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Joseph_Regina_6Regina M. Joseph has extensive experience in representing both public and private companies in a variety of debt and equity offerings, ongoing compliance matters and mergers and acquisitions. She regularly represents lenders and borrowers in commercial loan transactions, and has represented clients in venture capital transactions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, corporate bonds and notes and secondary offerings. She also has extensive experience in securities, municipal and tax-exempt financing, technology, general corporate and business matters, and commercial agreements, particularly in manufacturing and the building materials industry.

Aebel_Erin_SmithErin Smith Aebel is board certified as a health law specialist by the Florida Bar. She represents physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers in business law and including fraud and abuse, Stark, HIPAA and licensure. Erin’s clients include hospitals, physicians, physician group practices, diagnostic imaging centers, pharmacies, clinical laboratories and medical spas. Erin regularly advises clients on Stark, fraud and abuse, HIPAA and licensure issues arising from joint ventures, acquisitions and changes of ownership. She regularly prepares and negotiates hospital-related agreements, physician employment agreements, and medical director agreements.

Belt_JeniferJenifer A. Belt joined the firm in 1995 and practices in the health law practice group. Jeni’s practice includes both transactional and litigation matters for a range of health care providers, including health systems, hospitals, long term care providers, physician groups, physicians, and health care networks. She also regularly counsels general corporate entities regarding their health law concerns, such as health care reform implications for employers, employee medical records, employer health plan questions, and other areas. Her principal areas of practice include regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, reimbursement, hospital-physician relations, HIPAA, managed care, and licensure and certification.

Carnes_JaimePartnerJames R. Carnes has extensive experience in various areas of litigation, including Federal Employers’ Liability Act, federal preemption, personal injury, commercial disputes, medical malpractice, product liability, occupational injury and illness, cumulative trauma and exposure claims, and employment-related tort claims. He is an accomplished litigator with multiple defense verdicts and summary judgments on behalf of corporate clients at both federal and state court levels. He also has substantial experience in state and federal appellate courts. Jamie has successfully developed and implemented defense strategies for clients involving federal preemption of state tort law claims. He often works with corporate risk management and in-house counsel to implement company-wide case strategies and defense themes and to provide advice on settlement evaluations, legal budgeting, and potential risks of litigation.

Cherry_DouglasDouglas A. Cherry is Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law. His practice focuses on intellectual property (patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and unfair competition) consulting, acquisition, licensing and litigation. Doug also focuses on computer and technology law, business law and entertainment law, including consulting clients and attorneys in electronic discovery issues, domain name disputes, E-commerce agreements, technology implementation transactions, software performance disputes, E-mail privacy, identity theft, consulting and employment agreements, and technology licensing. Doug has extensive litigation and mediation experience involving high profile, corporate technology cases, patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation. He has counseled clients in the areas of trademark selection, registration and protection and copyright registration. Doug has experience within many industries including technology, healthcare, law enforcement, and manufacturing.

Wildman_Kristin[1]Kristina L. M. Wildman is an associate in the estate planning and probate practice groups. Kristina is a member of the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Committee of the Estate Planning Trust and Probate Law Section of the Ohio Estate Bar Association. She has done extensive research on the rights of assisted reproductive children to inherit under state law and has written two unpublished papers regarding the issues associated with the lack of current legislation in this area.

Zarou_MechelleMechelle Zarou‘s practice encompasses all areas of labor and employment law, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, business immigration, labor negotiations and arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. Mechelle regularly advises employer clients on a variety of workers compensation and unemployment compensation issues, and represents employers at all levels of the administrative hearing process for such claims. In addition, Mechelle handles workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation court appeals, as well as intentional tort lawsuits due to workplace injuries. Mechelle also regularly advises clients regarding state and federal employment law claims, with particular emphasis on the FMLA, the ADA, and Title VII and related state statutes. She also defends employers who face administrative charges before the EEOC, OCRC, OSHA and the NLRB, as well as court actions relating to employment discrimination or retaliation.