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Dahman and Ten Other KJK Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers

Samir Dahman, the Partner in Charge of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, LLP’s Columbus office, was selected for the fifth consecutive year as a 2018 Business Litigation Super Lawyers in Columbus by Ohio Super Lawyer magazine, following two years of being selected as a Rising Star.

Ten other KJK attorneys were also selected as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, including Senior Partner Robert H. Jackson, Managing Partner Jon J. PinneySarah J. GabinetRobert S. Gilmore,  Jon W. GrozaAri H. JaffeJustine L. Konicki, Brett S. KrantzAlan M. Rauss, and Susan O. Scheutzow.

The Super Lawyers selection process evaluates lawyers based upon multiple criteria, including professional achievement and peer recognition; honors and awards; firm and bar involvement and leadership; scholarship and professional writings; community service and pro bono activities; and other outstanding achievements.

“Rising Stars” are the top up-and-coming attorneys who are no more than 40 years old or who have been practicing for no more than 10 years.

To the Victor Go the Spoils (and the Calzones)!

Samir Dahman, Partner in Charge of KJK’s Columbus office, and his client are savoring a recent victory in a bitter intellectual property dispute between a franchisor and former franchisee who both serve calzones.

The franchisor – D.P. Dough – asserted nine (9) claims, including:  trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement; breach of contract; misappropriation of trade secrets; Ohio Deceptive Trade Practices Act, unfair competition, tortious interference with business, and unjust enrichment – against the former franchisee who went out on his own to open calzone restaurants in Southeastern college towns.  Most concerning, however, was the franchisor’s motion for an injunction that would have required the former franchisee and Mr. Dahman’s client to close his two operating restaurants.

But instead going through discovery and allowing the case to play out normally, D.P. Dough asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio to hold an immediate hearing on an injunction to force Mr. Dahman’s client to close his two restaurants.

At the injunction hearing, which was converted to a trial under Rule 65(a)(2), Mr. Dahman debunked all of D.P. Dough’s claims, even though D.P. Dough was represented by the venerable attorneys of the Taft firm.  D.P. Dough was so concerned that they would lose the injunction, and effectively the case, that it asked Mr. Dahman’s client if it would like to mediate.  So the parties attended mediation and thought they may have reached a settlement.  As it were, negotiations fell apart and the parties sought the Court’s guidance on the purported settlement.  Eventually, the Court held there was no settlement and allowed the injunction to be decided.

With the settlement snafu over, the parties anxiously awaited the Court’s decision that would end the whole case – and possibly Mr. Dahman’s client’s successful fledgling restaurants.

Just as college students were getting settled back into their classes, Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. issued the Court’s decision finding that D.P. Dough likely could not succeed on the merits of its claims, and even if it could there was no irreparable harm to the business, while Mr. Dahman’s client’s businesses would be forced to shut down.  In doing so, the Court found in Mr. Dahman’s client’s favor on all nine of D.P. Dough’s claims.  The decision is reported at D.P. Dough Franchising, LLC v. Southworth et al., No. 2:15-cv-2635, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157951 (S.D. Ohio Sep. 26, 2017).

Following the decision Mr. Dahman’s client’s principal stated “we were confident that their claims were baseless, are thankful the Court came to the right outcome, and are excited to getting back to what we do best – crafting quality calzones for hungry students.”  Mr. Dahman added “we are fortunate to have an insightful bench in the Southern District of Ohio as well as a skilled team.”

If you need a skilled and passionate advocate, contact Mr. Dahman at sdahman@dahmanlaw.com or 614.636.1250.

 

 

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Berkshire Triathlon Raises $21,000 for Flying Horse Farms and Ronald McDonald House

Mr. Dahman, as co-founder of the Berkshire Triathlon, is pleased to announce that the 2017 Berkshire Triathlon raised $21,000 for Flying Horse Farms and Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio.

This year was the Berkshire Triathlon’s most successful year with 160 participants raising $18,000 for Flying Horse Farms and $3,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio.

This could not have done this without KJK as the Presenting Sponsor and supporting sponsors City Barbecue, Greenswell, Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, tinytitan, Derrick Layer Custom Homes & Remodeling, Pure Dental, Abercrombie & Fitch, Collins & Slagle, The Arlington Bank, ARM, Acre, and Scotts Miracle-Grow.

Dahman Speaks at Upper Arlington Cum Laude Society Induction

I was very honored and excited to speak at the Upper Arlington H.S. Cum Laude Society induction banquet on March 26th.  I spoke about resilience and compassion.

Founded in 1906, the Cum Laude Society is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. The founders of the society modeled Cum Laude after Phi Beta Kappa and in the years since its founding, Cum Laude has grown to 382 chapters, approximately two dozen of which are located in public schools and the rest in Independent schools. Membership is predominantly in the United States, but chapters also are located in Canada, England, France, Spain, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.

Here is a video of the speech:

Dahman and Wife Bestowed with Distinguished Alumni Leader Award

Samir Dahman, Partner in Charge of KJK’s Columbus office, has been recognized for his significant contributions to the community and will be presented with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Leader Award. The award, bestowed by Leadership Upper Arlington, is given annually to an alumnus who has had a positive impact on the Upper Arlington community following their graduation from the adult leadership program.

The award is based on the hard work of Samir – and his wife Amalee – in founding and operating The Berkshire Triathlon which has raised over $45,000 to help children with serious illnesses by supporting Flying Horse FarmsNationwide Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities through the proceeds of this grassroots event.  The Berkshire Triathlon is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the IRS as Two Bears Foundation, Inc.

As Partner in Charge of KJK’s Columbus office, Samir provides leadership to the office’s talented team of partners, associates and legal analysts, while counseling clients on commercial litigation, business law, estate planning and employment law in Ohio, Michigan and federal courts.  He is known for taking a sincere and serious approach to every one of his clients’ matters.