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At Black McCuskey, we have a team approach to practicing law that enables us to be responsive and effective for our clients. From simple to complex issues, we find the right solution for each client by drawing on the experience of our team.

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Black McCuskey has served our clients, the community and legal profession as one of the leading law firms in the State of Ohio since 1922.

Our commitment to providing exceptional service sets us apart.

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Ryan W. Maxwell


Ryan Maxwell is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the area of litigation. He graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2011. While at law school, he served as president and inaugural vice president of the Chase Student... Read More

Eric T. Francis


Eric Francis is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of business, real estate & development, and litigation. Eric graduated from Capital University Law School, in Columbus, Ohio, with his Juris Doctor Degree in 2014. While attending law school, he was a law clerk for... Read More

Whitney L. Willits


Whitney Willits is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses her practice in the areas of litigation, oil & gas, labor & employment, commercial law, and collections. A cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Whitney served as a Managing Editor for The Ohio State Law Journal... Read More

James M. Wherley, Jr.


Jim's law practice focuses upon oil and gas litigation and consultation, civil litigation, Intellectual property, and employment law. He is registered to practice in multiple state and federal courts and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Oil and Gas: Jim represents oil producers, drilling... Read More

Chrysanthe E. Vassiles


Chrysanthe E. Vassiles concentrates in the bankruptcy law, commercial transactions and trademark/copyright areas.  Prior to joining Black McCuskey, she served two years as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Russ Kendig, Bankruptcy Judge for The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Canton Division and... Read More

Charles J. Tyburski

Of Counsel

Chuck Tyburski is a member of the firm's Corporation Law and Trusts and Estates Service Groups, Chuck concentrates his practice in the areas of tax planning and tax litigation, estate planning, family and business succession planning, and corporate and partnership law. Chuck is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University from... Read More

Bruce M. Soares

Managing Director

Managing Director of Black McCuskey and Coordinator of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group, Bruce Soares has over 30 years of legal experience in handling complex, multi-faceted commercial and corporate transactional matters for Fortune 500 companies, commercial real estate development companies, health care facilities, energy-related businesses and financial institutions.... Read More

Randolph L. Snow


Randy served as the firm's Managing Partner for 13 years (1998 - 2011) and is Coordinator of the firm's Litigation Service Group which focuses on civil litigation. He has more than 36 years of trial experience and has successfully represented clients in both state and federal court involving major... Read More

Arnold R. Shifman

Of Counsel

Arnold Shifman has practiced law in Stark County for over 40 years, devoting a substantial portion of his practice to real estate law and related title matters. At Black McCuskey, Arnold has a litigation practice that is devoted to real estate matters, including quiet-title actions, forfeiture procedures and foreclosure... Read More

James C. Scott


Jim Scott focuses his practice on matters of intellectual property rights and related litigation, and counseling and representing businesses on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and related matters. He has represented clients in patent, trademark and Lanham Act litigation in federal courts across the country as well as in... Read More

Daniel J. Schlue


Dan Schlue is a partner with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the area of Intellectual Property, both U.S. and foreign. He has extensive experience in patent, copyright and trademark matters. In addition, he has experience in matters including licensing preparation and counseling, contract preparations and review, opinion... Read More

Robert B. Preston III


Bob is a Partner at Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Construction, Creditors' Rights/Collections and Oil & Gas Litigation. Since joining the firm, Bob has been very active in the Litigation and Construction practice areas. He has represented clients in litigation in more than... Read More

Robert J. Murphy


Certification LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in New Construction by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Robert Murphy is a partner with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in Corporate and Real Estate transactions. He represents small, mid-size and large companies in the areas of negotiation and... Read More

Brian R. Mertes


Certification OSBA Certified Specialist - Workers' Compensation Law Brian joined Black, McCuskey in 2001 and became a partner in 2004. He is currently a member of the Firm's Management Committee and serves as Chairman of the Firm's Recruiting Committee. His practice focuses on representing businesses in labor and employment relaters matters.... Read More

Victor R. Marsh

Of Counsel

Vic is a member of the Firm's Environmental Law Practice Group, with special emphasis on environmental compliance and proceedings before state and federal administrative agencies, such as the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Vic's practice also includes Real Estate Law. With over 46 years of experience, he is recognized by... Read More

Ryan A. Kuchmaner


Ryan Kuchmaner is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of business, litigation, commercial, real estate law, estate planning, and trust and estate administration. A graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Ryan served as an officer of the Delta Theta Phi... Read More

Patricia S. Kramer


Patricia S. Kramer is a partner with Black McCuskey and specializes in Intellectual Property Law including copyright registration, federal trademark registration, software licensing and outsourcing agreements. Prior to joining Black McCuskey, Pat worked at a patent and intellectual property firm in northeastern Ohio where she specialized in intellectual property law.... Read More

James P. Kamerer


Prior to joining the firm’s Estate and Trust Practice Group in 1997, Jim spent over 20 years as a Bank Trust Department Executive. Jim has extensive experience in trust and estate matters. As Chair of the Estates and Trusts Practice Group, he concentrates his activities in the areas of... Read More

Daniel M. Jonas

Of Counsel

Dan Jonas has practiced law in Stark County for more than 40 years. His concentration is in management-labor relations, personnel management, equal employment opportunity, discrimination, wrongful discharge matters, policy and practice development, disciplinary/termination issues and related counseling, negotiations, arbitrations, administrative proceedings and litigation. A broad range of clients, from... Read More

Robert I. Friedman

Of Counsel

Bob Friedman has practiced law in Stark County for over 45 years, devoting a substantial portion of his practice to matters of corporate law, nursing home law, estate planning and probate. In addition to his active legal practice, Bob served for 7½ years (1992-98) as the Firm's Managing Director.... Read More

Anthony E. Efremoff

Of Counsel

Anthony (Tony) Efremoff is a senior member of the firm's Business and Corporate Service Area. The principal portion of his practice is devoted to general corporate and business law with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, and securities law, including public and private offerings and registration and proxy statements. A... Read More

Larry B. Donovan


Larry is a partner with Black McCuskey and focuses on Intellectual Property law with a concentration in the assessing and protecting of technological innovation. Larry’s experience includes assessment of research and development efforts for isolating and protecting patentable subject matter, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks. He also assists in... Read More

Richard D. Dodez

Of Counsel

Dick Dodez has practiced law for more than 38 years primarily in the field of Corporate Law, and more specifically employee benefits dealing with pension and welfare plans under state law and E.R.I.S.A. Dick graduated from The Ohio State University and he joined the firm as a member of... Read More

C. Jason Deeds


Jason (Jay) Deeds has practiced law in Tuscarawas County for over 24 years. Jay was a partner of a local firm that merged with Black McCuskey in 1999.  He is a member of the firm’s Business, Estates & Trusts, Labor & Employment, Real Estate, and Health Care Practice Groups. Jay... Read More

Joel K. Dayton


Joel Dayton is the Practice Area Coordinator of the firm's Commercial, Creditors' Rights, Bankruptcy & Workouts Practice Group, concentrating in the areas of commercial transactions, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, and secured lending. He is recognized as one of the preeminent lawyers in his field, having been rated by his... Read More

Thomas W. Connors


Tom's practice involves general business and civil litigation, including corporate, commercial, real estate and personal injury matters. His practice is concentrated in resolving or trying complex litigation disputes on behalf of businesses, government entities or individuals. He has over 30 years of trial experience, and has tried more than... Read More

Gust Callas


Certifications OSBA Dual Certified Specialist - Labor & Employment Law, Workers' Compensation Law Gust Callas currently serves as Coordinator for the Labor and Employment Practice Area of the Firm. He is also a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Workers’ Compensation Service Groups. Gust has extensive experience in litigation and particular... Read More

Todd S. Bundy


Todd S. Bundy is a member of the firm’s management team; co-coordinator of the Commercial Law and Corporate Practice Groups; and a member of the Litigation Practice Group.  His practice includes the representation of publicly traded companies as well as privately-held businesses on a broad range of legal areas... Read More

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