Firm News & Accolades
Joe Jerome Designated as a Super Lawyer
Joe Jerome has been designated as a 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Lawyer in the area of Construction Litigation. Only 5% of attorneys practicing in that area are designated annually as a Super Lawyer. Mr. Jerome has also maintained an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Peer Rated Attorney (highest ethical standards and professional ability) for over 30 years.
John Grauer Designated as a Rising Star
John Grauer has been designated as a 2021 Rising Star by SuperLawyers.com. To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for less than 10 years. No more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.
Jerome, Grauer and Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
John Grauer was recently nominated to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. He follows in the steps of Joe Jerome who has served CMLAA since the early 1990s as President, Trustee and as a long standing member of the Executive Committee. Joe has been an annual presenter at Continuing Legal Education courses for over 25 years and John has followed course as well this year as a presenter on residential real estate contracts. Past JBJA Associates include Lakewood Law Director Kevin Butler and Allison Taller Reich of Franz Ward who also have served as CMLAA Officers and Trustees. The tradition continues.
Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Practical Approach
By Joseph B. Jerome
Our Firm's philosophy is to first undertake protective measures in the best interests of our clients. It is far less preferable to proceed with pre-litigation threatening correspondence and, subsequently, address the litigation that follow when the parties take very hard stances early on.
Many of you have heard one of my favorite sayings but allow me to say it again:
Remember the old Fram oil filter commercial where a mechanic holds up an oil filter while standing next to an auto with the hood up and tools scattered all around? He said something to the effect of, "You can pay me $6 for an oil filter now or $600 to fix your engine later. What do you want to do?"
Employment Law Issues Update
By Joseph B. Jerome
As a continuing service to our clients, we attempt to periodically present Memoranda outlining our advice to our clients involving matters of significant consequence affecting their business activities. Our most recent prior memo was directed to the utilization of Employment Agreements and Company Policy Manuals as proper vehicles for setting forth the relationship between employers and employees, including the utilization of non-competition and confidentiality clauses. We are glad to note that that Memorandum was very well received by our clients and that many of them upgraded their hiring policies and procedures by adopting formal Employment Agreements and/or Policy Manuals.