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Wrongful TerminationSince its formation in 1998, The Brunn Law Firm Co., L.P.A. has established itself within the greater Cleveland area and surrounding communities as a firm of trial lawyers dedicated to the ethical and zealous representation of clients in civil cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, malpractice, defective product litigation, business and real estate disputes, and wrongful termination. In 2007, the firm was recognized by Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Law Firms for its civil trial practice.
Employment ContractIn the absence of a contract guaranteeing employment for a specific period of time or limiting the circumstances under which an employee can be terminated, employees in Ohio are considered to be employed “at-will.” This means that the employer may fire the employee, or the employee may quit, at any given time for any reason or no reason at all. The law does limit this wide discretion, making it illegal for an employer to fire an employee because of that employee’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or ancestry of any person, to discharge without just cause, or to refuse to hire, or otherwise to discriminate against that person with respect to hire, tenure, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, or any matter directly or indirectly related to employment. We have successfully represented numerous persons who have been terminated in violation of the terms of an employment contract, or have otherwise been discriminated against on the grounds described above.
Real Estate LitigationThomas L. Brunn, Jr. is involved in litigating a wide variety of matters, including automobile and medical malpractice claims, and has achieved jury verdicts and settlements in the tens of millions of dollars for his clients. Tom has also successfully litigated countless business and commercial real estate disputes. Tom is AV peer review rated by Martindale Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability. For many years he has been recognized as one of Martindale Hubbell’s top rated lawyers in the Cleveland Area.
Real Estate TransactionsSimilarly, what seems clear in a commercial real estate transaction does not always prove so. In some cases, the parties to a real estate contract later realize they misunderstood one another’s respective positions on a central issue. In other cases, one party refuses to perform while the other stands ready to do so. Yet in others, the parties have differing interpretations of a term of the contract and cannot proceed until they reach a mutual understanding as to their rights and obligations.
Wrongful DeathThough no amount of money could ever replace a lost loved one, if you believe the death of your loved one was caused by the negligence of another party, either through a car accident, medical treatment, or otherwise, the law may allow you to recover.
Trusts and Estates
ProbateTimothy P. Hartory has been engaged in the practice of law for 35 years. Tim has an extensive legal background as a former Geauga County Juvenile Referee/Magistrate and a former Lake County Assistant (IVD) Prosecutor. In addition to being of-counsel to The Brunn Law Firm Co., L.P.A., he also maintains a suburban office in Mentor, Ohio, and practices in the areas of criminal, traffic, juvenile, family, and probate law, as well as debt relief. He is licensed to practice in federal and state courts in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Estate PlanningWe have delighted in the increase our practice has seen in business and real estate litigation over the last few years, as they are areas of the law where our exceptional advocacy skills, attention to detail, and professionalism have proven instrumental.
WillsWe are also pleased to represent persons with various types of contract issues. We can draft a contract to govern your professional relationships and endeavors or prepare basic testamentary documents (e.g. Last Will and Testament or Healthcare Durable Power of Attorney). We are also there to help you when a contract dispute arises. From the client who contracts for services that either are not performed at all or are not performed as promised, to the client who contracts for automobile insurance benefits which are not being provided, we have represented numerous clients over the years in negotiating and litigating contract disputes.
Power of Attorney
Personal InjuryIn 1994, Tom redirected his skills and experience to the plaintiff’s bar, and has been working on behalf of injured and aggrieved persons ever since. His experience as a defense attorney has afforded him valuable insight in negotiating and resolving claims with insurance companies. In 1998, he formed The Brunn Law Firm Co., L.P.A. with his son, Thomas L. Brunn, Jr., focusing his practice on civil litigation, products liability, and personal injury. Throughout his career, Tom has been active as a lecturer in continuing legal education seminars. Tom is AV peer review rated by Martindale Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability.
Medical MalpracticeMedical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to exercise reasonable care in the diagnosis, treatment, and/or care of a patient (i.e. is negligent) and the patient is directly harmed by such failure. In some cases, medical professionals are negligent in their treatment of a patient, but the patient’s present or anticipated future health will not suffer as a result. In other cases, a patient may have been harmed in the course of his medical treatment, but such harm is considered a known risk of such treatment and cannot be attributed to the fault of the medical professional. Finally, in a third category of cases, a medical professional may have been negligent and the patient may have been harmed, but the harm is something that the patient, due to other health conditions or circumstances outside the professional’s control, was likely to eventually suffer from anyway. In these examples, a patient may be able to establish some, but not all, of the elements required to prove his case. Unless a patient can establish all three elements of his claim (negligence, damage, and a causal connection between the two), with the support of expert medical testimony, he cannot establish provable medical malpractice.
Dog BitesWe represent victims of car accidents, slip/trip and falls caused by defective or unreasonably dangerous conditions on another’s property, dog bites, and workplace injuries caused by hazardous conditions created by, or known to, the employer. Though insurance companies are aggressively defending these types of cases, we are committed to the claim from the time of its filing through its resolution via litigation or settlement.
Business and Corporate Law
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