Black McCuskey is pleased to announce that Eric T. Francis and Ryan W. Maxwell have recently passed the Ohio bar examination and are now associate attorneys at the firm. Eric practices in the areas of business, real estate and litigation while Ryan focuses on the litigation practice area.
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 a local law firm dealing with primarily workers’ compensation and personal injury issues. Additionally, he had the opportunity to participate in a legal externship with the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section concentrating on environmental and procedural research.
Prior to law school, Eric attended Ohio Wesleyan University, in Delaware, Ohio, and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English. While at Ohio Wesleyan, he worked for The Historian, a historical journal, editing book reviews and journal articles to be published quarterly. Additionally, Eric served on the student history board, was a member of the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta, and played on the varsity men’s soccer team.
Although Eric attended college and law school in central Ohio, he is a Stark County native. He grew up in Alliance, Ohio and attended Marlington High School. Eric has returned to Stark County and is proud to give back to this strong and growing community. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Stark County Bar Association.
Ryan 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 Advocacy Society; participated in the Kentucky Innocence Project; and participated in a variety of other programs.
In 2006, Ryan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was a recipient of the Oxford Scholars Scholarship and was selected as College of Arts & Sciences Student Ambassador for Miami University. Additionally, he was selected to attend the Miami University Dolibois European Center in Differdange, Luxembourg, during the final semester of his senior year at Miami University. Ryan was also a member of the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta.
Committed to his community, while in law school, Ryan fostered animals for the Ashland Animal Rescue Fund, participated in the Hispanic Outreach program, and participated in the Street Law pro bono program. Currently, he is a youth soccer coach for the Dover Soccer Association. Although Ryan attended law school and undergrad in southwestern Ohio, he grew up in Tuscarawas County and is a 2002 graduate of Dover High School. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Stark County Bar Association.