Clay Crates, President of the Board for the Defiance Area YMCA at the recent Festival of Trees
Jennifer Brown was named a 2019 super lawyer in the field of Plaintiff personal injury Law
The ARTHUR LAW FIRM sponsored team recently won first place at the united way's tenth annual trivia night
ARTHUR LAW FIRM ATTORNEY John vigorito is the newest member of the board for the fort defiance humane society
ARTHUR LAW FIRM ATTORNEY Clay Crates Elected as New Board President of the local Defiance YMCA
ARTHUR LAW FIRM Attorneys accept board member positions for Defiance bar association
The Arthur law firm proudly donates to christmas for kids
ARTHUR LAW FIRM ATTORNEY JOHN VIGORITO has been appointed to the board of the defiance community cultural council
Attorney brown conducted a mock trial for fairview high school students
THE ARTHUR LAW FIRM WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE DEFIANCE 12 AND UNDER BLUE TEAM FOR BEING RUNNER-UPS IN THE 2017 TINY'S DIARY BARN CLASSIC
THE ARTHUR LAW FIRM'S TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDER
THE ARTHUR LAW FIRM'S DAN MICHEL WAS RECENTLY INVOLVED IN SECURING A GENEROUS DONATION FOR THE DEFIANCE AREA YMCA
THE ARTHUR LAW FIRM PROUDLY CONGRATULATES THE TINORA HIGH SCHOOL MOCK TRIAL SQUAD FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK AND SUCCESS THIS PAST YEAR
IN TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDER, THE LAWYERS AT ARTHUR, O'NEIL, MERTZ, MICHEL & BROWN CO., L.P.A. ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR NEW NAME IS ARTHUR LAW FIRM CO., L.P.A.
ATTORNEY JOHN VIGORITO SELECTED AS PART OF THE 2017 OSBA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
ATTORNEY JENNIFER BROWN LISTED AS A 2016 SUPER LAWYER
ATTORNEY CLAY CRATES RECEIVES THE OHIO STATE BAR FOUNDATION COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD FOR ATTORNEYS 40 AND UNDER.
ARTHUR, O'NEIL, MERTZ, MICHEL & BROWN PROUDLY SPONSORS THE 2016 ST. MARY'S FESTIVAL
ARTHUR, O'NEIL, MERTZ, MICHEL & BROWN PROUDLY SPONSORS THE UNITED WAY OF DEFIANCE'S HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL 2016
ARTHUR, O'NEIL, MERTZ, MICHEL & BROWN RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FROM RELAY FOR LIFE
CLAY CRATES BECOMES THE NEWEST PARTNER AT ARTHUR, O'NEIL, MERTZ, MICHEL & BROWN
ARTHUR, O'NEIL, MERTZ, MICHEL & BROWN PROUDLY SPONSORS THE 4TH ANNUAL "TAKE ME TO THE RIVERS" DEFIANCE JAZZ FESTIVAL
ARTHUR, O'NEIL, MERTZ, MICHEL & BROWN HIRES JOHN VIGORITO AS A NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
Crates Volunteers Time in Community Building Legal Clinic
Arthur, o'neil, mertz, michel & Brown earns a+ rating on better business bureau
clay crates serves as mentor for ohio state bar association
Jennifer Brown & Clay Crates AID LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL
DAN MICHEL AMONG DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS AT OHIO INSURANCE LAW SEMINARS
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DAN MICHEL GIVES ADDRESSES OAJ MEMBERS AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
CRATES & BROWN EDUCATE NEW LAWYERS ON IMPORTANCE OF PROFESSIONALISM
CRATES INVITED AS DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER ON LEADERSHIP AT OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY
CRATES HONORED AS GRADUATE of OHIO STATE BAR ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
DAN MICHEL NAMED PRESIDENT OF OHIO ASSOCIATION FOR JUSTICE
Pictured here is our own Clay Crates, President of the Board at the Defiance Area YMCA, and Rich Seward, the YMCA’s Executive Director. Both worked hard on the recent Festival of Trees here in Defiance, which will help the YMCA be able to continue giving back to the community. Clay not only puts in countless hours of hard work at the firm, but also does the same giving back to the community.
The Arthur Law Firm's own Jennifer Brown was recently name a 2019 Super Lawyer in the field of Plaintiff Personal Injury Law. This achievement was obtained through her dedication to hard work and providing passionate, professional and personal attention to all of her clients' cases.
The Arthur Law Firm proudly sponsored the winning team at the United Way of Defiance County’s 10th Annual Trivia Night!
Arthur Law Firm’s own John Vigorito was a part of this winning effort and will be displaying the 1st place trophy in his office for the next year!
Attorney John Vigorito has recently been nominated and appointed to the Board of Directors for the Fort Defiance Humane Society. John hopes to be able to utilize this position to help give back to the community and protect our local furry friends.
Attorney Clay Crates has been a long time member of the local Defiance YMCA board. As a part of the board he has spent countless hours planning upgrades, renovations, and events for our YMCA. Now he has been elected President of the Board and will continue doing everything he can to continue improving our community.
Attorneys Jennifer Brown and Clayton Crates accepted Board Member positions for the Defiance Bar Association. Attorney Brown (middle) is the new President and Attorney Crates (right) is the new Treasurer. Also pictured is local attorney Tim Holtsberry, who accepted the role of Vice-President.
The Arthur Law Firm has been collecting toys to donate to Christmas For Kids. We are always looking for ways to give back to the community, especially around the holidays. Hopefully, these gifts make some kids very happy on Christmas.
Attorney John Vigorito has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Defiance Community Cultural Council. In the position he will also served as the DCCC's representative to the Chamber of Commerce. Prior to this appointment, John had been a member of the committee for Defiance Community Television, which is a part of the DCCC.
Attorney Brown recently conducted a mock trial for Fairview High School students on March 8, 2018. The Arthur Law Firm would like to thank all the student who participated in the We the Jury event.
The Arthur Law Firm would like to extend its sincerest congratulations to the Defiance Boys 12 and Under "Blue" Team for their runner-up finish in the 2017 Tiny's Dairy Barn Summer Classic. Our own Nicole Long's son, Torin, was a member of the team that unfortunately lost the championship game in extra innings. Either way, the team played hard, and we would like to congratulate all of them for their efforts!
The Arthur Law Firm's very own Dan Michel was recently involved in securing a generous donation to the Defiance Area YMCA. Dan is a member of the Capital Campaign Cabinet for the YMCA, and has been actively working to raise money for improvements to the YMCA's facilities. Thank you for all your hard work, Dan!
Recently, the Tinora High School Mock Trial Squad finished their first ever Mock Trial season. The Arthur Law Firm helped in support of their efforts and would like to congratulate all of them for the hard work and dedication they each put into the season. Congratulations!
Rodney M. Arthur was the founder and inspiration of Arthur Law Firm Co., LPA. Rod was actively engaged in the practice of law for 30 years before stepping down in 2002. Rod passed away in the winter of 2013 after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer's at the age of 72. He was a nurturing mentor, a devoted father, and an inspirational leader, having profoundly influenced the lives of many.
Rod's career began in 1969 after graduating with a BS and JD from Ohio Northern University and an MBA from the University of Toledo. An influential and enthusiastic figure in his community, Rod taught business law at Defiance College prior to beginning his practice. Never short on ambition, Rod's vision and drive led him to found the Arthur Law Firm in 1972.
Revered by his peers for his tireless work ethic and an insatiable desire to bring justice to those being treated unfairly by insurance companies and big business, Rod's career was marked with numerous accomplishments. Rod was a frequent lecturer for the Ohio Academy of Trial Attorneys (now Ohio Association for Justice) and served as its president from 1982-83. He was an active member of the American Bar Association, the Roscoe Pound Trial Lawyers Foundation, and was named to the Board of Governors of the American Trial Lawyers Association. He was also a recipient of one its most prestigious honors, the Wiedemann & Wysocki Citation of Excellence Award. Throughout his time in these organizations, he held many chairmanships and served as a distinguished lecturer to thousands of lawyers in educational programs across the nation.
Rod was certified as a specialist in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His primary practice areas included wrongful death, product safety, medical negligence, personal injury, and domestic law.
Rod's fundamental belief, which drove many of his accomplishments as a plaintiff attorney was, it’s a privilege and responsibility to stand up for those who could not stand up for themselves. Rodney's talents as a communicator were legendary, and his courtroom success was a testament to his skill and dedication to the practice of law. Rod was known as a lawyer's lawyer. Other attorneys frequently referred their most difficult and complex cases to him so they could obtain the most beneficial results for their clients.
His legacy is carried on through Nan Arthur, his steadfast wife of over 40 years, and his three wonderful children Meredith, Matthew and John.
Today, the members of Arthur Law Firm continue to dedicate their time, effort, and skills to Rod's vision of serving those who are injured, a pursuit that has endured for nearly 50 years.
Our own John Vigorito was recently nominated and chosen to take part in the 2017 Ohio State Bar Association Leadership Academy. Only a select few new lawyers in Ohio are given this opportunity each year. He recently attended the first session of the Academy, and looks forward to continuing his training in order to better assist his clients.
Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown Co., L.P.A. is proud to announce that Attorney Jennifer Brown was recently listed as a Super Lawyer in the Super Lawyers annual list of top attorneys. Congratulations, Jen!
On September 13, 2016, at the Ohio State Bar Association District Three Annual Meeting, Attorney Clayton J. Crates was recognized and awarded with the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under.
St. Mary's of Defiance hosted its annual festival and Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown was a proud sponsor of the event.
On Saturday, August 6, the United Way of Defiance hosted the 3rd Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Defiance County Airport. The festival is the primary fundraiser for the United Way of Defiance's Community Engagement Center, which is a program dedicated to engaging Defiance County in service by connecting individuals to local volunteer opportunities. Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown proudly supported this event.
In July 2016, the law firm of Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown was proud to announce attorney Clayton Crates was promoted to Partner at Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown.
On June 18, the Defiance Jazz Festival committee partnered with the Defiance Community Cultural Council to host the 4th Annual Defiance Jazz Festival to promote jazz music, while showcasing our community and paying tribute to local jazz legends, Wild Bill Davison and Milt Buckner. Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown proudly supported this event.
In January 2016, the law firm of Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown was proud to announce the hiring of recent Toledo Law graduate and new Ohio Bar admitted attorney John C. Vigorito as an associate with the firm.
In September 2015, attorney Clayton Crates volunteered at the Henry County legal clinic with Attorney Melissa Peper Firestone.
Attorney Clay Crates is serving as a mentor Attorney for the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). Mr. Crates and his mentee recently attended Oral Arguments at the Third District Court of Appeals in Lima, Ohio on March 10, 2015.
Attorneys, Clayton Crates and Jennifer Brown, visited Fairview High School on March 12th and 13th to perform mock criminal and civil trials with Fairview students. Pictured are Attorney, Jennifer Brown and Fairview teacher, Jesse Hotmire.
In January, 2015, Daniel Michel spoke at a continuing legal education insurance seminar sponsored by the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ). The seminar was conducted as part of a regional Continuing Legal Education series on insurance coverage disputes, in the cities of Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Mr. Michel provided Ohio attorneys with an update on recent court cases and statutory developments involving insurance coverage.
Mr. Michel is also currently serving as the President of the OAJ, a professional association of attorneys throughout Ohio who seek to protect the Constitutional Rights of individuals, and protect access to the civil justice system for consumers and injured individuals. Dan lives in Defiance along with his wife Beth, and two teenage sons.
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Ohio Association For Justice President Daniel R. Michel addressed the Association during the Annual Winter Convention at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Cincinnati November 6-7. Attendees of the seminar benefitted from expert knowledge on talks from insurance subrogation to medical negligence updates and new techniques in trial advocacy. The OAJ works continuously to protect individual's rights and access to the courthouse.
Firm members Clay Crates and Jennifer Brown were invited to give a presentation among the distinguished speakers at The Ohio Association for Justice's Annual Winter Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. During the hour-long speech, Crates and Brown educated new lawyers and fielded questions from the audience on the importance of professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.
On September 20, 2014 Clay Crates of Arthur, O’Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown was asked to take part on a discussion panel for Ohio Northern University law students. Mr. Crates spoke with students about some of the tools they can use to become more effective leaders in their lives.
Attorney Clay Crates of Arthur, O’Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown graduated from the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy in July of 2014. The Leadership Academy is a six month program that focuses on teaching and enhancing the leadership qualities of the participates in order to make them more effective leaders in their profession and their community.
*Clay is pictured back-row center with all of the 2014 Leadership Academy graduates. Front-row center seated is Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court. To her right is the Ohio Bar Association’s Immediate Past President Jonathan Hollingsworth.
The law firm of Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown posed with Robert Kennedy, as they celebrated Dan Michel's new leadership role as President of the Ohio Association for Justice.
At its annual convention, May 7-9 in Columbus, Ohio, the membership of the Ohio Association for Justice will elect by acclimation Daniel R. Michel to be President-Elect of the organization for the coming year. Michel is a member of the organization’s Executive Committee, and the previous year as President-Elect and has served as Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Michel is a partner at the Arthur, O’Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown law firm based in Defiance, Ohio. His areas of practice include personal injury, medical malpractice, general business, domestic relations and litigation. Michel graduated from Madonna University with a Bachelor of Science degree in international business and economics and earned his Juris Doctor on at the University of Toledo College of Law where he graduated Cum Laude.
Michel has had a number of accomplishments throughout his career as a trial attorney. He is a well-respected member of several law associations throughout Ohio and the country including The Ohio Association for Justice, Ohio State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Northwest Ohio Family Law Association. Michel is a founding member of the Northwest Ohio Family Law Association and is also a member of the editors’ board for Ohio Association for Justice. Michel has several published works within OAJ's biannual magazine, Ohio Trial, and also in the University of Toledo Law Review. Michel resides in Defiance, Ohio along with his wife Beth and two sons, David and Tom.
The Ohio Association for Justice is a statewide organization of plaintiff attorneys whose mission is to preserve our Constitutional rights and protect access to the civil justice system for all Ohioans through advocacy in the Courthouse, Statehouse, and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Member lawyers practice in such specialty areas as workers’ compensation, personal injury, medical negligence, products liability, consumer law, insurance law, employment and civil rights law, environmental law, and general negligence.
Jennifer Brown Listed on the 2014 Ohio Rising Star List
The law firm of Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown is proud to announce that Jennifer N. Brown was selected for inclusion in the 2014 Ohio Rising Stars list featuring outstanding young lawyers in Ohio.
Jennifer is a partner with the law firm of Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown Co., L.P.A., where she focuses her areas of practice include insurance law, personal injury law, social security disability, domestic relations, and general civil litigation.
On May 1, 2014, the Ohio State Bar Association invited Jennifer to speak at the Ohio State Bar Association Convention on the topic of Medicare Subrogation. Her educational seminar focused on training attorneys how to deal with Medicare liens in their personal injury settlements.