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Whatever the legal matter, you want experienced, dedicated attorneys working for you.

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.

Our passion for what we do drives our dedication to legal excellence.

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 C. Robinson


Ryan is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of business, litigation, real estate, and labor & employment law. A cum laude graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, Ryan served as the... Read More

Patrick M. Dunn


Patrick is an Associate with the firm and focuses his practice in Intellectual Property and Patents. A graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, Patrick received the CALI Award of Excellence for LARW II and Patent Office Litigation. ... Read More

Kimberly M. Rippeth


Kimberly is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business law and real estate law. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Akron School of Law,... Read More

Ray Meiers


Ray’s practice started in 2000, after having spent five years working as an engineer.  He spent the first ten years of his law practice with larger firms, gaining invaluable training and experience serving numerous clients.  Over the years, Ray... Read More

LeAnne M. Kiko


LeAnne Kiko is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses her practice in the areas of business law, contracts and commercial transactions. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Akron, School of Law, LeAnne received her Juris Doctor degree while... Read More

Rod A. Moore


Rod Moore is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of business, health care law, trademark law, oil & gas, zoning and litigation. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Akron School of... Read More

James D. Schweikert


James is the coordinator of the firm’s intellectual property practice group focusing on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and related litigation. He is well versed in mechanical, electro-mechanical, and electrical arts. James has experience acting as in-house IP counsel... Read More

Whitney L. Willits-Monroe


Whitney is a partner with Black McCuskey and focuses her practice in the areas of litigation, labor & employment, intellectual property and oil & gas. In her litigation practice, Whitney handles a variety of civil issues, ranging from breach-of-contract... Read More

James M. Wherley, Jr.


Jim's law practice focuses upon oil and gas litigation and consultation, intellectual property law, and civil litigation.  He is registered to practice in multiple state and federal courts and is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent... Read More

Chrysanthe E. Vassiles


Chrysanthe E. Vassiles is a partner that concentrates her law practice in the creditors’ rights/bankruptcy, collections, and business areas.  She represents publicly-traded corporations, privately-held entities, financial institutions, trustees, receivers, secured creditors, creditors’ committees, and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7... 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 Partner

Managing Partner 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

Of Counsel

Randy served as the firm’s Managing Partner for 13 years (1998 - 2011).  He has more than 36 years of trial experience and has successfully represented clients in both state and federal court involving major jury trials and he... 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


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

Brian R. Mertes


Certification OSBA Certified Specialist - Workers' Compensation Law Brian, a partner with Black McCuskey since 2004, focuses his practice in Labor and Employment and General Corporate matters. He is the coordinator of the firm's workers' compensation practice group. He is a... 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


Ryan Kuchmaner is a Partner with Black McCuskey and is the Coordinator of the firm’s Estates & Trusts practice group, focusing on estate planning, probate and trust administration, asset protection, and elder law. He also practices in the areas... Read More

James P. Kamerer

Of Counsel

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.  Jim was selected by his peers for... Read More

Robert I. Friedman

Of Counsel

Bob Friedman has practiced law in Stark County for over 50 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

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... 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


Jason (Jay) Deeds has practiced law for more than 30 years. He is a member of the firm’s Business, Estates & Trusts, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate Practice Groups. Jay advises clients primarily in business, estate, trust and real... Read More

Joel K. Dayton

Of Counsel

Joel practices in the area of Commercial, Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy & Workouts, 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More

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