Firm Overview Founded in 1995, Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis strives to distinguish itself with a pragmatic style and unique expertise. We believe our clients deserve efficient and sensible solutions to their legal matters, we work diligently to achieve our clients’ objectives by thoroughly evaluating their legal issues, providing comprehensive advice and addressing the legal, financial and practical circumstances. Our dedicated legal staff has a proven track record of maintaining solid, long-term relationships with our clients.
2006 & 2007 Weatherhead 100 Award Winner Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis is proud to have won for the second consecutive year— the Weatherhead 100 Award! This prestigious annual award is presented by the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management in partnership with COSE to companies in Northeast Ohio that have exhibited tremendous growth and success during the past year. This noteworthy achievement is a testament to the dedication of our clients and friends. We appreciate their continued support and frequent referrals of new clients, both of which have helped us reach this goal.
After undergoing a rigorous selection process, Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis has been inducted into NAMWOLF (National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms), a network of top-rated minority and women owned law firms throughout the country who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession.
The purpose of NAMWOLF, which was created in 2001, is to help minority and women owned law firms
develop strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations with major corporations. These corporations, though often accustomed to representation by large law firms, recognize the value of working with smaller, more diverse firms where quality is paramount and legal solutions are provided at significantly lower rates.
Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis is the largest, full-service female founded, owned and managed law firm in the Greater Cleveland area.
What Makes Us Unique While many law firms want their clients to do things the firm’s way, at Meyers Roman we strive to put the client first. Before we start a relationship we make certain we understand:
AREAS OF PRACTICE Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis maximizes the broad expertise of its legal staff to provide a full spectrum of legal services to corporate clients and individuals in the following areas: Business/Corporate Law Business Succession Planning Civil & Commercial Litigation Construction Law Divorce & Family Law Estate Planning & Probate Finance Health Care Law Labor & Employment Mediation Mergers & Acquisitions Real Estate Surety/Insurance Tax
Business/Corporate Law Full spectrum of services for business clients of all sizes, ranging from local, family-owned enterprises to multi-million dollar companies doing business on a national and international scale. ♦ Business Entity Formation . Advising clients as to most suitable form of business entity : (S or C corporation, partnership, limited liability company, sole proprietorship, or non-profit organizational). ♦ Financing . Assisting clients in obtaining financing at the start-up stage and at all phases of business development : (private equity offerings, complex loan transactions and other financing arrangements) ♦ Mergers & Acquisitions . Facilitate reorganizations, restructurings, acquisitions, mergers and the ultimate disposition of ownership interests (sale of assets or equity) ♦ Business Succession Planning . Ensuring your future and that of your company as well.
Civil & Commercial Litigation Representing businesses and individuals in commercial litigation, real estate disputes, trade secrets, unfair competition, mass tort and employment litigation, including complex multi-district litigation and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. ♦ Extensive Trial Experience. ♦ Goal Oriented. ♦ Cost Conscious and Effective. ♦ Creative Strategies. ♦ Wide Range of Expertise . Construction, real estate, lending, foreclosures, surety and insurance, manufacturing, healthcare and a variety service industries.
Construction Law Representing design professionals, contractors, sureties and individuals in legal matters arising from public and private construction projects. Comprehensive legal advice on: ♦ Contract preparation, review and disputes ♦ Mechanics liens ♦ Bond Claims ♦ Completion contracts ♦ Construction financing ♦ Regulatory compliance
Divorce & Family Law Barbara Roman brings over 20 years of family law experience to clients offering both the ability to effectively maneuver through the Court system and the opportunity for mediation or a collaborative law approach to create win-win situations for divorcing parties. Whether the choice is traditional litigation or an alternative to the adversarial atmosphere of court proceedings, Barbara and her team strongly advocate for a positive outcome for the client while keeping important family relationships intact. ♦ Divorce and Dissolution ♦ Division of Property ♦ Spousal and Child Support ♦ Parental Rights and Responsibilities (Child Custody) ♦ Domestic Violence ♦ Post Decree ♦ Pre-nuptial Arrangements
Estate Planning & Probate Customized services for our clients needs in wealth transfer, estate planning, probate and business succession planning. ♦ Estate Planning . Ranging from simple wills to trust arrangements and complex strategies that will achieve the client’s goals with favorable tax impact and without adverse administrative consequences. Tax planning to reduce the impact of gift, estate and generation skipping taxes; implementation of effective charitable giving and asset structuring, as well as review of elder law issues including Medicaid eligibility. ♦ Probate. Firm assists its clients in traversing the Probate process, administering the Estate and any trusts in existence and distributing non-probate assets such as life insurance and retirement accounts. The Firm serves as advisor to executors or trustees in their fiduciary capacities and has the ability to prepare the necessary tax returns for Estates and trusts. ♦ Business Succession Planning . Highly successful strategies and implementation allowing for the timely and smooth transition of one’s business upon the eventuality of the business owner’s retirement, decision to sell, disability or death.
Finance ♦ Lenders . Representing Ohio based and national lending institutions in commercial real estate and asset-based loan transactions, participation arrangements, workouts and the sale and acquisition of individual loans and portfolios. Firm has extensive expertise in the area of secured transactions, foreclosures, deeds-in-lieu and similar matters. ♦ Borrowers . Representing borrowers in real estate, commercial and asset-based loan transactions. ♦ Private Placements . The firm is engaged in all aspects of private securities transactions including the representation of both issuers and investors in private placement offerings ranging from $250,000 to $5,000,000, including compliance with federal and state securities laws.
Health Care Law Firm’s Healthcare Group represents a number of health care businesses and providers with their business, regulatory and finance needs, including; ♦ Nursing Homes ♦ Residential Care ♦ Assisted Living facilities ♦ Physicians ♦ Physician Groups ♦ Home Health Care ♦ Senior Services companies, ♦ Medical Billing companies ♦ Durable Medical Equipment companies ♦ Device Manufactures, ♦ Oxygen Supply companies ♦ Ambulance companies ♦ Therapy companies ♦ other Ancillary Providers ♦ Real Estate Investment companies ♦ Lending Institutions with health care lending.
Labor & Employment Representing management in employment and labor matters, including: employment discrimination, wage and hour, OSHA, employment law compliance and traditional labor relations matters. ♦ Federal and State court actions . Regularly defending discrimination lawsuits, wrongful discharge claims, non-c competition disputes, and the misappropriation of trade secrets. ♦ Administrative. Appearing before the EEOC, Department of Labor, OSHA, NLRB, and other state and federal agencies to defend our clients from all manner of administrative charges . ♦ Employment . Employment agreements, personnel policies and employment handbooks. Our use of employment law audits and human resources counseling help our clients avoid employment-related issues before they turn into expensive, time- consuming litigation. ♦ Traditional Labor . Union avoidance, elections, collective bargaining, contract administration, labor arbitrations and strike maintenance.
Real Estate Firm represents parties in purchase, sale, leasing, construction, financing of industrial, commercial and residential real estate, as well mortgages and other security interests. ♦ Sale and Acquisitions ♦ Commercial and other leasing ♦ Construction and Property Development ♦ Zoning and Land Use (including eminent domain issues) ♦ Enforce of Property Owner’s Rights ♦ 1031 Exchanges
Surety/Insurance Firm delivers all types of services required by the construction and surety industry including contract performance and payment, financial assurance, miscellaneous bonds and environmental risks. ♦ Defense of claims ♦ Default restructuring ♦ Underwriting and indemnity arrangements and their collaterization ♦ Negotiation with contractors/ obligees and completion agreements ♦ Mediation of Claims The lawyers in the Firm have represented more than a dozen surety companies, including one of Ohio's leading insurers; succeeding with a strategy of rapid response, knowledge of the issues and practical, cost efficient resolution of claims.
Tax Firm’s tax attorneys provide all aspects of tax advice and planning for our business and individual clients. We specialize in developing and implementing tax efficient structures for our clients’ businesses and the financing of their operations. ♦ Business structures for start-ups ♦ Private equity infusions ♦ Tax-planning strategies and structures ♦ Personal and Business IRS audits, examinations, appeals and litigation
MEMBERS OF THE FIRM Anne L. Meyers, Managing Partner Seth P. Briskin Peter D. Brosse Bryan J. Dardis Stephen D. Dodd Mario J. Fazio Ronald P. Friedberg F. Scott B. Geneva Louis B. Geneva * Alan N. Hirth Debra J. Horn Scott M. Lewis Lynn A. Kriessler Mary L. L’Hommedieu Mark P. McGrievy Matthew E. Parkins Barbara K. Roman John R. Seeds Brent A. Shelley** Jenifere R. Singleton Daniel N. Steiger* Peter Turner Susan M. Zidek* *Of counsel. **Currently licensed in IL and IN only.
During her more than two decades of dedicated service to clients, Anne L. Meyers has been an invaluable legal and business resource to small and middle market businesses, with particular emphasis in the surety, insurance and construction industries. She is intimately familiar and conversant with the “nuts and bolts” involved in most construction disputes, such as performance schedules, scope of work, change orders, unforeseen conditions, design vs. construction defects, payment terms and other recurring issues, and she has represented contractors, subcontractors, project managers, architects, project owners, investors and sureties. Ms. Meyers is equally comfortable and adept advising clients on general business matters including personnel, business financing, regulatory compliance, mergers, acquisition and sales, labor and employment law, and business succession planning. She founded the firm in 1995 and has managed its considerable growth since then. She has served as outside general counsel for a publicly traded company during a period of dramatic growth through acquisitions and also spent several years early in her career as an attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A versatile attorney known for her pragmatism, innate business sense and negotiating skill, Ms. Meyers’ ability to favorably resolve construction disputes without resorting to litigation is partly attributable to her being “on the other side” – as a part-owner and principal of a construction material supply company, a surety company and an adjusting company – early in her career. She possesses the ability, rare among attorneys, to find her way around a job site legally, physically and business-wise. She is a trained mediator, has had extensive experience as a participant in dozens of mediations in many jurisdictions and has acted as an informal mediator in a number of matters. Anne L. Meyers, Managing Partner
Seth P. Briskin received his Bachelor of Science in 1991 from the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University and then attended the Case Western Reserve School of Law to obtain his Juris Doctor in 1995. Prior to joining Meyers, Roman, Mr. Briskin practiced at boutique and general practice law firms where he developed his practice in all areas of labor and employment law, including: Equal Employment Opportunity issues, employment litigation, wage and hour matters, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, and all manner of labor disputes involving the National Labor Relations Board. In addition to all Ohio state courts, Mr. Briskin is admitted to practice before the following courts: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and the U.S. District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. Mr. Briskin provides labor and employment counsel to small and mid-size companies in the following varied industries: general manufacturing, metal stamping, retail, employee staffing, airport management, trucking, textiles and construction. Mr. Briskin is a frequent speaker on employment law issues, on subjects such as sexual/ racial harassment, employee handbooks, employment/severance agreements, OSHA, wage and hour, and traditional labor relations matters. Mr. Briskin is the Chairman of the Cleveland Bridge Builders which identifies, trains and channels emerging leaders in Northeast Ohio. He is also on the Executive Committee for the Center for Employment Training and serves on the boards of the American Jewish Committee and the Cleveland Jewish News. Seth P. Briskin Chair, Labor & Employment Group
Peter D. Brosse has been recognized by Inside Business Magazine as one of the leading lawyers in Greater Cleveland and has earned a reputation as one of the area’s outstanding comprehensive general business attorneys. His varied practice includes real estate purchases, sales, leasing, financing (representing both lenders and borrowers) and like-kind exchanges; real estate construction and development; corporate acquisitions, mergers, sales and financing; computer and intellectual property law; and business succession and estate planning. Mr. Brosse serves as a trusted advisor and legal resource to closely held businesses who rely upon his expertise in identifying the business implications of their legal choices and in directing them to the right solutions for their business and personal needs. Mr. Brosse has worked with owners and managers of closely held businesses since 1984, when he joined a large downtown law firm upon graduation from the University of Toledo Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. Mr. Brosse has worked with owners and managers of closely held businesses since 1984, when he joined a large downtown law firm upon graduation from the University of Toledo Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. A frequent speaker on business issues including start-ups, year-end planning, real estate and financing, Mr. Brosse has served on the management council of the Greater Cleveland Growth Association’s Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) and the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Empowerment Zone Marketing Committee. He is currently the Membership Co-Chairman of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and an Executive Board member for the Cleveland Chapter of the Foster Grandparents Program. Peter D. Brosse Chair, Finance Group
Bryan J. Dardis is an associate with the business practice group at Meyers Roman. Mr. Dardis assists clients in a variety of real estate and corporate matters, including real estate purchases, sales, leasing, financing, and construction and development, as well as corporate entity formation and termination, acquisitions, mergers, and corporate financing. Mr. Dardis focuses his efforts on taking a comprehensive but pragmatic approach in working with clients to achieve their business and personal goals. Mr. Dardis graduated magna cum laude from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2005, where he received various awards for contract law, real estate law, and clinical work. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Dardis obtained his bachelor of business administration from Ohio University with majors in Marketing and Management Information Systems and worked as a project manager and application programmer at a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Dardis is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and American Bar Association, of which he is a participant in Business and Probate & Property Sections. In addition, Mr. Dardis is on the Board of Directors of the Americans of Italian Heritage, Inc., and a member of the Justinian Forum. Bryan J. Dardis
Stephen D. Dodd is a senior associate with the commercial litigation and healthcare practice groups. Stephen was born Rochester, New York, August 22, 1974; admitted to bar, 2000, Ohio, U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Education: Bob Jones University (B.S. cum laude, 1996), Case Western Reserve University (J.D., cum laude, 2000). Member: Ohio State, Cleveland, Lake County, Ohio, and American Bar Associations, Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, Council for Exceptional Children, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rider Development Committee. Stephen D. Dodd
Mario J. Fazio is a tax attorney specializing in developing and implementing tax-efficient structures for start-up businesses, capital infusions for existing businesses, and corporate acquisitions, mergers and divestitures. Mr. Fazio began his legal career as an IRS Chief Counsel attorney where he served for six years. After his government service, Mr. Fazio practiced as a tax attorney at two well-known Cleveland firms and as an in-house tax attorney for a Fortune 500 Company. Mr. Fazio represents a wide variety of clients in matters such as choice of entity selection for business operations and financing, designing and implementing stock option plans and other incentive compensation for key employees, private equity transactions using limited liability companies, and business succession plans. Mr. Fazio also regularly deals with the IRS at all levels to resolve IRS examinations, appeals and litigation. In addition, Mr. Fazio represents clients in estate planning, including the preparation of wills, revocable trusts, financial powers of attorney and healthcare directives. Mr. Fazio received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University, School of Law in 1989 and received an advance law degree (LL.M) specializing in Taxation from Case Western Reserve University in 1998. His undergraduate degree is from the Ohio State University. Mr. Fazio is a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and is a member of both the Cleveland and Ohio State Bar Associations. Mario J. Fazio Chair, Tax Group
Ronald P. Friedberg’s cost-effective and creative approach to resolving business disputes has served the interests of a wide range of clients, including those in the construction, surety and insurance industries. An experienced trial attorney, Mr. Friedberg believes that a successful litigation strategy is premised upon an early command of the relevant facts and legal issues and the ability to ascertain quickly the strengths and weaknesses of a case. Once this critical analysis has been undertaken, he presents all of the options to the client, respects the client’s knowledge of his business and makes the strategy development and decision-making process a collaborative effort. Mr. Friedberg is committed to the pursuit of the most favorable business result for his clients in the most expeditious way – through settlement negotiations or, when necessary, in trial. Mr. Friedberg developed his legal skills at a well-known Cleveland business and real estate firm before joining Meyers Roman in 1997. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree with high distinction from The University of Michigan. He is a member of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association and has written articles on surety law, including construction sureties’ subrogation rights and defenses, one of which (on wage and welfare bonds) was presented to the ABA Fidelity and Surety Law Committee at its 2001 Mid-Winter Meeting. He is also a member of the Cleveland and Ohio State Bar Associations. Mr. Friedberg currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Park Synagogue Men’s Club and the Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League. Ronald P. Friedberg
F. Scott B. Geneva’s practice consists of estate planning and taxes, probate and succession planning. Mr. Geneva focuses on the needs and desires of each client. He tailors each estate plan to best accomplish the goals of his clients, taking into consideration the tax implications presented by each client’s circumstances. Mr. Geneva is regularly appointed by the Probate Court of Cuyahoga County as a successor fiduciary for Estates and Guardianships. Mr. Geneva graduated from Miami University with a degree in economics and earned his law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. He clerked for an estate planning attorney during law school and joined Meyers Roman upon graduation from law school in 1999. Mr. Geneva is a member of the Real Property Probate and Trust Section of the American Bar Association, the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations. He has given numerous presentations on trusts, powers of attorney and current estate planning issues. F. Scott B. Geneva
Louis B. Geneva (Of Counsel) has over 30 years of experience as a tax consultant to a wide variety of clients. Having recently been awarded Emeritus status, he continues to serve as a part-time Law Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he has taught federal taxation courses for the past 26 years. Mr. Geneva focuses his practice on Tax Law with an emphasis on Estate Planning and Probate Law. Mr. Geneva was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1973 after graduating from Suffolk University College of Law in 1973. He also earned his LL.M in 1974 from New York University. Louis B. Geneva
Alan N. Hirth’s passion for trial litigation, with an emphasis on business and employment disputes and white-collar criminal defense, spans nearly three decades, during which he has served as head of the litigation department at Eaton Corporation and as the chair of the litigation department at a well-known Cleveland law firm. He views his role as “standing between the client and harm’s way” and reminds his clients that “litigation resolves disputes far more often than it promotes justice.” He believes that understanding the reasons a client chooses to pursue litigation is critical to selecting a reasonable objective under the particular facts and circumstances. Mr. Hirth attributes his successes to “out-preparing and outworking the other side” and to “winning the hearts of a jury as well as their minds.” He has refined his craft by carefully studying successful trial lawyers and other persuasive speakers. Mr. Hirth finds trial work rewarding largely because, in his words, “when it’s over, you know the score.” Mr. Hirth has tried lawsuits in Ohio, New York, Florida, California, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas, Illinois and Connecticut. He graduated second in his class from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law and earned his undergraduate degree at City College of New York. Alan N. Hirth Co-Chair, Litigation Group
Debra J. Horn is a trial attorney with experience in complex civil and commercial litigation. Her legal practice focuses on representation of businesses and individuals in commercial litigation including contract, construction, real estate and trade secrets disputes, as well as probate and employment litigation (both employer and employee). Her perceptiveness, responsiveness and straightforward manner, combined with her extensive trial experience, enable her to fashion a resolution that matches the client’s needs and desires. She believes that preparedness and realism, and being innovative when appropriate, will most often produce the practical solution the client will most appreciate. Ms. Horn has tried lawsuits in court and through arbitration since 1988. She joined Meyers Roman in 2002. She served as a law clerk for the 12th District Court of Appeals for Ohio and earned her undergraduate and law degrees from The University of Minnesota with honors. Ms. Horn is admitted to practice in all Ohio state courts, the United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. Debra J. Horn
Scott M. Lewis has represented a wide variety of closely held, small to middle market companies in the manufacturing, retail, service and sports/entertainment industries – from inception through recapitalization or sale or other exit strategy. During his nearly twenty years of practice, first as a principal with a well-known Cleveland law firm and since 2002 with Meyers Roman, he has facilitated the completion of acquisitions, business combinations and divisions, and sales for clients in each of these categories. He has also assisted clients with private equity and debt offerings, real estate acquisitions, construction and leasing matters, employment issues, intellectual property licensing, and a variety of institutional debt facilities. Mr. Lewis has substantial experience structuring and analyzing business transactions and has been a frequent lecturer on these topics. In addition, he also has been involved in the formation of tax-exempt organizations. Mr. Lewis’ representative clients currently include a sports and entertainment marketing company, an advertising agency that serves the cinema industry, a regional grocery chain, a regional steel processing company, a franchisee of a national restaurant chain, medical and dental professionals, and a manufacturer of automotive and marine components and accessories. He has also served as an alternate member of the Board of Governors of the International Hockey League (which has since merged with the American Hockey League) and for several years represented a professional hockey team and a multi-use indoor recreational facility. He is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association (Corporate and Securities Law Sections) and the Cuyahoga County Bar Association. Mr. Lewis serves as Board Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee of The Cleveland Jewish News and is a Trustee of Cleveland Men’s ORT. Other notable civic organizations to which Mr. Lewis has devoted his time and energies include The Cleveland Sight Center, International Services Center and Cleveland Hillel Foundation. Mr. Lewis graduated with highest distinction from The University of Chicago Law School and received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Michigan. Scott M. Lewis Chair, Business Group
Lynn A. Kriessler’s legal practice concentrates on regulatory compliance issues (particularly in the surety and insurance industries) and business and commercial transactions. She has been practicing law since 1991 and joined Meyers Roman in 1995. Acting as “outside general counsel” to numerous privately held clients, she has devised comprehensive compliance strategies and advised clients of the practical applications of regulations. Ms. Kriessler has established and cultivated working relationships with governmental agencies and, with the assistance of these contacts, is able to effectively navigate regulatory interpretations, resolve ambiguities and provide practical guidance to her clients. She is a graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. Lynn A. Kriessler
Mary Louisa L’Hommedieu is experienced in a wide variety of health care, commercial, and labor and employment cases, as well as health care administrative actions. She has litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts and before administrative bodies. Ms. L’Hommedieu devotes a substantial portion of her practice to the resolution of business and regulatory disputes in the health care, long-term care and pharmacy industries. She also handles a broad range of other commercial litigation, and has authored and presented seminars on health care, employment and real estate topics. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. L’Hommedieu’s practice was focused in commercial litigation and employment law at a mid-size corporate and transactional firm in Akron, Ohio. She also served as a judicial attorney for the Honorable William B. Hoffman of the Fifth District Court of Appeals, and as judicial attorney for the Honorable Patricia A. Cosgrove of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. She graduated cum laude from the University of Akron School of Law in 1996, where she was a member and an Associate Editor of the Akron Law Review. Ms. L’Hommedieu has served as an Executive Board Member of the Youngstown Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and is a member of the Hudson Chamber of Commerce. She lives in Hudson, Ohio with her husband and two children. Mary L. L’Hommedieu
Mark P. McGrievy focuses his practice on business services, real estate, finance (representing both borrowers and lenders) and health care transactions and regulatory issues. Mark is a partner in the firm and serves as Chair of its Health Care Practice Group. He counsels clients on organizational structure; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; financing; debtor’/creditor workouts; licensure; Medicare and Medicaid certification, compliance and regulatory issues. Mr. McGrievy represents a number of health care providers, including; Nursing Homes, Residential Care and Assisted Living facilities, Physicians, Home Health Care and Senior Services companies, Medical Billing companies, Device Manufactures, Oxygen, Ambulance and Therapy companies and other Ancillary Providers, as well as Real Estate companies, Lending Institutions and closely held businesses in a variety of business sectors. Mr. McGrievy graduated in 1988 from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas R. Rumana, JSC, Passaic County N.J. Superior Court. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and New Jersey. Before joining a downtown Cleveland law firm in 1995, he served as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for a Nursing Home Management company from 1990 to 1995. Mark is a member of the Cleveland and Ohio Bar Associations, as well as a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, Ohio Health Care Association, and Ohio Academy of Nursing Homes. He served as President of the Allied Healthcare Professionals Association, and is involved in several Community organizations; IPMC Treasurer (2002 to present), Fraternal Order of Eagles, and March of Dimes. Mark P. McGrievy Chair, Healthcare Group
Matthew E. Parkins represents a variety of clients, including surety and bonding companies, and small to middle market companies in the construction, manufacturing, and service industries. His legal practice focuses on civil, commercial and general business litigation, surety and insurance law, and family law. Like other members of Meyers Roman, Mr. Parkins believes that business and personal disputes should be resolved through mediation and collaborative advocacy, with costly litigation always serving as a last resort. Mr. Parkins communicates well with his clients and takes their concerns and fears into consideration when advancing their interests both inside and outside of court. Mr. Parkins obtained his undergraduate degree in History summa cum laude from Ohio University where he was enrolled in the Honors Tutorial College. He spent his final year as an undergraduate studying at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon graduating from Capital University School of Law magna cum laude in 2000, Mr. Parkins joined Meyers Roman as an associate. He is a member of the Cleveland and Ohio State Bar Associations and is a member of the Tort & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Matthew E. Parkins
Barbara K. Roman focuses her practice on divorce, family law, civil litigation, estate planning and the business issues related to these legal matters. She is an articulate and practical advocate for reducing the negative impact of disputes on the client and the client’s finances, business, children and relationships. With extensive training in business and family mediation, Ms. Roman favors resolving business and personal conflicts through mediation and collaborative advocacy as a preferred alternative to costly litigation. When the courtroom becomes the only option, Ms. Roman is a skilled and aggressive advocate for her clients. She believes a dispute should be tailored to the individual needs, desires and personalities of the participants with focus on achieving a win-win result that creates lasting acceptance of the outcome by minimizing conflict and reducing expense. Ms. Roman helps her clients through stressful and emotional periods by keeping them informed and involved in the process to ensure that their views and desires are integrated into the solution. Receiving her law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in 1977, Ms. Roman served as Ohio Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division. During her tenure she gained extensive litigation experience at all court levels including the Ohio Supreme Court, drafted Ohio consumer litigation, and enforced Ohio’s Consumer Protection Laws. As Managing Attorney of a national legal service plan, Ms. Roman supervised a multi-office legal staff who provided a full range of legal services for its members. In private practice since 1988, Ms. Roman became partner in 1991 in a Cleveland law firm before joining Meyers Roman in 1997. A frequent speaker on family law and related topics to professional and community audiences, Ms. Roman is a Trustee of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association serving on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Steering Committee, and has served as Chair of the Family Law Committee. She currently participates in numerous community activities including her current position on the Advisory Board of Ursuline College. Barbara K. Roman Chair, Divorce & Family Law Group
Brent A. Shelley represents clients on a wide variety of business issues, including entity formation, dissolution, mergers, asset acquisitions, real estate purchases and sales, employee relations, and financing. Mr. Shelley also assists clients on intellectual property and computer law matters, including trademark and copyright registration, confidentiality and trade secret protection, infringement review, licensing agreements, and privacy and end-user agreements. Mr. Shelley graduated with Dean’s List recognition from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2006 and received his undergraduate degree with distinction from Indiana University in 2003. Mr. Shelley is presently licensed to practice law in Illinois and Indiana, and is a member of both the Illinois Bar Association and the Indiana Bar Association. Brent A. Shelley
John R. Seeds is an associate with the commercial litigation practice. Prior to joining Meyers Roman, Mr. Seeds served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps. Practicing primarily as a trial attorney litigating criminal justice issues before military courts-martial, he also satisfied the estate planning needs for the personnel and families of the largest Marine Corps installation in the world, and served as an assistant counsel for an installation Commanding General. For his service as a Judge Advocate, Mr. Seeds was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He separated from the service Honorably, achieving the rank of Captain. Mr. Seeds graduated from the College of William & Mary (B.A., 2000) with degrees awarded in Economics and English. He received his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 2003) where he ended his tenure as an Executive Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Law & Commerce . Additionally, Mr. Seeds served as a law clerk in the Civil Litigation Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Seeds is admitted to the bars of Ohio and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Military Officers’ Association of America. John R. Seeds
Jenifere R. Singleton’s legal practice focuses on divorce, family law, custody, civil litigation and the business issues related to those practice areas. Ms. Singleton is sensitive to her clients’ concerns and desires and always strives to effectively resolve issues in the most practical and amicable way possible. She strongly believes in mediation and collaborative advocacy as effective mechanisms to achieve solutions beneficial to all parties. Ms. Singleton graduated from Villanova University in May of 2000, majoring in Interpersonal Communications. She went on to study law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and received her law degree in 2003. While completing her studies at Cleveland Marshall, she served as a law clerk in a small boutique firm specializing in family law. Ms. Singleton joined Meyers Roman in 2003. Jenifere R. Singleton
Peter Turner is an experienced trial attorney who has successfully represented a variety of clients including manufacturers, service corporations, insurance companies and individuals. He has tried cases before judges and juries in state and federal courts and has represented parties in all forms of alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Mr. Turner’s broad range of experience encompasses commercial and construction disputes, banking and financing practices, trade secrets, business contract disputes, labor and employment law issues, Uniform Commercial Code disputes, products liability and personal injury claims. While Mr. Turner is well-qualified to present a client’s case in courts and other dispute resolution forums, he strives to settle all matters, where possible, through reasonable compromise, thus saving his client valuable time, energy and resources. Mr. Turner graduated in 1981 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and began his law career with a four-year commission as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force. He is a member of the bars in Ohio, Maryland and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as several federal appeals and district courts. Peter Turner Co-Chair, Litigation Group
Susan Zidek counsels and represents businesses and individuals on a full range of labor and employment matters and business disputes. Her broad litigation experience includes a special emphasis on employment discrimination claims along with substantial non-competition and trade secret cases, construction litigation, and other business disputes. Ms. Zidek also represents and advises clients on school and higher education law issues. Ms. Zidek has successfully tried cases in federal and state courts, before administrative and governmental bodies, and before labor and commercial arbitrators. She is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s 2001 National Session and 2004 Teacher Training. She now teaches NITA Deposition Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy. An efficient and effective trial lawyer when necessary, Ms. Zidek counsels and advises clients on avoiding litigation and has worked with clients to implement and enforce effective policies. Ms. Zidek’s activities with community and professional organizations include: Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow, Class of 2007; Domestic Violence Center Board of Directors (Chair, Human Resources Committee); Cleveland Bar Association Litigation Section Executive Council; Saint Augustine Academy Alumnae and Friends Board of Directors and Vice President; William K. Thomas Inns of Court (Barrister). She volunteers for Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland and Franklin County Children’s Services. Ms. Zidek was awarded the Ohio State Bar Foundation District 12 “Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under” in 2005. After receiving her law degree with honors in 1992, Ms. Zidek served as a Judicial Staff Attorney for the Ohio Court of Appeals. She then practiced with a boutique higher education and employment firm in Columbus, Ohio before moving her practice to a downtown Cleveland law firm in 1997. She joined Meyers Roman in May 2007. Susan M. Zidek
28601 Chagrin Boulevard Eton Tower, Suite 500 Beachwood, Ohio 44122 Phone 216.831-0042 Fax 216.831.0542 www.meyersroman.com Winner 2006 & 2007 Proud to be a Member of the Hudson Chamber of Commerce