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Calfee attorneys speak and write frequently in their various areas of expertise.  Search our archives for the latest articles written by our attorneys, including alerts addressing changes in the law and issues about which our clients need to be informed, as well as monthly newsletters, such as our Government Relations Report on Ohio Government. You can also read about some of our most recent accomplishments, speaking engagements and community events.

Steve Lesser to Present on Ohio’s Energy Future

Steve Lesser, Senior Counsel in the firm’s Government Relations Group, will give a presentation on March 1 titled “Deregulation versus Regulation.” His discussion will focus on the goal of deregulation and an assessment of the current state of the energy industry. Steve will focus on Ohio’s Energy Market experience. The presentation is a part of a CLE [...]

Joseph M. Mentrek to Speak at Estate Planning Council of Cleveland

Joseph M. Mentrek, co-chair of Calfee’s Estate and Succession Planning group, will present the annual summary of highlights from the 51st Annual Heckerling Heights Institute on Estate Planning. The event is sponsored by Zinner & Co. and hosted by the University of Miami School of Law. It will be held on February 14 at The City [...]

Ohio Supreme Court Limits Voluntary Abandonment Doctrine In Positive Drug Test Cases

February 2, 2017 ~ The “Voluntary Abandonment Doctrine” means that an injured worker can act so inconsistently with his or her continued employment that he or she will be considered to have “abandoned” the employment.  Abandonment of employment precludes eligibility for weekly benefits of Temporary Total Disability Compensation (TT).  In Ohio, the Doctrine’s origins prevented [...]

Salvatore J. Totino Served as a Panel Chair at the 2016 Cleveland Tax Institute

Salvatore J. Totino, (“Sam”), associate in Calfee’s M&A and Corporate practice groups, recently chaired a panel at the 2016 Cleveland Tax Institute hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Cleveland Tax Club. The panel addressed the issues of corporate taxation and related topics. Sam is a member of Calfee’s Tax practice group and regularly [...]

Sarah M. Cleves Helps Coach an Award Winning Mock Trial Team

Sarah M. Cleves, associate in Calfee’s Business, Corporate and Commercial Litigation group, serves as one of the coaches for the Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Team at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. One of the teams she coaches won first place at the annual Case Classic Competition on November 13, 2016, defeating a [...]

Virginia Benjamin Scheduled to Speak at the 15th Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute in March in Washington, D.C.

Virginia Benjamin (GiGi), chair of Calfee’s Public Law and Finance group, will present at the 15th Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute in March in Washington, D.C.  The institute, sponsored by the National Association of Bond Lawyers, offers in-depth discussions on current public finance topics.  GiGi’s presentation, titled “Representing the Infrequent Issuer,” is first on the [...]

Calfee Hosts North Coast Community Homes’ Annual Meeting

January 26, 2017~ Calfee, Halter and Griswold is proud to host North Coast Community Homes’ 2017 annual meeting at its downtown Cleveland office building on Thursday, January 26.  North Coast Community Homes is committed to the development and maintenance of safe, comfortable and affordable housing of high quality for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness [...]

What’s Next for Employer Group Health Plans and HIPAA Audits?

January 17, 2017 ~ The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently ramped up its HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification audit program.  With the new administration, employers may be wondering (hoping?) that the audit program for HIPAA might be scaled back.  While the future is far from clear, right now it seems that HIPAA audits [...]

Fritz E. Berckmueller Recently Spoke at an American Bar Association Event

Fritz E. Berckmueller, partner in Calfee’s Litigation group and head of the White Collar Defense and Investigations group, recently spoke at the American Bar Association’s 11th Annual National Institute on Securities Fraud in Park City, Utah. His presentation was entitled “Prosecution and Defense of Securities Class Actions and Related Derivative Suits.” Fritz has extensive experience [...]

Record Enforcement Activity in 2016 for FCPA, FCA, and BSA/AML Violations – Does it Mark an Upward Trajectory or the End of an Era?

January 5, 2017 ~ In 2016, government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the False Claims Act (FCA), and the anti-money laundering rules of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA/AML) reached record highs, including billions of dollars in fines, penalties, and forfeitures.  The start of 2017 may usher in a new set of enforcement [...]