March 9, 2021

Walter | Haverfield attorneys, Doug Eppler, Miriam Pearlmutter, Max Rieker and Greg Watkins, have been elected as the firm’s newest partners. The four additions bring the firm’s partnership to 55 members.

“I am proud to have Doug, Miriam, Max and Greg join our partnership,” said Ralph Cascarilla, Walter | Haverfield’s Managing Partner. “They each work diligently to bring a unique set of skills that benefit our clients.”

Eppler is a member of Walter | Haverfield’s Litigation Services group, with a focus on creditors’ rights enforcement, commercial litigation, and trust and estate litigation. He regularly represents commercial lenders in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy litigation. In addition, he represents clients in business litigation arising in a variety of contexts. His trust and estate litigation experience includes active participation in all phases of these cases, including during bench and jury trials.

Pearlmutter’s practice focuses on school law, including special education, labor and employment issues, and bullying/harassment complaints. Among other matters, she advises clients on issues of employment discrimination, student discipline, disability accommodations, constitutional rights, policy drafting and implementation, and public records requests. Miriam also assists school boards with all aspects of the special education process, including training staff, attending ETR and IEP meetings, and reviewing documents for compliance. Miriam represents her clients in state and federal courts, at both trial and appellate levels, as well as before the Office for Civil Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Ohio Department of Education.

Rieker is an Ohio State Bar Association certified specialist in labor and employment law. Max counsels both private and public sector employers in a full range of workplace matters. Max has successfully represented clients before a variety of arbitrators, boards, commissions, administrative agencies and courts throughout Ohio. He has extensive experience handling administrative investigations, employee discipline and police use-of-force cases. Having negotiated well over 100 public sector collective bargaining agreements, Max also has the skills to craft solutions for public entities. He has represented clients in dozens of cases through the statutory fact-finding and conciliation process. Max’s practice also focuses on the needs of private sector clients, having represented small businesses, mid-size manufacturers and significant international corporations.

Watkins’s practice concentrates on corporate and business law. He represents buy-side and sell-side clients in mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he counsels clients on general corporate and business matters, including governance, compliance, and day-to-day operations. He assists entrepreneurs and growing businesses in navigating the business formation process and the ongoing requirements of business management, particularly with entity selection and structure, formation, organization, and exit strategies. Also, he advises start-ups and early stage companies on capital raising and compliance with federal and state securities laws.

“As the firm and partnership continue to grow, I feel confident that Doug, Miriam, Max and Greg represent our ongoing dedication to client needs,” added Cascarilla. “Their hard work helps us remain committed to our long-standing reputation for providing attentive service.”

Since 1932, Walter | Haverfield attorneys have served as strategic counselors to private businesses, public entities and high-net-worth individuals, providing creative and customized solutions that deliver outstanding results at an exceptional value. Our track record has allowed us to sustain year-after-year growth. Walter | Haverfield has doubled its size in the past decade to become one of the top ten Ohio-based law firms. Today, our team of nearly 100 attorneys is focused primarily in the areas of business services, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, education, tax and wealth management, hospitality and liquor control, litigation and public law.