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Walter | Haverfield LLP

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Managing Partner: Ralph E Cascarilla
Number of partners: 44
Total number of lawyers: 77

Firm Overview:
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 more than doubled in the past decade to become one of the top ten Cleveland-based law firms. Today, our team of nearly 80 attorneys is focused primarily in the areas of business services, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, tax and wealth management, hospitality and liquor control, litigation, public entities and education.

Main Areas of Practice:
17 partners; 24 fee earners
■ Regularly represents one of the largest shopping center REITS in the United States in connection with portfolio shopping center divestitures, outlot sales, site assemblage and acquisition/development projects, ECRs, joint ventures and unwinds, and various financing transactions
■ Counsel to private developer in the acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of a residential, retail, entertainment and ‘lifestyle’ center known as Pinecrest
Key Clients: Standard Wellness Co.
Contact: Kevin P Murphy
Tel: 216 928 2950
Email: [email protected]

9 partners; 16 fee earners
■ Representation of school districts with respect to the development of legally defensible IEPs and ETRs and all aspects of IDEA procedural compliance
■ Representation of school districts in due process cases filed with the Ohio Department of Education. These matters involved requests for private placement, allegations of denial of FAPE, and student discipline issues
Key Clients: Rocky River School District; South Euclid- Lyndhurst City School District; Willoughby-Eastlake City School District
Contact: Christina H Peer
Tel: 216 928 2918
Email: [email protected]

Hospitality & Liquor Control:
1 partner; 4 fee earners
■ Processes thousands of liquor permit transactions with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control
■ Negotiates hundreds of restaurant and retail leases, on behalf of both landlords and tenants.
Contact: John N Neal
Tel: 216 619 7866
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
4 partners; 12 fee earners
■ Prepares and prosecutes hundreds of utility and design patent applications
■ Representation of a client in the semiconductor industry in an ex parte reexamination proceeding, resulting in a reissued patent
■ Experienced in domestic and foreign patent law.
Key Clients: ETi Solid State Lighting, Inc.; Tarkett USA Inc.; Duramax Marine LLC
Contact: James J Pingor
Tel: 216 928 2984
Email: [email protected]

Labor & Employment:
13 partners; 21 fee earners
■ Defends, mediates, and negotiates to resolution discrimination, wage-hour, and retaliation claims in state and federal court
■ Defends federal sexual harassment lawsuits against major national corporations
Key Clients: Kirtland School District
Contact: Eric J Johnson
Tel: 216 928 2890
Email: [email protected]

13 partners; 26 fee earners
■ Lead trial counsel in a week-long jury trial in trade secrets theft case
■ Lead trial counsel in a 10-day federal jury trial in favor of employer in ADA lawsuit
Contact: Ralph E Cascarilla
Tel: 216 928 2908
Email: [email protected]

Public Entities:
8 partners; 14 fee earners
■ Representation of municipalities in litigation to establish the authority of a municipality, as a part of a council of governments, to lobby the state legislature on matters related to local self-government
■ Counsels elected officials and develops municipal procedures designed to achieve the objectives of elected officials without incurring litigation costs
Contact: William R Hanna
Tel: 216 928 2940
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
15 partners; 25 fee earners
■ Representation of developer in a $12 million historic rehab project involving the conversion of a 100,000-squarefoot warehouse into 45 apartments. The project utilized federal and state historic tax credits and real estate tax abatement. Assisted with all aspects of making the project eligible for historic tax credits, securing such tax credits, negotiating with tax credit investors, and satisfying the requirements of the real estate tax abatement program
■ Representation of developer in a $35 million project involving the conversion of a 175,000-square-foot former industrial building into apartments and retail. The project utilized federal and state historic tax credits, New Market Tax Credits, and Tax Increment Financing
Key Clients: Brokaw Development; DeHoff Development; Geis Companies/Hemingway Development; Fairmount Properties
Contact: John W Waldeck, Jr
Tel: 216 928 2914
Email: [email protected]

Tax & Wealth Management:
2 partners; 8 fee earners
■ Representation at the audit and appeal levels of the Internal Revenue Service
■ Representation in US Tax Court and District Court on high-level tax matters
Contact: Lacie L O’Daire
Tel: 216 928 2901
Email: [email protected]