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99 YEARS IN CANTON

Black McCuskey is proud to be a full-service law firm in downtown Canton, Ohio. 

Since 1922, the tradition of community service established by our founders continues today.  Throughout the years, we have remained committed to serving our community and to improving the quality of life in Canton and its surrounding areas.

We look forward to partnering with a new generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders and organizations to continue to foster the economic development of our region.

Our passion for legal excellence drives our dedication.

Our commitment to providing exceptional service sets us apart.

Experience the difference.

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C. Jason Deeds

Partner

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 … Continued

Jason A. Brown

Associate

Jason is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of real estate development & finance, business law and trusts & estates. While attending The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Jason worked as a … Continued

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 inclusion … Continued

Todd S. Bundy

Partner

Todd S. Bundy is a member of the firm’s management team; 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 … Continued

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 served … Continued

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 … Continued

Ryan A. Kuchmaner

Partner

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 of … Continued

Rod A. Moore

Associate

Rod Moore is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of business, health care law, real estate, trademark law, corporate and zoning. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Akron School of Law, … Continued

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’ … Continued

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 been … Continued

Whitney L. Willits

Partner

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 disputes … Continued

Brian R. Mertes

Partner

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 … Continued

Chrysanthe E. Vassiles

Partner

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 liquidation … Continued

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 matter, … Continued

Kimberly M. Zebedis

Associate

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, … Continued

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 has … Continued

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 … Continued

LeAnne M. Kiko

Associate

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 … Continued

Bruce M. Soares

Managing Partner

Managing Partner of Black McCuskey, Bruce has over 40 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. He … Continued

Ray Meiers

Partner

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 has … Continued

James M. Wherley, Jr.

Partner

Jim’s law practice focuses upon consultation in oil and gas litigation, 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 and … Continued

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 … Continued

Michael J. Class

Associate

Michael is an associate with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, labor & employment, and business law. While attending The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Michael worked as a Civil Division Clerk for … Continued

James D. Schweikert

Partner

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 to … Continued

Latest News & Events

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  • Six Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

    Black McCuskey is pleased to announce that six attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers.  Attorneys Bruce M. Soares (business/corporate), Randolph L. Snow (general litigation), Gust Callas (labor & employment), and Joel K. Dayton (creditor debtor rights) have been named … Continued

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  • Black McCuskey Welcomes Two Attorneys to the Firm

    Black McCuskey  is pleased to announce that Jason A. Brown and Michael J. Class have joined the firm as Associate Attorneys. Both attorneys participated in the firm’s summer associate program in 2019. Jason is an associate with Black McCuskey and … Continued

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  • Will Working Remotely Continue After COVID-19?

    In 2019 almost a quarter of the workforce worked remotely. This percentage has risen drastically due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Moving into 2021, it is predicted that many companies will either extend or permanently allow remote work.  … Continued

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