October 7th OR 20th Webinar


REGISTRANTS PER SESSION. (There is no CLE credit for these webinars.)

This one-hour seminar will be a panel discussion by three experienced attorneys, who will speak and answer questions on the recently enacted Ohio Medical Marijuana Law (House Bill 523). This session will be tailored to the local government lawyer and will cover such issues as an overview of the law, its origins, the lobbying process, various citizen/industry initiatives that were precursors to the law and which may yet seek to extend the statute, the law’s impact on local governments, including the need to amend local general offenses ordinances and its effect on zoning and public employment matters.

Patricia F. Weisberg, Partner, Walter | Haverfield LLP

Ms. Weisberg focuses her practice on representing public employers and private employers in a variety of industries on all aspects of the employment relationship. She devotes a substantial portion of her practice to issues arising on a daily basis from the employment relationship. Her work frequently involves regular and ongoing consultations concerning compliance with new and existing, as well as, emerging employment laws. She also conducts independent investigations for public and private entities involving an extensive range of issues including allegations of sexual and other harassment and other misconduct involving employees, students and public officials. Ms. Weisberg has significant experience assisting employers in understanding and complying with their obligations under state and federal employment discrimination laws, FLSA, ADA, FMLA, affirmative action, equal opportunity, unemployment, workers’ compensation, non-compete agreements and other laws regulating the employment relationship in an effort to minimize potential employment-related litigation. She also regularly reviews and writes personnel policies, employee handbooks and affirmative action plans. Ms. Weisberg also reviews and writes employment, confidentiality and non-compete agreements.

Ms. Weisberg handles a wide array of business and employment-related litigation matters in state and federal court. She also routinely represents clients in agency proceedings before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 10366991v1 the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and other state and federal administrative agencies. She also represents employees and employers in cases involving the enforcement and defense of confidentiality and non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants. Ms. Weisberg obtained her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

John N. Neal, Partner, Walter | Haverfield LLP

Mr. Neal focuses his practice on Ohio state and federal liquor permit licensing and the hospitality industry. At the same time, Mr. Neal has developed a diverse set of legal skills with complex commercial litigation, employment law, business organizations, insurance coverage, real estate, and corporate transactions. Mr. Neal counsels companies and individuals on the intricacies of Ohio’s regulation of the liquor industry, including representation of liquor manufacturers, distributors, state liquor agencies, and retail permit holders. These services include transactional representation between buyers and sellers of liquor permits, obtaining liquor permits through the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, negotiating the transfer of permits, and litigating violations before the Ohio Liquor Control Commission and the courts. Clients of these services include independent staurants, breweries, distilleries, wineries, professional sports teams, hotel and restaurant chains, supermarkets, real estate developers, concessionaires, and large public venues such as concert theaters and stadiums.

While becoming one of the handful of attorneys in Ohio who has a full-time liquor permitting practice, Mr. Neal has maintained an active commercial litigation practice, and has significant bench and jury trial experience, particularly in shareholder and trade disputes. His understanding of both litigation dynamics and business transactions allow him to offer comprehensive business planning and risk management counsel. This is particularly the case for clients in the food and beverage industry. Mr. Neal obtained his B.A. from Miami University and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

Susan M. Bungard, Associate, Walter | Haverfield LLP

Susan joined Walter | Haverfield as an associate in 2016. Prior to joining Walter | Haverfield she was an Assistant director of Law for the City of Cleveland for over 16 years. She has considerable experience in Ohio liquor law, including public nuisance litigation under Ohio’s padlock law, Ohio Revised Code Section 3767. She has also represented public employers in labor matters including labor arbitrations and in federal civil rights litigation defense. Previously, she was a prosecutor in the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court where she prosecuted building, housing, zoning, fire, sidewalk, air quality, and health code violations. She has provided legal advice to various City boards and commissions, including the Board of Zoning Appeals, Board of Building Standards, and the Civil Service Commission.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Bungard’s wide range of experience included federal and state court litigation and appellate practice in the areas of civil rights defense related to excessive use of force, wrongful termination, unemployment compensation, grievance and arbitration, administrative appeals, workers’ compensation defense, sovereign immunity defense, public nuisance litigation leading to boarding up of buildings, and forcible entry and detainer actions.

Ms. Bungard received her B.A. (political science) from Kent State University and her J.D. from Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

TO REGISTER: email the registration form to CYNDIE, at cgrant@omlohio.org, or
mail it to the OMAA offices

Each session is limited to 30 registrants. However, registrants are encouraged to set up for the webinar in a conference room, with a speaker phone and computer screen, and to invite other city officials to attend. There is no extra cost for doing this. Registrants are encouraged to notify Cyndie (614.221.4349) of the number of participants attending the webinar (for our records).

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(Please fill out and send via mail your registration along with payment)