Slater & Zurz LLP

Slater & Zurz LLP

We give you the attention you need and deserve and focus on you and making sure you're treated like family.

Firm Overview

To help you win, we offer you our extensive experience, our wealth of knowledge, our vast resources, our aggressive pursuit of justice and our unwavering support.

We are focused on serving you and want you to understand your specific legal issue and we'll put our extensive experience, vast resources and aggressive approach to work for you. We practice in the following areas of law:

- Abuse of Disabled Persons
- Bicycle Accidents
- Brain Injury
- Business Problems
- Car Accidents
- Consumer Rights
- Divorce and Dissolution
- Dog Bites
- Estate Planning
- Family Law
- Legal Malpractice
- Motorcycle Law
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Pedestrian Accident
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Probate Litigation
- Product Liability
- Power of Attorney
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Trucking Accidents

For a free consultation you can contact us anytime day or night at 1-888-534-4850. We are available 24/7!

Main Office

1 Cascade Plaza
Akron OH 44308


(800) 297-9191


Office Information

Emergency After Hours


Personal Injury

Auto Accident

Medical Malpractice

Jim Slater

Slater & Zurz LLP

Rick Zurz and I formed this law firm over 25 years ago. We each brought very unique experience and backgrounds to our firm for the benefit of our clients.

Our style of practicing law and the culture of our law firm is one that is based on intense preparation and careful planning in order to secure the outcome our clients expect. We are laser focused on the needs of our clients and aggressive in the pursuit of our clients' cases.

Rick Zurz, Managing Partner

Slater & Zurz LLP

Rick has been practicing law for almost 35 years. He firmly believes every person is entitled to justice. Using his years of experience, his goal is to resolve most issues amicably and without going to trial. If a trial is necessary, he brings with him his extensive litigation experience, trusted reputation and proven track record of success.

Perhaps the best way to show you what he can do for you is to read what one of his long-time clients has shared:

"I met Mr. Richard Zurz in 1985. He was personally introduced to me by a friend who knew him from his work at Dan Street Detention Home. Richard then helped me establish paternity for my twin sons, and we have been friends ever since.

Richard Zurz has continued to help me, family members, co-workers, friends and business clients. Anytime someone asks for my opinion about a lawyer, I always refer them to Richard. If for some reason, Richard cannot help you, he will find you someone that can.

Richard has personally helped me with my corporate business law, workers comp claims, divorce, lawsuits, car accidents, equipment failure, power of attorney, wills, real estate questions and much more. Richard has always been available to answer my calls or calls you back within a timely manner. He is very knowledgeable of every question I have had for him in the past twenty-six years. Anytime I feel like I need an attorney, I call Richard first for his point of view before making any decisions.

Richard's name supersedes him in all walks of life. I have recently been taking care of my elderly aunt, and Richard helped me with the power of attorney. During a recent visit with her financial advisor, he noticed that Richard had prepared the power of attorney. He had wonderful things to say about Richard, and said that I was in good hands.

My future and my family's will be handled by Richard Zurz. I have enjoyed working with Richard Zurz as well as other attorneys of Slater & Zurz."

Carla J. Herbert

To contact Richard call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected] today.

John Lynett, Jr.

Slater & Zurz LLP

John has been practicing law for about 17 years. He is focused on getting results for his clients while providing them with unparalleled service. He thoroughly prepares and aggressively pursues each case to achieve the results you desire.

His main goal is to effectively settle your case without the need for trial. In the event a trial is necessary, he has extensive trial experience with a proven record of successes.

To contact John please call 330-762-0700 or email him at
[email protected]

Martin Delahunty

Slater & Zurz LLP

Martin has been practicing law for over 23 years and has been involved in complex litigation for both Defendants and Plaintiffs.

Martin has been lead trial counsel in over 3,000 cases and had over 200 of these cases taken to a verdict. He has litigated cases involving civil rights, class action torts, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence and abuse cases. He has prepared in-depth analysis of amendments to statutes and regulations and projected their impact on legal strategies.

He has created, trained and led successful litigation teams responsible for extremely complicated legal issues and has developed and implemented proactive case strategies to prevail in highly challenging and contested legal battles.

To contact Martin call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected]

Edward C. Pullekins

Slater & Zurz LLP

Edward has been practicing law for 35 years. He focuses on the practice areas of probate and estate planning. He's found that his individualized attention to his clients very challenging and rewarding and has developed long term relationship with many of his clients.

To contact Edward call 330-762-0700 or send him an email at [email protected]

Mark Ropchock

Slater & Zurz LLP

Mark A. Ropchock focuses on civil litigation, general liability defense and litigation, complex multi-district litigation, and asbestos/toxic tort matters. Mr. Ropchock has significant trial, arbitration, and mediation experience, having represented numerous injured plaintiffs, and handled tens of thousands of asbestos litigation cases in various state and federal courts.

To contact Mark call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected]

Jeff Hawkins

Slater & Zurz LLP

With almost 30 years of experience, Mr. Hawkins has helped hundreds of people with various kinds of domestic matters.

90% of his legal practice is focused on domestic relations law which includes divorces, dissolutions, legal separations, annulments, child support, spousal support, child custody, child visitation, grandparent rights and similar types of family law issues. That type of experience is extremely important in the practice of domestic relations law for many reasons. The most important reason is it's an advantage for his clients and it offers them a realistic outcome for their case.

To contact Mr. Hawkins call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected]

Sean C. Buchanan

Slater & Zurz LLP

Sean is an experienced trial attorney with both civil and criminal cases.

Some of the important decisions Sean has been counsel on include
State v. Brandon, 2013-Ohio-1740 (11th District Court of Appeals)
Harris v. Langley, 647 Fed. Appx. 585 (Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals)
Larry Taylor v. John Kuhar Medina County Verdict (Medina County Verdict)

Some articles about Sean:
Akron's Weed Laws are Wacky
Fracking Protesters Vow to Fight Charges
Oberlin College Students Arrested at Fracking Protest

To contact Sean call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected]

Brandon Dean

Slater & Zurz LLP

Brandon is focused on getting results for his clients while providing them with unparalleled service and guidance. He responds to questions promptly, provides complete explanations that can easily be understood and he prepares and aggressively pursues his cases to achieve the desired results.

To contact Brandon, call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected]

Silas M. Pisani

Slater & Zurz LLP

Silas has been licensed for 4 years. He focuses his practice on probate cases as well as domestic relations issues including divorce, dissolution, spousal support, child support, child custody, and much more.

One of the most impressive things about Silas is his dedication to clients. Silas makes himself available at all times from the initial consultation to the final judgment in a domestic relations case. His passion and devotion are critical in providing clients with the outcomes they need to protect themselves, their children and their future.

To contact Silas call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected]

Michael Schmeltzer

Slater & Zurz LLP

Michael's practice is focused on his passion -- standing up for everyday people against those who refuse to take responsibility for their wrongful conduct. He represents clients in a wide variety of complex cases, including catastrophic personal injury, construction accidents, trucking and motorcycle accidents, product liability, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, and medical and professional malpractice.

Michael has experience with all stages of litigation and has handled matters before state and federal administrative agencies, has tried cases, argued appeals, and successfully handled mediations in both state and federal court.

Michael is "AV-Rated," which is the highest rating available to any individual lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, and he is recognized as an "Ohio Rising Star" and was one of the "Top 100 trial lawyers in Ohio by National Trial Lawyers.

To contact Michael call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected]

Robert Horton

Slater & Zurz LLP

Rob is a member of the Akron and Ohio State Bar Associations fights for the rights of injured clients. He has developed his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents and general personal injury claims.

To contact Robert call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected]

Joe Laatsch

Slater & Zurz LLP

Joe's focus in in the practice of personal injury law. Throughout his career, he has been employed with and involved in all facets of a personal injury practice. He has made it his life goal to ease the burdens of people who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances which he believes is perfect for the practice of law.

To contact Joe call 330-762-0700 or email him at [email protected]