Merle Wilberding Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

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Merle F. Wilberding, a long-time attorney at Coolidge Wall and a graduate of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota Class of 1966, was recently awarded the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to his community and the nation. In 1969, he received a JD from Notre Dame Law School, and subsequently received an MBA from the University of Dayton, an LL.M in Taxation from George Washington University, and an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. During the Vietnam War, he served as a U.S. Army JAG Captain and represented the Army in 800 appeals and argued …

Eighteen Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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Coolidge Wall is privileged to announce that eighteen of its attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017. Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Its process is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers may not pay a fee to be listed, so inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” The attorneys selected for inclusion in 2017 …

The Ohio Supreme Court Brings the Sunshine Laws into the Technological Age

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In May, the Ohio Supreme Court in White v. King, 2016-Ohio-2770, expressly provided that a meeting of a public body does not have to occur face to face. A meeting includes discussions that occur “telephonically, by video conference, or electronically by e-mail, text, tweet, or other form of communication.” A. Specific Facts of White v. King. In White v. King, one member of the Olentangy Local School District Board of Education, Adam White, filed suit against the Board claiming that they had violated the Open Meetings Act (R.C. 121.22). White had conducted an investigation into alleged improper expenditures by two …

David Pierce Elected President of Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton

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On August 17, 2016, Coolidge attorney David P. Pierce was elected and installed as President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, an organization established to further the welfare of the Jewish community. The Federation coordinates social, welfare and cultural programs; fosters cooperation among Jewish organizations; facilitates fund-raising activities on the local and national level; and stimulates participation and interest in community-wide activities. David also serves as Second Vice-President of the Dayton Bar Association, an association of lawyers dedicated to furthering the administration of justice; enhancing the public’s respect for the law and promoting excellence and collegiality in the legal …

Are sexual harassment policies unnecessary for small businesses?

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There are many advantages to operating a small business as opposed to a large corporation. Smaller businesses can be more agile and quick to respond to consumer needs, they often have a strong knowledge of local markets and it can be easier to take ownership over certain aspects of a product of business when there are fewer people to pass the buck. When it comes to maintaining relationships with employees, small businesses can also come out ahead. With fewer employees, small companies can find it easier to foster honest, trustworthy and personal relationships between employees and with the employer. However, …

DOJ: Proposed healthcare mergers not healthy for economy

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In this blog, we have discussed the various complexities and legal challenges that are presented when a company attempts to acquire or merge with another company. In this post, we noted that vast majority of these deals are approved. In fact, just 5 percent of filings for mergers lead to challenges from agencies like the Department of Justice. While they may be rare, these challenges do happen; when they do, they are often newsworthy events. For example, recently, the DOJ filed lawsuits to stop two mergers in the healthcare insurance industry. The two separate transactions would combine the third- and …

Coolidge Wall Sponsors Brian Hafer Memorial Golf Outing

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On August 1, 2016, Coolidge Wall sponsored the Brian Hafer Memorial Golf Outing at the Dayton Country Club. The Brian Hafer Foundation promotes drug and alcohol abuse awareness. The Coolidge Wall Team, comprised of lawyers Chris Conard and David Pierce, CFO Matt Rauch, and client Scott Campbell, won first place in the Ben Hogan flight at the golf outing.