Black McCuskey is pleased to announce that Attorneys James M. Wherley, Jr. and Robert B. Preston III are now licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Both attorneys became licensed in Pennsylvania to better serve the business needs of the firm’s clients.
Jim focuses his practice in 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. Jim represents oil producers, drilling companies, and service companies in a broad range of oil and gas issues including lease rights, production rights, and corporate disputes. His extensive litigation experience includes bench and jury trials, mediations, arbitrations, post-trial practice, and appellate work and in a wide range of subject areas, such as patent litigation, oil & gas litigation, uniform commercial code, insurance, the trucking industry, product liability, and personal injury. Additionally, Jim represents clients in patent prosecution and protection of intellectual property rights.
Bob focuses his practice in the areas of civil litigation, commercial litigation, probate litigation and creditors’ rights/collections. Since joining the firm, he has represented clients in litigation in more than one half of Ohio’s Common Pleas Courts and both of Ohio’s Federal District Courts. Bob has appeared and argued numerous matters in Ohio’s Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Appellate Districts. Bob has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell*. In addition, he has been named a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. Prior to becoming an attorney, Bob had a long career in public service. He was a Patrolman and Sergeant with the Cleveland Police Department from 1995-2004, and a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1991-1995. For his actions as a police officer, he was honored with the Medal of Heroism and the Distinguished Service Medal.