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Perez Morris ranked among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

Perez Morris is proud to announce that U.S. News & World Report—Best Lawyers has ranked the firm in “Best Law Firms.” The firm is ranked in eleven practice areas.

Best Law Firms has a sophisticated rankings process consisting of a rigorous evaluation of client and lawyer feedback, peer reviews, and information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.

Perez Morris received the following rankings:

 

Metropolitan Tier 1 – Cleveland, OH

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment

 

Metropolitan Tier 2 – Columbus, OH

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

 

Metropolitan Tier 2 – Cleveland, OH

  • Litigation – Insurance
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Real Estate Law

 

Metropolitan Tier 2 – New York City

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

 

Metropolitan Tier 3 – Cleveland, OH

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Mediation
Kathleen Nitschke Co-authors Article for Cleveland Metro Bar Association Journal, cover of the journal

Kathleen Nitschke co-authors article for Cleveland Metro Bar Association Journal

Kathleen Nitschke Co-authors Article for Cleveland Metro Bar Association Journal, cover of the journal

Perez Morris attorney Kathleen Nitschke discusses the expansion of the “safe at home” program and what it means for lawyers when protecting the confidentiality of victims in real estate transactions. Kathleen delves into the “safe at home” program policies, as well as what lawyers should keep in mind during this transition.

“Attorneys also need to adjust their approach to litigation with a Program participant, particularly in the context of real estate actions. Attention needs to be given to parties named in a Complaint and information contained in preliminary and final judicial reports to prevent negligent disclosure of the Program participant’s information.”

Read more here (pages 20-21).

Celia Schnupp Wins Employment Discrimination Trial

Celia Schnupp wins employment discrimination trial

Celia Schnupp Wins Employment Discrimination Trial

Perez Morris Attorney Celia Schnupp secured a full defense verdict for the firm’s client, a growing national franchise company, in a disability discrimination trial in federal court. The plaintiff, a former employee of the company, alleged that the company discriminated against her based upon an alleged non-visible disability and that her termination from the company was retaliatory. The company argued that the alleged disability was not visible and that it was completely unaware that the employee considered herself a disabled individual under the law, so disability was not considered at the time of termination. The company further contended that the employee was lawfully terminated due to performance issues.The jury issued a full defense verdict finding in favor of the employer on both the discrimination and retaliation claims, under Ohio and federal law. The trial was held before Judge Sargus in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, during August 8 – 10,  2022.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Quotes Beth Weeden

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Quotes Beth Weeden

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Quotes Beth Weeden

Perez Morris attorney Beth Weeden discusses how employees may, knowingly or unknowingly, commit workers’ compensation fraud. Beth delves into the investigations process for fraudulent claims, as well as how to respond to and report any known cases.

“Even claims that start out as valid claims can turn fraudulent at some time,” Weeden said. “Listen to and follow up on anonymous tips regarding potential fraud. Follow your gut when it comes to reading through medical records and reviewing physical restrictions for an individual who appears to be doing more according to their Facebook page than what their doctor recommends.”

Read more here: https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/legal-and-compliance/state-and-local-updates/pages/workers-compensation-fraud-comes-in-many-forms.aspx

Sarah Perez recognized as a 2022 C-Suite Awards Honoree

Sarah Perez recognized as a 2022 C-Suite Awards Honoree

Sarah Perez recognized as a 2022 C-Suite Awards Honoree

Congratulations to managing partner, Sarah Perez, for being recognized as a 2022 C-Suite Awards Honoree in the CEO – Private Companies with 26 to 100 Employees category by Columbus Business First!

The C-Suite Awards recognize the region’s most accomplished business leaders, who inspire and encourage others in their community with integrity and excellence. The C-Suite Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, September 22nd at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

As managing partner of Ohio’s largest certified women-owned law firm, Sarah is an active champion of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and within her community. Sarah has served as outside general counsel for a national transportation and logistics company and handles litigation matters ranging from multimillion-dollar class action lawsuits to employment, personal injury and contract disputes. An experienced litigator in state and federal courts, Sarah is regularly asked to speak on topics related to women’s leadership, business management, and strategies for leveraging business for community impact.

Read more here: https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2022/07/28/columbus-c-suite-awards-most-admired-executives.html

Perez Morris attorneys named in the 2023 edition of the Best Lawyers in America©

Perez Morris attorneys named in the 2023 edition of the Best Lawyers in America©

Perez Morris attorneys named in the 2023 edition of the Best Lawyers in America©

Karen L. Giffen, Kerin Lyn Kaminski, Kathleen A. Nitschke, Jan L. Roller, Kevin L. Murch, Elizabeth P. Weeden and Mony B.P. Yin have been recognized in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Amanda M. Morris and Michelle M. Thompson were also included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for the first time this year!

Best Lawyers has a sophisticated peer-review process that identifies outstanding lawyers by conducting exhaustive surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers.

Our lawyers were featured in the practice areas listed below:

 

Karen L. Giffen:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

 

Kerin Lyn Kaminski:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law – Management
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment

 

Kathleen A. Nitscke:

  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

 

Jan L. Roller:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Insurance
  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

 

Kevin L. Murch:

  • Commercial Litigation

 

Elizabeth Weeden:

  • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

 

Mony B.P. Yin:

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants

 

Amanda M. Morris:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Transportation Law

 

Michelle M. Thompson:

  • Litigation – Construction
  • Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
HB 447 and the Changing Landscape of Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law for Remote Employees

HB 447 and the Changing Landscape of Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law for Remote Employees

HB 447 and the Changing Landscape of Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law for Remote Employees

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a significant number of employees in America working from their homes instead of in a traditional office setting. As of the end of 2021, an estimated 45% of full-time employees worked in either a partly or fully remote setting. This trend presents new challenges in workers’ compensation and poses the question of whether injuries and disabilities sustained in a remote employee’s home qualify as workplace injuries.

Some Ohio employers have recognized the need to address issues in workers’ compensation with the perspective of their remote employees in mind. The Ohio State University, for example, has implemented new policies regulating the ergonomics of their employees’ workstations at home and setting specific work hours for their employees. Practices like these have been utilized to lessen the risk of work-related injuries that occur in employees’ homes and to prevent frivolous claims for workers’ compensation.

New Ohio legislation further refines the law in this area and protects employers from illegitimate claims for workers’ compensation. HB 447 amends the definition of “injury” within Ohio Revised Code Section 4123.01 to exclude injuries or disabilities sustained by an employee who performs their work duties in their home unless three qualifications are met:

  • the employee’s injury or disability must arise out of the employee’s employment;
  • the injury or disability must be caused by a special hazard of the employee’s employment activity; and
  • the employee’s injury or disability must have been sustained in the course of an activity undertaken by the employee for the exclusive benefit of the employer.

 

This legislation makes it more difficult for remote employees to be awarded workers’ compensation. Prior to the enactment of HB 447, remote workers’ claims for compensation were treated in the same way as those brought by non-remote employees. Workers’ compensation was generally awarded to remote employees if their injuries occurred in the course of and arose out of their employment. Once this law goes into effect, remote employees will need to meet additional requirements. With the added requirements of HB 447, states Representative Brian Lampton, workers are not prevented from making any claims for compensation but are prevented from making frivolous claims.

HB 447 was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine on June 24, 2022 after passing unanimously in both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. The law goes into effect on September 23, 2022. Perez & Morris continues to monitor the impact of this law and COVID-19 on workers’ compensation generally.


 

Rick Hernandez, Perez MorrisRick Hernandez is a proactive, strategic and dedicated workers’ compensation defense attorney with more than 30 years’ experience. Rick has represented self-insured and state-funded private employers, state agencies, and public and private universities in proceedings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and at all levels of court within the state of Ohio. You can reach him at rhernandez@perez-morris.com or (614) 540-2230. Read more

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Natalie Reidling, Perez MorrisNatalie Reidling is a law clerk at Perez Morris. Natalie is a Juris Doctor candidate at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Anne Marie Schloemer writes article for Smart Business

Anne Marie Schloemer writes article for Smart Business

Anne Marie Schloemer writes article for Smart Business

Perez Morris attorney Anne Marie Schloemer discusses the transition back to office environments after nearly two years of remote work in an article for Smart Business. Anne Marie delves into return-to-work policies for companies, as well as what leaders should keep in mind during the transition.

“Technology has enabled work to be done remotely. However, for many businesses, there is no substitute for at least partial in-person work, and certain industries and positions require it. Also, physical presence in the workplace is important for company culture and impromptu water cooler talk. So, for businesses that decide to implement a return-to-work policy, what does that look like?”

Read more here.

Perez Morris recognized as Columbus Business First 2022 Corporate Citizenship Honoree

Perez Morris recognized as Columbus Business First 2022 Corporate Citizenship Honoree

Perez Morris recognized as Columbus Business First 2022 Corporate Citizenship Honoree

Perez Morris was recently recognized as a Columbus Business First 2022 Corporate Citizenship Honoree in the small business category. The prestigious honor places Perez Morris among other local leaders doing good in their community including Nationwide, White Castle, Huntington, Cardinal Health, and others.

Perez Morris is committed to giving back. We look forward to supporting initiatives and programs to meet local, regional and international needs. Learn more about our work in the community at https://www.perezmorris.com/our-involvement/

Cleveland office adds Workers' Compensation services and team

Cleveland office adds Workers’ Compensation services and team

Cleveland office adds Workers' Compensation services and team

Perez Morris announced today the launch of workers’ compensation services in the law firm’s Cleveland, Ohio office. This addition to the firm’s current offerings includes two specialized workers’ compensation attorneys in Cleveland to help Ohio businesses navigate an influx of claims across the state. This is an important expansion of Perez Morris’ already strong workers’ compensation team, historically based in Columbus.

“The Ohio worker’s compensation system is complex, and the Perez Morris Cleveland office now has the resources to meet all workers’ compensation needs,” says Sarah Perez, firm managing partner. “Our lawyers represent state fund and self-insured employers in administrative hearings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio, in writ of mandamus matters before the Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals, and in appeals before Ohio Courts of Common Pleas. We also handle workplace intentional tort actions.”

The Cleveland workers’ compensation group will counsel the largest healthcare organization in Ohio as well as construction, skilled nursing facilities, staffing agencies, and a variety of small businesses on their immediate and future workers’ compensation matters. The team brings more than three decades of experience to the firm and believes that now more than ever no business is immune to claims.

According to Workers’ Compensation Attorney Mark Gottfried, “given the direct impact that efficient and effective handling of these claims has on the workforce, the better businesses handle and manage these claims, the more productive they will be.

Workers’ compensation claims have evolved during the pandemic. With the great resignation and labor shortages, claims are becoming more lengthy, resulting in delays in employees returning to work. In addition, Gottfried expects that businesses will start to see an increase in remote claims in the coming year. Legislation in the pipeline will likely provide ground rules for such claims.

Gottfried suggests that claims create a moment for leaders to consider better ways to support employees and a checkpoint to make sure employees are in the right roles, accomplishing the right tasks to support company and personal growth. Perez Morris encourages businesses to proactively address workplace risks, incident protocols, and ways to collaborate and engage with employees from day one.