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Cleveland Jewish News
Supreme Court hears international residence case
December 13, 2019

The Spectrum, WCMH-TV NBC 4 – Video
Zashin & Rich International Child Custody Case to US Supreme Court
December 10, 2019

ABC 13 TV – Video
Supreme Court to hear international custody case involving Ohio mother
December 10, 2019

Cleveland.com
U.S. Supreme Court to hear international child custody dispute from Cleveland area
December 10, 2019

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in case briefed by CWRU law school faculty
December 9, 2019

Cleveland Jewish News
International residence case moves to US Supreme Court
June 21, 2019

Hollywood Life
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s Custody Case Could Get ‘Very Messy’: Lawyer Explains
February 27, 2019

2018 Ohio Super Lawyers
Cleveland family law attorney Andrew Zashin gets a 6th Circuit ruling that brings consistency to cases involving vulnerable children
November 8, 2018

Your Teen for Parents: Guide to Parenting through Divorce
Advocating for Yourself During a Divorce: 3 Tips from a Divorce Attorney
October 2018

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Adjunct Professors Zashin, Keating and Reynolds take on path-breaking Hague Convention Case
June 21, 2018

2018 Ohio Super Lawyers
Family law attorney Andrew Zashin asks the 6th Circuit to bring consistency to cases involving vulnerable children
June 19, 2018

Cleveland Jewish News
Landmark international residence case could impact those making aliyah
June 14, 2018

WJR Detroit – Audio Interview
Attorney Andrew Zashin chats with Guy Gordon to discuss the new Illinois law for dogs when parents are getting a divorce.
January 2, 2018

Cleveland Jewish News
Surrogacy, child custody laws develop as cases arise
November 21, 2017

Smart Business Cleveland
2017 Smart Business Family Business Achievement Awards
September 2017

Crain's Cleveland Business
Ohio Employers Confront Marijuana Use
July 22, 2017

Lake View Cemetery Heritage ReView
Trustee Spotlight: Andrew Zashin
Spring 2017

Sports Illustrated
Lane Johnson's Bold Move To Sue His Own Union Is Rare, But Not Unprecedented
January 11, 2017

Law360
Packers Player Drops NFL Drug Suspension Dispute
December 19, 2016

Sports Business Daily
NFL, NFLPA Appoint Das As Third Arbitrator In Michael Pennel Lawsuit
December 5, 2016

Sports Business Journal
Eagles Lineman Challenges NFL and NFLPA in NLRB Filings
December 5, 2016

Law360
Eagles Lineman Says Suspension Violates Federal Labor Law
November 29, 2016

The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt
RTAB #30: Lane Johnson's Legal Team (Audio Interview)
November 29, 2016

Cleveland Jewish News
Ohio Woman Receives Orthodox Divorce Decree
January 14, 2016

BNA's Health Law Reporter
Surprise! The NLRB Says You Just Might Be a 'Joint Employer'
September 24, 2015

BNA's Health Law Reporter
NLRB Adopts New Joint Employer Standard; Ruling Could Affect Health-Care Industry
September 3, 2015

BNA's Health Law Reporter
Challenge to NLRB Election Rule Fails; Employers Urged to Prepare New Game Plan
June 11, 2015

American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law
Member Spotlight: George S. Crisci
April 13, 2015

The Plain Dealer
Attorney Goes To Bat for Northeast Ohio
January 18, 2015

Cleveland Jewish News
Profile on Andrew Zashin
January 15, 2015

"Here and Now" National NPR Show - Audio Interview
In A Divorce, Who Gets To Keep The Dog?
December 4, 2014

Crain's - Article and Video
Zashin & Rich embraces Cleveland roots and rock 'n' roll heritage
November 16, 2014

BNA's Health Law Reporter
Justices Reject NLRB Recess Appointments; Significant Health Care Decisions in Limbo
July 10, 2014

BNA's Health Law Reporter
The EEOC and FTC Turn Up the Heat on Employer Background Checks
April 2014

Crain’s
Zashin & Rich move marks big milestone
for E&Y Tower
November 2013

Cleveland.com
Zashin & Rich law firm leases last full floor of Ernst & Young Tower at Flats East Bank project
November 2013

Associated Press
US Claims Father Illegally Moved Kids to Gaza
May 2012

2012 Ohio Super Lawyers
Mentors | Andrew Zashin: Reminiscing About Robert Zashin
January 2012

CCH Employment Law Daily
NLRB NEWS - Controversy Erupts Over NLRB Recess Appointments
January 2012

Huff Post
Divorce's Impact On Small Businesses Can Be 'Immense'
October 2011

The Today Show - Video
Accused Facebook bigamist heads to court
September 2010

MSNBC
Facebook Busts Accused Bigamist - Woman Finds Her Prince Charming Has Married Another
July 2010

WKYC - Article and Video
Cleveland woman discovers husband's 'other' wife via Facebook
July 2010

Cleveland Jewish News
New custody center in Israel is Zashin’s passion
January 1, 2010

Worth Magazine
Top 100 Attorneys 2007
Andrew Zashin

Inside Business Magazine
Connecting Through Separation
Profile on Andrew Zashin
December 2007

Cleveland Jewish News
Valuing and dividing assets at the time of divorce
By Andrew Zashin, Esq.
February 2007

Case School of Law: In Brief
Plugged into Family, the Law, and Cleveland
Alumni Spotlight on Andrew Zashin
Spring 2005

Cleveland Magazine
The Divorcing Woman’s Best Friend
Feature Article Profiling Andrew Zashin
November 2004

Crain’s
Companies should consider coverage against employee-related claims
By Stephen Zashin | July 2004

Crain’s
ADR programs can save dollars and time
By Stephen Zashin | November 2003

COSE Update: Legal Ease
One Size Does Not Fit All
(Employment Practices Liability Insurance)
By Stephen Zashin

COSE Update: Legal Ease
Noncompete Agreements
By Michele Jakubs

COSE Update: Legal Ease
Ohio's 'Baby COBRA' Law
By Helena Oroz

Crain's

Zashin & Rich embraces Cleveland roots and rock 'n' roll heritage

November 16, 2014 | By Stan Bullard | Download PDF

Step out of the elevator on the fourth floor of the Ernst & Young Tower in Cleveland's Flats and you will face a wall of coal-black wood. To your right a dozen circular light panels slowly change colors.

Walk left to the reception area and you will see high-energy rock music and dance videos streaming on one wall. A yellow bust of William Shakespeare finished off with Kiss-style makeup sits nearby. On the floor is a barrel-sized child's spinning top. Visitors often take it as a piece of sculpture, according to receptionist Danielle Phillips, but after they find out it's a Herman Miller “spun chair,” more than one has taken it for a spin.

Is this a music recording studio? Or a rock concert promoter's lair or tech space gone over the top with rock 'n' roll? No, this is the new full-floor office of the Zashin & Rich law firm. If it does not seem like a lawyer's office, that suits Stephen Zashin, co-managing partner, just fine.

“Most people do not consider visiting a lawyer's office fun,” Zashin said. “It does not have to be that way.”

Just off the reception area is a coffee bar where clients may get their favorite soda or liquor while taking in a look at a battery of black and white photos of rock stars. There's Michael Jackson. There's Devo.

Look closer: All the photos by Cleveland photographer Janet Macoska were taken in local visits or performances.

The north side of the office is devoted to clients and visiting lawyers. Four conference rooms with a dozen chairs around a table in each face east. They're named after the Agora, Euclid Tavern, Peabody's and the Grog Shop. Opposite them are a series of four-seat “huddle rooms” designed so lawyers may whisk their client out of a deposition for a private chat.

The center of the space's north end has an expansive view of Lake Erie. Part of the space is devoted to a 30-seat café that serves as a lunchroom for employees and a place to entertain clients.

On the south side of the space are the lawyer's offices, all with an outstanding feature: no doors.

“I have always hated that lawyers go into their offices and close the door behind them to work,” Zashin said. “How can they have creative discussions with each other?”

The open-door offices explain the division between the north side of the office and the south.

“Client confidentiality requires that we not allow opposing counsel here,” Zashin said of the work spaces. “They might overhear something or snap a photo with their smartphone.”

The approach differs from other law firms in many ways.

“Law offices may be contemporary or traditional, but they are usually conservative,” said Al Wiant, vice president of Playhouse Square Real Estate Services who represented Zashin & Rich in its site search. “This is not intimidating but welcoming.”

The assignment for office designer Vocon was a departure from what it typically produces for lawyers.

Nick Faehnle, Vocon's project manager on the job, knew that from his first meeting with Zashin.

“He handed me the album cover of "Never Mind The Bollocks' by the Sex Pistols,” Faehnle said.

That set the office's palette: black, yellow and, in the café, pink.

There's also a bit of fun in the design. Where most law firms have traditional mahogany or other fine woods in their space, here it is burned black wood for a gritty feel.

The design has been enhanced by additions that some of the firm's 26 lawyers here (another two are in Columbus) have made to their offices. David Frantz, an attorney, has his guitar on a stand in his office. Down the hall, Patrick Hoban, another attorney, has a firefighter's uniform cap and a helmet from when he was a firefighter before becoming a lawyer.

The boutique, which also has 20 non-lawyer staffers here, combines two practices. Stephen Zashin heads its employer-side labor and employment law practice, which is national in nature. Andrew Zashin, his brother and co-managing partner, heads the domestic relations and family law practice, which is international in nature as some divorcing spouses may take their children out of the country.

The level of detail is striking. The panel of lights next to the elevator bank has another music thread: The lights are actually a dozen drum covers.

The coffee bar also has two dishes of M&Ms. One is filled with gaily colored candies. Brown ones fill the other.

The dishes are reminiscent of the directions that rock star David Lee Roth with Van Halen gave stage managers.

“If the brown M&Ms and colored ones were mixed together,” Zashin said, “they knew they had to be more careful of pyrotechnics used in the show. It was a way of checking for detail, just like we are laser focused on our clients' details.”