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Suzanne practices primarily in business competition, intellectual property, inheritance controversy/probate, contract law, and internal investigations. She litigates cases involving unfair competition, trade secrets misappropriation, noncompete agreements, trust and estate contests, and trademark and copyright infringement. Armed with the insights gained from litigating unfair competition and IP disputes, Suzanne assists clients in developing, registering and enforcing their trademarks and copyrights. Suzanne has extensive experience with discovery management as a member of the National Discovery Counsel for a major tire manufacturer.

  • Biography

    Suzanne practices primarily in business competition, intellectual property, inheritance controversy/probate, contract law, and internal investigations. She litigates cases involving unfair competition, trade secrets misappropriation, noncompete agreements, trust and estate contests, and trademark and copyright infringement. Armed with the insights gained from litigating unfair competition and IP disputes, Suzanne assists clients in developing, registering and enforcing their trademarks and copyrights. Suzanne has extensive experience with discovery management as a member of the National Discovery Counsel for a major tire manufacturer.

  • Professional & Civic Activities
    • Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
    • Cleveland Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, Member
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Foundation Fellow, Former Chair of the Committee on Homelessness
    • Ohio Women's Bar Association, Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • Shaker Heights, Juvenile Diversion Program, Former Magistrate, 1998-2007
    • Council of the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland
  • Articles & Presentations
    • "Computer-Aided Design Does Not Make You a Copyright Cad,"  Crain’s Cleveland Business (July 17, 2017)
    • "Defeating Copyright Infringement Claims," Chapter 23 in Copyright Litigation Strategies. ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law (2017)
    • "Rainmaking and Practical Business Development Strategies,"  Panelist, 2015 Ohio Women's Bar Foundation Leadership Institute (September 2015)
    • “2012 Trademark Law – A Moving Target,” Presenter, NAMWOLF Annual Meeting (October 15, 2012)
    • "Insurance Coverage and Intellectual Property: Is the Banana Covered?" The Federal Lawyer (June 2012)
    • “Data Breaches Happen-Prepare to Minimize the Loss,”  Presenter, Great Lakes Higher Education Law Symposium (February 2, 2010)
    • "Non-Compete Agreements Find Growing Role," Crain’s Cleveland Business (July 1996)
    • "Ohio Tortious Interference Law and The Role of Privilege and Competition," co-author, 18 University of Dayton Law Review 635 (1993)
    • "Why Mandatory Pro Bono is a Bad Idea," 3 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, 623 (1990)
  • Representative Engagements
    • Alotech Limited LLC vs. Kayla Barnes, et al, Case No. CV-12-791234, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio ‒ achieved a multi-million dollar summary judgment, a favorable trial verdict, default judgments and a settlement as first-chair counsel for a development and manufacturing company in a civil theft and unjust enrichment action against multiple defendants.
    • Airgas USA, LLC vs. Glen’s, LLC, Case No. CV-17- 888455, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio ‒ secured a dismissal for lack of jurisdiction, insufficient service and improper venue for an out-of-state compressed gas retail client sued by a gas supplier for breach of contract.
    • Robert L. Stark Enterprises, Inc., et al. v. Neptune Design Group, LLC, Case No. 1:16CV264, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ‒ litigated copyright matter to successful settlement for developer and franchisee after achieving a summary judgment dismissal of multiple claims concerning infringement of architectural plans, including claimed violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
    • Brennan, et al. v. Hawthorn/PNC Bank, et al, Case No. 2012 ADV 179217, Cuyahoga County Probate Court, Cuyahoga County, Ohio ‒ represented beneficiary in dispute over administration of multi-million dollar trust.
    • Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. v. Speer, et al, Case No. 3:13-cv-01200-JZ, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ‒ defended company and owner of company on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.
    • Frischkorn v. Air Methods Corp., Case No. CV-13801184, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio ‒ represented air carrier in contract dispute concerning emergency medical air transport.
    • Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. v. Currie, et al, Case No. 2012 CV 00521, Hancock County Court of Common Pleas, Hancock County, Ohio ‒ secured tro and preliminary injunction for tire manufacturer against former employees concerning expert services in violation of employment agreements and Ohio’s trade secret statute.
    • All Metal Sales, Inc. v. All Metal Source, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25019, U.S. Dist. Ct., Northern District of Ohio ‒ represented defendant in trademark infringement action alleging unfair competition, violation of the Lanham Act, and violation of the Ohio Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
    • Gorilla Productions, Inc. v. Wig-Out Records, et al, CV-10-720736, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas ‒ secured a dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction in a defamation action against a Seattle-based band and its members for statements made on a website owned and managed by one of the band members.
    • Renee Dansko v. Minute Men, Inc., CV-09-683983, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas ‒ Achieved voluntary dismissal with prejudice for company defendant in an action filed by a former employee claiming tortious interference with business relations arising from the company’s enforcement of a non-compete agreement.
    • OmniAmerica Group v. Street Gold Records, 916 F.Supp. 672 (N.D. Ohio 1996) ‒ Secured an injunction on behalf of a media company that owned a number of radio stations to bar a competitor’s infringing use of the mark “Moondog Coronation Ball.”
    • Sweda, Sweda & Associations, Inc., et al. v. Prudential Real Financial Services of America, Inc., Lorain County Court of Common Pleas ‒ Won summary judgment for the financing arm of a multi-million-dollar business transfer on claims of fraud and breach of contract.
  • Distinctions
    • Ohio Super Lawyers® through a peer- and achievement-based review conducted by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters legal division — 2019
    • Winner of the Democratic Primary for Judge, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas — 2006
    • Woman of Professional Excellence, YWCA — 1997
    • Humanitarian Award, Georgetown University Law Center