The prototypical renaissance woman, Maribeth Meluch brings a unique set of skills and experiences to her business law practice.
Her uncommon depth of knowledge on every aspect of a business, from the idea stage through practical daily operations, is a product of her own eclectic background. She was once a small retail business owner, and spent several years doing classified research in Molecular Biology for the renowned Battelle Memorial Institute.
The sum of these rich experiences work to the benefit of her clients seeking her guidance on Intellectual Property and Employment law.
From formation and operations, through merger or sale, Maribeth counsels and represents businesses on all of their legal issues including IP, employment, litigation, wage and hour, OSHA, and other regulatory matters.
She also knows the ins and outs of protecting what are most often a business’ most important assets – ideas and people. She has experience enforcing intellectual property rights through filings on copyrights, trademark, and patents, intellectual property litigation, negotiating of licensing agreements, and drafting contracts to protect confidentiality of sensitive information and restrict competition by employees and contractors.
Maribeth diligently represents her clients in Ohio and Federal Courts and administratively before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and other regulatory agencies such as the EEOC, DOL and OSHA.
Maribeth has also created a niche practice in equine law after adopting two retired Thoroughbred racehorses. She assists equine businesses with issues unique to horses and the horse industry from customized contracts to application of federal and state regulations to representing plaintiffs and defendants in lawsuits involving horse related and business issues.
Within the firm, Maribeth is Chair of the Intellectual Property practice group and head of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.
Senanayake v. Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio – obtained unanimous defense verdict on plaintiff’s claim for sexual harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation.
Howell v. The Buckeye Ranch, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio – obtained summary judgment for defendant on claim of sexual harassment.
Cranel, Inc. v. Pro Image Group Consultants, Inc., U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio – obtained dismissal of claims against defendants under Federal RICO and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Machisa Design Services, Inc. v. Columbus School Board, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio – obtained dismissal of racial discrimination claims against defendants.
Mize v. Mendoza, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio – obtained summary judgment for defendant on basis that employee with use of one arm was not disabled under the ADA.
Debra Cook v. Mid Ohio Ambulance Service, Inc., Fairfield County Court of Common Pleas – unanimous jury verdict in favor of defendant on claim for sexual harassment.
Hidy Motors, Inc. v. Sheaffer, Greene County Court of Common Pleas – unanimous jury verdict in favor of plaintiff on defendant’s counterclaim for age harassment.
Kozlvcar v. Tom Ahl Buick, Inc., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio – obtained summary judgment for defendant on age discrimination claim.
Helmick v. SWACO, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio – obtained summary judgment for defendant on issue of light duty under FMLA.
Viking Technology, Inc. v. K-mart, Inc. et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio – successfully co-defended to settlement in favor of defendants.
Minton v. Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, obtained summary judgment for defendant on age discrimination claim.
Millington v. Morrow County Commissioners, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, obtained summary judgment for defendant on FLSA overtime claim.
Harger Family Trust v. Morrow County Planning Commission, et al., Morrow County Court of Common Pleas, obtained unanimous jury verdict for defendants on ‘takings’ claim.
Billock v. Wyandot County Ohio Jobs and Family Services, Wyandot County Court of Common Pleas, successfully negotiated withdrawal of complaint on behalf of agency and with no remuneration by employer.