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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 & Elder Law Richard A. Naegele, Employment […]

Employee Misclassification: Avoid Hefty Fines

Employee Misclassification: Avoid Hefty Fines


By: Amy L. DeLuca, Esq. The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is the federal law setting the requirements for paying employees and defining what type of positions qualify for overtime.  If a position is non-exempt, employees working in that position must be paid overtime at a rate of one and one-half times their regular hourly […]

Fundless Sponsor Acquisitions

Fundless Sponsor Acquisitions


by Benjamin M. Cooke, Esq. & Anthony J. Cox, Esq. In recent years, a new brand of investor has entered the middle market private equity space:  the fundless sponsor.  Different than the traditional private equity fund, fundless sponsors do not have an investment fund supporting any acquisition activity.  Rather, these fundless sponsors pursue deal opportunities […]

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, […]

Aging in Place: Plan, Support, Succeed

Aging in Place: Plan, Support, Succeed


by Carmen M. Verhosek, Esq. Aging in place simply means that older individuals make a conscious decision to age in their current residence by adding the appropriate wrap-around services necessary in order to maintain their quality of life as they move along the aging continuum. This means planning early in regards to finances, estate plan, […]

Service Animals & Emotional Support Animals: What Every Ohio Business Should Know

Service Animals & Emotional Support Animals: What Every Ohio Business Should Know


by Amanda A. Barreto, Esq. Assistance animals are a common occurrence these days: on airplanes, in restaurants, and at the grocery store.  Ohio businesses who offer up any space to the general public—whether a lobby or a larger retail or dining area—need to understand the rules governing assistance animals so they do not find themselves […]

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 2019 “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 a […]

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 […]

Disaster Preparedness: Before and After a Major Loss

Disaster Preparedness: Before and After a Major Loss


by Philip J. Truax, Esq. Disaster Preparedness: Before and After a Major Loss By now, you’ve all seen and heard of the tragedy brought on by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, as well as Hurricane Michael in the panhandle.  Surely the wind and rains from the storms were devastating but the slow, ongoing and ever-rising […]

Supreme Court Limits Construction Insurance – Now What?

Supreme Court Limits Construction Insurance – Now What?


by Philip J. Truax, Esq. Supreme Court Limits Construction Insurance Coverage – Now What? By now, you may have heard about the Ohio Supreme Court case that held a contractor’s commercial general liability policy (CGL) does not cover property damage caused by its subcontractor’s defective work.  If not, here is a brief summary: In Ohio […]

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 […]

Litigation Associate

Litigation Associate


Wickens Herzer Panza, an “AV-rated” Suburban Cleveland law firm, seeks a Litigation Associate with three to seven years of business litigation experience; an emphasis in Workers’ Compensation is strongly preferred.  This position will handle general civil litigation matters, as well as represent the interests of employers in our Workers’ Compensation group-rating program and those that […]

New Law Changes “Bright-Line” Test For Ohio Income Tax Determination

New Law Changes “Bright-Line” Test For Ohio Income Tax Determination


by Erica K. Williams, Esq. A recently enacted law amends R.C. Section 5747.24 to revise and re-establish the bright-line domiciliary test for Ohio income tax purposes.  Under the new law, an individual is presumed to be not domiciled in Ohio for the entirety of any taxable year if the individual files an Affidavit of Non-Ohio […]

Investing in Real Estate: What You Should Consider

Investing in Real Estate: What You Should Consider


by Douglas J. Swearingen, Esq. Many people view investing in real estate as an opportunity to maintain and grow a passive income stream as either a primary or secondary source of revenue.  There are several issues that real estate investors need to consider in order to protect both their personal and business assets from the […]

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 […]

5 WHP Attorneys Named in 2019 Best Lawyers® List

5 WHP Attorneys Named in 2019 Best Lawyers® List


CLEVELAND, OH - Wickens Herzer Panza is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been named in The Best Lawyers® in America (2019 Edition) list. 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 [...]

Health Care Reform for Small Employers

Health Care Reform for Small Employers


Published on March 2, 2011 By Kelly A. (Means) VanDenHaute, J.D., Richard A. Naegele, J.D., M.A., William P. Prescott, E.M.B.A., J.D., Mark P. Altieri, J.D., L.L.M., CPA, PFS In March of 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law. While as a small employer you may be exempt from many of the health care reform mandates, many other […]

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: […]

What Is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment? (Part II)

What Is Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment? (Part II)


by Amy DeLuca, Esq.   We know that in recent months allegations of sexual harassment have been on the rise.  Employers, wanting to be proactive, are taking steps to learn more about sexual harassment and what they can do to protect their employees from such conduct and their companies from liability if allegations surface.  As […]

Get ahead of the game in 2018: FAQ

Get ahead of the game in 2018: FAQ


by Anthony Cox, Esq. Many see the new year as a time for a fresh start and an opportunity. Business owners are no different, and often this leads them to ask what they should be thinking about from a legal perspective as they chart the course for the next twelve months. Here are some of […]

Dig Into a Successful 2018: SEMINAR RECAP

Dig Into a Successful 2018: SEMINAR RECAP


by Jess Brandenburg Missed our Mitigating Risk seminar last week? No problem! In partnership with Corrigan Krause and The Fedeli Group, we spoke to the construction industry and provided tips and know-how to help contractors and businesses mitigate risk and set themselves up for success.   Dennis Dlugosz, CPA, of Corrigan Krause touched on taxes […]

CHANGE TO TAX AUDIT RULES MAY CALL FOR AMENDMENT TO YOUR COMPANY’S OPERATING AGREEMENT

CHANGE TO TAX AUDIT RULES MAY CALL FOR AMENDMENT TO YOUR COMPANY’S OPERATING AGREEMENT


by Anthony Cox, Esq. Owners of limited liability companies (“LLCs”), general partnerships, limited partnerships, and limited liability partnerships taxed as a partnership for federal income tax purposes should be aware of a recent change in federal income tax rules regarding audits of tax partnerships. The new rule creates an exception to the general requirement that […]

What Is Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment?

What Is Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment?


by Amy DeLuca, Esq. It seems like every day there is a new allegation of sexual harassment in the news.  Employers wanting to take steps to protect their employees from harassment and themselves from liability have asked: What constitutes sexual harassment?  Generally speaking, as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment includes […]

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, […]

Sexual Harassment:  Don’t Let Your Company Be The Next Headline

Sexual Harassment:  Don’t Let Your Company Be The Next Headline


by Amy DeLuca, Esq. Recently, the news has been filled with stories about sexual harassment allegations.  As more people are coming forward and the #MeToo Movement is gaining momentum, this will only increase.  While the stories we see in the headlines have focused on celebrities and politicians, sexual harassment is not something unique to the […]

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, […]

The Supreme Court of Ohio Dismisses as Improvidently Accepted Case on Whether a Physician-Employee Needs to Be Named in Medical Negligence Case Against Medical Practice-Employer

The Supreme Court of Ohio Dismisses as Improvidently Accepted Case on Whether a Physician-Employee Needs to Be Named in Medical Negligence Case Against Medical Practice-Employer


By Malorie A. Alverson, Esq. In an interesting turn of events, the Supreme Court of Ohio dismissed Rush v. Univ. of Cincinnati Physicians, Inc.1 as improvidently accepted. The issue in the case was whether a physician-employee needs to be joined as a party along with the medical practice-employer in a medical negligence case in order […]

Recent Change in Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law Affects the Rights of Employees Injured in Automobile Accidents

Recent Change in Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law Affects the Rights of Employees Injured in Automobile Accidents


By Christopher A. Gray, Esq. This month, a new law went into effect which will help protect Ohio employers who frequently send their employees on the road. Prior to July 1, 2017, if an employee was injured in a motor vehicle accident during the course and scope of his or her employment, the employee would […]

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. […]

New Law Goes Into Effect Limiting Employers Ability to Control Guns on Property

New Law Goes Into Effect Limiting Employers Ability to Control Guns on Property


By Christopher A. Gray, Esq. As of March 19, 2017, most Ohio employers became no longer able to restrict their employees from storing firearms in personal motor vehicles parked on employer premises. Under the new law, employees with concealed carry permits may keep firearms and ammunition in their personal vehicles provided employees meet two provisions.  […]

Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act Broadens Its Application

Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act Broadens Its Application


By Philip J. Truax, Esq. and Zachary T. Graham, Esq. Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act (the CSPA) makes it unlawful for “suppliers” to engage in unfair, deceptive or unconscionable acts or practices in connection with a wide variety of consumer transactions, including residential construction services. Following the passage of the Home Construction Services Suppliers Act […]

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 […]

Does Compelling the Disclosure of Documents Allegedly Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege Constitute a Final, Appealable Order?

Does Compelling the Disclosure of Documents Allegedly Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege Constitute a Final, Appealable Order?


By Malorie A. Alverson, Esq. Last month, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a ruling in Burnham v. Cleveland Clinic, 2016-Ohio-8000, on an interesting issue – “whether an order compelling the production of documents allegedly protected by the attorney-client privilege is a final, appealable order under R.C. 2505.02(B)(2).” The short answer is yes. In March 2014, […]

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 […]

NLRB Holds That Employees Can Use Company Email for Union and Other Protected Communications

NLRB Holds That Employees Can Use Company Email for Union and Other Protected Communications


In December of 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) held that Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) requires employers to allow employee use of company email, during non-working time, to communicate regarding union activities and terms conditions of employment. Purple Communications, the employer, had a policy essentially prohibiting employees from […]

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. […]

New Rules for Consumer Real Estate Loan Disclosure

New Rules for Consumer Real Estate Loan Disclosure


Sections 1098 and 1100A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) required the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to publish rules and forms that combine certain disclosures that consumers receive in connection with applying for and closing on a mortgage loan under the Truth in Lending Act and the Real Estate […]

“An attorney is an attorney is an attorney” – Not So Fast.

“An attorney is an attorney is an attorney” – Not So Fast.


By John A. Polinko, Esq. When is an attorney just like any other attorney, and when is an attorney distinguishable from his or her colleagues? When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission pursued a claim under the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and its theory, limited to the attorneys working for the Port Authority of New […]

New Ohio Law Requires Nursing Homes that Admit Sex Offenders to Notify Home Residents

New Ohio Law Requires Nursing Homes that Admit Sex Offenders to Notify Home Residents


Before September 15, 2014, a loophole in Ohio’s sex offender registration and notification laws allowed for sex offenders to live in nursing homes without the knowledge of the home’s other residents. The law required the notification of anyone living within one thousand feet of the residence of a registered sex offender, as well as those […]

Does your Company’s Retirement Plan Need to be Restated?

Does your Company’s Retirement Plan Need to be Restated?


By Kelly A. VanDenHaute, Esq. Between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2016, all pre-approved defined contribution plans (e.g. most 401(k), profit sharing, money purchase and other qualified plans) must be restated to reflect the provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (“PPA”) in order to maintain the tax qualified status of the plan. […]

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, […]