Niehaus & Associates, Ltd.

Niehaus & Associates, Ltd. is a business, commercial, employment and labor law firm based out of Toledo, Ohio.

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Firm Overview

We have market-leading experience advising a wide range of local, national, and international clients in all areas of business and entrepreneurial activity, counseling in personal estate planning and estate administration, and advocating when disputes arise. For information on the wide range of services the firm provides, please see our practice areas overview.

At Niehaus, we seek to apply traditional legal concepts in new and innovative ways. As a boutique firm, we are unique in our ability to handle the most complex legal matters, while providing our clients with close personal service - not often available at larger, less intimate firms. Our success is built upon the strong capabilities of our attorneys who have developed expertise in niche practices and yet still provide each client with a full range of legal services. Well-versed in complex business transactions, our attorneys regularly handle a wide variety of legal matters with the highest level of competence.

Niehaus recognizes the critical need to stay ahead of a constantly changing, fast-paced legal world. However, we also believe in holding firm to time-tested and unwavering values that serve as the foundation of our firm: trusted, knowledgeable, and experienced counsel; utmost respect for and close contact with clients; and innovative approaches to resolving legal issues. We treat our clients' matters as if they were our own, exercising the highest degree of judgment, integrity and discretion.

The best measure of our success is the clients who continue to rely on Niehaus and who proudly refer new clients to our firm from all geographic areas of the world.
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Main Office
7150 Granite Circle, Suite 203
Toledo  OH  43617

  • 419-517-9090
Business and Corporate
The Niehaus business practice revolves around the fundamental issues of business, corporate, and capital planning. The firm's resources in this area are focused on providing unique, sophisticated services to business interests around the world, from publicly traded companies to venture-backed start-ups. Our corporate attorneys produce seamless and timely advice in all areas of law, from business formation, contracts, finance, and banking, to mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and securities.

Charles D. Niehaus

Managing Partner

Charles D. Niehaus has represented corporate and business clients for over 20 years on a wide range of business issues including securities, venture capital, corporate, banking, international law, and renewable energy matters.

Chuck's principal focus includes:

-Advising clients in all aspects of corporate formation, including preparing limited liability company agreements, executive employment agreements, employee equity plans, and securities compliance.
-Representation of start-up companies in venture capital financing. Preparation of Private Placement Memorandum and Series A, B, and C stage financing documents.
-Representation of financial institutions in formation, acquisitions, shareholder matters, commercial lending, bank litigation, and regulatory compliance.
-Acquisition, financing, development, and regulatory issues for biodiesel, ethanol, photovoltaic, solar, and other alternative energy companies.
-Assist clients in the implementation of global expansion and sourcing strategies throughout Europe and Asia.

Chuck graduated from the University of Toledo Law School (J.D., 1986) and Lawrence Technological University (B.S., Civil Engineering, 1982). He is a member of the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Association.

Areas of Practice
-Venture Capital
-Renewable Energy
-International Law

-State Bar of Ohio, 1986

-J.D., The University of Toledo, 1986
-B.S. in Civil Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, 1982

Professional Involvement
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
-American Bar Association
  • The University of Toledo
    Juris Doctorate

Clare C. Armbruster

Of Counsel

Clare practices in the areas of employee benefits and qualified retirement plans. Clare also prepares Affirmative Action Plans for contractors with federal and state government contracts and assists in-house managers in developing and administering Affirmative Action Plans. She prepares and coordinates employers' responses to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. Clare attends on-site AAP audits when necessary. She also handles ERISA litigation.

Clare received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Bucknell University in 1983 and a law degree cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1986.

Areas of Practice
-Federal and State Contractor Compliance
-Employment and Labor Law

Professional Memberships
-Toledo Bar Association

Representative Clients
-Pilkington North America, Inc.
-Croghan Colonial Bank
-Capitol Aluminum & Glass Corporation
-MSC Engineered Materials and Solutions Group

Community Involvement
-Chairman of Board, Friends of Lucas County Children Services
-Junior League of Toledo
-President, St. John's Jesuit High School Mother's Club

Patricia A. Wise

Of Counsel

Patricia A. Wise is a labor and employment lawyer at Niehaus & Associates, Ltd., and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in that area of practice. Patty has received Martindale-Hubbell's AV-Preeminent rating for her legal ability and high ethical standards. She represents clients of all sizes in a variety of businesses, industries, and professions and focuses her practice on the areas of:

-Employment and Labor Law
-Business Litigation and Banking
-Civil Rights

Patty is a former senior vice president and in-house counsel for a billion dollar bank holding company and continues to serve many financial institution clients. She is a frequent speaker for state banking associations and serves on the faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

In addition to her legal practice, Patty has been a Visiting Professor or Adjunct Professor at The University of Toledo College of Law since 1999, teaching employment law as well as civil and political rights. Patty trains and speaks extensively on employment law issues. She recently completed the second edition of her book, Understanding and Preventing Workplace Retaliation, published by the Thompson Publishing Group, Inc. and her article "Tweet, Tweet, You're Fired," was published in the ABA's Employment and Labor Relations Law Journal in 2009.

In 2006, Patty was appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio to serve as a member of the Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. In addition, she served as Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General from 2003 to 2007.

Areas of Practice
-Employment and Labor Law
-Business Litigation
-Civil Rights

-U.S. Supreme Court, 2006
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1988
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1988

-J.D., University of Toledo, 1985
-Graduate Degree, Stonier Graduate School of Banking, University of Delaware, 1993
-B.A.C., Bowling Green State University, 1982

Professional Involvement
-Federal Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio Management Lawyers Association
-National Association of College and University Attorneys

Civic and Cultural Involvement
-Owens Community College
-YMCA of Greater Toledo
-Toledo Community Foundation
-Hospice of Northwest Ohio
-Maumee Valley Country Day School

-"Tweet, Tweet, You're Fired," ABA Employment and Labor Relations Law, Section of Litigation, Vol. 7 No. 4, Summer 2009
-Understanding and Preventing Workplace Retaliation, Thompson Publishing Group, 2000, 2007 (2nd Edition)
-"Coming Soon to a Court Near You: Changes in Employment Law," Ohio Record, Spring 2008
-"Uneven Odds for Employers Attempting to Get Even - The Status of Retaliation Claims After Burlington Northern," Inter Alia, Federal Bar Association, N.D.O.C., Fall 2007
-"Employers Pay for Retaliation," Ohio Record, Summer 2004
-"Fair Labor Standards Act Revisions," Ohio Record, Summer 2004
-"Disabilities Act Compliance Needn't Disable Your Bank," ABA Banking Journal, July 1997
-"Guidelines on How to Discipline and Discharge Employees Safely and Effectively," Ohio Banking News, August 1997
-"Bridging the Gap from Affirmative Action to Cultural Diversity: The Legal Societal, and Cultural Issues," 1993

Awards and Honors
-Inaugural Award, Public Service Commitment, University of Toledo College of Law Alumni, 2007
-Women of Toledo, St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary, 2004
-Outstanding Achievement in Trusteeship, Ohio Association of Community Colleges Excellence Awards, 2003
-Milestones: A Tribute to Women, Award for Achievements in Business, 2000
-Outstanding Community Service Award, Ohio State Bar Association, District 4, 1999
-Alumni Community Service Award, BGSU Alumni Association, 1996
-Inaugural Award, "Twenty Under 40" Community Leadership Award, Toledo Jaycees, 1996
-Ohio State Bar Association, Fellow, Class of 1999
-AV rated: Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating awarded for legal ability, ethics, and professionalism
  • University of Toledo
    Juris Doctorate

Brian C. Kalas


Mr. Kalas' practice focuses primarily in the areas of general business transactions and corporate representation, banking, securities, creditor's rights and commercial litigation with an emphasis on:

-General representation of business clients in all corporate matters including formation, contract drafting and review and commercial litigation.
-Representation of creditors and debtor-companies with all matters involving loan modification, loan workout and refinancing.
-Representation of financial institutions and banks in commercial lending, negotiable instruments, bank litigation and enforcement actions.
-Representation of clients in business and commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration throughout the United States.
Representation of business clients in commercial real estate transactions.

Mr. Kalas graduated from the University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 1999) and Bowling Green State University (M.A., Policy History). Prior to joining Niehaus & Associates, Ltd., Mr. Kalas practiced in the area of general business and corporate law in various capacities including as a partner in a medium-sized law firm where he managed a significant banking and creditor's right practice and an associate attorney in the corporate/securities/banking section with the law firm of Dickinson Wright in Detroit, Michigan.

Mr. Kalas is admitted to practice in Ohio and in Michigan. He has practiced extensively throughout the state of Michigan in general corporate matters, commercial litigation, real estate and creditor's rights. He is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association and Michigan Bar Association.

Areas of Practice:
-Creditor's Rights
-Real Estate
-Commercial Litigation

-B.S., Eastern Michigan University, 1994
-M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1996
-J.D., The University of Toledo, 1999

-Ohio, 1999
-Michigan, 2000

Professional Involvement:
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio Bar Association
-Michigan Bar Association
  • The University of Toledo
    Juris Doctorate

Jessica L. Bilius


Ms. Bilius practices in the areas of employment, labor and general business law. Her practice focuses on:

-Representing employers in employment and labor litigation, mediation, and arbitration including administrative hearings and appeals.
-Analyzing complex issues of federal and state law related to all aspects of the employment relationship including drafting employment agreements and employee handbooks and counseling employers regarding compliance with federal and state employment laws.
-Representing corporate clients in a variety of business matters including contract negotiation and drafting, mergers and acquisitions, equity raises and shareholder issues, and financial matters related to institutional and alternative financing and credit facilities.
-Advising clients regarding choice of entity, corporate formation, and corporate governance matters.

Ms. Bilius graduated from the Ohio Northern University (J.D. 2013) and The University of Toledo (B.B.A. 2008). Prior to joining Niehaus & Associates, Ltd., Ms. Bilius clerked in the legal department of a regional health and insurance system and with a large Columbus law firm focusing in healthcare, labor and employment, litigation, and business contracting and acquisitions. Additionally, Ms. Bilius worked as an analyst where she was responsible for examining detailed financial statements, creating software programs, and managing contract renewals.

Ms. Bilius graduated in the top 5% of her class, was on the Ohio Northern University Law Review editorial board, and was an advocate on the Moot Court Trial team. Ms. Bilius is a member of the Toledo Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Association.

Areas of practice
-Employment and Labor Law
-Commercial Litigation
-Creditor's Rights

-State Bar of Ohio, 2013
-U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2013

-J.D. Ohio Northern University, 2013
-B.B.A. University of Toledo, 2008

Professional Involvement
-Toledo Bar Association
-Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Northern University
    Juris Doctorate