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Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP


Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP - Cleveland
  • 200 Public Square
  • Suite 2800
  • Cleveland
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 44114
  • Tel:+1 216 621 0150
  • Fax:+1 216 241 2824
  • Web:Visit website
  • www. hahnlaw.com
  • Managing Partner: Lawrence E Oscar, Esq
  • Number of partners: 78
  • Number of other lawyers: 40
  • Languages: English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1920, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP is a full-service law firm with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, and Akron, Ohio; Naples and Fort Myers, Florida; Indianapolis, Indiana and San Diego, California. It has more than 130 attorneys providing sophisticated and creative counsel to a wide spectrum of clients, both regionally and around the globe.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Represent clients in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States and in all manners of alternative dispute resolution. Known for particular expertise in complex commercial litigation, employment and non-competition agreements, intellectual property, and tort litigation. Proven track record serving as outside litigation counsel for publicly-traded companies, providing creative solutions for managing litigation costs.
Robert J Fogarty Email: rjfogarty@hahnlaw.com

Counsel to businesses of all sizes, ranging from emerging closely held enterprises to long established family businesses to publicly-traded corporations. Recognized for excellence in mergers and acquisitions, financing, distribution, leasing, licensing, corporate and securities law, tax planning, structuring and employee benefits, transitioning of family-held enterprises and real estate transactions.
Contact: Stanley R Gorom III Email: srgorom@hahnlaw.com

Creditors’ Rights & Insolvency:
Represent creditors (secured and unsecured), creditors’ committees, debtors and trustees in reorganization and insolvency matters, including Chapter 11 proceedings. Represent financial institutions, vendors and other creditor or debtor interests in connection with numerous workouts and restructurings, and troubled company mergers and acquisitions.
Contact: Lawrence E Oscar Email: leoscar@hahnlaw.com

Labor & Employment:
Represent public and private employers in all aspects of their relationships with employees, unions and regulatory state and federal agencies, including the EEOC, NLRB and DOL. Regularly represent employers in litigation, before state and federal agencies, and in union negotiations throughout the United States.
Contact: James M Drozdowski Email: jmdrozdowski@hahnlaw.com

Intellectual Property:
Counsel clients for patent, trademark, and copyright procurement and prosecution. Also litigate disputes related to domestic and international intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and technology licensing matters.
Contact: Mark A Watkins Email: mawatkins@hahnlaw.com

Practice Group of more than 25 experienced attorneys providing counsel on nearly every area of law impacting the construction industry today. Represent a wide range of clients throughout the Midwest, as well as nationally and internationally. Clients include owners, developers, contractors, material suppliers, and design professionals.
Contact: Rob Remington Email: rrremington@hahnlaw.com

Health Care & Nonprofit:
Experienced in affiliations and joint ventures involving health care and nonprofit organizations, hospital mergers and acquisitions, hospital financings, provider contracts, medical staff and private practitioner contracts and governance issues. Nonprofit representation includes formation of public charities and private foundations, joint ventures, mergers, governance issues, probate and civil litigation on behalf of charitable organizations and trusts, planned giving, and sophisticated executive compensation arrangements.
Contact: Arthur L Cobb (Health Care) Email: alcobb@hahnlaw.com
Contact: Stephen J Knerly, Jr (Nonprofit) Email: sjknerly@hahnlaw.com

Estate Planning:
Counsel high-net worth individuals and owners of privately-held companies in developing comprehensive plans for the management of assets during life, the protection of assets in the event of disability and the tax-efficient transfer of wealth at death. Attorneys focus on the individual client’s needs, goals and values, striving to minimize estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer and income taxes.
Contact: Mark F Swary Email: mfswary@hahnlaw.com

Counsel government officials and public and quasipublic entities on economic development policies and initiatives, employment matters, diversity issues, public-private transactions and private sector transactions. Conduct impartial investigations involving the expenditure of public funds.
Contact: Alan S Kopit Email: askopit@hahnlaw.com

International Work:
Law firm of choice for companies doing business across the border or overseas and for companies venturing into the United States. The firm handles international matters as diverse as cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign direct investment, international distribution agreements and technology transfer.
Contact: Christopher S W Blake Email: cswblake@hahnlaw.com

Clients: Fidelity National Financial, Inc., Aetna Inc., Cargill, Inc., Great Lakes Cheese Co. Inc., BMW Financial Services, NA, Johnson Controls, Inc., Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland Museum of Art, Head USA, Jacobs Entertainment, Inc., Nucor Corporation, HUGO BOSS USA, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., Shearer’s Foods, LLC, DeBartolo Holdings, Rochester General Health System, POET Design and Construction LLC, McNally/Kiewit LLP, Gerber’s Poultry, AgStar Financial Services, Avis Budget Group, Emerson Network Power – Americas, and OM Group, Inc.


  • 200 Public Square,
  • Suite 2800,
  • Cleveland,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 44114
  • Tel +1 216 621 0150
  • Fax +1 216 241 2824
  • Website : www.hahnlaw.com
  • 65 East State Street,
  • Suite 1400,
  • Columbus,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 43215
  • Tel +1 614 221 0240
  • Fax +1 614 221 5909
  • 300 GOJO Plaza,
  • 501 S. Main Street,
  • Akron,
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 44311
  • Tel +1 330 864 5550
  • Fax +1 330 864 7986
  • 800 Laurel Oak Drive,
  • Suite 600,
  • Naples,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 34108
  • Tel +1 239 254 2900
  • Fax +1 239 592 7716
  • 2400 East First Street,
  • Fort Myers,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33901
  • Tel +1 239 337 6700
  • Fax +1 239 337 6701
  • 10150 Lantern Road, Suite 250,
  • Indianapolis,
  • Indiana
  • USA
  • IN 46037
  • Tel +1 317 578 1400
  • Fax +1 317 578 0207
  • 600 West Broadway,
  • Suite 1500,
  • San Diego,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 92101
  • Tel 619 810 4300
  • Fax 619 810 4301

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Ohio

THE FIRM This firm is recognized for the strength of its creditors' rights, reorganization and bankruptcy practice. It is recommended for its experience in this field as counsel to a wide range of interests, including debtors, creditors, and other parties on matters at both the state and federal levels. Highlights include advising AgStar Financial Services on a number of loan transactions, and on the Chapter 11 reorganizations of Van Alphen Dairy and Vissers Dairy in Indiana. Other notable clients include Evans Oil, Twin City Hospital and the Attorney General of the State of Ohio.

Sources say: "They are committed to representing clients in a manner that gets results."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice group cochair Daniel DeMarco is singled out for his "exceptional attention to detail and great drafting," and sources note that he is a pragmatic yet keen fighter for his clients' rights. "He can disagree without being disagreeable," say interviewees. He recently advised Evans Oil on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and associated restructuring work.

Lawrence Oscar currently serves as the firm's CEO as well as cochair of the bankruptcy group. Sources praise him as a well-trained and effective professional who is easy to deal with. In highlights, he advised the creditors' committee of Amtrust Financial on its Chapter 11 plan.

The experienced Lee Powar remains a trusted adviser to a number of highly satisfied clients, who say: "We call upon him to step in when issues are complex, deadlines are short, and we simply need to get it right."

Nancy Valentine acted for AgStar Financial Services on the abovementioned matters, and is no stranger to contentious and high-value work. "She works tirelessly to meet our needs and address our concerns. She is tough when she needs to be and knows the law, but doesn't lose sight of practical and business implications in the process."

Construction - Ohio

THE FIRM HL Construction Law is a distinct department within Hahn Loeser set up to advise construction clients. Interviewees speak of great value for money, and willingness of lawyers to fit in with client processes. The group's recent highlights include acting as lead counsel to manufacturer POET on a high-value dispute concerning an ethanol plant. Its client roster also includes Johnson Controls and Fidelity National Financial.

Sources say: "It gives you big-firm service at a medium-firm price."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Rob Remington heads up the practice. He is lauded as a "top-flight construction lawyer" who looks to resolve issues as quickly as possible. "He doesn't waste time and money," sources say. His litigation and contract negotiation skills prove invaluable to clients.

Eric Levasseur is an up-and-coming commercial dispute resolution lawyer who also acts on construction disputes. He recently provided input on the POET case, and also counts Fidelity National Financial as a client.

Corporate/M&A - Ohio

THE FIRM Interviewees speak of the excellent levels of partner attention on offer from this Ohio stalwart. It is a reliable choice for pragmatic advice and highly cost-effective counsel in the region. Key clients for the practice include Jacobs Entertainment and Cliffs Natural Resources. It recently acted for Head USA as borrower on a $40 million senior secured credit facility.

Sources say: "Business-oriented and practical, and does not get bogged down in the legal nuances of every line in the agreement."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stanley Gorom of the Cleveland office heads up the business group.

Intellectual Property - Ohio

THE FIRM Hahn Loeser & Parks has recognized IP strength in its Akron and Cleveland offices. The 29-strong Ohio team acts on joint development agreements, patents and design matters, among others. Clients include Lincoln Electric, Electrolux North America and Norco Industries.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Garvin has a rising profile in the IP arena due to his adroit handling of patent litigation and trial work. He recently advised Techtronic Floor Care Technology on a high stakes patent litigation action.

Mark Watkins cochairs the IP and technology practice at the firm. Sources are quick to emphasize his keen client service ethic, with one interviewee noting that "he has a consistent, no-nonsense approach to client interactions, and uses sound logic to guide and recommend actions designed to maximize our corporate legal budget."

Litigation - Ohio

THE FIRM The Hahn Loeser & Parks litigation team is noted for its strength in complex commercial disputes, with market sources speaking highly of its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The group successfully defended Chicago Title Insurance in a keenly contested jury trial concerning alleging breach of contract and tort claims in the energy sector.

Sources say: "Big-firm service at a medium-firm price."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Fogarty is admired for his long and deep experience of commercial disputes, and is an accomplished trial lawyer. He recently represented Aetna Better Health in a dispute concerning Medicaid contract awards. Sources name him "a tough litigator."

Steven Goldfarb counts a number of financial institutions and insurance companies among his clients, and led the team on the Chicago Title Insurance matter.

Rob Remington recently represented biofuel manufacturer POET in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute. Sources note: "He understands both litigation and negotiating contracts, which helps him help us across all issues."

Marc Kessler represents clients in high-stakes disputes at trial and appellate level. He worked closely with Fogarty in the aforementioned Aetna litigation.