Elk & Elk Celebrates Team Member Becoming Naturalized Citizen

On Tuesday, June 14, one of our team members joined 28 other individuals in achieving a major milestone.

Photo by Marvin Fong (The Plain Dealer)
Photo by Marvin Fong (The Plain Dealer)

Elk & Elk Director of Video and Client Image Services, Rohan Ghosh, became a naturalized citizen of the United States during the 2016 Flag Day Naturalization Ceremony and U.S. Army Birthday Anniversary Celebration. Former residents of 19 different countries took their oath of citizenship at the event, hosted by the Joint Veterans Council of Cuyahoga County outside the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Rohan was born in Calcutta, India. (Fun Fact: He was blessed by Mother Teresa as a child.)

After arriving in the U.S. in January 1995, Rohan attended the College of Wooster. He has now lived here for over 20 years, and has been with Elk & Elk for 10. None of his immediate family members live in the United States.

“I dreamt of being American as a thirteen year old and to be able to finally realize that dream is the best feeling in the world,” he says of his accomplishment.

Hiring an attorney to assist with the procedures can cost thousands of dollars, so Rohan decided to handle everything himself.

Photo by Marvin Fong (The Plain Dealer)
Photo by Marvin Fong (The Plain Dealer)

“First and foremost, your heart and soul must be in the right place and ready to take the steps,” Rohan says about his decision.

The process of becoming a naturalized citizen includes an extensive handwritten application, biometrics tests (including fingerprinting and eye scans), an FBI background check and an INS interview. Applicants are also required to memorize the answers to 100 civics questions about U.S. government and history.  Could you pass the test?

It took Rohan three months to complete the process in Cleveland, but in larger cities it can take much longer. Once an applicant has successfully completed each of the steps, they are invited to take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony.

“Citizenship gives you the additional responsibility to do things the right way. I’m excited to vote. Everyone should,” Rohan told Brian Albrecht of The Plain Dealer.

On behalf of all of us at Elk & Elk, congratulations Rohan! We’re so fortunate to have you on our team.

Learn more about the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. Citizen in this U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services guide.

5 Elk & Elk attorneys named Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. announces the recognition of their trial attorneys as Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

CLEVELAND, OH (December 2, 2015) – The personal injury law firm of Elk & Elk® is proud to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been named to the Super Lawyers Top 100 Ohio and Top 50 Cleveland lists. The rating service selected a total of eleven attorneys from the firm for inclusion in the 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list. Additionally, three Elk & Elk attorneys were named to the 2016 Ohio Rising Stars list, which honors top attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

14 Elk & Elk Attorneys named Ohio Super Lawyers
FRONT ROW (L TO R): Kevin Lenson, Amy Papesh, Marilena DiSilvio, Phillip Kuri, Arthur Elk, David Elk, James Kelley, John O’Neil;
BACK ROW: William Campbell, Gary Cowan, Rob Dubyak Of Counsel, R. Craig McLaughlin, William Price, Ryan Harrell, Matthew Carty, Michael Eisner, Kimberly Young (Photo credit: Nannette Bedway/Nannette Bedway Studio)

 

Super Lawyers is an independent organization that recognizes the leading lawyers in each state on an annual basis. Attorneys are chosen through a rigorous selection process, which includes peer nominations, independent research and peer evaluations. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named Super Lawyers.

“I am very proud of the fourteen lawyers at Elk & Elk who have been recognized statewide for their experience, professionalism and results,” said Managing Partner Arthur Elk. “It is an honor to have our firm’s depth of talent recognized by our peers. Each of these attorneys is an incredible advocate for our clients and representative of this firm.”

Elk & Elk is the only personal injury law firm with five attorneys in the Top 100 Ohio and Top 50 Cleveland lists. Recipients of this distinction include James M. Kelley III, John P. O’Neil, Phillip A. Kuri, Marilena DiSilvio and William J. Price. DiSilvio was further distinguished in the publication; garnering a place in the Top 50 Women Ohio and Top 25 Women Cleveland attorney lists.

Six additional attorneys were selected as 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers, including: Gary Cowan, R. Craig McLaughlin, Amy L. Papesh, Michael L. Eisner, William P. Campbell and Kevin L. Lenson. Also named was Robert Dubyak, Of Counsel to Elk & Elk. Attorneys named to the Rising Stars list are Matthew J. Carty, Kimberly C. Young and Ryan M. Harrell.

The list of Ohio Super Lawyers appears in the January 2016 issues of Cleveland Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine, Columbus Magazine and the Ohio & Kentucky Super Lawyers magazine.

 


 

About Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

About Elk & Elk

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. is a personal injury law firm representing clients in cases throughout Ohio and Kentucky. The firm has 20 attorneys with experience in motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, defective products, work place accidents, social security disability, premises liability and mass tort claims. Elk & Elk has offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, Dayton, Toledo, Youngstown, Louisville and Seattle. For more information, visit elkandelk.com.

Jury Awards $39M in Wrongful Death Case

Elk & Elk personal injury attorney Phillip Kuri obtains justice for client

CLEVELAND, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/

Phillip Kuri
Phillip A. Kuri, Partner at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., obtained a $39 million dollar jury verdict for his client.

The Ohio personal injury law firm of Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce a $39 million verdict on behalf of a deceased Ohio construction worker who lost his life in a fatal motor vehicle accident in 2010 on Interstate 271, near Richfield, Ohio.

A unanimous jury in Cuyahoga County, Ohio returned the $39 million verdict against The Shelly Company on April 3, 2014 in the case of Lynette A. Roginski v. Shelly Co., et al. The jury ruled that the Thornville, Ohio paving company was negligent and caused the fatal accident, according to official court documents. (Case no. CV-11-760490).

“When corporations put profits ahead of safety, as was the case in Mr. Roginski’s tragic death, families suffer the very real consequences,” said Phillip A. Kuri, a prominent Cleveland attorney and one of two lawyers who represented the plaintiff. “It is our wish that this verdict will put companies on notice and help prevent similar accidents in the future.”

The fatal accident on July 27, 2010 resulted in the death of Randy Roginski, a husband, son, and father of three. Mr. Roginski, a 41-year-old resident of North Royalton was in an active construction zone working for Solar Testing Labs Inc. at the time of the accident, which occurred at 11:58 p.m. just north of Interstate 77, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He was standing on the berm on the right side of the highway when he was struck by a passing motorist. Roginski was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case was brought in 2011 by Mr. Roginski’s widow, represented by Phillip A. Kuri of Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. and Christian R. Patno of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Lifftman Co., LPA. The plaintiff’s attorneys presented evidence that the paving company cut corners and failed to follow the approved safety plan. The jury determined The Shelly Company was negligent and awarded Mr. Roginski’s widow $19 million in compensatory damages, according to court documents. The Shelley Company was also found liable for $20 million in punitive damages and ordered to pay the plaintiff’s attorney fees.

“Sadly, many workplace injuries and deaths such as Mr. Roginski’s are preventable,” said Kuri. “We hope this sizeable verdict will serve as a reminder to corporate America that if someone dies due to a company’s negligent actions, that business will be held accountable.”

About Phillip A. Kuri

Attorney Phillip A. Kuri, a partner at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., practices in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice and general tort law, among others. Attorney Kuri has been selected as an Ohio “Super Lawyer,” recognized by the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums and is a member of the American Association for Justice Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

About Elk & Elk

The Elk & Elk® personal injury law firm represents clients in cases throughout Ohio. The firm has 18 trial attorneys with experience in motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, defective products, work place accidents, and premises liability. Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. has offices located at 6105 Parkland Boulevard, Suite 200, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124 and locations throughout Ohio, including Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Canton, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown. For more information, visit www.elkandelk.com.

Contact:

Ken Perdue, Marketing Director
Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.
kperdue@elkandelk.com
(440) 442-6677