Holiday News 2015 December 20, 2015


Exciting News, Announcements and Awards


New Hires

Nicholas J. Celebrezze joined the firm as Of Counsel this year. Nick brought his Public Law practice to the firm and helps clients with government relations, election law matters and the negotiation of government regulation issues. He also practices Family Law, specifically divorce, dissolution, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, defense of domestic violence victims and the division of marital estates, as well as Sports & Media law, where he provides counsel to professional athletes and their agents in contract management and public relations.

New Practices

This year, the firm added Defamation law to its practice areas. Defamation is the damage of a reputation through written or spoken means, which are referred to as libel and slander respectively.

Through expansion the firm acquired a Public Law practice in 2015, which helps clients with government relations matters and the negotiation of government regulation issues, as well as provides counsel on election law matters.

With the on-boarding of our two newest attorneys, the firm also developed a Sports & Media practice to provide sophisticated counsel to athletes and media personalities in the negotiation of contracts and talent agreements, as well as marketing, sponsorship and appearance agreements.


Stuart A. Mintz was presented with the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Judge Richard Markus Adjunct Faculty Award at the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Annual Recognition Luncheon on May 21, 2015. The award recognizes the importance of the practitioner’s perspective in academia and the unique expertise that adjunct faculty bring to the classroom. Stu was selected based off of his long service to the school, his strong student evaluations, and his professional distinctions and accomplishments.

David A. Schaefer was inducted into the Case Western Reserve University Society of Benchers on June 11, 2015. The Society of Benchers recognizes graduates of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law who are deemed outstanding contributors to the legal profession and the welfare of the school, as well as those who are leaders in promoting the betterment of society and are devoted to the highest standards and traditions of the law.

The following McCarthy Lebit attorneys were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016:
Larry Crystal for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Robert T. Glickman for Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense – Non-White-Collar; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions
Kimon P. Karas for Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
Robert R. Kracht for Commercial Litigation
Kenneth B. Liffman for Real Estate Law
Christian R. Patno for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Charles P. Royer for Commercial Litigation
David A. Schaefer for Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Insurance; Mediation
Ellen S. Simon for Employment Law – Individuals

The following McCarthy Lebit attorneys were named Ohio Super Lawyers 2016:
Ann-Marie Ahern
Robert T. Glickman
Kimon P. Karas
Robert R. Kracht
Kenneth B. Liffman
Christian R. Patno, who was ranked #3 in Ohio and made the Cleveland Top 5, Cleveland Top 50, Ohio Top 10, Ohio Top 100 lists
Richard A. Rabb
David A. Schaefer, who was also included on this Cleveland Top 50 and Ohio Top 100 lists
John S. Seich

These McCarthy Lebit attorneys were named Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2016:
Nicholas J. Celebrezze
Jack E. Moran
Kristina W. Supler

McCarthy Lebit received the following U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2016 rankings for the Cleveland Metropolitan:
Tier 1
Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense – Non-White-Collar
Litigation – Mergers & Acquisitions
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Tier 2
Employment Law – Individuals
Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
Real Estate Law
Tax Law
Trusts & Estates Law
Tier 3
Litigation – Labor & Employment
Mergers & Acquisitions Law

McCarthy Lebit was also named an ALM Top Ranekd Law Firm 2016.


Nicholas J. Celebrezze was appointed to the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood.

Kenneth B. Liffman was named a member of both the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Visiting Committee and the Maltz Museum of Jewish History Board of Trustees.

Christian R. Patno was elected as an officer and sworn in as Treasurer of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Ohio Association of Justice.

Kristina Supler was named the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Amicus Curiae Committee Sixth Circuit Vice-Chair.

Special Certifications & Training

Katie D. Arthurs completed training in Collaborative Law/Collaborative Divorce and Mediation.

Noteworthy Cases

Susan C. Stone obtained a complete reversal for Northeast Ohio college student who was suspended and whose scholarship was revoked.

Charitable Activities

A team of McCarthy Lebit employees were joined by family and friends of the firm for this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The team came in 5th out of 54 companies for fundraising.

The Harvest for Hunger campaign benefitted from the Firm’s continued support of the Cleveland Foodbank. During the month of March, many raffles, auctions and dress down days were donated to the campaign. McCarthy Lebit was presented with the Platinum Sponsor Award reflecting that we met our goal of $100+ per employee in donations.

McCarthy Lebit attorney Andrew S. Perry shaved his head for St. Baldrick’s – an annual charity event on St. Patrick’s Day that raises money to find a cure for childhood cancer.

We supported the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” for Women campaign by raising money through dress down days and wearing red on National Go Red Day.

Each year, we participate in Friday dress down days. Our employees nominate and vote on these charities. This year, our donations will support the efforts of the Hospice of the Western Reserve, Our Lady of the Wayside and The Cleveland Foodbank.

The firm collected cash and dozens of pairs of new children’s socks and underwear by hosting a Sock and Underwear Drive for Shoes and Clothes for Kids, organized by Joyce Blakely and SC4K Associate Board member Steven P. Larson.

News & Events

Ann-Marie Ahern authored “Gender-based pay gap even wider for female executives” for the November 16, 2015 issue of Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Steven P. Larson wrote “Three Reasons You Still Need A Trust,” which was published in the November 9, 2015 issue of Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Susan C. Stone and Kristina W. Supler co-authored “Title IX: Addressing Sexual Discrimination and Violence in Schools” for the Ohio State Bar Association’s Law You Can Use in July 2015.

Susan C. Stone also wrote “Understanding Alphabet Soup: A Guide to the Special Education Process” as seen in Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine’s LiveSpecial Resource Guide out June 2015.

Michael D. Makofsky authored “It’s all in the details – how ‘small’ matters can greatly affect your transaction” for the January 19, 2015 issue of Crain’s Cleveland Business.

McCarthy Lebit CFO Christopher L. Seguin spoke on “Tax Return Identity Theft: Not a Victimless Crime” at the MEGA Tax Conference on December 8, 2015.


Kristina W. Supler spoke on “Law Office Management” at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s New Lawyer Training on June 6, 2015.

Kristen M. Hoover judged the innovations found at this year’s Invention Convention on May 2, 2015.

Ann-Marie Ahern and Jack E. Moran presented “Mediation Practice Pointer’s at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 2015 Labor Law Conference on April 22, 2015

Kristen M. Hoover also moderated “IP Issues for Small & Emerging Business” at the University of Akron’s 17th Annual Intellectual Property Symposium on March 9, 2015.

The firm, in conjunction with Fairport Asset Management, put on two “Lean In on Executive Compensation & Benefits” events, featuring McCarthy Lebit attorney Ann-Marie Ahern, to educate female executives on tax planning and negotiating strategies to maximize financial return on January 29, 2015 and April 28, 2015.

Brand Launch

The firm has been busy updating our website and refreshing our brand this year. If you haven’t already, be sure to look around our newly launched website. Benefits and features of our new site include ease of navigation, a mobile-friendly design, simplified attorney biographies, a comprehensive list practice areas, intuitive search capabilities and more client-focused content.

McCarthy Lebit has also gone social. You can now find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Please be sure to like and follow us for the latest news and updates from the firm.

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