Upcoming International Business Transaction and Trade Presentations

The firm’s attorneys will be presenting on a number of international business transaction and trade topics this spring as part of its ongoing efforts to assist companies successfully compete in the global market.

Mark J. Sundahl, Of Counsel, will lead the Ohio Aerospace Institute Industry Member Roundtable at Cleveland-Marshall School of Law on April 17.  He will speak to the participating members and guests on international trade in the aerospace sector.  For membership and more information, please visit www.oai.org.

On April 22, at the Union Club in downtown Cleveland, the firm’s attorneys will address a group of executives in breakfast program, “Doing Business in the European Union: A Guide for U.S. Exporters.”  The firm is jointly presenting the program with the certified public accounting firm, Cohen & Company.  Attorneys Mark J. Sundahl and Jordane-Christine Fura will discuss European Community directives and EC competition law.  Cohen & Company Partner, Robert E. Whittall, CPA and Chartered Accountant, will explain the Value Added Tax (VAT).  The program will also feature Corporate Counsel for Intel Corporation, Lukas M. Grabiec, who will share his insights for negotiating cross-border agreements with European business partners.  To register, please go to www.cohencpa.com/eu.

In Chautauqua County, New York, on April 23, Managing Attorney, Jon P. Yormick, and Associate Jordane-Christine Fura will lead a half-day program on doing business in the European Union.  This intermediate level program will provide valuable insights for companies with operations in the European Union, selling into the EU, or seeking to enter the market.  Co-presenting partners include the U.S. Department of Commerce and the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara.  This program will also feature Corporate Counsel for Intel Corporation, Lukas M. Grabiec.  To register, please go to www.wtcbn.com and click on the “Trade Education Programs” tab on the homepage.

 

Yormick & Associates Lawyer Named to Rising Stars 2009

January 5, 2009 – Yormick & Associates congratulates Associate Nicholas A. Panagopoulos, II, for being recognized by his peers as one of Ohio’s Rising Stars 2009.

The list of Rising Stars includes attorneys under 40 years old who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Panagopoulos was recognized in the areas of Business Litigation, General Litigation, and Appellate practice. He was selected based on nominations from other attorneys and an independent review board. Annually, no more than 2.5% of attorneys are selected for this prestigious honor in any state. He will be included in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition magazine and in special sections in Northern Ohio Live and Cincinnatimagazines.

“In a short time with our firm, Nick has demonstrated his ability time and again to successfully represent clients in complex litigation and arbitration,” stated Managing Attorney, Jon Yormick. “We are happy that he has been recognized for those accomplishments.” Panagopoulos joined the firm in 2005. He handles a wide range of cases in state and federal courts, with a growing emphasis on representing technology companies and handling cases involving technology issues. “I am sure that this honor will serve Nick well as he builds his business litigation practice,” added Yormick.

About Yormick & Associates

Yormick & Associates is a business law firm representing and advising U.S., Canadian, European, and Asian clients in business transactions, international trade, litigation and arbitration, and business immigration. The firm has offices in New York, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and has relationships with firms worldwide. Our attorneys conduct business in English, French, German, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish and Urdu. The firm counts among its clients entrepreneurs, publicly traded, and privately-held companies in the alternative energy, aerospace and defense, manufacturing, technology, and transportation/logistics sectors. For more information, please visit us at www.yormicklaw.com.

Yormick & Associates Launches Aerospace & Defense Practice; Adds Washington Presence

November 24, 2008 – Yormick & Associates today announces the formation of its Aerospace and Defense Practice. The firm has also established a Washington, D.C. office.

The firm’s Aerospace and Defense Practice will concentrate on advising small and middle market companies that produce components used in commercial and military aircraft, space launch vehicles, satellites, propulsion units, lighter-than-air vehicles, missiles, and develop other defense technologies. “We have been fortunate to advise companies in these sectors on various matters,” stated Managing Attorney, Jon Yormick. “Organizing the Aerospace and Defense Practice allows us to better focus our services to companies in these fields and emphasize this growing part of our firm.”

The firm advises on the legal challenges facing aerospace and defense companies, such as preparing and negotiating agency, distribution, and sales agreements; protection and licensing of intellectual property; export controls compliance; Customs and importation issues; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; government contracting; finance, credit, and payment issues.

The Aerospace and Defense Practice is led by Mark J. Sundahl, Of Counsel and professor of law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and a member of the Space Working Group for the UNIDROIT Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment. “Mark’s expertise gives us a significant advantage in assisting aerospace and defense companies. He will be instrumental in developing this practice area for our firm,” added Yormick. Sundahl is admitted to practice in California and Ohio and actively represents the firm as a member of the Ohio Aerospace Institute.

The firm has also added an office in Washington, D.C. “Our focal practice areas include aerospace and defense, Canada Practice, export controls and economic sanctions, and international business transactions and trade. We are excited to be adding alternative energy, antitrust and competition law, European Union Law, and intellectual property rights,” said Yormick. “These practice areas require a Washington presence and this new office shows our continuing growth.”

The Washington office is located at 1200 G Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20005, Toll Free (U.S. and Canada): +1.866.967.6425, Fax: +1.202.434.8707. The office will be staffed on a rotational basis by lawyers the firm’s New York and Ohio offices, with plans to have resident staff in the near future.

About Yormick & Associates

Yormick & Associates is a business law firm representing and advising U.S., Canadian, European, and Asian clients in business transactions, international trade, litigation and arbitration, and business immigration. The firm has offices in New York, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and has relationships with firms worldwide. Our attorneys conduct business in English, French, German, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. We count among our clients entrepreneurs, publicly traded, and privately-held companies in the alternative energy, aerospace and defense, manufacturing, technology, and transportation/ logistics sectors. For more information, please visit us at www.yormicklaw.com .

Yormick & Associates Forms Canada Practice

BUFFALO, New York and CLEVELAND, Ohio – Yormick & Associates today announces that it has formed a Canada Practice to better serve Canadian and U.S. clients with cross-border legal issues. The Canada Practice will assist Canadian companies, entrepreneurs, investors, and Canadian law firms that do business or have interests in the U.S. The firm will also advise U.S. and foreign clients with Canadian business interests.

The firm’s Canada Practice attorneys include a native of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), a past Editor-in-Chief of the Canada – United States Law Journal, and a native French-speaking juriste en droit Européen. The firm is an Alliance Member of the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, which has many members from Ontario. In addition, the firm has been active and participated in organisations such as the Canada-U.S. Business Association, the Canada-U.S. Law Institute, and the Mississauga Board of Trade.

“Forming the Canada Practice makes good sense for us as we build a law firm focused on serving international business needs of clients,” said Managing Attorney, Jon Yormick. “We have experience in cross-border litigation, international business transactions, NAFTA, Customs, and export controls. That experience, our presence in Buffalo, the fact that Canada and the U.S. are the largest trading partners in the world, and dollar-loonie parity, make this an easy decision for us. With our Canada Practice, we expect to continue adding clients and better serve our existing clients.”

Earlier this year Yormick wrote an article for the World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, Education & Training, entitled “Don’t Overlook Important Provisions in Cross-Border Contracts,” discussing application of the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods and use of international arbitration to resolve disputes. The firm is a sponsor of World Trade Celebration 2008 that will take place on May 8 at the Buffalo Convention Center. The keynote speaker is Joe Loughrey, President & COO of Cummins Inc.

About Yormick & Associates

Yormick & Associates is a business law firm representing and advising foreign and domestic clients in international business and trade, litigation and arbitration, commercial real estate, and immigration matters. With offices in Buffalo and Cleveland and an affiliate office in China, the firm’s clients include publicly traded as well as privately-held companies in the technology, manufacturing, real estate, and transportation/logistics sectors. For more information, please visit www.yormicklaw.com.

Federal Safety Law Pre-Empts State-law Claims

The Texas Supreme Court has held that the federal Consumer Product Safety Act (“CPSA”) pre-empts a state-law tort claim in a products liability case.

In this case, a six-year-old girl was severely burned when another child accidentally set fire to her dress with a cigarette lighter made by BIC Pen Corp. The trial court found that BIC’s lighter was defectively designed and awarded over USD 3,000,000 in damages.

The Texas Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s findings. The court found that the lighters satisfied the standards set pursuant to the CPSA. The CPSA contains a preemption clause that prohibits states from imposing any safety standard or regulation “unless such requirements are identical to the Federal standard.” Since the state-law claims would hold the manufacturer to a higher standard than the CPSA, the court held that the CPSA pre-empts the plaintiff’s claims.

This decision is in line with the Supreme Court of the United States’s recent decision in Riegel v. Medtronic, Inc. There, the Court held that the preemption clause of the Medical Device Amendments of 1976 (“MDA”) bars common-law claims challenging the safety or efficacy of a medical device that has received approval from the FDA because MDA prohibits the imposition of “requirements” that are different from or in addition to those established by the federal government. The Texas Supreme Court specifically cited this decision in its opinion.

This latest decision in a products liability case may show that state courts will continue to apply the federal pre-emption doctrine, providing a strong defense in such cases for U.S. and foreign manufacturers.

 

Sarah E. Lovequist has joined the firm as an Associate

Sarah E. Lovequist has joined the firm as an Associate. In May 2001, Ms. Lovequist earned her juris doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law andshe was admitted to the Ohio later that year. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.

Ms. Lovequist began her career at Uhlinger, Keis & George where she represented clients throughout Ohio in insurance subrogation and defense litigation, arbitration, and mediation. In October 2003, her article detailing amendments to Ohio’s joint and several liability law appeared in the Subrogator, published by the National Association of Subrogation Professionals.

Ms. Lovequist will represent and advise clients in business and commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation and assist in building the firm’s international and transportation litigation practice areas.

Henny N. Halim has joined the firm as an associate

Henny N. Halim has joined the firm as an associate. A native of Jakarta, Indonesia, Ms. Halim obtained her law degree from Cleveland Marshall School of Law in 2003 and served as president of the Asian/ Pacific-Islander Law Students Association and treasurer for the Women Law Students Association. Currently, she is enrolled in the Master of Accountancy Program and Master of Business Administration Program at the Weatherhead School of Management, pursuing a concentration in Tax and Management Policy. She is the Vice President of Fundraising for Weatherhead Women in Business.

Fluent in Indonesian, Ms. Halim will represent and advise clients on immigration law, as well as handle domestic and international business and corporate matters.

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