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Paul J. Kellogg

Paul J. Kellogg

Paul’s practice concentrates on estate planning & probate, mergers & acquisitions, and business matters, including entity selection and formation, contract negotiation and enforcement. His clients include individuals, families, entrepreneurs, and privately held businesses and their owners.

Featured Courses:

    Nuts and Bolts of Title Insurance

    Nuts and Bolts of Title Insurance

    by Roccina S. Niehaus

    This CLE will cover the following areas of the law related to Title Insurance and Real Estate Transactions

    • Title insurance commitment
    • Owners title insurance
    • Lender’s title insurance
    • CPL/Survey matters
    • Questions and Answers
    Tort Liability and Trademarks

    Tort Liability and Trademarks

    by Kenneth B. Germain and Sean K. Owens

    Liability of trademark licensors for the torts of their licensees has been of topic of considerable discussion and case law for over 35 years. The topic deserves to be revisited today because the development of the so-called ‘‘sharing economy,’’ including ‘‘ridesharing’’ services such as Uber (and Lyft, Sidecar, etc.) and lodging booking services such as Airbnb, warrant consideration of whether and to what extent product liability concepts per se should be carried over into what can be dubbed ‘‘service liability.’’

    Whistleblowers and Federal False Claims Act

    Whistleblowers and Federal False Claims Act

    by James A. Tate and Erin M. Campbell
    1. Description of the False Claims Act
    2. Types of False Claims Act Cases  
    3. What is not a False Claims Act Case
    4. Pitfalls
    5. Retaliation Protection
    6. Other Qui Tam and Whistleblower reward statutes
    Employment and Labor Law Update 2016

    Employment and Labor Law Update 2016

    by Stephen Richey
    • Marijuana
    • Gay and Trans-Gender Issues
    • DOL Mandates $50,000 Minimum Salary For Exempt Employees
    • New Requirements for Government Contractors
    • NLRB’s Quickie Elections
    • Questions and Answers
    Professionalism 2016

    Professionalism 2016

    by John H. Phillips
    1. To provide opportunities for lawyers and judges to consider in a sustained and serious way issues that affect competence, integrity, service and justice in the contemporary practice of law;
    2. To bring lawyers and judges together for discussions of these shared values of the legal profession;
    3. To promote the understanding of and commitment to “A Lawyers Creed” and “A Lawyers Aspirational Ideals”; and
    4. To promote the understanding of and commitment to “A Judicial Creed.”
    Ethically Marketing Your Law Practice

    Ethically Marketing Your Law Practice

    by John H. Phillips and Michael Brown

    Pay attention to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct related to internet marketing Before you redesign your law firm's website or start a new internet marketing campaign.

    The first step is reading all of the applicable bar rules for attorney advertising. Additional information can be found in the comments to each rule and the advisory ethics opinions interpreting the rules.

    Although the rules in the State of Ohio are restrictive, an attorney can stay in full compliance while still having an extremely effective internet marketing campaign. Taking an ethical approach to marketing means following the letter and spirit of each rule.

    Vocational Experts

    Vocational Experts

    by Kenneth J. Manges

    Vocational experts offer testimony about the amount of money a divorcing spouse or injured person can earn given their age, education, training and market conditions; whether the divorcing spouse or injured party can ever be realistically employed, whether the job search is substantial and defensible, how long it will take to get a job, and how long the formerly unemployed/disabled can be expected to be in the workforce are all issues you need to be prepared to question and to answer.

    Knowing what to ask your expert and how to examine opposing counsel's vocational expert can mean the difference between a mediocre and a great cross examination. This presentation will provide you with the information you need to know about achieving your client's best outcome.

    Elder Law and Changes to Medicaid

    Elder Law and Changes to Medicaid

    by Gregory S. French
    1. Major changes beginning August 1.
      1. Elimination of spend-down and necessity for qualified income trust
      2. Qualified income trust administrative costs reducing monthly patient liability
      3. Countability of retirement accounts of spouse of Medicaid applicant
    2. Other major changes occurring earlier in 2016
      1. Elimination of the reverse half-a-loaf strategy of transferring assets
      2. Countability of the applicant’s home in a revocable trust
      3. Purchasing a community spouse annuity to achieve Medicaid eligibility
      4. Utilizing a promissory note to achieve eligibility
    Noncompete and Severance Agreements

    Noncompete and Severance Agreements

    by Elizabeth Tuck Loring

    This CLE covers the following areas of the law related to Severance Agreements and Non-compete Agreements

    Estate Planning Update 2016

    Estate Planning Update 2016

    by Lewis G. Gatch

    Attorney Lewis Gatch discusses often overlooked assets which trigger probate. He also explains why in many cases a 706 tax return should be filed even though the decedent's estate is less than the exclusion. We learn how the ubiquitous AB Trusts are obsolete, with preference to a joint trust for spouses that contains a general testamentary power of appointment over the assets in the trust. Recent case law and IRA distributions are also covered.

    A Judge's View from the Bench

    A Judge's View from the Bench

    by Judge Steven E. Martin and Judge Tom Heekin
    1. Pre-Trial - the 14 things a judge believes you should know and abide by prior to trial
    2. Trial - the 13 things a judge believes will make your case
    3. In General - 15 things to remember that will make you a better lawyer
    4. Criminal Cases - 3 specific things to follow in addition to all of the above
    5. Computers, technology, and its use in the Courtroom.
    6. In camera inspections - How it works and what to expect.
    7. Keep your case as simple as possible. 
    8. Voir Dire:  learn what your judge does and does not permit. 
    9. No talking objections.
    10. Take adverse rulings with grace.  The jurors have enormous faith in the judge.
    11. Motions for Summary Judgment – Rule 56
    12. Wisdom from above
    Ethics 2016: Year in Review

    Ethics 2016: Year in Review

    by John H. Phillips

    Changes to the Rules for the Governance of the Bar are covered, and changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct.

    During 2016, the Board Of Commissioners On Grievances & Discipline of the Supreme Court of Ohio also issued guidance opinions that will be covered. Each of these Opinions is covered in this CLE.

    Guidance Opinions from the Ohio Attorney General are also covered, the new guidance opinion on the retention of files, and the guidance opinions from the American Bar Association are also covered.

    Significant Disciplinary cases for 2016 are covered, including the Rules of Professional Conduct that were violated, and how to avoid repeating the same mistakes made by attorneys in the fact patterns covered during the CLE.

    Expert Witnesses

    Expert Witnesses

    by Alfred W. Schneble
    1. Overview of the Rules of Evidence, Rules 103, 104, 702, 703, 704, & 705
    2. Daubert case law discussion – specifics on needed elements to avoid exclusion and advocate the opinion
    3. Use of experts – how to prepare your expert and cross examine theirs
    4. Conflicts, Confidentiality & Fees concerning use of experts
    5. Questions and Answers
    IOLTA and Managing Client Funds

    IOLTA and Managing Client Funds

    by John H. Phillips
    • Do I need an IOLTA account?
    • Is my IOLTA account in a bank doing business in the state where I practice?
    • Does my bank comply with the IOLTA account rules?
    • Is my IOLTA account titled correctly with the Bank?
    • What Tax ID Number should my IOLTA account have with the bank?
    • Did you register your IOLTA account?
    • What money goes into the IOLTA Account?
    • Should my client have a separate account?
    • Where do I deposit flat fee payments?
    • Am I maintaining the appropriate records?
    • Have you reconciled your IOLTA account for the month?
    • What records should I keep?
    • How long must I keep records for the IOLTA account?
    • How much of my own money may I keep in the IOLTA account?
    • I want to accept credit cards for retainers. Who pays the credit card charges?
    • My client is missing. What do I do with the IOLTA money I am holding?
    • Am I doing anything with the IOLTA account to get myself in trouble?
    Employers and the Election

    Employers and the Election

    by Robert Shank
    • What will the new Supreme Court look like?
    • Pending Supreme Court Cases likely to be heard.
    • Likely shifts in labor law policy
    • Likely shifts in the Equal Employment Opportunity Law
    • What can we expect from OSHA?
    • Will the wage and hour law change?
    • What about benefits – more, less, or stay the same?
    • Paid family and sick leave – a thing of the past?
    • Immigration Law and Employers
    Understanding the ABLE account

    Understanding the ABLE account

    by Blaine Brockman

    Ohio was the first state in the nation to offer an ABLE Account program, known in Ohio as STABLE Accounts.  The legal community, especially those in the Probate system, Elder law, and Special Needs Trusts, has shown tremendous interest in these accounts because people with disabilities have gained a new and easy way to save money that will not affect their public means-tested benefits such as Medicaid, SSI, and SSDI. 


    Advanced Discovery Techniques

    Advanced Discovery Techniques

    by John H. Metz

    This CLE will cover issues covered by Rule 26, including

    RULE 26. General Provisions Governing Discovery

    1. Policy; discovery methods.
    2. Scope of discovery.
    3. Protective orders.
    4. Sequence and timing of discovery.
    5. Supplementation of responses.
    Managing the Difficult Client

    Managing the Difficult Client

    by J. William Dunning
    • Take on the right clients. The best way to deal with truly difficult clients is by not taking them on in the first place. ...
    • Communicate value. ...
    • Manage clients' expectations. ...
    • Know your boundaries and set limits. ...
    • Provide excellent service. ...
    • Bill appropriately. ...
    • Obtain client feedback.
    Bail Reform for the Criminal Court

    Bail Reform for the Criminal Court

    by Wendy R. Calaway
    1. Historical Overview of Pre-Trial Detention
    2. Ohio’s Bail System
    3. Constitutional Issues with Monetary Pre-Trial Detention
    4. The Bail Reform Movement
    5. Moving Forward – Litigation and Alternatives
    6. The Future of Pre-Trial Detention
    Three Years of Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure

    Three Years of Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure

    by John H. Phillips

    This presentation covers changes made from 2015 through 2017 to the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure, which closely follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Changes discussed include service of process, compulsory joinder, Objections during Depositions, Prohibiting Service of Discovery with a Complaint, Stay of Proceedings to enforce a Judgment, Sanctions, Civil Protection Orders, Consolidation/Separate Trials, and Taking Testimony Electronically, as examples of rules that were changed.

    Immigration Law

    Immigration Law

    by Yanky Perelmuter

    Areas covered in this introductory level Immigration presentation are:

    • Immigration Authority
    • Immigration Agencies
    • Family Based Immigration
    • Employment Immigration
    • Immigration and the Criminal Client
    Estate Planning Update 2017

    Estate Planning Update 2017

    by Lewis G. Gatch

    Attorney Lewis Gatch discusses often overlooked assets which trigger probate. He also explains why in many cases a 706 tax return should be filed even though the decedent's estate is less than the exclusion. We learn how the ubiquitous AB Trusts are obsolete, with preference to a joint trust for spouses that contains a general testamentary power of appointment over the assets in the trust. Recent case law and IRA distributions are also covered.

    Title IX and School Disciplinary Hearings

    Title IX and School Disciplinary Hearings

    by Joshua Adam Engel

    This presentation occurs amidst a growing national controversy stemming from the Federal Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights’ (“OCR”) threats to withhold federal education funds to compel colleges and universities to address “sexual violence” on their campuses.   At the urging of OCR and other high-ranking officials in the Obama Administration colleges and universities are relying on Title IX to crackdown on alleged perpetrators.  The result is that schools treat students accused of sexual misconduct with a presumption of guilt.  This CLE explores ways to fight that presumption, and win.

    Ethics 2017

    Ethics 2017

    by John H. Phillips

    Changes to the Rules for the Governance of the Bar are covered, and changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct, including four Opinions from American Bar Association Opinions as it relates to lawyers, government lawyers, and Judges.

    During 2017, the Board Of Commissioners On Grievances & Discipline of the Supreme Court of Ohio also issued four guidance opinions that will be covered. Each of these Opinions is covered in this CLE.

    Significant Disciplinary cases for 2017 are covered, including the Rules of Professional Conduct that were violated, and how to avoid repeating the same mistakes made by attorneys in the fact patterns covered during the CLE.