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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 […]

Snacks & Snippets Elder Law Seminar

Snacks & Snippets Elder Law Seminar


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: […]

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 […]