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Advocates Circle Firms

Arthur Law Firm Co., LPA.


Barkan Meizlish


Brian G. Miller Co., LPA


Bordas & Bordas, PLLC


Christian R. Patno


Crandall & Pera Law


Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers


Elk & Elk


Garson Johnson, LLC


Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty, LLC


The Gervelis Law Firm


Kisling Nestico & Redick


Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co.,. LPA


Landskroner Grieco Merriman, LLC


Leeseberg & Valentine


Leizerman & Associates, LLC


Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC


Meyer Wilson Co., LPA


Murray & Murray Co., LPA


Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy Co., LPA


O'Connor Acciani & Levy, LPA


Rittgers & Rittgers


Robert J. Wagoner, Co., LLC


Rourke & Blumenthal


Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber, LLP


Slater & Zurz, LLP


Tittle & Perlmuter


Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd.


Young and McCarthy LLP




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JULY 18, 2019

State budget enacted
The Ohio legislature passed the biennial state budget on July 17.  The final budget bill contains several changes of interest to trial attorneys.  When the final budget becomes available electronically, OAJ will share the relevant sections. 

Tax on lawyers
The state budget bill denies lawyers and lobbyists a business income deduction and a special 3% flat tax rate that is available to pass-through entities and other similarly-situated professionals.  OAJ joined with the Ohio State Bar Association to oppose the repeal and urge the Governor to veto it. 

Click here to link to the OSBA-OAJ letter to Gov. DeWine urging veto

Positive changes dropped from BWC budget bill
The Ohio legislature agreed to pass the BWC budget bill, but first removed all the OAJ-supported changes that are positive for injured workers.   Lawmakers pledged to introduce these positive changes this fall in separate legislation.  

Click here to link to a Summary of major provisions that were removed from HB 80

Bills impacting your clients and practice
OAJ advocated on these bills that remain pending.  After summer recess, the Ohio General Assembly will reconvene in mid-September to consider these bills.

  • Reduces the statute of limitations for contracts from eight to three years (HB 215) – OAJ opposes – pending in House Civil Justice Committee
  • Punitive damages, no cap for strict liability offenses (SB 46) – OAJ supports – pending in Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee
  • Eliminates sovereign immunity for cities for negligence of emergency vehicle drivers (HB 27) – OAJ supports – pending in House Civil Justice Committee
  • Expands Ohio’s long-arm statute (HB 272) – OAJ supports – pending in House Civil Justice Committee
  • Commercial credit reporting (HB 38) – OAJ supports – pending in House Financial Institutions Committee
  • Statute of limitations exception for OSU abuse victims (HB 249) – OAJ supports --pending in House Civil Justice Committee

If you have questions or comments on legislation, please contact John Van Doorn, OAJ’s Director of Government Affairs, at

Save the date!
The 2019 Winter Convention is November 6th-8th. We will be returning to the Hilton in downtown Cleveland. Click here to preview the lineup.

July 24th: A Nitty, Gritty, Down and Dirty Discussion of Depositions and Cross-Examination Webinar
This one-hour webinar is jam-packed with practical advice on taking detailed and thorough depositions. It will cover both discovery depositions and evidentiary depositions. It will also include a discussion of what it takes to effectively cross-examine adverse witnesses and expert witnesses. This webinar is $99 for OAJ members. Click here to register.

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