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John Monroe Discusses Strategic Planning at LNA Conference

Mansour Gavin’s John Monroe served as a panelist at the Legal Netlink Alliance’s Fall Meeting in Atlanta, GA where firm leaders discussed associate retention, succession planning and business development efforts. Read more. [… read more]

Dan McGuire to Discuss “Key Elements of Effective Wills” at NBI Seminar

Dan McGuire will be discussing “Key Elements of Effective Wills” at the National Business Institute’s “Step-by-Step Guide to Drafting Wills and Trusts” seminar on November 21 in Independence, OH. Additional details and registration information can be found here. [… read more]

Jim Budzik to Speak at National Business Institute’s Mini Law School for HR Professionals

Jim Budzik will be speaking at the National Business Institute’s Mini Law School for HR Professionals (a comprehensive primer on labor and employment law) in Canfield, OH on October 21. Jim will be discussing “Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs.” Additional details and registration information can be found here. [… read more]

John Monroe Delivers Another Victory for Manufactured Homes Community Expansion

John Monroe delivered a legal victory for the Queen of the Lakes Manufactured Home Community by taking on the Township of Berlin’s Zoning Board of Appeals in Erie County, Ohio. The manufactured home Community was seeking to expand their Community and as the Community was built before certain zoning changes, it had the status of [… read more]

Bruce Rinker Presenting at AHA Ohio State Planning Conference

Bruce Rinker will discuss “Form-Based Zoning for the Rest of Us” at the AHA Ohio State Planning Conference on October 4. Registration is now closed but you may register on-site the day of the conference. Additional information can be found on the APA Ohio website. [… read more]

Bruce Rinker to Provide Update on 5th Amendment “Takings” after Knick and Eminent Domain

Bruce Rinker will be presenting at the Municipal Civil Law Seminar sponsored by the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association & Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association on October 4. He will be providing an update on 5th Amendment “Takings” after Knick and Eminent Domain. Additional information can be found here. [… read more]

Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on New Overtime Salary Minimum

As we previously reported, we have been awaiting the final rule from the Department of Labor (DOL), raising the salary threshold for those eligible for overtime. Today, the DOL announced the new rule, raising the standard salary level from $455 per week to $684 per week ($35,568 for a full-year worker), which will make approximately 1.2 [… read more]

National Labor Relations Board Delivers Another Blow to Unions Organizing Strategy of Mini Bargaining Units

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), in a 3-to-1 decision, dealt another setback for Unions and their efforts to improve membership by further eliminating the right of Unions to organize “mini-bargaining units” within a larger facility. This decision further enforces the NLRB’s decision in PCC Structurals, Inc. (2017) in which the Board re-enforced its rejection of [… read more]

NLRB Announces Proposed Rule Changes to Union Election Process

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) is continuing its effort to undo many of the changes made during the era of the Obama Board through the Board’s rule-changing authority. The latest initiative is the much anticipated proposed changes to the Union election process which was announced on August 12. The three most significant proposed changes include: 1.     Eliminating “blocking charges” [… read more]

John Bacevice, Jr. to present at upcoming NEO Law Directors Association Seminar

The next monthly meeting of the Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 11:45 a.m., at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, One Cleveland Center, 1375 East 9th Street, Floor 2, Cleveland, Ohio. This meeting will be NEOLDA’s monthly meeting plus a 1.0 hour educational seminar. The Association has [… read more]

NLRB Allows Employers to Force Mandatory Arbitration Agreements to Avoid Collective Actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act

In a 3 to 1 decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has affirmed the right of employers to require its employees to sign mandatory arbitration agreements prohibiting employees from opting into a collective action in a Fair Labor Standards Act claim for overtime pay. It went even further to grant employers the right to terminate [… read more]

Dan McGuire will Discuss “Estate Planning for Every Phase of Life” at Upcoming NBI Webinar

Dan McGuire will be presenting at the National Business Institute’s audio webinar “Estate Planning for Every Phase of Life.” Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019 1pm – 415pm Program Description Advise Clients of All Ages with Confidence Clients at each stage of life pose unique estate planning challenges that even the most skilled advisor may overlook. Are [… read more]

Ed Patton Presenting on How the USMCA will Affect North American Trade

Edward Patton will be presenting on Friday, July 26 at the at the City of Mentor’s Seminar: How Will the USMCA Affect North American Trade? The USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) is slated to replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) once approved by legislatures of the three participating countries – Canada, Mexico and [… read more]

Canada Joins the Madrid Protocol

By Miles Welo Canada became the 104th member of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (the “Madrid Protocol”), allowing international brands to utilize the system in Canada beginning on June 17, 2019. The Madrid Protocol provides an efficient and cost-effective process for brand owners to register and protect their marks worldwide, covering [… read more]

Mansour Gavin Welcomes Mitchell T. Kolesar

Cleveland, Ohio (May 14, 2019) Mitchell T. Kolesar has joined Mansour Gavin’s Corporate & Business Law and Real Estate & Land Use practice groups. Mitchell has extensive experience counseling clients on corporate business matters, real estate development, contract negotiations, and assisting new businesses with entity formation. His wide-ranging transactional experience is the perfect complement to [… read more]

Tracey McGurk to Present at Upcoming LCBA Real Estate Seminar

Tracey McGurk will be a presenting on “Litigation Involving Real Estate Purchases” at the Lorain County Bar Association’s upcoming Annual Real Estate Seminar. The seminar will be held at the LorMet Community Federal Credit Union in Amherst on Thursday, June 13. Join your fellow LCBA colleagues and earn 5.75 CLE credits. For more information, please visit [… read more]

John P. Bacevice, Jr. Joins Mansour Gavin

Cleveland, Ohio (April 24, 2019) John (Jack) Bacevice, Jr. has joined the law firm of Mansour Gavin LPA. He is a seasoned litigator with a focus on federal and state tort defense, specifically constitutional litigation. His practice focuses on federal civil rights, business litigation, and municipal law. John previously served as an Assistant Director of [… read more]

Proposed Change to Overtime Threshold, Take 2

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor announced its Notice of Proposed Rule Making to increase the “white collar” overtime exemption threshold from $23,660/year to $35,308/year (or $679/week). This increase is projected to impact more than one million Americans, making them eligible for overtime compensation for all hours worked over 40 in a [… read more]


Communication: “Who gets the china?” (OK, but who actually wants the china?) By:  Dan McGuire This is part 2 of a series breaking down the process of helping clients set up their Wills by breaking the issues down into smaller, individual topics, enabling the adviser and client to take the necessary steps, and get the plan [… read more]

U.S. Supreme Court holds that a copyright owner must register their work before filing a lawsuit to stop an infringement

By: Brendon Friesen Copyright law immediately protects a creator’s original work once reduced from a mere idea to a “medium of expression” such as artwork, novels, photography and video. Among other rights, the creator has the exclusive right to copy it. While copyright exists at common law, if you want the full protection and remedies [… read more]

Charles Brown to be Guest Speaker at Cleveland Association of Paralegals Student Workshop

Charles Brown (former chief magistrate of the Cuyahoga County Probate Court) will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Cleveland Association of Paralegals, Inc. Student Workshop. Saturday, April 13, 2019 Stautzenberger College Brecksville, OH 9am-noon (registration will open at 8:30am) For more information, visit or RSVP by April 6th, 2019 to [… read more]

Brendon Friesen to Speak at Upcoming Cleveland Real Estate Field Trip

Brendon Friesen to speak at the upcoming Great Lakes Capital Solutions’ Cleveland Field Trip February 22-24, 2019. Learn how Cleveland is poised to make a major move in the real estate market and how investors can best position themselves to experience positive returns. Brendon will discuss the benefits of Opportunity Zone investing, drop-down transaction structures [… read more]

MICHAEL T. GAVIN: 1928 – 2019

We mourn the passing of our co-founder, leader, and dear friend, Michael T. Gavin — “Mike.” But, as Mike would have us do, we also celebrate his amazing life and the incredible legacy he built not only here at Mansour Gavin but through his family and throughout Cleveland’s legal, business, and charitable communities. [… read more]

Brendon Friesen Presenting in Live Webinar: “Operationalizing Marijuana in Residential Care Facilities”

Brendon Friesen will discuss “Operationalizing Marijuana in Residential Care Facilities” with Kemper House at the Ohio Assisted Living Association webinar this Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The presentation will address key issues and difficulties assisted living facilities face in administering medical marijuana to their residents. Click here to register. [… read more]

Veronica Garofoli promotes 4th Annual Rock the Rainbow Benefit

Mansour Gavin Attorney Veronica Garofoli recently appeared on WKYC’s LIVE on Lakeside broadcast to promote the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Foundation Associate Board’s upcoming signature event, Rock the Rainbow. Garofoli serves as the Associate Board’s Vice President and Mansour Gavin is a proud supporter of the 4th Annual Rock the Rainbow benefit. Rock the Rainbow [… read more]

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