Robison, Curphey & O'Connell Feed Jul 2021firmwise Joins Firm as Summer Associate Jul 2021News<p>Marcus Reed is RCO Law's Summer Associate. Marcus is a rising third-year law student at The University of Toledo where he serves as Executive Articles Editor for The University of Toledo Law Review. He is a teaching assistant for Lawyering Skills I &amp; II, and Torts. He is president of the Labor and Employment Law Association; and is a student member of the Academic Policy Committee.</p> <p>A native of Canton, Ohio, Marcus became interested in labor law at an early age by observing his father who is a firefighter and former president of the local Firefighters Union.</p> <p>Marcus graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.</p> <p>His legal professional experience includes serving as a judicial intern for the Honorable Jack Zouhary, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; law clerk, U.S. Attorney's Office; law clerk, Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association; legal intern, Canton City Law Department, Prosecutorial Section; legal intern, Manley Deas and Kochalski LLC; and communications and marketing intern, Ohio State Bar Association.</p> <p>Although he admits to little free time, Marcus enjoys golfing and traveling to the national parks. His favorite national parks? Yellowstone and Glacier.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="582" /></p> Presents Webinar on Generational Effects on Juries and Litigation Outcomes for Healthcare Audience Jul 2021NewsRCO Law Partner Jean S. Sieler was the featured presenter on a Med IQ Coverys webinar on <em>&quot;Generational Effects on Juries and Litigation Outcomes&quot;</em> on Wednesday, June 23. This one-hour webinar was intended for health care professionals - physicians, nurses, risk managers, quality managers patient safety officers, performance improvement staff, administrators, pharmacists and legal counsel.<br /> <br /> Timely content included examining attributes of younger-generation jurors that may affect the jury process and how upcoming generations serving as jurors may affect litigation outcomes. Sieler recommended strategies to mitigate the perceived risks of younger jurors and identified presentation considerations when facing younger-generation jurors.<br /> <br /> Sieler represents individuals and business entities in litigation in Michigan and Ohio with an emphasis on medical malpractice defense and commercial litigation. For more than 25 years, Jean has been defending hospitals and doctors in complex medical defense cases including birth injury, cardiology, radiology, pulmonary, oncology, and surgical claims. <br /> <br /> Over 300 healthcare professionals registered for the webinar. To view the recorded webinar click here:&nbsp;<a href=" "> </a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> Corney and Fitzpatrick Join Regional Health Boards Jun 2021News<p>Congratulations to Sarah J. Corney and Marissa K. Fitzpatrick who have recently stepped up&nbsp;their professional commitments to serve on regional non-profit boards.</p> <img src="" hspace="10" vspace="0" align="left" alt="" border="0" width="146" height="194" /> <p>Sarah has joined the Blanchard Valley Health System Board of Trustees. She will serve on the Compliance and Audit Committee for a one-year term, beginning on July 1, 2021.</p> <p>Blanchard Valley Health System includes Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay, a 150-bed acute care facility, and Bluffton Hospital, Bluffton, a 25-bed short-term acute care facility. To learn more: <a href=""></a></p> <img src="" hspace="10" vspace="0" align="left" alt="" border="0" width="146" height="194" /> <p>Marissa Fitzpatrick joined the Genacross Lutheran Services Foundation Board of Trustees.</p> <p>Genacross Lutheran Services provides a continuum of care including senior living services, youth and family care services, and outpatient services in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. To learn more:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> Weather and Cool Activities at the RCO Law Picnic Jun 2021News<p>The firm enjoyed time together at the annual summer picnic held on Saturday, June 19,&nbsp;at the Wheel House at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Swanton.</p> <p>It was a fun day with barbecue, ice cream, games and crafts for more than 70 attorneys and their family members.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="565" /></p> Law Hosts Women's Golf Clinic for Clients Jun 2021News<p>On Wednesday, June 16, RCO Law hosted Lessons, Links &amp; Lunch Women's Golf Clinic for clients at The Claire Batiste Golf Academy at The Legacy by Arthur Hills in Ottawa Lake, Michigan.&nbsp; Pros Claire Batista and Andrew Headman worked with attorneys and clients on short and long game skills.&nbsp; The weather was perfect for a morning of golf instruction.&nbsp; RCO Law proudly sponsors golf outings for area non-profit organizations.&nbsp; This season the firm is involved with 15 golf outings around the region.</p> <p><img src="" hspace="0" vspace="0" align="absmiddle" alt="" border="0" width="437" height="583" /><br /> RCO Law attorneys Sarah Corney (L) and Amy Luck (R) hosted clients at the Women's Golf Clinic on Wednesday, June 16, at The Claire Batista Golf Academy, at The Legacy, Ottawa Lake, MI.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> Creates New Funeral Assistance Program for Families Impacted by COVID-19 Apr 2021NewsThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reimburse families for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. <br /> <br /> Most American citizens who paid funeral expenses for someone who died of COVID-19 are eligible if the death occurred in the U.S., U.S. territories, or District of Columbia. The death certificate must attribute death to COVID-19. There are no requirements for the deceased person to be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.<br /> <br /> Applications will be accepted beginning April 12, 2021. To apply contact the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance line at 844-684-6333 or 800-462-7585. <br /> <br /> Applicants must present documentation including an official death certificate, funeral expenses (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.), and proof of funds received from other sources for use toward funeral costs. FEMA will not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.<br /> <br /> If approved, FEMA will provide applicants with reimbursement checks by mail or direct deposit.<br /> <br /> If you or your family need assistance in settling the final affairs of a family member, contact RCO Law attorneys <a href="">Sarah Corney,</a> <a href="">Paul Croy</a>, <a href="">Doug Huffman</a>, <a href="">Matt Klein</a>, or <a href="">Marissa Fitzpatrick.</a><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Funds For Youth Support Seven Community Programs Apr 2021News<p class="MsoNormal"><em>The&nbsp;Toledo Blade</em> featured a story yesterday on Katherine R. Smith, and the Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth, grants that are designated to support programs in northwest Ohio that enhance the lives of young people. The Board of Trustees of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation and the Waterville Community Foundation awarded Katherine R. Smith Funds for Youth grants totaling $41,460 to seven nonprofit organizations including Adopt America Network; After-School All-Stars Ohio; Awake Community Coalition; Bittersweet Farms; Courageous Community Services; Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center; and The Ridge Project, Inc. an exercise program at the Anthony Wayne YMCA.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">RCO Law is proud that Katherine R. Smith was a client of the firm. She passed in 2015 at age 98. Katherine grew up in Toledo and Liberty Center, Ohio. She moved to Stamford, Connecticut, with her husband, Tom, where she worked as an administrative assistant for Cushman Brothers.&nbsp; The couple had no children. Later in life at the age of 87, she returned to Ohio.&nbsp; Attorney Paul E. Croy worked closely with Katherine on her estate plan that was designed to provide grant monies to meet specific needs in our community that focused on young people under age 18.<br /> <br /> &quot;Katherine was a wonderful, caring lady who clearly understood how her legacy could serve others. It was a pleasure to work with someone who wanted to continue to make a difference after she had passed. Having lived through the depression, she knew the value of hard work and saving.&nbsp; She also recognized that young people deserved strong programs to nurture their minds, bodies and spirits. &nbsp;Katherine&rsquo;s goodwill is making an impact on future generations,&rdquo; Paul said.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><a href="">Click here</a> for Blade article</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><o:p></o:p></p> Dave Arnold Presents "Lawyers on Nonprofit Boards" for The Center for Nonprofit Resources Apr 2021NewsBusiness Attorney Dave Arnold presented&nbsp;<em>&quot;Lawyers on Nonprofit Boards,&quot;&nbsp;</em>a webinar sponsored by The Center for Nonprofit Resources, in collaboration with the Toledo Bar Association, on Thursday, April 1.<br /> <br /> The Center for Nonprofit Resources, a part of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation, ensures that nonprofit organizations in our area have the information and resources required to operate in an efficient and effective manner.<br /> <br /> The target audience for this presentation was nonprofit management, employees, and nonprofit board leadership.<br /> <br /> Dave provided wise counsel on special considerations and issues for lawyers, conducting due dilgence, legal obligations of nonprofit directors in Ohio, and the Open Meetings Act in Ohio.<br /> <br /> Active in the community with a depth of experience serving on nonprofit boards, Dave advises that before accepting a position it is important to communicate with the organization's Executive Director and Board Chairman about expectations; role clarity; and the specific obligations of service including time and financial contributions; and the potential for legal, ethical and conflict issues.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> If you missed Dave's presentation, <a href="">click here</a> for the recording and PPT.<br /> <br /> <br type="_moz" /> Shines in Ask the Expert Interview with Findlay High School Digital Media Club Apr 2021NewsWealth Preservation Attorney Sarah J. Corney was interviewed this week for &quot;The&nbsp;Mokshita Chatla Show - Ask the Experts&quot; sponsored by the Digital Media Club at Findlay High School.&nbsp; Sarah was interviewed by student Mokshita Chatla and explained the importance of hiring an attorney to create an estate plan. To see the broadcast <a href="">click here</a>. Law Labor & Employment Attorneys Present at Employers' Association Law Conference Mar 2021News<p>Labor and Employment Attorneys Bill Beach and Amy Luck were on the agenda for The Employers' Association Annual Law Conference, <em>&quot;The Key to a New Year,&quot;</em> held on Thursday, March 19, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.&nbsp;The conference, held virually this year, was designed to keep employers current on employment law and on critical issues facing employers today.</p> <p>Amy's presentation was on <em>&quot;Social Media and Personal Activities: What Employers Can and</em> <em>Should Do.&quot;</em> Click <a href="/7599B1/assets/files/Documents/16C902202-Social_Media_and_Personal_Activities_3-19-21_FINAL.pptx">here</a> for Amy's PPT.</p> <p>Bill spoke on <em>&quot;Employee Handbook Updates.&quot;&nbsp;</em> Click <a href="/7599B1/assets/files/Documents/The_Employers_Association_Employment_Law_Conference_2021_Employee_Handbook_Update_WVB_3-19-21.pptx">here</a> for Bill's PPT.</p> <p>For additional information on Social Media and Personal Activities or Employee Handbook Updates, please contact <a href="">Amy Luck</a> or <a href="">Bill Beach</a> at RCO Law, 419-249-7900.</p>