking


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 […]

Building Collapse During Construction

Building Collapse During Construction


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. […]

Time For Your Company’s Year-End HR Check-Up

Time For Your Company’s Year-End HR Check-Up


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 […]

New DOL Overtime Rule

New DOL Overtime Rule


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. […]

Attorney Erica K. Williams, Named an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) Designee

Attorney Erica K. Williams, Named an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) Designee


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Susan Austin Carney Tel. 866/ 226-2224 Email: susan@naepc.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 […]

5 WHP Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

5 WHP Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020


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 [...]

Department of Labor Issues Guidance on FMLA Leave Designation

Department of Labor Issues Guidance on FMLA Leave Designation


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 […]

Solar Panels in Community Associations: Legislative Update

Solar Panels in Community Associations: Legislative Update


by Amanda A. Barreto, Esq. If your condominium or homeowners association does not already have a policy on solar panel installation and placement, it may be time to institute one—especially if House Bill 20 goes anywhere in Columbus. On February 12, 2019, House Bill 20 was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives seeking to […]

Overtime Changes Are Coming: Is Your Business Ready?

Overtime Changes Are Coming: Is Your Business Ready?


  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 […]

6 WHP Attorneys Recognized on 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers List; 3 Recognized as Rising Stars

6 WHP Attorneys Recognized on 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers List; 3 Recognized as Rising Stars


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 Richard A. Naegele, Employment & Labor […]

Hidden Opportunities Right Under Your Nose

Hidden Opportunities Right Under Your Nose


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, […]

Worker Classification- It’s Not a Worker or Employer Decision!

Worker Classification- It’s Not a Worker or Employer Decision!


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 […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Our ‘Why’

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Our ‘Why’


by Morgan Nakon & Matthew W. Nakon, Esq. As many of you are now aware, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month WHP will hold several fundraising initiatives, with the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen, Northeast Ohio Chapter. This cause and Foundation are important to several members of our WHP family who have been impacted by breast […]

Balance: The Sandwich Generation Event Recap

Balance: The Sandwich Generation Event Recap


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!

Don’t Rely Only On Your Invoice!


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

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 […]

Five WHP Attorneys Recognized on 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers List; Two Recognized as Ohio Rising Stars

Five WHP Attorneys Recognized on 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers List; Two Recognized as Ohio Rising Stars


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, […]

WHP Welcomes New Practice, Two New Attorneys

WHP Welcomes New Practice, Two New Attorneys


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, […]

Six WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

Six WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©


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 […]

Beginning September 18, 2017, Employers Must Exclusively Use The Revised I-9 Form

Beginning September 18, 2017, Employers Must Exclusively Use The Revised I-9 Form


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.  […]

Attorney Philip J. Truax to receive Ohio State Bar Foundation Award

Attorney Philip J. Truax to receive Ohio State Bar Foundation Award


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 […]

Attorney Erica K. Williams has Joined the Probate & Estate Planning Department at WHP

Attorney Erica K. Williams has Joined the Probate & Estate Planning Department at WHP


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, […]

A Message From Our Firm’s President

A Message From Our Firm’s President


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. […]

WHP Adds a New Shareholder

WHP Adds a New Shareholder


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 […]

Four WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

Four WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©


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 […]

WHP Adds Two New Shareholders

WHP Adds Two New Shareholders


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 […]

Attorney Benjamin M. Cooke has joined the Business Organizations & Tax Department at WHP

Attorney Benjamin M. Cooke has joined the Business Organizations & Tax Department at WHP


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 […]

Attorney Christopher A. Gray has joined the Litigation Department at WHP

Attorney Christopher A. Gray has joined the Litigation Department at WHP


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 […]

Three WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

Three WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©


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 attorneys selected as Super Lawyers

WHP attorneys selected as Super Lawyers


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 […]

Attorney Christopher W. Peer has joined WHP

Attorney Christopher W. Peer has joined WHP


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

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 […]

Judge Joseph Cirigliano Spotlighted in Ohio Lawyer Magazine

Judge Joseph Cirigliano Spotlighted in Ohio Lawyer Magazine


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 Adds Two New Shareholders

WHP Adds Two New Shareholders


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. […]

Two WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

Two WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©


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.

Ohio BWC’s “Another Billion Back” Proposed Rebate

Ohio BWC’s “Another Billion Back” Proposed Rebate


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 […]

Workers’ Compensation Sign-Up Deadlines Changing

Workers’ Compensation Sign-Up Deadlines Changing


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 […]

Attorney Philip Truax is a Guest Blogger for the North Coast Building Industry Association

Attorney Philip Truax is a Guest Blogger for the North Coast Building Industry Association


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 Expands its Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights Practice

WHP Expands its Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights Practice


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 […]

Attorneys Panza and Naegele recognized as “Best Lawyers” in Cleveland for 2014

Attorneys Panza and Naegele recognized as “Best Lawyers” in Cleveland for 2014


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.

2014 Workers’ Compensation Deadlines

2014 Workers’ Compensation Deadlines


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

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, […]

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation board approves $1 billion rebate to employers

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation board approves $1 billion rebate to employers


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

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 […]

WHP Adds New Associate

WHP Adds New Associate


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 […]

WHP Named Amy DeLuca Firm Shareholder and Director

WHP Named Amy DeLuca Firm Shareholder and Director


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 […]

WHP Adds Two New Associates

WHP Adds Two New Associates


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 […]

Ohio Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2013

Ohio Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2013


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, […]

Businesses host holiday community dinner for 500 people

Businesses host holiday community dinner for 500 people


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 […]

Joseph E. Cirigliano Elected New Director – Liberty Bank

Joseph E. Cirigliano Elected New Director – Liberty Bank


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 & […]

BWC Creates New Program for Brand-New Ohio Businesses

BWC Creates New Program for Brand-New Ohio Businesses


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 […]

Law firm contributes to civil law service (with video)

Law firm contributes to civil law service (with video)


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 […]