Shoveling Smoke - A Frantz Ward Lawcast

Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that "lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke." One interpretation of his remark is that lawyers take a vague concept or principle and give it shape, clearing away the smoke. Our podcast series will focus on current legal issues and news items that may affect your business, your community or you as an individual. Our attorneys – sometimes with a judge, client or other guest – will spend 15-20 minutes exploring an issue and, at the end, provide a few takeaways to assist you in making sense of the gray areas of law.




Coming Soon
Episode 9 | Don't Learn Safety by Accident: A Look at Worker Safety and OSHA Initiatives Under the Biden Administration
Continuing our discussions about what the legal landscape may look like under the Biden Administration, Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Partner Christina Niro joins us to discuss what we can expect in terms of workplace safety initiatives and the work of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We will discuss anticipated increases in OSHA inspections, new rules and regulations that may arise and the potential expansion of workforce-related programs. We will also check in to see how the ongoing COVID pandemic may impact this arena.

Guest : Christina E. Niro    
Host : Michael E. Smith


Episode 8 | Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Navigating the Domestic Relations Arena
Frantz Ward Domestic Relations Partner Katie Arthurs joins us to explain the divorce and dissolution process, to discuss the best strategies for navigating the difficult and often painful challenges that arise in a divorce, and to provide important insights on how you can best protect your businesses from being impacted by such events.


Guest : Kaitlyn D. Arthurs    
Host : Michael E. Smith


Episode 7 | Order in the Court: A Conversation with Judge Brendan Sheehan of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
Shoveling Smoke is pleased to welcome The Honorable Brendan J. Sheehan, Administrative Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and our first outside guest for the podcast. We look forward to Judge Sheehan's unique perspectives on several topics, including the judge's personal experiences, court operations and trials during COVID, the status of the new jail/justice center project, and other services provided by the court system.

Guest : The Honorable Brendan J. Sheehan    
Host : Christopher C. Koehler


​Episode 6  |  Changing of the Guard, Part 3:  Tax Law Outlook Under the Biden Administration
A new presidential administration and a shift in control of the Senate means changes in the legal landscape as well. In Part 3 of our series on the anticipated changes due to the new look in Washington, Frantz Ward Partner Matt Kadish provides a civics lesson and explains why it's particularly hard to read the tea leaves on tax issues this year. But he has some predictions on what changes we are likely to see, when they'll occur, and the variables that will affect the outcome.

Guest : Matthew F. Kadish    
Host : Christopher C. Koehler


​Episode 5  |  Changing of the Guard, Part 2:  Health Care Outlook Under the Biden Administration
In Part 2 of this three-part series discussing the anticipated changes in the laws and regulations we can expect during the Biden administration, Frantz Ward Partner Craig Haran provides insight on how things will progress on the health care front, discussing how the administration will handle implementation of policies and laws relating to the ACA, COVID relief, Medicare, Medicaid and other hot topic issues.

Guest : Craig T. Haran    
Host : Michael E. Smith


​Episode 4  |  Changing of the Guard, Part 1:  Employment Law Outlook Under the Biden Administration
A new presidential administration and a shift in control of the Senate mean changes in the legal landscape as well. This three-part series will address the anticipated changes in the laws and regulations related to employment, health care and tax issues, and at the agencies responsible for enforcement of those laws. In Part 1, Frantz Ward Partner Brian Kelly guides us through the outlook on the labor and employment law front.

Guest : Brian J. Kelly    
Host : Christopher C. Koehler


​Episode 3  |  Forgiveness is Divine: Looking at the 2021 PPP
Frantz Ward partner Melissa Jones provides insight on the new rules and regulations of the 2021 version of the PPP and gives some ideas as to how your company's participation in the PPP might help your bottom line.

Guest : Melissa A. Jones    
Host : Michael E. Smith

​Episode 2  |  A Dose of Prevention - COVID Vaccine Primer for Employers
Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is poised for a more widespread roll-out, employers are finally able to develop plans to get their employees back to the workplace. But the vaccine will present employment law issues: Can you mandate that your employees get vaccinated? What do you do if they refuse? Frantz Ward attorney Megan Bennett answers those questions and more to help employers navigate the reopening of their businesses.

Guest : Megan E. Bennett    
Host : Christopher C. Koehler


Episode 1  |  Where Have You Gone Mrs. Pfalsgraf?

Understanding Premises Liability in the COVID world. Frantz Ward Partner Pat Haggerty provides insights on protecting your business from potential liability for claims from people supposedly contracting COVID while on your property. We will discuss the types of claims you may face and the preventive strategies that will minimize your risks.

Guest : Patrick F. Haggerty    
Host : Michael E. Smith