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James D. Schweikert

Partner

James Schweikert is partner with Black McCuskey in the Intellectual Property practice area focusing on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and litigation.  He is well versed in mechanical, electro-mechanical, and electrical arts.  James has experience serving as in-house counsel... Read More

Ryan W. Maxwell

Associate

Ryan Maxwell is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of litigation and collections. He graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in 2011. While at law school,... Read More

Eric T. Francis

Associate

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.... Read More

Whitney L. Willits

Associate

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

James M. Wherley, Jr.

Partner

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... Read More

Chrysanthe E. Vassiles

Partner

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... 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... 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... Read More

Randolph L. Snow

Partner

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... 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... Read More

Daniel J. Schlue

Partner

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... Read More

Robert B. Preston III

Partner

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... Read More

Robert J. Murphy

Partner

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,... Read More

Brian R. Mertes

Partner

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... 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.... Read More

Ryan A. Kuchmaner

Associate

Ryan Kuchmaner is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of business, litigation, commercial, real estate, estate planning, probate and trust administration, asset protection, and elder law. A graduate of the Case Western Reserve University... Read More

Patricia S. Kramer

Partner

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... Read More

James P. Kamerer

Partner

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... 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,... 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... 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,... Read More

Larry B. Donovan

Partner

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... 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... Read More

C. Jason Deeds

Partner

Jason (Jay) Deeds has practiced law in Tuscarawas County for over 25 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,... Read More

Joel K. Dayton

Partner

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... Read More

Thomas W. Connors

Partner

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... Read More

Gust Callas

Partner

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... Read More

Todd S. Bundy

Partner

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... Read More

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