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A Message From Our Firm’s President

Timothy J. Pillari, Esq.          Thomas Pillari, Esq.   Dear Valued Clients and Friends, This is a bitter-sweet announcement for our Firm. It has been nearly 40 years since our Probate & Estate Planning (“PEP”) Department has been … Continue reading

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WHP Adds a New Shareholder

Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. today announced the promotion of Christopher W. Peer to Shareholder, effective January 1, 2017. “We welcome Chris Peer as a new shareholder and director of WHP. Chris is experienced in a variety of corporate … Continue reading

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TURNAROUND OF THE YEAR! – WHP Team Represents Creditors’ Committee in Quaker Steak & Lube Restructuring

WHP attorneys Christopher Peer and John Polinko were recently honored with the Turnaround of the Year award presented by Turnaround Management Association for their efforts in representing the interests of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of Wings of … Continue reading

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WHP Attorneys Selected to the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers List

WHP attorneys Richard D. Panza, Matthew W. Nakon, Richard A. Naegele, Thomas Pillari and Christopher W. Peer have been selected to the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers list. Attorney Philip J. Truax has been recognized as an Ohio Rising Star.

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Department of Labor’s New Minimum Salary Rule Blocked for Now and Possibly Forever

By Christopher A. Gray On December 1, 2016, a new rule was supposed to take effect increasing the minimum salary exempt employees must receive in order to be ineligible for overtime pay. After the Department of Labor issued the new rule, … Continue reading

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New Overtime Rules Take Effect December 1st. Are You Ready?

In May, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Perez announced the publication of the updated Department of Labor overtime rules. It is estimated that the rule changes will result in over 4 million additional workers being eligible for overtime pay. … Continue reading

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Four WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

WHP would like to congratulate Richard Panza, Richard Naegele, Matthew Nakon and Thomas Pillari who have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Mr. Panza and Mr. Nakon have been selected for their … Continue reading

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WHP Will Remain Open During Chester Road Closure Due to Road Construction

Chester Road in Avon will be CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC starting May 9 thru July 31, 2016.  During that time, our Firm will remain open and will be accessible from Route 83 to traffic travelling eastbound on Chester Road; however, … Continue reading

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WHP Adds Two New Shareholders

Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. today announced the promotions of Benjamin M. Cooke, Esq. and Philip J. Truax, Esq. to Shareholder, effective January 1, 2016.  “The Shareholders of WHP are proud to welcome and congratulate Ben and Phil on this … Continue reading

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WHP Attorneys Selected as 2016 Super Lawyers

WHP attorneys Richard D. Panza, Matthew W. Nakon, Richard A. Naegele, Thomas Pillari and Christopher W. Peer have been selected as 2016 Super Lawyers.  Attorney Philip J. Truax has been recognized as an Ohio Rising Star.

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Attorney Benjamin M. Cooke has joined the Business Organizations & Tax Department at WHP

WHP is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Benjamin M. Cooke to its Avon, Ohio Office. Mr. Cooke focuses his practice on corporate and business matters. He handles business organization and formation, business contract issues, mergers and acquisitions, real estate matters, … Continue reading

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Attorney Christopher A. Gray has joined the Litigation Department at WHP

WHP is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Christopher A. Gray to its Avon, Ohio Office. Attorney Christopher A. Gray has joined the Litigation Department at WHP.  Licensed to practice in Ohio and Kentucky, his practice includes Workers’ Compensation representation of … Continue reading

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Elimination of Mandatory Coverage for Volunteer Corporate Officers of Nonprofit Corporations

Change in legislation that will benefit many nonprofit corporations. Effective Sept. 29, 2015, BWC will no longer consider volunteer corporate officers of nonprofit corporations to be employees for purposes of workers’ compensation. Therefore, BWC will no longer require nonprofits to … Continue reading

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Three WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

WHP would like to congratulate Richard Panza, Richard Naegele and Matthew Nakon who have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Mr. Panza and Mr. Nakon have been selected for their expertise in … Continue reading

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Take me out to the ball game …

The Lorain County Bar Association Foundation’s 3rd Annual Softball Game is August 27th   On August 27, 2015, The Lorain County Bar Association Foundation will hold its 3rd Annual Softball Game/Family Event at All Pro Freight Stadium, 2009 Baseball Blvd., … Continue reading

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Attorney Christopher W. Peer has joined WHP

WHP is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Christopher W. Peer to its Avon, Ohio Office. Mr. Peer is a member of the Business Organizations & Tax Department at WHP and advises clients on the legal implications of business and commercial … Continue reading

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The law firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista law firm has announced the addition of Christopher W. Peer

Attorney Christopher W. Peer has joined the Business Organizations & Tax Department at WHP and advises clients on the legal implications of business and commercial decisions.  His experience extends beyond general corporate matters to include expertise in financing transactions, commercial issues … Continue reading

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Judge Joseph Cirigliano Spotlighted in Ohio Lawyer Magazine

WHP Attorney Judge Joseph E. Cirigliano was Spotlighted in the January-February 2015 OSBA Ohio Lawyer Magazine. Click the below link to view the online article and related video. https://www.ohiobar.org/NewsAndPublications/News/OSBANews/Pages/OSBA-member-spotlight-Joseph-Cirigliano-member-since-1952.aspx

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WHP Adds Two New Shareholders

WHP is pleased to announce the promotions of Mr. Timothy J. Pillari and Ms. Rachelle Kuznicki Zidar to Shareholder. Mr. Pillari is a member of WHP’s Probate & Estate Planning Department. In addition to probate and estate administration services, he … Continue reading

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Matthew W. Nakon Achieves AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell®

WHP congratulates Attorney Matthew W. Nakon for achieving the highest AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating with Martindale-Hubbell®.

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WHP Attorneys Selected as 2015 Super Lawyers

WHP attorneys Richard D. Panza, Matthew W. Nakon, Richard A. Naegele and Thomas Pillari have been selected as 2015 Super Lawyers.  Attorney Philip J. Truax has been recognized as an Ohio Rising Star.

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Ohio Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program Enrollment Deadline

REMINDER:  The deadline to enroll in an Ohio Workers’ Compensation group rating program for the 2015 rate year is November 24, 2014. Please contact Arthur Brumett or Kelly Fraatz by November 7th to obtain an eligibility quote: Arthur W. Brumett … Continue reading

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Two WHP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2015 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

WHP would like to congratulate Richard Panza and Richard Naegele who have been selected, once again, to be included in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Mr. Panza has been selected for his expertise in Commercial Litigation … Continue reading

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Ohio BWC’s “Another Billion Back” Proposed Rebate

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is proposing a rebate similar to last year’s – this time called “Another Billion Back”.  View the proposal summary, which is to be discussed at the BWC’s Board of Directors’ meeting on August 22, … Continue reading

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Workers’ Compensation Sign-Up Deadlines Changing

BWC is changing the way it bills for workers’ compensation coverage to better serve Ohio employers. For decades, the agency has billed for employer premiums after-the-fact. It will begin billing in advance of coverage starting: July 1, 2015 for private … Continue reading

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Attorney Philip Truax is a Guest Blogger for the North Coast Building Industry Association

June 19, 2014 Blog – “Township’s Failure to Upgrade Sewer Capacity is Not Actionable” March 17, 2014 Blog – “Green Building & LEED Construction” February 24, 2014 Blog – “Ohio Consumer Sales Practice Act (CSPA)”

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WHP Expands its Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights Practice

WHP is pleased to announce the expansion of its Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice to include Insolvency Litigation.  With over 55 years of collective experience, our bankruptcy and litigation professionals have an excellent track record of securing successful outcomes for … Continue reading

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Follow us on Twitter @WHPCB

WHP is now on Twitter!  Follow us @WHPCB for legal and news information helpful to you and your business. 

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Attorneys Panza and Naegele recognized as “Best Lawyers” in Cleveland for 2014

Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. is pleased to announce that partners Richard D. Panza and Richard A. Naegele have been recognized by their peers as “Best Lawyers” in Cleveland for 2014.  Mr. Panza was recognized for his work … Continue reading

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WHP and FirstMerit Bank co-sponsoring 2014 LCCC Foundation Golf Benefit

Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista and FirstMerit Bank are teaming up to co-sponsor the 2014 Lorain County Community College Foundation’s Jack Nicklaus Scholarship Golf Benefit on August 18, 2014, at the Elyria Country Club.

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Ohio Supreme Court hears argument between Cedar Point parent company, former employee

By  Kaylee Remington, The Morning Journal TOLEDO — The Ohio Supreme Court last week listened to arguments on a legal dispute between Cedar Fair, the parent company that operates Cedar Point, and its former chief operating officer, and issued advisement. … Continue reading

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Year-End Matters Online Form

An online version of the corporate For-Profit Year-End Matter Information Sheet form is available on the Practice Areas, Business Organizations & Tax page.

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2014 Workers’ Compensation Deadlines

Reproduced with permission from Doug Maag of Alternative Risk LTD. Group Rating The deadline for guaranteed enrollment is February 14. Enrollment forms received after this date could result in ineligibility for the program. If you have not returned your completed group … Continue reading

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Interested in Saving Money on Workers’ Compensation Premiums?

To enhance the full range of services offered to businesses, WHP continues to provide a Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program that can save Ohio employers as much as 53% on their WC premium.  This Program is available to all Ohio … Continue reading

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The law firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista law firm has announced the addition of Philip J. Truax

Mr. Truax is a member of the Litigation and Real Estate Departments, and focuses primarily on a variety of construction and real estate matters, commercial and environmental litigation, and product liability. In addition to his extensive experience in complex business … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our AV Preeminent Lawyers

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Workers’ Compensation Update – Two Important Articles

Workers’ Comp steps up to stop fraud By Mark Williams The Columbus Dispatch Monday July 22, 2013 6:59 AM More staff members and new tools helped the state agency for injured workers identify $55 million in savings during the past … Continue reading

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The law firm of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista law firm has announced the addition of Arthur W. Brumett II

Mr. Brumett is a member of the Litigation Department and focuses primarily on Workers’ Compensation representation of self-insured, State Funded, group-rated, and public employers.   He handles all phases of defense representation in administrative proceedings, trials, and mandamus actions. Mr. Brumett … Continue reading

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Former Common Pleas Judge Named Bank Director (People On The Move, The Chronicle-Telegram, July 7, 2013)

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE The Chronicle-Telegram July 7, 2013 Former Lorain County Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph E. Cirigliano, now a private practice attorney in the litigation department of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista, was named a director on … Continue reading

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Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation board approves $1 billion rebate to employers

Crain’s Cleveland 2:33 pm, May 30, 2013 As expected, the board of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation unanimously has approved plans presented by Gov. John Kasich to distribute $1 billion in cash rebates to 210,000 Ohio employers. In a … Continue reading

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Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. (WHP) successful in obtaining reinstatement for Cedar Fair Executive as Chief Operating Officer

Richard D. Panza and William F. Kolis, Jr., two of Ohio’s premier legal practitioners, have successfully obtained reinstatement for their client, Jacob “Jack” Falfas, to his position as Chief Operating Officer for Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN) … Continue reading

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Important Announcement Today For All Employers Workers’ Compensation State Fund

A Billion Back A Three part plan for making workers’ comp work for Ohio. – Click here for article.

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WHP Adds New Associate

Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista law firm has announced the addition of Brian W. Bonham. Mr. Bonham has joined the Business Organizations & Tax Department at WHP, where his focus is on Business and Corporate Law, Real Estate Law … Continue reading

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WHP Named Amy DeLuca Firm Shareholder and Director

Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co. announced that Amy DeLuca has recently been elected shareholder and director of the firm, effective January 1. Ms. DeLuca earned her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall Law School and joined the firm in 2008. … Continue reading

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WHP Adds Two New Associates

December 20, 2012 – Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Law Firm  announced today the addition of two new associates, Malorie A. Rooney and Douglas J. Swearingen. Ms. Rooney joins the Litigation department in Avon, OH where she will focus … Continue reading

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Ohio Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2013

Important Notice To All Employers: Ohio Minimum Wage inrceases to $7.85 per hour effective January 1, 2013. This increase applies to businesses with annual gross receipts of at least $288,000.00. Employers with gross receipts under $288,000.00 must pay the federal … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our AV Preeminent Lawyers

                                        The following is a link to the PDF of the Cleveland’s Best Lawyers special advertising supplement distributed in the July … Continue reading

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Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista makes landmark grant to Legal Aid

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Businesses host holiday community dinner for 500 people

The Morning Journal By JASON HENRY LORAIN — More than 500 people in  Lorain County found a warm meal for the holiday at four locations across the county yesterday afternoon. Five local businesses hosted community dinners at the Senior Center … Continue reading

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Joseph E. Cirigliano Elected New Director – Liberty Bank

New Directors Monday, November 7, 2011 Liberty Bank, N.A. Elects Three New Directors November 7, 2011; Beachwood, Ohio — Liberty Bank, N.A. today announced the election of three new Directors to the bank’s Board – Thomas W. Bevan, Esq. of … Continue reading

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BWC Creates New Program for Brand-New Ohio Businesses

The BWC Board of Directors approved the creation and implementation of a new program in Ohio called the Grow Ohio Incentive Program.  The Program allows brand-new employers to receive a 25% discount on their workers’ comp premium OR elect to participate in … Continue reading

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Law firm contributes to civil law service (with video)

By KATE SNYDER  ksnyder@MorningJournal.com Rich Panza, a Legal Aid Board Member and Shareholder of Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista, speaks during an open house for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s new Elyria office yesterday. ELYRIA — Rich Panza cannot … Continue reading

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Congratulations 2010 Inside Business Leading Lawyers

Inside Business, November 2010 David L. Herzer, Esq Richard D. Panza, Esq.

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Lorain County residents need mediation programs to stem tide (The Chronicle-Telegram)

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Congratulations to Dave Herzer and his appointment to the Baldwin-Wallace College Business Advisory Group

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Congratulations to Amy DeLuca who was awarded the Ohio State Bar Association 2010 Community Service Award for Attorneys under 40

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Congratulations to Matt Nakon for being named American Cancer Society’s “Living Angel” of 2010

The Chronicle-Telegram, March 7, 2010 The Morning Journal, March 7, 2010 Matt Nakon and Previous Winners Dr. Zolli’s Speech

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