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    Christopher J. Hewitt Partner

    Chris Hewitt is a businessman's lawyer.

    A corporate attorney with an M.B.A, Chris serves as a strategic advisor to the boards of directors and management of public and sophisticated private companies on mergers and acquisitions, takeover preparedness and defense, corporate governance, corporate counseling and SEC compliance. In short, Chris helps clients find solutions and avoid business problems.

    Business Transactions. Chris has the business acumen to assist clients not only in structuring, negotiating, and closing sophisticated business transactions, but also in strategically analyzing and understanding how the transaction relates to the client’s business. Chris began his career in the New York office of Skadden Arps and came to Tucker Ellis from Jones Day, where he was partner for nine years in the M&A practice group. As a result, Chris brings a "Big Law" sophistication to each matter, while crafting cost-effective solutions with Midwestern practicality. He understands that negotiating a transaction is not about keeping score on deal points won or lost or taking polarizing positions. Chris practices the art of "getting to yes" negotiating, which means not only effectively articulating the client’s interests in a transaction and making sure the documentation protects those interests, but also resolving, in a common-sense fashion, the myriad, idiosyncratic issues that often arise in transactions.

    As illustrated below in his representative transactions, Chris has negotiated numerous high-profile, multibillion-dollar acquisitions and divestitures, as well as many smaller deals, and has worked on transaction financing, including debt and equity offerings. He works with clients in industries such as energy, minerals and mining, manufacturing, retailing, media and technology, to name a few.

    Corporate Governance and Compliance. Now more than ever, boards of directors need the pragmatic advice of trusted lawyers like Chris who understand the issues directors face. Chris has extensive boardroom experience advising directors on the issues they confront in today’s dynamic corporate governance environment—experience that enables him to cut through the clutter and assist directors in making informed decisions.

    In addition, Chris has successfully defended large and small public companies in contests for corporate control, including both hostile takeovers and proxy contests, and has assisted numerous companies in responding to shareholder proposals. He has also assisted engaged shareholders in establishing a dialogue with the board and management of struggling public companies.

    Chris is frequently sought after to speak on corporate governance, M&A and securities laws matters, and has published several articles on these topics. He is also co-editor of the firm’s blog on corporate law, Lingua Negoti, which means “the language of business.”

    Chris comes from a large family that includes two brothers and five sisters, and is a triplet with two of his sisters. He and his wife are the proud parents of three children. Chris is also a fitness nut, working out every morning before work.

    Jayne E. Juvan Partner

    Jayne Juvan serves as chair of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities & Capital Markets practice groups at Tucker Ellis.

    She is also a member of the board of directors of Mace Security International (OTCQX: MACE), a manufacturer of personal safety and security products such as the widely recognized Mace Pepper Spray.

    Jayne advises investors, boards of directors, and management teams on corporate transactions, regulatory compliance, and fiduciary duties. She counsels public and high-growth private companies, private equity firms, and venture capital firms from initial formation through all stages of the business life cycle.

    Jayne frequently can be found in the boardroom with directors as they make highly impactful, potentially transformative, and confidential decisions. She is often tapped to assist corporate boards to maximize effectiveness and institute best practices. As the former co-chair of the American Bar Association's Task Force on Director Misconduct, she is regularly called upon to advise corporate boards during their most challenging situations. She has also assisted activist shareholders in engaging with the board and management of struggling public companies.

    Whether making a decision to grow or divest corporate assets, clients in a variety of industries — including the heavily regulated health care and financial services industries — turn to Jayne for her strategic advice. She navigates complex issues that arise in transactions of all sizes and has been a key advisor on deals valued from approximately $5 million to more than $1 billion. Examples of other industries in which Jayne has served as counsel include technology, aviation, energy, transportation and logistics, and manufacturing.

    Jayne passionately stays abreast of emerging boardroom issues, macroeconomic and financial factors that impact global deal activity, and the potential influence of geopolitical events on corporate strategy. A frequent and sought-after writer and speaker featured in the Harvard Business Review and Forbes for her unique use of social media as an attorney, Jayne covers the daily developments in these areas on Twitter at She is also the co-editor of the firm’s blog on corporate law, Lingua Negoti, which means “the language of business.”

    Jayne and her husband Dan, who are both black belts in Tae Kwon Do, met in martial arts and competed nationally together in forms and freestyle sparring. Originally from Ohio, they are proud to call Cleveland home and enjoy raising their young twin sons Alexander and Zachary in the area. Jayne incorporates her love for sports into her practice, serving as counsel to Al “Bubba” Baker, a former professional American football defensive lineman who played in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns, and on the advisory board to the family foundation for 2003 Open Championship winner Ben Curtis.

    Kristen A. Baracy Counsel

    Kristen Baracy assists clients in complex and routine business law issues.

    Kristen's experience includes representing both privately held and public companies where she has worked on public and private offerings of securities, compliance with rules and regulations enforced by the Securities and Exchange Commission, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

    For public clients, Kristen prepares quarterly, annual, and current reports, beneficial ownership reports, and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. She also counsels clients in the area of alternative public offerings, with an emphasis on reverse mergers. She has assisted in alternative public offerings for companies in the green technology sector, and she has worked with several high-tech companies, including software providers and mortgage due diligence companies, in drafting licensure and development agreements.

    Before entering private practice, Kristen worked as a Brand Protection Officer for the Sydney Olympic Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games in its intellectual property legal division, where she reviewed and enforced terms of sponsorship agreements.

    Kristen lives in Santa Monica with her husband, two young children, and dog. When she is not attending her son’s sporting events, she enjoys running and hiking with her dog and hanging out at the beach with her family.

    Corine R. Corpora Counsel

    Corine Corpora has been actively involved in the employee benefits community for over 25 years.

    Corine’s client service experience includes representing all sizes of privately and publicly held organizations in the manufacturing, healthcare, information, food and beverage, and education industries, among others. She counsels clients with respect to qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, welfare and fringe benefit plans, and executive compensation, as well as incentive and stock-based compensation and rewards programs. She also advises clients on the complex rules governing ESOPs, has successfully defended ESOPs on audit, and currently counsels several ESOP-owned clients. Corine often works directly with clients’ accountants, actuaries, third-party advisors, and other service providers to address administrative and compliance issues. She has also been engaged by service providers to assist with legal matters relating to their clients.

    Corine is proud to give back to the employee benefits community through her involvement in the Worldwide Employee Benefits (WEB) Network, a national not-for-profit organization devoted to the development and education of employee benefits professionals. At both the local and national levels, Corine is devoted to providing meaningful educational and networking opportunities to employee benefits professionals at all experience levels.

    Katya S. Cronin Counsel

    Katya Cronin is a trial and appellate attorney who represents clients in complex commercial litigation.

    Katya’s practice focuses on contract disputes, patent infringements, and medical and pharmaceutical litigation. She represents individual clients, domestic and multinational corporations, educational institutions, and state governments before state and federal courts across the country, regulatory agencies, and the United States Supreme Court.

    Katya has experience in all facets of trial litigation, including drafting dispositive motions, conducting discovery, and trying cases to verdict. She has also drafted more than 40 appellate briefs and over a dozen Supreme Court briefs. Katya’s experience at all stages of litigation helps her formulate a winning strategy from the very beginning and litigate each case by keeping in mind all twists and turns that may occur along the way.

    Originally from Bulgaria, Katya now lives in Broadview Heights with her husband—a federal prosecutor—and their adorable Labrador retriever. In her spare time, Katya enjoys hiking in the many parks around Cleveland, drawing, experimenting with new cuisines, and training for her next belt level in the Israeli martial art Krav Maga.

    Justin J. Eddy Counsel

    Justin Eddy counsels developers, investors, public and private companies, municipalities, townships, and individuals in matters involving property acquisition and assembly, financing, development, zoning and entitlements, divestiture, ownership and management, and real estate joint ventures.

    Justin has extensive experience advocating on behalf of developers before municipal, township, and county boards of zoning appeals, planning commissions, and city councils. He also has experience with issues involving environmental diligence and compliance, conservation easements, and title and survey matters and leasing, as well as real estate litigation experience in receivership matters, land use, and eminent domain.

    Away from work, Justin enjoys many non-traditional outdoor activities – including wakeboarding and snowboarding – and spending time with his family. He and his wife Jillian live in Bay Village, Ohio, with their three children, Jake, Nick, and Elle.

    Lex R. Ehrenschwender Associate

    Lex Ehrenschwender works on a broad range of litigation and corporate matters.

    Prior to joining Tucker Ellis, Lex worked as an in-house attorney for a Fortune 200 international manufacturer and retailer. He gained both transactional and litigation experience working on due diligence for real estate transactions, business litigation, and motor vehicle accident litigation.

    While in law school, Lex honed his dispute resolution skills by participating in competitions designed to introduce law students to the challenges of representing clients in mediation. He placed first in the Moritz Representation in Mediation Competition and earned the title of Regional Champion and National Semifinalist in the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition.

    As an undergraduate, Lex not only played football at Centre College, but also participated in drama productions. A Cincinnati native, Lex now lives in downtown Cleveland and loves exploring the city. He delights in living near the water, and in the summer enjoys spending time on the Lake Erie shore.

    Stephen C. Ellis Partner

    Steve Ellis is a business lawyer who provides a broad range of senior level business, financial, and transactional counseling to privately held companies.

    Industries served include medical imaging products and services, consumer products, metals, plastics, and automotive, as well as technology-based software and biotechnology companies. Steve has served as lead counsel in scores of acquisitions and financings with dollar values ranging from $500,000 to more than $500,000,000. His 35+ years as a “deal-making” business lawyer and 10 years as the CEO of a major national law firm have made Steve a valuable business counselor, as well as a highly respected lawyer. He has been named one of The Best Lawyers in America® for more than 20 years. In 2009, Steve was named “Cleveland Corporate Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America, as well as a Leading Lawyer (Mergers and Acquisitions) by Inside Business magazine.

    Steve served for 10 years as National Managing Partner for the national law firm of Arter & Hadden. An honors graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, he was asked to deliver the law school’s commencement address in 2008, and in 2013 Steve received the school’s Centennial Award, the highest honor it awards to its alumni.

    Steve is a lifelong Cleveland resident and is a valued member of Cleveland’s civic and charitable community. Notwithstanding his numerous professional and civic accomplishments, Steve views his greatest achievements as his happy marriage to his high school sweetheart Jean, his five grandchildren, and a single-digit handicap (a handicap level that presently eludes him).

    Joseph M. Ferraro Counsel

    Joseph Ferraro focuses his practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration, charitable giving, and estate, gift, and income taxation.

    Joe works closely with high net worth individuals and families and their professional advisors to create estate plans that best meet their goals.

    Joe strives to educate clients so they have a strong understanding of their plans. He uses trusts, business entities, and gifting strategies to assist them in structuring their estate plans and transferring assets to accomplish their personal and tax savings objectives. He also counsels families and fiduciaries during the administrative process after the death or disability of a client.

    As an attorney licensed to practice in Ohio and Florida, Joe is able to counsel individuals and families with connections to both states.

    A native of northeast Ohio, Joe enjoys all things Cleveland, including the food scene, the Metroparks, exploring the neighborhoods, and cheering on the sports teams. He also enjoys traveling, cooking, and remaining active through sports and hiking.

    Natalie L. Fine Associate

    Natalie Fine works on a broad range of corporate law matters.

    Natalie's practice focuses on business formation, governance, and financing. She also handles filings and maintenance for business trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    While in law school, Natalie gained valuable experience working on complex and routine business law issues as a Tucker Ellis corporate clerk and as a clinician at the Loyola Business Law Clinic. She also studied comparative international law under U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in Rome, Italy as a part of her International Law and Practice Certificate.

    With a background in philosophy and rhetoric, Natalie applies intentional writing, critical editing, and strong analysis to all reaches of her practice. These habits benefit clients in need of legal writings ranging from contract drafting to briefs and motions before the court.

    Natalie lives in the heart of Chicago and enjoys taking advantage of all the city has to offer. Outside of the office, she can be found running along Lake Michigan and spending time with friends.

    Savannah M. Fox Associate

    Savannah Fox applies creative problem-solving skills in her diverse litigation practice counseling businesses of all sizes and types.

    Savannah works on state and federal litigations across the country involving employment law matters, shareholder disputes, class actions, and securities. Complimenting this work, Savannah also represents corporations and employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trustees as trustee counsel. Throughout these cases, she has handled key aspects of pretrial litigation, including motion practice, discovery, and methods of early resolution.

    As a result of her experiences with a wide range of legal issues, Savannah believes that client success depends on one constant: mastering the story. By immersing herself in the client’s history, whether short or decades long, Savannah is able to derive tailored litigation and resolution strategies.

    Savannah lives in Lakewood with her fiancé Nick and her rescue dog Archie. If she is not behind her laptop, you will likely find her on the golf course or at a home improvement store, depending on the weather.

    Victor T. Geraci Counsel

    Victor Geraci is an experienced labor and employment attorney counseling clients in all areas of traditional labor law and employment litigation.

    He represents clients in a range of industries that includes healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation.

    Victor is experienced in handling strikes, negotiations, charges of unfair labor practice, and grievance arbitration. He has first-chair trial experience in claims under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as retaliation under Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. His practice covers covenants not to compete, matters relating to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, defending employers in wage and hour actions, and defending Employment Practices Liability Insurance claims. He has defended employers in both Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Ohio Civil Rights Commission matters, and he has served as outside counsel to union organization campaigns.

    Victor resides in Broadview Heights with his wife Camilla and sons Mark and Matthew. Most of his free time is spent watching both boys play baseball, either for Saint Ignatius High School or for travel teams.

    Evelyn K. Holmer Counsel

    Evelyn Holmer represents clients in corporate law matters, including private placements, equity financing transactions, general corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Evelyn has significant experience in representing both investors and biotechnology growth entities in equity financings and dispositions, with particular expertise in the biopharma, technology, and medical device industries. Her experience includes joint ventures, private placements, securities offerings, and venture capital transactions. 

    In the area of private equity and venture capital funds, Evelyn advises clients on a gamut of issues, including organization and formation, the fundraising process, governance matters, and investments in portfolio companies.

    Evelyn has broad experience in structuring and closing a myriad of early-stage and growth-stage capital formation transactions, including technology transfer, seed investment, early-stage investment, and follow-on preferred investment transactions.

    Ranked in the "Up and Coming" category in Chambers USA 2019 in Ohio Corporate/M&A, Evelyn is described as "proactive, responsive and with great technical expertise."

    Evelyn lives in Cleveland with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and managing her dogs' Instagram careers.

    Peter A. Igel Partner

    Peter Igel chairs the Tucker Ellis Tax Group. He teams up with our transactional lawyers to structure mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments, and other deals to remove obstacles standing between our clients and their goals.

    His approach is to look for creative yet practical solutions and explain them in plain English. Rather than saying “no,” Peter presents clients with creative options that will allow their plans to proceed.

    Given the broad reach of the tax laws, nearly all types of Tucker Ellis business clients call on Peter for his advice. He commonly serves publicly traded corporations, privately held businesses and their owners, investment funds, financial institutions, governmental entities issuing municipal bonds, high net worth individuals, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Peter also serves as a member of the firm's Opinion and Audit Letter Committee.

    Peter enjoys kayaking, other outdoor sports, and genealogy.

    Adam J. Kase Associate

    Adam Kase focuses on delivering skilled legal counsel for the full range of services needed by middle-market growth companies, startup companies, emerging businesses, small cap public companies, executives, and investors.

    Adam's commitment to providing excellent client service and delivering high-caliber, value-added legal counsel extends throughout the complete lifecycle of today’s dynamic commercial ventures. Adam focuses primarily on corporate law, corporate governance procedure, securities, trademark, and mergers and acquisitions.

    As a former Legal Fellow for the University of Illinois Office of University Counsel, Adam advised University and University Hospital and Health System administrators on proposed policy changes and the enforcement of bylaws. He also negotiated University/Hospital agreements and contracts and analyzed state/federal regulatory developments.

    Adam is a born-and-raised Chicago native and the only two-time winner of the Illinois College of Law Chili Cook-Off Championship. When Adam is not in the kitchen or exploring Chicago’s restaurant scene, he is an avid outdoorsman, history buff, and Chicago sports and Buckeyes fan.

    Melissa Z. Kelly Counsel

    Melissa Kelly draws on her years of experience as a federal clerk to provide clients realistic and practical advice on a variety of legal issues, particularly in the areas of labor and employment, business litigation, and appellate matters.

    Melissa regularly defends employers in a wide range of employment lawsuits. She has experience in FLSA collective actions and employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, and employee benefits cases. She has drafted briefs and motions addressing numerous issues, including collective action class certification, regulations implementing the FLSA, wage and hour claims, the fiduciary duty of ERISA trustees, personal jurisdiction over corporate defendants, the severance of existing bargaining units, the application of arbitration agreements, and court-imposed sanctions. Melissa also helps clients avoid litigation by advising them on numerous issues, including employment agreements, personnel policies, and severance agreements.

    Melissa also has represented clients in various environmental matters, including a CERCLA contribution and cost recovery action and a case arising under the Natural Gas Act. In each case, she took substantial responsibility for briefing at all levels, including the federal trial court and the state trial and appellate courts.

    Before joining Tucker Ellis, Melissa served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Peter W. Hall, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and, later, for Magistrate Judge Nancy A. Vecchiarelli of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. She also served as a staff attorney and immigration staff attorney for the Second Circuit.

    In her spare time – when she’s not cheering on her beloved Cleveland Browns – Melissa enjoys music, all things Irish, and hiking with her husband, Michael, and two sons, Declan and Faustin.

    Ludgy A. LaRochelle Counsel

    Ludgy LaRochelle is a results-oriented business transactional attorney.

    Ludgy counsels businesses of all sizes through all phases of the business life cycle: from initial formation through operations, acquisitions, and restructuring to maturity and succession planning. He provides tailor-made solutions to clients in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; real estate transactions; corporate governance; intellectual property; and regulatory compliance. Ludgy represents clients across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, professional and financial services, and non-profits.

    Ludgy also represents private and public companies in connection with securities and corporate compliance matters, including SEC reporting, corporate governance, securities offerings, proxy matters, and investor relations issues.

    Ludgy lives in Highland Heights, Ohio, with his wife Candace and their two children. He is a member of the historic Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where he serves on its Board of Trustees, and he serves on the executive board of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association.

    John Q. Lewis Partner

    John Q. Lewis is a lead trial lawyer and strategist responsible for achieving successful results for clients in high-stakes, complex disputes throughout the world. 

    John often works on high-profile and newsworthy matters, including cases implicating clients’ most significant business interests or, for some individual clients, involving life-altering or literally life-or-death scenarios. In John’s view, no client matter is too complex to take on or too difficult to solve.

    Whatever the legal dispute, John’s litigation philosophy begins first with fully understanding the client’s dilemma. Next, he works alongside the client to outline achievable goals and outcomes that consider both business and legal interests. Then John carefully designs and executes legal strategy to accomplish pre-defined success.

    John prepares for the possibility of trial from Day One and follows through to verdict when necessary. He has secured trial wins for public and private company clients against America’s top trial lawyers in jurisdictions as far west as California, as far south as Florida, as far east as Delaware, and as far north as his home state of Ohio. But trial wins are only a fraction of John’s courtroom success for clients, as he frequently has spearheaded innovative legal strategies that have led to early pre-trial exits for clients at the motion to dismiss or summary judgment stages of litigation. In many instances, clients have achieved early or impactful victories in broader industry-wide litigation resulting in savings of millions of dollars in litigation expenses and verdicts when compared to industry competitors represented by other law firms.

    While proud of these court wins, John realizes that the price for such outcomes may be cost-prohibitive to some clients who might be better served – and still achieve their business goals – with a favorable settlement or resolution. When called upon to do so, John has delivered uniquely creative resolutions to complex disputes, including large-scale business solutions, protective court-approved class action settlements, and global resolution of all or major parts of multidistrict litigation. On multiple occasions, John successfully defended against challenges to class settlements by objectors claiming the settlements were too favorable to clients, including the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general.

    Clients engage John on both plaintiff-side and defense-side matters. On the defense side, John co-chairs the firm’s Class Action Litigation Group and often heads up trial teams and national coordinating counsel representations in product liability, class action, and contract-related lawsuits, including those involving FDA-regulated devices and medicines, consumer products, recurring contract and property-related claims, and environmental and toxic tort actions. He also leads defense-side legal teams in one-off sophisticated commercial disputes, including transaction-related shareholder derivative and class actions, employment litigation related to non-compete and trade secret matters, professional liability and ethics-related claims, and complex supply and distribution agreement disputes.

    On the plaintiff side, John is responsible for securing tens of millions of dollars for clients and their legal departments in various types of contract and business tort matters, including joint venture, LLC and corporate governance disputes, post-closing disputes involving commercial transactions, pre-closing private equity and sophisticated shareholder class actions, professional negligence claims, trade secret and intellectual property litigation, and vendor and customer supply disputes. John co-founded the Tucker Ellis Commercial Asset Recovery & Protection group and utilizes the firm's longstanding reputation for developing cutting-edge alternative fee arrangements to create win-win scenarios for clients and the firm.

    A champion of the justice system, John dedicates a significant amount of time to community and pro bono causes. He has served on several community non-profit boards and represented numerous indigent clients, including tenants in wrongful eviction disputes and wrongfully imprisoned capital defendants in post-conviction proceedings. He has been lead or co-lead counsel in three successful Ohio death penalty matters, including obtaining release and a complete bar of reprosecution through federal court proceedings for an Ohio Death Row inmate that has captured regional and national media attention throughout the past several years.

    John serves on the Northern District of Ohio’s Advisory Group, a court-appointed committee of attorneys charged with assisting the court with implementing court-adopted programs and bringing to the court’s attention matters of interest to the bar and the community. In that capacity, he co-chairs the Access to Justice Committee and is also a member of the Civil Rules Committee.

    Ranked in Chambers USA, John is described as a "very talented lawyer" who is "very insightful and has a lot of appeal with juries."

    The proud father of three and grandfather of two, John resides in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.

    Seth J. Linnick Partner

    Seth Linnick combines forward-thinking litigation strategies with a strong business acumen to deliver a better experience and superior financial results for clients.

    As the co-founder and chair of the Tucker Ellis Commercial Asset Recovery & Protection Group, Seth primarily focuses his practice on plaintiff-side business disputes. He routinely leads teams prosecuting complex business cases arising from commercial contract disputes, such as those involving suppliers or vendors, and he has extensive experience in both prosecuting and defending post-transaction claims for breaches of representations and warranties, as well as fraud.

    Seth’s approach to commercial disputes sets him apart from many of his peers in large, defense-oriented law firms. First, Seth understands that businesses should be working to avoid litigation whenever possible. It can be costly, stressful, and divert valuable human resources away from their best and highest uses. Accordingly, Seth consistently positions clients to achieve their objectives without ever needing to file a lawsuit. This typically requires extensive pre-suit fact investigation and discovery, legal research and analysis, thorough exploration of potential business solutions, and, in many cases, the use of pre-suit alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as mediation. By working diligently to understand and develop the facts and legal underpinnings of matters at their inception, Seth often can force opposing parties to confront their exposure before lawsuits are filed, achieving quick, cost-effective results for clients.

    Second, if or when litigation arises, Seth manages cases like a CEO instead of a lawyer. His teams are lean, their actions are purposeful, and every strategic decision must pass a cost-benefit analysis. Rather than reflexively filing every motion, deposing every witness, and picking every fight, Seth’s teams are laser-focused on efficiently moving cases toward the client’s ultimate goals.

    Finally, in the courtroom, Seth is adept at putting clients in a position to succeed. He began his career at one of the world’s largest law firms and has spent nearly a decade at Tucker Ellis. Seth cultivated his oral advocacy skills under some of the premier trial lawyers in America, and he excels at turning complex fact patters into cogent, relatable stories for judges and juries. He has prevailed for clients at trials in both state and federal courts across the United States.

    Seth’s unorthodox approach to litigation also influences his approach to client engagements. A longtime skeptic of the billable hour, Seth works to align financial incentives with client objectives. He is a firm believer that compensation is better measured by results achieved than time expended, and, as a result, he frequently works with clients under a variety of alternative fee arrangements, including flat fees, incentive fees, and contingency fees.

    Seth was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He and his two children reside in Cleveland’s Duck Island neighborhood.

    Lauren E. Lipsyc Associate

    Lauren Lipsyc has accrued valuable transactional and litigation experience working in diverse areas of practice.

    Well-acquainted with business matters involving real estate, tax, corporate governance, estates and trusts, Lauren has also supported cases involving medical and pharmaceutical liability, medical malpractice, healthcare, mass tort, and business litigation. Her broad exposure to numerous areas of law gives her a useful perspective and allows her to support our clients in many types of matters and industries.

    In her free time, Lauren's favorite pastime is hitting tennis balls to her White German Shepherd Pearl. She equally enjoys playing tennis with humans, as well as listening to country music and discovering great doughnut shops around Cleveland.

    Robert M. Loesch Partner

    Bob Loesch is a securities and corporate lawyer.

    He began his legal career as an attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement in New York City, where he prosecuted violations of the federal securities laws. Bob brings over two decades of experience counseling both public and private companies in connection with securities and corporate compliance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting, exchange listing rules, corporate governance, board and committee matters, securities offerings, proxy matters, investor relations, state corporate laws, executive compensation, and general commercial matters.

    Bob maintains longstanding client relationships and often works with clients in an outside general counsel capacity. Bob’s understanding of their business goals allows him to work as a valued partner in achieving their business objectives.

    Upon leaving the SEC in 1995, Bob joined Baker Hostetler in Cleveland where he was a securities and corporate lawyer and a partner for 10 years. Bob joined Tucker Ellis in 2011.

    Bob also serves a New York Stock Exchange-listed commercial vehicle and automotive parts supplier client as its Assistant Secretary.

    Bob is ranked in Chambers USA 2020 in the area of Corporate/M&A (Ohio), where commentators describe him as a "quality operator" who is "very good with clients."

    Bob and his wife are the proud parents of two sets of twins, ages 19 and 15. In his spare time, Bob is active in the community and enjoys coaching kids’ sports, playing golf, and supporting Cleveland’s long-suffering sports teams.

    Bartly J. Loethen Counsel

    Bart Loethen is a corporate attorney specializing in information technology and corporate transactions.

    Bart works with both privately held and public companies, software providers, technology-enabled businesses, service businesses, real estate developers, venture funds, private equity funds, and hedge funds. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to technology and emerging growth companies.

    Before law school, Bart used his undergraduate degree in accounting and CPA certification as an Internal Revenue Service revenue agent, giving him a keen eye for tactical tax advantages in business transactions.

    A founding member of Synergy Law Group, Bart joined Tucker Ellis to help establish the firm's business and transactional law presence in Chicago.

    Bart and his wife have five children.

    Arthur E. Mertes Partner

    Art Mertes provides high-caliber counsel to privately held middle-market and emerging growth companies, public companies, financial institutions, family offices/funds, investors, C-level executives, boards of directors, family-owned businesses, and entrepreneurs in a broad range of matters and industries.

    Art counsels growth-oriented companies of every size and often acts as their general counsel. He advises clients in matters involving business and capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, indemnification, private equity and venture capital, private placements and securities offerings, investor rights and preferences, commercial finance, IP commercialization, licensing and subscription agreements, intellectual property protection, customer agreements and T&Cs, joint ventures, distribution and supply, international transactions, executive employment, management equity and incentive compensation, corporate governance, and corporate contracts and agreements.

    Providing a business-focused perspective, Art carefully guides clients through the critical issues and unique elements involved in every issue or transaction, enabling them to execute efficient strategies and solutions that best meet their objectives. His industry experience includes software, health care, mobile, mobile telecom, data, IT, VAR eCommerce, trading technology, green/clean sector, waste, insurance, specialty consumer, real estate, manufacturing, distribution, and tech-enabled services.

    Before law school, he amassed real-world Fortune 500 sales, distribution, and technical experience for a major diversified industrial manufacturer, providing him a solid understanding of distribution models and manufacturing.

    A founding member of Synergy Law Group, Art joined Tucker Ellis to establish the firm's business and transactional law presence in Chicago and continue his commitment to delivering superior client service and value.

    Art holds an Illinois managing real estate broker license. He resides in Chicago where he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, real estate investing and development, yoga, and supporting numerous charitable organizations.

    Daniel L. Messeloff Partner

    Daniel Messeloff works with companies ranging from multinational corporations to start-ups and small businesses to address, manage, and resolve their employment, labor, and other legal issues.

    With more than 15 years of experience, Dan knows when to settle claims and when to aggressively defend clients in court. He approaches each matter with the goal of minimizing clients’ potential legal liability and maximizing their overall business success. Whether drafting or revising corporate policies, leading employee training sessions, advising on compliance issues, or defending clients in trial, Dan works efficiently and effectively to resolve clients’ legal issues.

    An experienced litigator, Dan defends clients in disputes of all sizes arising under federal, state, and local laws prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment, as well as cases arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), data privacy laws, and general commercial matters. He has litigated many multimillion-dollar employment lawsuits, including class- and collective-action claims and single-plaintiff discrimination cases. In leading the litigation of class action lawsuits, Dan handles all substantive and procedural aspects, including the investigation of potential claims, responding to complaints, motion practice, discovery, and class certification issues. He also represents clients in labor arbitrations, NLRB proceedings, and before federal courts.

    A sought-after speaker, Dan has presented on the topics of employment law and wage and hour issues to hundreds of corporate professionals. He has been published in major publications, including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Columbus Dispatch, and The New York Law Journal. He has also edited and contributed to both the Employment Class and Collective Actions blog and the Class Action Trends Report newsletter.

    While in law school, Dan clerked for Judge Michael Mukasey, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, who later served as Attorney General of the United States.

    Before law school, Dan was a sportswriter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, ESPN Magazine, Bloomberg News, and other publications.

    In his spare time, Dan enjoys reading, baseball, and spending time with his family.

    Glenn E. Morrical Partner

    Glenn Morrical helps companies and their owners start, grow, buy, finance, sell, and exit their businesses.

    Glenn has worked with businesses as diverse as financial services, manufacturing, retail, oil and gas, and software development companies. He guides public companies, broker-dealers, investment advisers, and private companies raising capital through the thickets of federal and state securities regulation. Glenn advises banks and their holding companies on transactional and regulatory matters, such as raising capital, buying and selling loan portfolios, branches, and whole banks and complying with supervisory requirements.

    Glenn often works with the boards of companies to make sure they are meeting their responsibilities and are positioned to defend themselves if challenged. With an M.B.A. in finance and years of counseling clients ranging from entrepreneurs to senior executives of public companies, Glenn brings clients an understanding of their business needs and realities, as well as an extensive knowledge of the law.

    Glenn is an avid scuba diver and, as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, enjoys teaching new divers. Active in the Boy Scouts of America, he has attended Phimont Scout Ranch, Tinnerman Canoe Base, four National Jamborees, and two World Jamborees.

    Carl F. Muller Partner

    Carl Muller represents management in labor and employment law matters, general commercial litigation, and insurance defense.

    He appears across the state of Ohio in courts of common pleas, courts of appeals, and federal district courts. Over the course of his career, Carl has tried more than 75 jury and bench trials to verdict.

    Carl defends employers in litigation involving sexual harassment, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, non-compete and confidentiality covenants, quasi-contract/promissory estoppel claims, employee handbooks, substance abuse policies, employment-at-will, whistleblower claims, retaliation claims, public policy torts, employee intentional torts, employee privacy issues, and disciplinary actions. He also represents businesses with matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He has undertaken numerous EPLI defenses for major insurance carriers and reviewed and litigated both EPLI and other coverage issues.

    Carl is an experienced arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Employment Neutrals, Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas, Lake County Court of Common Pleas, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Volunteer ADR Program. He has been involved in arbitrations of a variety of employment-related litigation with claims valued at more than $1,000,000, and has served as a privately retained mediator in significant employment matters.

    An active educational speaker and writer on employment law and litigation, Carl has presented programs to attorneys, human resources professionals, managers, and students. His many employment law articles appear in law reviews, textbooks, newsletters, and CLE publications.

    Tod Northman Partner

    Tod Northman has almost 25 years of broad business and corporate law experience in commercial law, business transactions, artificial intelligence technology, contract negotiation and dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate.

    With a skillful combination of negotiations and corporate counseling, Tod helps guide clients through difficult situations with pragmatic advice and a can-do attitude. Tod represents publicly traded and privately held companies in diverse industries across the country and has particular expertise in the aviation and autonomous vehicles industries.

    In his aviation practice, Tod represents cargo conversion companies, maintenance and repair organizations, financial institutions, high-net worth individuals, and middle-market corporations in connection with the acquisition and disposition of corporate and commercial aircraft portfolios and the related financing and/or leasing thereof. He also advises clients on conversion contracts, maintenance, service and supply contracts, leases, and FAA and DOT regulatory matters.

    In his autonomous vehicles practice, Tod focuses on advising businesses on acquisitions, contract negotiation, corporate structure, artificial intelligence technology, and regulatory compliance.

    Kelli R. Novak Counsel

    Kelli Novak focuses her practice on health care law and assists a variety of industry clients with their litigation, business, and regulatory needs.

    While in law school at The University of Toledo College of Law, Kelli was a summer associate with Cleveland Clinic’s Law Department and a legal extern for the University of Toledo Health Science Campus. Through these invaluable experiences, she developed a clear understanding of client expectations and applies this unique perspective to diverse issues faced by health care clients.

    Since her admission to the Ohio bar in 2013, Kelli has litigated cases on behalf of providers, primarily including the defense of actions for medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, personal injury, and medical privacy violations. Kelli’s litigation experience has spanned across many Ohio state court jurisdictions, as well as arbitration proceedings.

    Kelli also counsels clients when they are faced with important business decisions, such as drafting and negotiating contractual terms and performing due diligence and risk assessments related to transactions.

    In her practice, Kelli frequently helps clients navigate complex health care regulatory issues, including billing disputes with and audits by government and private payors, Medicare and Medicaid provider enrollment suspensions and revocations, state licensure and certification requirements, fraud and abuse assessments, and HIPAA and HITECH concerns.

    Born and raised in Michigan, Kelli is proud to now call northeast Ohio home. She lives in Avon Lake with her husband Brian and their beagle Bernie. In her free time, Kelli enjoys cooking, traveling, and following professional and college sports.

    Jon W. Oebker Counsel

    Jon Oebker primarily focuses on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations.

    Jon began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Eighth District Court of Appeals and spent the next nine years representing the state of Ohio both as an Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. Jon has handled over 200 cases in both state and federal court and has argued 12 cases before the Ohio Supreme Court. As an Assistant Attorney General, Jon represented the State of Ohio in death penalty habeas corpus litigation in federal court. As an Assistant Prosecutor, Jon specialized in post-conviction litigation, including cases involving DNA evidence and newly discovered evidence.

    In private practice, the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys asked Jon to write an Amicus brief in the Ohio Supreme Court. Jon was also appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to represent a criminal defendant in a potential landmark case affecting criminal and appellate law in Ohio.

    Jon grew up on a farm in Avon, Ohio. His wife is an Assistant Medina County Prosecutor. They reside in Brecksville, Ohio, with their two children.

    M. Patricia Oliver Partner

    Pat Oliver shares her rich and diverse corporate and financial services background, savvy business acumen, and unique industry perspective as chair of the Tucker Ellis Financial Services industry team.

    Pat’s is a multifaceted career. In addition to her wide-ranging experience in the areas of securities, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions both within and outside the financial services industry, Pat maintains an active practice representing banks and thrifts before federal and state regulators. Her decades of private practice are complemented by invaluable service as an inside advisor.

    As a former executive vice president, general counsel, chief corporate governance officer, and corporate secretary of Fortune 500, NYSE-listed BB&T Corporation, Pat brought a fresh perspective to risk management by designing a legal department structure to further the company’s strategic objectives. During her tenure at BB&T, Pat and her legal team developed and successfully rolled out an “exceptional service and quality business model” (the “ESQ Model”). The client-centric model focuses on delivery of value-added services, maintaining effective partnerships with selected outside firms, and achieving significant reductions in legal spend. Managing and leveraging legal talent, achieving operational efficiencies, and tracking performance metrics round out the components of this model for managing a legal function as a business.

    Her private practice career path is punctuated by her tenure as a partner with Squire Sanders. Trained as a corporate generalist, Pat developed a passion for the financial services industry early in her career. As chair of Squire Sanders’s financial services practice, she developed a successful strategic plan for the firm's first cross-functional, industry-based practice. This multimillion-dollar, world-wide operation served as a valuable model for other industry-based practices, and drives Tucker Ellis’s approach to its own industry-based practices. She joins Tucker Ellis following a brief tenure with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, where she represented well-known Northeast Ohio-based financial institutions in matters of corporate governance, capital-raising, executive compensation, and mergers and acquisitions. Her intense focus on regulatory matters proved critical to clients challenged by significant scrutiny as a result of the recession.

    Pat’s forward-thinking, client-centric approach makes her a natural fit for Tucker Ellis and the firm’s commitment to providing a different and better client experience. Ethical, strategic, and team oriented, Pat strikes the right balance with clients as both their trusted advisor and their corporate quarterback—making sure all matters are handled by those best qualified and in the most efficient, cost-effective way.

    In her free time, you can find Pat enjoying a variety of activities, including golfing, watercolor painting, gardening, and cooking.

    Brian M. O'Neill Partner

    Brian O’Neill represents public and private companies, private equity funds, and family offices in structuring and negotiating corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, management buyouts, investments, joint ventures, ESOPs, and going-private transactions and advises on corporate governance matters. He also has represented numerous clients in out-of-bankruptcy restructurings and the acquisition and divestiture of distressed assets.

    Brian’s experience includes transactions and client engagements across a broad range of industries, including technology and software (SaaS), TMT (technology, media, and telecom) services, general and high-tech manufacturing and distribution, metals processing, business services, transportation and logistics, professional services, wealth advisory and other financial services, insurance, environmental services, consumer products, and food and beverage, as well as real estate.

    Brian represents public and private companies on major real estate transactions. His work encompasses divestitures, exchanges, acquisitions, development, zoning and entitlements, construction, project financing, and equipment procurement and installation. He has handled a number of high-profile corporate headquarters projects. His national and local real estate developer clients rely on Brian’s counsel on the acquisition, development, construction, financing, and leasing of all types of commercial and residential real estate. 

    Brian also regularly represents financial institutions and corporate borrowers on asset-based, cash flow, acquisition, and other commercial transactions, including agent representation on syndicated loan transactions.

    A trusted advisor, Brian currently serves on numerous client boards and advisory boards where he has the opportunity to engage with executives, management teams, and ownership groups on financial, operational, and strategic priorities and initiatives.

    Brian joined Tucker Ellis in 2012 as Business Department Chair. For several years, Brian did double duty as chair of the firm's General Corporate/M&A/Securities group, which is part of the Business Department. Under Brian’s leadership, the quality and sophistication of the firm’s General Corporate/ M&A /Securities practice and other key Business Department practices saw significant growth and expansion. In 2019, he voluntarily stepped down as chair to open leadership opportunities for other business attorneys.

    Before joining Tucker Ellis, Brian chaired the business department at Ulmer & Berne LLP from 2000 to 2012 and served on the firm's management committee. Previously, he was a partner at McDonald Hopkins Burke & Haber Co., L.P.A. (1990-2000) where he served on the firm’s management committee and headed the firm’s banking practice.

    Brian is the current chair of the MetroHealth Foundation, and he is successfully leading the capital campaign for the construction of a new $1-billion hospital facility and the transformation of the public hospital system in Northeast Ohio.

    Thomas W. Ostrowski Partner

    Tom Ostrowski is the chair of the Tucker Ellis Finance Group.

    His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial banking, including commercial loans, letters of credit, loan restructuring, agented and syndicated loans, and secured lending; corporate finance; and real estate financing.

    He has significant experience in commercial real estate and corporate finance matters, asset-based finance, healthcare lending, workouts, and structured and secured finance. He has represented various private equity funds and subordinated debt lenders and their portfolio companies.

    Tom’s family consists of his wife Erika and five children. When he’s not chasing their many pets, he spends much of his non-work time at swim meets, soccer games, and concerts.

    Thomas R. Peppard, Jr. Partner

    Tom Peppard is a corporate and transactional business attorney.

    He advises public and privately held companies – with a particular focus on middle-market clients – in a variety of industries, including manufacturing and distributing, information technologies, marketing, consulting, industrial services, financial and professional services, construction and material-handling, transportation and logistics, healthcare, and consumer goods.

    Tom helps clients accelerate growth by counseling them on matters including formation, corporate governance, operations, mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, contracts, commercial real estate, and financing. He regularly represents clients in connection with the purchase and sale of their businesses, corporate restructuring and reorganization, shareholder disputes, asset-based and commercial loan transactions, debt-restructuring and modification, and the purchase, sale, and leasing of their commercial facilities. Tom understands that combining legal and business strategies helps clients meet and exceed their goals, and he works hard to be a valued and trusted advisor.

    Tom and his wife Kelly live in Shaker Heights with their three children.

    Susan L. Racey Partner

    Susan Racey focuses her practice in the areas of estate and business succession planning, probate and trust administration, charitable giving, taxation, guardianships, and equine law.

    In addition, Susan enjoys a reputation as a respected advocate in the specialized area of probate litigation.

    Susan specializes in designing estate plans through the use of wills, trusts, limited liability companies, family limited partnerships, and other vehicles. She handles probate administration of estates and guardianships of all sizes, as well as litigation involving contested matters in the probate courts. She frequently advises individuals and charities on the issues of charitable giving. She has lectured on a wide variety of estate planning and probate topics.

    Peter A. Rome Partner

    Peter Rome has a passion for helping clients achieve their goals.

    Peter is an enthusiastic dot-connector. He has more than 35 years of experience working with businesses of all sizes and stages, including emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs, family offices, business incubators and accelerators, venture capital and private equity firms, large middle-market businesses, and public companies. 

    Peter works with clients on strategic planning, debt and equity offerings, private equity and venture capital fund transactions, and securities offerings; executive leadership issues; board and governance counseling; executive and incentive compensation; corporate succession planning; business combinations, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances; and exit strategies.

    With a strong desire to make the world a better place, Peter devotes part of his practice to environmental, social and governance (ES&G) issues, where he works to create value for companies in connection with life sciences, agriculture, food and beverage, and sustainability, among others. Active in the community, Peter volunteers his time in furtherance of education, health care, families and children, and economic development.

    Peter is ranked in Chambers USA 2020 in the area of Corporate/M&A (Ohio), where he is lauded for his "knowledge and strategic direction," with sources also describing him as "extremely responsive, available and helpful."

    Peter and his wife have five children, and he loves spending time with his family. He is a "casual foodie" who enjoys golfing, skiing, exercising, and listening to music. In high school, Peter turned down an invitation to see Paul McCartney in concert, including dinner backstage with Paul, in favor of studying for a history exam the next day – a rueful decision that illustrates that nobody is perfect.

    Emmanuel I. Sanders Associate

    Emmanuel Sanders focuses his practice on various areas of business litigation, including insurance coverage litigation, commercial disputes, ESOP litigation, and data security and privacy.

    Emmanuel breaks down complex and esoteric legal concepts into understandable and succinct arguments that further clients’ goals at all stages of litigation. He has experience handling key aspects of litigation, including motion practice, written discovery, taking and defending depositions, and preparing experts for deposition. Emmanuel also devotes significant time to pro bono work.

    Before joining Tucker Ellis, Emmanuel clerked for Justice Neal Hendel of the Supreme Court of Israel. During his tenure, he assisted in drafting opinions on a wide range of topics, including tort law, defamation, securities regulation, marriage equality, and separation of church and state.

    When not practicing law, Emmanuel most enjoys spending time with his wife and four young children.

    Daniel L. Schiau II Associate

    Dan Schiau is a business attorney who focuses on the economics of each transaction.

    Dan’s practice spans a broad range of business areas, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, private equity, real estate, and real estate & commercial finance. With a background in economics, Dan applies a practical, business-centric approach when counseling clients. His goal is to help clients see the “forest through the trees” in even the most unfamiliar transaction setting.

    Dan represents buyers and sellers of various sizes and sophistication in corporate transactions. He has counseled both institutional and individual employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) trustees from the corporate perspective. He has also advised clients regarding bank mergers, including the acquisition of a national bank by a state-chartered bank and the merger of two national banks and their holding companies, in each case with publicly traded stock as part of the merger consideration. Dan's experience includes reviewing, analyzing, and interpreting complex agency regulations at the federal, state, and local levels and preparing disclosure schedules and other documents related to a reorganization and merger.

    In addition to corporate purchase and sale transactions, Dan routinely counsels clients in a variety of secured financing transactions, including representing both lenders and borrowers in project-based financings, as well as real property acquisition, development, and sale transactions involving one or more parcels of land. The diversity in Dan’s practice makes him a critical resource in any transaction involving financing or real estate aspects as it allows him to efficiently bridge the information gap between each side of the transaction to meet the client’s needs.

    A Cleveland native, Dan enjoys spending his free time with his wife Katie on Lake Erie. During football season, Dan can be found cheering on the Clemson Tigers.

    Thomas R. Simmons Partner

    Thomas R. Simmons chairs the Tucker Ellis Business Litigation Group and its Labor & Employment Group.

    His practice focuses on employment law and complex employment and commercial litigation. He has defended employers in a wide variety of employment lawsuits involving wrongful discharge, discrimination, workplace harassment, whistleblower, non-compete agreements, trade secrets, ERISA, FMLA, FLSA, and work-related tort claims. Tom has extensive experience with multi-plaintiff litigation and has defended numerous employment and commercial class actions. He has mediated and arbitrated dozens of matters before the AAA, JAMS, EEOC, and federal and state court systems, and has extensive trial experience.

    Tom also advises employers regarding employment contracts, severance agreements, internal investigations, arbitration programs, drug testing programs, background checks and investigations, employee handbooks, plant closings, reduction-in-force laws, and wage/hour and whistleblower law compliance. He is a regular speaker, trainer, and writer on employment law and litigation topics.

    Jeffrey C. Sindelar, Jr. Counsel

    Jeff Sindelar develops winning strategies for clients in high-stakes litigation in trial and appellate courts across the United States.

    In every matter, Jeff keeps an eye towards the most efficient, effective path to victory for clients. He leverages his background as an appellate lawyer to devise litigation strategies to achieve success on dispositive motions and preserve those wins before appellate courts. Jeff has successfully defended clients on matters involving antitrust, contract disputes, construction accidents, consumer class actions, copyrights, drug and medical device products liability, medical malpractice, and toxic torts. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to defending FDA-regulated medical devices and drugs in federal multidistrict and state court litigation and, as a result, has gained a thorough understanding of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and FDA regulations. He is frequently called upon to develop litigation strategy in high-profile, complex cases, including navigating contentious disputes regarding e-discovery.

    Jeff began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Deborah L. Cook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He then worked on John McCain’s 2008 United States presidential campaign before entering private practice in Cleveland.

    Jeff lives in Broadview Heights with his wife and daughter. In his free time, he enjoys walking his dogs, running, and exploring the trails of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

    Christine M. Snyder Counsel

    Christine Snyder assists public and private employers in navigating complex employment laws and regulations.

    She offers employers practical, preventive advice to help them avoid employment law claims and ensure that their policies and practices comply with ever-changing federal and state labor and employment laws. She also defends employers before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.

    Christine defends employers in litigation matters including wage and hour class actions and discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA, and wrongful discharge disputes. She also has extensive experience with non-compete and trade secret litigation and representing clients in ERISA disputes, including ERISA class action matters.

    Christine conducts investigations of employee complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and defends clients in employment discrimination and sexual harassment matters. She advises large and small public and private employers on employee and manager training, and prepares policies and procedures on topics including leave, separation and severance agreements, and releases of claims, as well as non-compete agreements, social media use, drug testing, and wage and hour matters. Christine defends private employers against employee charges filed with the EEOC and the OCRC and advises clients on compliance with FMLA and ADA rules and regulations.

    Christine and her husband Bill live in Shaker Heights with their extremely spoiled Labradors Chelsea and Gunner. In her free time, she enjoys painting, traveling, and renovating her century-old home.

    Christina Suh Associate

    Christina Suh focuses her practice on business transactions, commercial banking, corporate finance, and securities.

    She advises public and private companies on matters such as financing, commercial real estate, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions.

    Before joining Tucker Ellis, Christina worked as a corporate legal intern for a large international law firm in New York and as a summer associate at Tucker Ellis. She also served as a judicial intern with the Honorable Judge Joseph Bianco, a federal district judge in the Eastern District of New York.

    Outside of professional activities, Christina enjoys cooking, yoga, and long-distance running. She is an avid runner and marathoner.

    John C. (Chaz) Weber Partner

    Chaz Weber represents regional and national banks and other capital providers on sophisticated financing transactions.

    Chaz’s experience includes a wide variety of secured transactions. He has served as agent counsel on significant syndicated credit facilities and has represented both senior and subordinate debt providers across a range of industries, such as industrial, multifamily, office, and retail. He has particular expertise in the financing of hospitality properties, and has negotiated management and franchise agreements with a number of the largest global lodging companies. In addition, Chaz regularly represents financial institutions and corporate borrowers on asset-based, cash flow, acquisition, and other commercial transactions. Chaz prides himself on being a trusted advisor to clients and a cooperative voice to resolve issues and move deals across the finish line.

    Outside of the office, Chaz enjoys hiking, golfing, traveling with his family, and coaching his kids' soccer teams. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Olmsted Falls with their three children.

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