Elk & Elk Partners Recognized in 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©

Elk & Elk is excited to announce Partners Jay Kelley and Marilena DiSilvio have been included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017.
Jay was recognized in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation and Best Lawyers 2017 - Jay Kelley Medical Malpractice Law. He has been a partner at Elk & Elk since 2011, and currently focuses on representing victims of medical negligence and wrongful death related to birth injury, surgery; oncological, cardiac and pharmaceutical product liability causes. In addition to his inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Jay has been named in multiple Super Lawyers rankings and earned the highest marks from AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™.

Learn more about Elk & Elk Partner Jay Kelley.

Marilena was commended for her work in the field of Medical Best Lawyers 2017 - Marilena DiSilvioMalpractice Law. Prior to joining Elk & Elk as a partner in 2014, she gained extensive experience at a defense firm representing physicians, nurses and hospitals, and worked as a nurse in a neonatal intensive care unit. Marilena focuses her practice on claims involving birth injuries, medical negligence and personal injury. She was first recognized by Best Lawyers® in 2010, and has been honored by various well-known legal publications and organizations throughout her impressive career.

Read our interview with Elk & Elk Partner Marilena DiSilvio.

About Best Lawyers®

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and more than 13 million votes have been received to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.

For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 7.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in almost 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Everything Earned Athletic Award Program Recognizes Local Teams

Elk & Elk launched the Everything Earned Athletic Award Program last fall.  The program recognized high school teams throughout Northeast Ohio who excel in their sport and in the classroom, and display a passion for making a difference in the community. Teams were nominated by their school’s athletic director, and each month a winner was selected to receive $1,000 for their program courtesy of the firm.

2015-2016 Everything Earned Athletic Award Winners

Lutheran East Boys Basketball

As the first recipients of our Everything Earned Athletic Award, the Falcons set the bar for the program. The team’s impressive season, dedication to their studies and participation in Lutheran East’s annual Service Day exemplified the values we sought in our winners. The team contributed the $1,000 from the award to ongoing gymnasium renovations.

Max S. Hayes High Swimming

The Lakers took home this year’s Senate Athletic League title after an outstanding performance at the championship meet. The school’s valedictorian and several students enrolled in advanced placement courses compete on the team. Learn more about how these students go above and beyond in the pool, the classroom and the community.

James F. Rhodes Boys Cross Country

The Rams overcame the odds to earn their award. Despite the fact that only two members of the team had ever run a mile prior to joining the school’s cross country team, their hard work paid off with a Senate League Championship. While the team’s achievements were remarkable, a good deed they performed during the season caught our attention.

Willoughby South Girls Volleyball

When the Rebels discovered their coach’s 3-year-old great niece was battling cancer, the team organized a “Princess Night” fundraiser and brought their community together to raise $5,000 in honor of Bella’s Special Wish. In addition to the $1,000 award for the volleyball program, Elk & Elk made a $1,000 donation to A Special Wish Foundation in the team’s name.

Westlake Girls Soccer

The Westlake girls soccer team has competed in 11 of the past 13 district finals. The Lady Demons have been recognized 11 times as a 1st Team Scholastic All-American Team, and every player carries a GPA above 4.0. The team put the money from their award toward the purchase of soccer shelters for the upcoming season.

Euclid Football

The Euclid Panthers have showed no signs of slowing down since the conclusion of their 10-3 season and appearance in the OHSAA Division I playoffs. Twenty-five of the team’s seniors will continue their football careers at the collegiate level, and every player in the Class of 2016 is pursuing a college degree or entering the military.

Elk & Elk intends to expand the Everything Earned Athletic Award Program in coming years. Like Elk & Elk’s Facebook page or follow @elkandelk on Twitter for updates about the campaign.

“Get That Weak Stuff Out of Here!” Campaign Raises Over $40,000 for Cleveland Clinic Children’s

The end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ historic season also concluded the inaugural year of Elk & Elk’s “Get That Weak Stuff Out Of Here!” Campaign. The program, which was launched in January, tied every shot blocked by the Cavs during the 2015-2016 season to a $100 donation to Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Cavs legend Austin Carr, who is known to fans as “Mr. Cavalier,” served as the spokesperson. The campaign was inspired by his popular catch-phrase, “Get that weak stuff out of here!,” that he uses each time a shot is blocked by the team.

“Northeast Ohio is so fortunate to have Cleveland Clinic Children’s in our own backyard and we are grateful for the work that they do. We are also thankful for organizations like Elk & Elk for stepping up to help make a difference,” Carr commented in the campaign press release.blocking pediatric cancer with cleveland clinic

On Sunday, April 3, Elk & Elk Partner Jay Kelley presented a check for $28,900 to Cleveland Clinic Children’s for the campaign’s regular season contribution. The Cavs tallied an additional 117 blocks during the remainder of the season and playoffs, totaling 406 blocks and a $40,600 donation from Elk & Elk to Cleveland Clinic Children’s. LeBron James led the Cavs with 76 blocks this season, including a jaw-dropping block on Golden State’s Andre Iguodala during the championship game.

“Our goal was to find a platform to bring awareness to the scope of the challenges pediatric cancer creates for children and their families, while contributing to the Clinic’s efforts to fight the disease,” said Kelley of the campaign.

Funds raised by Elk & Elk’s “Get That Weak Stuff Out of Here!” Campaign will support pioneering pediatric cancer research with the hope of discovering new treatment options for young patients.

Despite the fact that pediatric cases account for less than one percent of all annual cancer diagnoses, the disease is the second leading cause of death in children. According to American Cancer Society, almost 10,400 children under 15 will be diagnosed and around 1,250 will lose their lives to the disease this year. Leukemia, neuroblastoma and brain and central nervous system tumors are the most common forms of pediatric cancers.

“We are deeply grateful for Elk & Elk and the Cavs’ commitment to helping our young cancer patients. This campaign will help raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer but most importantly, put a smile on the faces of our patients,” said Cleveland Clinic Children’s in a statement about the program.

Want to join us in the fight against pediatric cancer? Make a donation by visiting the “Make A Gift” page on giving.ccf.org/childrens, and directing your gift to Children’s Cancer.

Pediatric cancer statistics courtesy of American Cancer Society.

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.