Gary W. Melsher Tribute

It is with great sadness that we remember our colleague, Gary W. Melsher, who joined us upon his retirement from Jones Day and was a member of the Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. family for more than 13 years. Gary passed away suddenly on September 27, 2017. Gary attended The Ohio State University, where he […]

Chambers USA 2017 Recognizes Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A., Principals Gary S. Desberg and Ronald J. Teplitzky

            Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. would like to congratulate two of its principals, Gary S. Desberg and Ronald J. Teplitzky, on their recognition by Chambers USA 2017. In addition, Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. was recognized this year as being one of the top law […]

Jacqueline A. Hoelting – Van De Merwe Presents at Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, Jacqueline A. Hoelting – Van De Merwe presented “Key Negotiation Points in Commercial Leases” at the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce “Lunch with a Lawyer” seminar series. The presentation focused on provisions of office and retail leases most often negotiated between landlords and tenants, with an emphasis on provisions tenants should request when […]

SMDK Proudly Supports Greater Cleveland Foodbank

Attorneys, staff, and their spouses volunteered at the Greater Cleveland Foodbank on August 8, 2017 and helped process seven pallets of non-perishable foods weighing approximately 4,500 pounds. This is an annual tradition for Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. and is in conjunction with an office wide food drive and fundraiser. To learn more […]

SMDK Welcomes Jaime M. Syx

Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. is pleased to announce that Jaime M. Syx has joined the Firm as an Associate. Prior to joining the Firm, Jaime was an Assistant Prosecutor in Summit County, where she obtained significant trial experience and success in trying over 15 jury trials. She practices in the field of […]

Frank C. Santoiemmo Presents at CMBA Seminar

Frank C. Santoiemmo recently spoke at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Real Estate Law Section’s seminar on April 25, 2017. The seminar, Residential Real Estate: Acquisition, Closing, and Development, featured speakers from banks, construction groups, law firms, and title agencies. Mr. Santoiemmo addressed residential real estate financing. Specifically, he discussed: banking regulation and market updates; acquiring and […]

SMDK Welcomes Evan S. Hirsch

Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. is pleased to announce that Evan S. Hirsch has rejoined the Firm as a Principal.  Prior to rejoining the Firm, Evan practiced at Jones Day, focusing on real estate and business law.  Evan will continue to expand his practice in these areas.  Evan was named an Ohio Super […]

Fresh Assistance from Ohio’s Legislature: Fixing Mistakes, Missing Information, and Other Anomalies in Your Property Instruments

By Debora S. Lasch, Esq. Have you ever been in the uncomfortable position of finding that your real estate project’s recorded instruments—deeds, mortgages, etc.—are defective in some respect? While this discovery is certainly worrisome, there are instances where Ohio statutes will help fill in the gaps and rehabilitate an otherwise defective instrument. For example, even though […]

SMDK Attorneys Presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers Regional Retail Development & Law Symposium

Singerman, Mills, Desberg, & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. attorneys Gary Desberg, Frank Santoiemmo, and Jacqueline Hoelting presented at the International Council of Shopping Centers Regional Retail Development & Law Symposium, a conference focusing on current business and legal issues affecting the shopping center industry. Mr. Desberg moderated a panel discussion, “Property Management: Maintaining and Improving the […]

Increase in the Federal Exemption Could Mean It’s Time to Review Your Trust

By William M. Mills, Esq. Over the last decade, the total value of property that an individual can pass free of federal estate tax at death has more than doubled.  The so-called “unified credit” or “applicable exclusion amount” (the “federal exemption”) allows an individual dying in 2016 to pass up to $5,450,000 of assets without incurring […]