Vince focuses his practice on Ohio Workers’ Compensation and all matters related to it. His clients vary from sole proprietorships to large self-insured employers, limited to employer representation. Vince has experience in all facets of Ohio Workers’ Compensation, from the initial investigation of an injury, through the Administrative process, VSSR, mandamus and into court. Vince has had several cases in the Ohio Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Vince has always taken a special interest in small to medium size businesses when representing their interests before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and the courts. He believes that businesses like this are the life blood of this country and works hard to advance their interests.

Vince has earned designation as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association.  In addition to defending employers’ interests in Workers’ Compensation matters, Vince also acts as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and the National Association of Securities Dealers.

  • Practice Areas  

  • Education  

    University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1984

    University of Toledo, B.S.C.J., magna cum laude, 1981

  • Bar Admissions  

    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1985

    Michigan, 1991

    Ohio, 1985

  • Community Involvement  

  • Professional Associations  

    Toledo Bar Association

    Ohio Bar Association

    Michigan Bar Association

    Toledo Bar Association-Workers’ Compensation Committee, Former Chair & Secretary

  • Accomplishments  

    Who’s Who in Toledo Law – Workers’ Compensation Law, Toledo Business Journal (2009 – 2013)

Employment Issues Related to Workers’ Compensation

  • Obtained defense verdict for employer via mandamus action on the issue of voluntary abandonment of employment.  Established that employee was terminated appropriately by the employer under the Louisiana-Pacific doctrine.
  • Obtained defense verdict via mandamus action determining that employee violated work rules and established attendance problems leading to finding of voluntary abandonment of employment, successfully prohibiting payment of temporary total disability benefits.

Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law

  • Drafted and successfully obtained summary judgment for large self-insured employer, establishing injured worker did not meet the statute of limitations.  Decision confirmed by the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Sixth Appellate District.
  • Obtained defense verdict for self-insured employer from jury trial in Lucas County, concerning an additional allowance to injured worker’s claim.
  • Successfully defended employer in mandamus action by injured worker to establish that injured worker was not permanently and totally disabled.
  • Successfully defended self-insured employer before the Supreme Court of Ohio in regard to re-opening of permanent total disability determination and successfully obtaining decision that injured was not permanently, totally disabled.
  • Drafted successful motion for summary judgment for local self-insured employer, determining that injured worker was not in the course of, or arising out of, her employment when traveling home while engaged on a cell phone conversation with her supervisor.

Contact Vince

Office Toledo, Ohio  Email vmezinko@rcolaw.com
P 419-244-4200
Assistant Beth VanDyke  Email beth@mpmlawoffice.com
  • Get to Know Vince 

    I was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. I attended St. Francis DeSales High School then went on to attend college and law school at the University of Toledo and now reside in the Sylvania area. I enjoy scuba diving, which has also fulfilled my love of travel. I enjoy walking for exercise, so be sure to say hello if you see me at my favorite Metropark, Wildwood Preserve.

 

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