Matthew D. Besser focuses his practice on employment discrimination and civil rights.... more
Matthew D. Besser focuses his practice on employment discrimination and civil rights. He has experience in all aspects of litigation, fromnegotiation through trial and final appellate review. Having worked for several years at a large law firm representing corporate defendants in employment disputes, he is able to offer a unique perspective to plaintiffs with employment-related claims. Besser a... view profile
Joseph C. Patituce is a former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, and as a prosecutor he... more
Joseph C. Patituce is a former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, and as a prosecutor he gained valuable insights into how the criminal justice and legal system work. These insights help him help clients in ways that manyother attorneys simplycan not match. He grew up in a very small town in Upstate New York, but has been living in Ohio since he moved here to attend law school.
Kathleen Havener, a 1991 honors graduate of Harvard Law School, began her law school... more
Kathleen Havener, a 1991 honors graduate of Harvard Law School, began her law school career when her three daughters were 8, 5, and 4 years old respectively, and beginning fourth grade, kindergarten, and pre-school. Accordingly, Kathleen is an expert in time management. Ms. Havener’s career has included 17 years in big firms and 5 years in her own small firm. She has managed cases ranging fr... view profile
Franks practice focuses on appellate advocacy in state and federal courts with an... more
Franks practice focuses on appellate advocacy in state and federal courts with an emphasis on employment law, constitutional torts (Section 1983), public entity defense, and insurance defense. He has handled more than 150 appellate cases and routinely consults with trial attorneys on error preservation and pre-appeal strategy. He has prosecuted and defended original actions (e.g., mandamus, pro... view profile
Mr. Rich Rezie joined Gallagher Sharp as an Associate in 2001 and was named a... more
Mr. Rich Rezie joined Gallagher Sharp as an Associate in 2001 and was named a Partner in 2008. He is active in the firm’s Insurance and Appellate Practice Groups. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, including defending insurance carriers against claims alleging bad faith, unfair claims practices, and breach of contract. His experience encompasses all facets of motion practice, ... view profile
Creative, compassionate, and hard-working. I've taken depositions of the corporate... more
Creative, compassionate, and hard-working. I've taken depositions of the corporate representatives of all five banks that signed the State Attorneys General settlement based on fraudulent foreclosure practices - Wells Fargo, Ally/GMAC, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citi - and I've handled foreclosure appeals in all 12 judicial districts in Ohio, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the 6th Circ... view profile
DEFENSE OF INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THEIR INSUREDS Jeff Kay has extensive experience,... more
DEFENSE OF INSURANCE COMPANIES AND THEIR INSUREDS Jeff Kay has extensive experience, in both state courts and federal district courts, across multiple areas of practice with the primary area of expertise being civil litigation defense. He has provided representation to numerous insurance companies/risk pools, including, among others, Nationwide and its wholly owned subsidiaries (Scottsda... view profile
If you file a lawsuit and lose the case, you can appeal the decision to the next highest court, which is called the appellate court. Appellate lawyers often specialize in arguing appeals; that is, they specialize in arguing why the decision of the lower court was wrong (or why it was right, for the party that won). Appellate attorneys specialize in appeals because they understand the specific and detailed rules that must be followed. It is possible to lose an appeal on technicalities, even when the law is on your side. If you want to appeal the outcome of the trial court, or if you need to argue against another person's appeal, you should work with an appellate attorney.