Brouse McDowell Names Several New Practice Chairs

CLEVELAND – Brouse McDowell this week announced several leadership appointments among the law firm’s partners. All are effective immediately.

Nicholas P. Capotosto and Michael P. O’Donnell have been named co-chairs of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Paul A. Rose has been named chair of the Insurance Recovery Practice Group. Patricia A. Gajda has been named co-chair of the Business Transactions & Corporate Counseling Practice Group, joining Daniel L. Silfani. And Laura F. Fryan has been named co-chair of the Health Care Practice Group, joining Christopher M. Huryn.

Says the firm’s managing partner, Daniel Glessner, “I am pleased to congratulate these partners on their chair and co-chair appointments, and I want to thank them for their continued leadership.”

Capotosto has been with Brouse McDowell for the entirety of his legal career. His focus is representing clients in litigated matters, and he has extensive experience in business and shareholder disputes, enforcing non-competition agreements, and defending against product liability claims. He served in the U.S. Air Force and attained the rank of captain. He earned his B.S .from the United States Air Force Academy, his MBA from Western New England College and his JD, cum laude, from The University of Akron School of Law.

O’Donnell has a wide variety of complex litigation experience, including product liability, contract disputes, premises liability, employment, insurance recovery, trade secrets and real estate. He also has significant first and second chair jury and bench trial experience as well as appellate experience before state and federal courts throughout Ohio. He earned his BSBA in Finance from John Carroll University and his JD, summa cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Rose founded the firm’s Insurance Recovery Practice Group and is an experienced business litigator focusing with particular focus on cases concerning complex insurance coverage disputes. He often assists clients in obtaining insurance recoveries without resorting to litigation. He earned his BA, with special distinction, from the University of Oklahoma, and his JD with honors, from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Gajda focuses on corporate transactions and M&A, general corporate counseling, and joint ventures. She has extensive experience negotiating and structuring acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, equity investments, joint ventures, corporate structuring, development agreements, licensing agreements, general supply and other commercial agreements, and corporate succession planning. She earned her BSBA, magna cum laude, from John Carroll University, and her JD, magna cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Fryan focuses her practice on health care companies. She has experience providing strategic guidance and legal advice to assist providers and business owners with a variety of compliance issues, vendor agreements and employment contracts, overpayments and government investigations, reimbursement from commercial and government payors, facility bylaws and peer review plans, and state and federal licensing. She earned her BA from Grove City College before earning her MBA from The University of Akron, and her JD, summa cum laude, from The University of Akron School of Law.

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