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McGown & Markling Receives Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” In “Education Law” and “Employment Law – Management”

For the 11th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers announced the “Best Law Firms” rankings. And McGown & Markling is very proud to remain among the select few law firms to receive a Tier 1 Ranking by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in “Education Law” for every year since the ranking began – including 2021. McGown […]


Meet Kate Calla, a law clerk and incoming associate attorney at McGown & Markling. Kate is a May 2021 graduate of the University of Akron School of Law. Days before the pandemic, Kate got her first dog, a Cavalier King Charles named Koa. When law classes went to virtual instruction, Koa was there by Kate’s […]

The Ohio Ethics Commission – The Voice of Ethics – 2021 Quarter 2

The Ohio Ethics Commission just published its newest newsletter, “The Voice of Ethics,” which can be viewed here. Past newsletters from the Ohio Ethics Commission can be viewed here. McGown & Markling is often asked to opine on various ethics issues, but the best ethics advice comes straight from the Ohio Ethics Commission itself. To request an […]

Sovereign Immunity Defeats Homeowner’s Word

In the case of Martin v. Payne, 2021-Ohio-1557, an Ohio Appellate Court held that sovereign immunity protected the Village of Payne from liability because the homeowners must offer more than their own word as evidence of negligence. In this case, homeowners brought a claim against the Village of Payne for the negligent maintenance, inspection, and […]

Parliamentary Rules May Not Invalidate Otherwise Lawful Actions

In the case of State ex rel. Smith v. Gowdy, 2021-Ohio-1730, the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals held that parliamentary rules are intended to assist in the orderly conduct of business, and the failure to follow such rules will not invalidate otherwise lawful actions. In this case, the individual argued for reinstatement as East […]