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Andrew Weisenberger (Estate Planning & Probate) and Brian O'Connor (Business Litigation) have been named 2015 Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine.Louis Sirkin is one of the nation's preeminent First Amendment and criminal defense attorneys. He achieved national prominence in 1990 when he successfully defended Dennis Barrie, the director of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, against obscenity charges for displaying the nude artwork of Robert Mapplethorpe. On May 18, 2015, FotoFocus and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) announced a symposium on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Robert Mapplethorpe's controversial exhibition.Deepak Desai has been selected as Chair of the Litigation Committee.Katrina Farley has been recognized as a 2015 Women Leader in Law in the July 2015 American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and National Law Journal. She also has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Estate and Probate.Andrew Weisenberger and...

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Cybersecurity, an issue rarely discussed a decade ago, has recently taken a forefront in today's business environment. With headlines outing security breaches at Target, Home Depot, Sony, and others, even the most sophisticated of systems are not immune from a cyber-attack. While we only see headlines of breaches at the nation's leading companies, any business, big or small, can become the next victim of a cybersecurity breach. So what exactly is cybersecurity? Cybersecurity is the comprehensive effort to defend computer software, hardware, and networks from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. While most people associate cybersecurity with data theft and viruses, there are many types of threats, such as website tampering and denial of service attacks. Traditionally, cyber-attacks are perceived of as intentional attacks originating from sources outside the firm aimed at accessing sensitive firm data. However, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 80% of...
Ohio's Prompt Payment Act provides help for construction subcontractors. It is quite common that a developer or property owner hires a single contractor to be responsible for the completion of a construction project, and general contractors in turn subcontract out nearly all parts of the project. As a result, the companies actually building things often have only an indirect connection to the owner of the property. General contractors usually pay their subs only after they've been paid by the owner. The uncertainty and delay in these contract relationships imposes overhead and financing costs and can affect the operational stability of a business. Ohio law provides help to subcontractors to ensure that their invoices are paid promptly even when they perform work as a second tier or lower subcontractor. In 1993, Ohio passed the Prompt Payment Act, O.R.C. §4113.61, which protects subcontractors or material suppliers from unnecessary or purposeful delays in payment....
We are sometimes asked whether a notary public can notarize documents when the person signing the document is not present. The answer is clearly "no", and it is important to understand why. There can be serious legal ramifications if a document is not notarized according to strict notary standards, including rendering the notarized document ineffective for the purposes intended. Each notary public (aka "notary") takes an oath to properly fulfill their duties as a notary under the laws of the State of Ohio. A notary is an Officer of the State of Ohio charged with serving as an impartial witness to validate that someone who appears before them to have their signature acknowledged is the person whom they purport to be, and that they appear competent to execute the document. The purpose of this is to prevent impostors from forging someone's signature and then having it notarized as if the actual...
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The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation will be changing their billing system for premiums in 2015. For private employers the new system will be implemented on July 1, 2015; for public employers, it is expected to be January 1, 2016. This new system requires employers to pay workers' compensation premiums in advance of receiving coverage. This is a significant change because for more than a half-century, employers in Ohio have first received coverage, and then retrospectively paid their premiums. The BWC is implementing the prospective billing system in an effort to be more efficient and to control costs. As an employer, you'll see several benefits from the new prospective billing system including: The BWC is providing Ohio employers a one-time transition credit equal to eight months of premiums (January 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015). These credits will prevent employers from paying two premiums at once, one for the period in...