Robison, Curphey & O'Connell Feed Aug 2019firmwise Moderates Economic Development Discussion for Monroe Chamber of Commerce Aug 2019News<p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="327" /></p> <p>Attorney Matt Budds, Chairman of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, Monroe, Michigan, led the second Koffee Klub <i>Quality of Life Take 2 Discussion</i> on Tuesday, August 13, at Monroe Bank &amp; Trust. Business and community leaders from Monroe County attended the Koffee Klub to discuss practical steps for economic development and quality of life improvements.</p> <p>Budds is a native and lifelong resident of Monroe.&nbsp; RCO Law serves as a sponsor for the Chamber&rsquo;s 2019 Koffee Klub series.</p> M. Thompson to Speak on Drone Law at Lucas County Bar Association Aug 2019News<p>RCO Attorney Chad M. Thompson will speak about the law of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (&ldquo;UAS&rdquo;) (a.k.a., &ldquo;drones&rdquo;) at the Lucas County Bar Association on September 30, 2019, at Georgio&rsquo;s Caf&eacute; International, Toledo. Chad will address commercial and recreational drone laws, both of which are the subject of ongoing rulemaking and increased enforcement in the wake of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>Chad is an FAA licensed private pilot, and currently serves as Vice President for the Wood County Regional Airport Authority Board of Trustees.</p> Jean Sieler Successfully Purchases Champion Pig at Lenawee County Fair Jul 2019News<p>Attorney Jean Sieler (far right) is an annual visitor to the Lenawee County Fair, Adrian, held July 20-27.&nbsp; Jean, a resident of Blissfield, was successful in purchasing one-fifth of this year&rsquo;s Champion purebred pig that weighed in at 280 pounds, raised by Cara Andrix, Craig Farms, Morenci, MI.&nbsp; &nbsp;This is the 180<sup>th</sup> year for the Lenawee County Fair - the longest running fair in the state.</p> <p><img src="" alt="" width="437" vspace="0" hspace="0" height="477" border="0" align="absmiddle" /><br /> <span>Jean Sieler (far right) &nbsp;and Cara Andrix (center) with owners of the Champion purebred pig at the Lenawee County Fair.</span></p> Jazwiecki Sails in Historic Bayview Mackinac Race Jul 2019News<p>Attorney Kyle Jazwiecki sailed in the 2019 Bell&rsquo;s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race, July 20 - 22. Kyle and Boat Owner and Captain Steve Snare, Monroe, MI, finished first in the double -handed class. About 79 boats started the race with 61 boats completing the race. Out of the boats that finished, including fully-crewed boats, the two placed 52<sup>nd</sup>. This historic race has been held annually in late July since 1925. Competing boats travel north on Lake Huron from Port Huron to Mackinac Island on either the Shore Course (about 204 nautical miles) or the Cove Island Course (about 259 nautical miles). This year was Kyle&rsquo;s first time participating in the race as a crew member.&nbsp; Kyle and Steve raced aboard a S2 9.1, a 30 foot sailboat, named &ldquo;007.&rdquo; The two completed the Shore Course on Monday afternoon, logging an elapsed time of 53 hours, 55 minutes, and 27 seconds. They experienced a wide variety of conditions on their way up the lake, which included brief storms and lots of upwind sailing. &nbsp;The Mackinac race was the highlight of Kyle and Steve&rsquo;s successful double-handed racing season following another first in class finish in the 2019 Invitational Mills Trophy Race, held on Lake Erie, that took them from the Toledo Harbor Light to Put-In-Bay on June 7 - 9.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="291" /><br /> Kyle Jazwiecki (seated) races on Lake Huron on the OO7 with Captain Steve Snare.</p> Law Sponsors An Evening With Douglas Brinkley and Marks 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing Jul 2019News<p>Presidential Historian and Author Douglas Brinkley was the keynote speaker last evening for <em>Expanding Frontiers: An Evening with Douglas Brinkley</em>, kicking off a series of summer events commemorating the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Fallen Timbers. RCO Attorney Julie Wiley is the Chairman of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Committee and the 225th Anniversary Celebration.</p> <p>Approximately 200 history buffs attended the event at Parkway Place, Maumee, to hear Brinkley speak.&nbsp; He referenced Presidents George Washington and John Adams and spoke about General Anthony Wayne.&nbsp; During the Northwest Indian War in 1791, Wayne helped lead the win in the Battle of Fallen Timbers which resulted in the removal of Native American claims to Ohio and the surrounding area.</p> <p>Brinkley, who graduated from Perrysburg High School and The Ohio State University, concluded his presentation with highlights from his latest book, &quot;<em>American Moonshot: John F.</em> <em>Kennedy and the Great American Space Race</em>&quot;.</p> <p>In the audience were RCO Attorneys Howard G. Bruss, and his wife, Jane, and W. David Arnold, and his wife, Patti Robb, an organizer of the event.&nbsp; Brinkley noted that a young David Arnold was in the audience at Rice University Stadium, Houston, when President John F. Kennedy gave his &quot;We choose to go to the moon&quot; speech on September 12, 1962.&nbsp; President Kennedy stated that the United States &quot;would lead the exploration of space&quot;, a pledge accomplished when the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="290" /><br /> Historian and Author Douglas Brinkley signed books for Battlefield Commission Chair Julia Wiley (center), with wife, Anne Brinkley(far right).</p> Law Mourns Loss of Last Surviving Founder Jul 2019News<p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="left" alt="" border="0" width="200" height="280" />Attorney John M. Curphey, a founder of the firm that bears his name, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2019, in Miramar Beach, Fla., at age 92.</p> <p>John's distinguished legal career began at Williams, Eversman &amp; Black, Toledo, the predecessor firm to Robison, Curphey &amp; O'Connell. He practiced law at these firms until his retirement in 1999. He was best known for his hard work, trial work, and mentoring lawyers.</p> <p>He loved the practice of law and was greatly respected by his colleagues for sound judgment, command of the courtroom, and dedication to clients. He received many honors and accolades during his long career, including the American College of Trial Lawyers.</p> <p>John was a veteran of World War ll serving as an Army Infantry Officer in the Phillipines.&nbsp; While in law school, he was called to duty again for the Korean Conflict from 1951 to 1952, where he served with distinction earning both a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.</p> <p>He held both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from The Ohio State University.<br /> <br /> John was a &quot;lawyer's lawyer&quot;, according to&nbsp; RCO Partner Jim Brazeau, who worked closely with John when he joined the firm in 1984.&nbsp; &quot;He was the person other lawyers - even lawyers from outside the firm - would go to for help.&nbsp; His soft-spoken and thoughtful demeanor made him universally approachable for any issue - legal or not - and for any person, which established him as a mentor to nearly everyone in the firm.&quot;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Jim explained that John approached problems&nbsp; thoughtfully and with conviction. &quot;He encouraged other lawyers to stay true to themselves. And, he loved to tell stories that ended with a chuckle,&quot; he said.<br /> <br /> According to The Honorable Jack Zouhary, Senior U.S. Judge for the Northern District of Ohio,&nbsp; John demonstrated that civility and greatness went hand-in-hand. Judge Zouhary worked at Robison, Curphey and O'Connell from 1976 to 2000 and John was his mentor. &quot;He had much wisdom&nbsp; to share with his mentees. I learned from him that you could be a very good trial lawyer and be civil at the same time.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>John will be remembered at a Memorial Service to be held at the Point Washington United Methodist Church, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., on September 3, 2019.<br /> <br /> Read John's obituary and a feature story on his career in The Blade :&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";pid=193329228&amp;fhid=10287 " target="_blank">;pid=193329228&amp;fhid=10287</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Celebrates Summer at Family Picnic Jul 2019News<p>Kites, crafts, games and grilling were all on the agenda for the annual RCO Family Picnic on Saturday, June 22, at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club.</p> <p>Attorneys and staff brought their children and grandchildren to the annual event that was held on a perfect summer day.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="529" /></p> Partner Sarah Corney Featured in Wooster Magazine Jun 2019News<p>Attorney Sarah Corney&rsquo;s writing abilities led her to her legal career, according to &ldquo;Writing Persona&rdquo;, an article about Sarah in the Summer edition of Wooster Magazine.</p> <p>Sarah is a 2006 graduate of the College of Wooster. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law in 2010. Sarah joined RCO Law as an Associate in 2010 and was promoted to Partner earlier this year. Sarah practices at RCO offices in Toledo, Waterville and Findlay.</p> <p>&ldquo;One of the things that I took from Wooster is the ability to interact with and to cherish people who are different than I am... Sitting and having a long conversation with people I haven&rsquo;t met before is what I do now on a daily basis.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to the article, as an attorney in estate planning, she is frequently learning about the intimate details of her clients&rsquo; lives in their first conversation.</p> <p>&ldquo;After one or two hours, I put together a plan for what it might look like for their children and their family if they passed away. I know how to get to know people really, really quickly, and it&rsquo;s not a specific type of person, it&rsquo;s all types of people.&rdquo;</p> <p>Understanding her clients and their families is something Corney has come to appreciate about her work as an attorney.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Read more</a> about Sarah&rsquo;s story.</p> <p>Contact Sarah at <a href=""></a> or by phone 419-423-4321</p> Mohr Featured in Tecumseh's Homefront Magazine Jun 2019News<p>The Summer Issue of Tecumseh&rsquo;s Homefront Magazine features RCO&rsquo;s Kathryn M. Mohr and highlights her law practice serving clients in Southeast Michigan.</p> <p>Mohr began with her career with RCO Law in 1986, serving as a clerk while a student at University of Toledo College of Law.</p> <p><strong>Why did she choose law? What attracted her to this career?</strong></p> <p><strong>According to Kathryn,</strong> &ldquo;I chose to be a lawyer because it was a profession that is governed by ethics and combines my love of the study of law, writing, public speaking, and most importantly, helping people. What attracted me to this career? I am not sure what attracted me, but I knew I wanted to be a lawyer in junior high school.</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Being a lawyer isn't just about knowing the law, it is also about&hellip; </strong><br /> being empathetic, sympathetic and passionate about what concerns my clients,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>To read more, click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Howard Bruss Delivers Fascinating Insights on International Business Career Jun 2019News<img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="right" alt="" border="0" width="215" height="266" /> <p>RCO&rsquo;s Lunch and Learn Program on June 26 featured Attorney Howard Bruss who presented highlights of his distinguished legal career including war stories and legal issues as international counsel. He discussed travels and business in Europe, The Americas, Middle East and Asia, where he negotiated and developed technology license agreements with major packaging companies and associated M&amp;A work over 40+ years.</p> <p>An alumni of the University of Toledo College of Law, Howard also shared this presentation with law students on April 16.</p>