John Cook

Partner/Shareholder

Education:
J.D., cum laude, 1977 - The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
B.S., cum laude, 1974 - Miami University, Oxford, OH

Practice Areas:
•Business: Corporate, Partnership and Limited Liability Company Organization and Operation; Business Acquisitions; Closely Held Business Succession Planning.
•Real Estate: Commercial Real Estate.
•Taxation: Income Tax; Estate and Gift Tax; Federal Tax Controversies.
•Estate Planning: Wills and Trusts; Probate Administration; Trust Administration.

Bar Admission:
1977, Ohio
1978, U.S. Tax Court
1978, U.S. District Court
1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth District

Associations & Memberships:
Columbus Bar Association (Committee Member, Probate Court and Real Property)
Ohio State Bar Association (Section Member, Estate Planning Trust and Probate)
Martindale-Hubble AV Peer Review Rated Attorney

Contact:
jcook@cswcolpa.com

Doug Sladoje

Partner/Shareholder

Education:
J.D., 1988 - The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
B.S., Business Administration: Accounting, 1985 - The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

Practice Areas:
• Business: Organization, Acquisitions, Transfers, Business Dispute Resolution, Commercial Real Estate, Contracts, Contract Negotiations, and Secured Transactions
• Real Estate: Real Estate Title and Closing Services, Restrictive Covenants, Real Property Disputes, Boundary Litigation, Adverse Possession, Foreclosure/Eviction, and Title Insurance Law
• Tax: Federal Tax Controversies, Income Tax, Estate and Gift Taxation,
Wills, and Trusts
• Estates: Will Drafting, Trust Administration, Probate Administration, Probate/Deceased Collections, Probate Litigation including Will and Trust Contests, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning, and Employee Benefits

Bar Admission:
1988, Ohio
1991, U.S. Tax Court
1992, U.S. District Court
1992, Southern District of Ohio Court

Associations & Memberships:
Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Ross County Bar Association
Martindale-Hubble AV Peer Review Rated Attorney

Contact:doug@cswcolpa.com

Eric J. Wittenberg

Partner/Shareholder

Eric J. Wittenberg is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and also of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He was admitted to practice before the Ohio bar in 1987, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern (1989) and Southern (1987) Districts of Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1990). He is a member of the Ohio State, Columbus Bar Associations.

Sometimes parties are unable to resolve their disputes without recourse to the courts. Mr. Wittenberg has extensive trial experience, and has tried cases before many courts in the State of Ohio. He has also argued a number of cases before the Tenth District Court of Appeals, and has practiced in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He has extensive experience with the enforcement of covenants not to compete, and with the protection of trade secrets and trademark and copyright rights. He has also represented a number of construction contractors in both court-based litigation and in arbitration proceedings. Mr. Wittenberg has been involved in numerous disputes among shareholders of closely-held shareholders. He has done commercial collections for a variety of clients, and heads the law firm’s litigation practice, where he supervises all litigation matters. Litigation matters include:

• Corporate litigation, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty and disputes among shareholders or closely-held companies;
• Business collections and other breach of contract matters;
• Construction claims and construction-related collections matters;
• Covenant not to compete and trade secret litigation;
• Real estate litigation, including title defects and landlord-tenant matters;
• Agricultural litigation matters, including field tile and drainage matters; and
• Employment litigation.

In addition, Mr. Wittenberg is experienced with handling business and real estate transactional matters. For eight years, he served as general counsel to a busy title agency, and has handled hundreds of real estate conveyances. He is comfortable with commercial and residential leasing matters, title matters, and other related real estate transactions. That includes drafting and negotiating contracts, preparing and prosecuting mechanic's liens, and other advising both owners and contractors. Although avoidance of litigation is always preferable, sometimes it cannot be avoided. When it is inevitable, experience counts. Mr. Wittenberg has extensive experience in handling real estate and construction disputes. On the business side, Mr. Wittenberg has served as counsel to dozens of small businesses, including, but not limited to, assisting in entity selection, entity formation, drafting all appropriate corporate documents, negotiating and drafting contracts, negotiating and drafting documents related to the purchase and sale of businesses, drafting employee handbooks and helping to establish corporate policy and procedure, and protecting trademarks and copyrights.

Professional photographers have their own unique business and intellectual property issues to tackle. There are many issues that arise, including questions about the ownership of copyright, contractual issues, and other sticky areas. Mr. Wittenberg has worked with a number of professional photographers over the years, and is familiar with the unique issues faced by professional photographers. He can help photographers with developing good, enforceable contracts, help them to understand the sticky copyright issues that they face, and can assist with making your photography business successful.

Mr. Wittenberg is also an award-winning Civil War historian. He is the author of twenty-one published books, and more than three dozen articles that have appeared in national magazines on the Civil War.

Josh Simpkins

Associate

Education:
J.D., cum laude, 2004 - Capital University
LL.M., Business, 2005 - Capital University
B.S., B.A., 2000 - Bluefield College

Practice Areas:
•Taxation
•Business
•Real Estate

Bar Admission:
2004, Ohio
2005, U.S. District Court,
2005, Southern District of Ohio
2006, U.S. Tax Court

Associations & Memberships:
Columbus Bar Association (Member, Real Property and Business Tax Committees)
Ohio State Bar Associations

Contact:jsimpkins@cswcolpa.com

Adam Sims

Associate

Adam Sims is an associate at CSW, where he has enjoyed the opportunity to serve a wide variety of CSW’s clients in various litigation contexts including business, commercial, contract, real estate, landlord/tenant, and domestic relations disputes. Whatever the context, he strives to take a client-centered approach to lawyering rooted in respect for the dignity and free will of every person.

A native of the Cleveland area, he earned his B.A. in 2010 from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A.R. in 2012 from Yale Divinity School.

After Adam decided that a career in academic theology was not the right fit for him, he returned to his home state and earned his J.D. in 2015 at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Franklin County Public Defender and the Ohio Poverty Law Center.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing cello and guitar, kayaking, reading novels and pop-science articles, tinkering with his computer and other electronics, and catching up with family and friends.

Mo Nusbaum

Associate

Education:
J.D., cum laude, 2009 - The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
B.A., 2006, The Ohio State University

Practice Areas:
•Civil Litigation
•Domestic Relations
•Collections
•Real Estate
•Real Estate Foreclosure

Bar Admission:
2009, Ohio

Contact:Mo@cswcolpa.com

Robert Eberhart

Of Counsel

Education:
J.D.,1964 - The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
B.A., 1961 - The Ohio State University

Practice Areas:
•Tax: Taxation, Tax Litigation, Business Taxation, Tax Controversies, Tax Appeals, Criminal Taxation, Income Tax, Local Taxation, Tax Audits, Tax Exempt Organizations, Individual Taxation, Criminal Tax Audits
•Business: Mergers and Acquisitions, Contracts, Family Business Planning
•Estates: Trusts and Estates, Estate Planning, and Wills
•Corporate Law
•Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations

Bar Admission:
1964, Ohio
1972, U.S. District Court
1972, Southern District of Ohio
1976. U.S. Tax Court
1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Associations & Memberships:
Columbus Bar Association (Member, Taxation and Probate Committees);
Ohio State Bar Association (Member, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section).

Contact:Heather@cswcolpa.com