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  Corey Hamilton &
Theresa Nelson

Strauss Troy welcomes two new attorneys to the firm ─ Corey Hamilton  and Theresa Nelson.  


"These two talented attorneys bring notable expertise to the services we are able to provide our business and litigation clients," said Marshall Dosker, Strauss Troy president. "Corey provides a strong core of business and real estate knowledge including key intellectual property experience, while Theresa has significant trial experience in a wide-variety of matters including labor and employment disputes."   


Strauss Troy Attorney Corey Hamilton

Attorney Corey Hamilton focuses his practice on corporate and business advisory services including contract negotiations and intellectual property, as well as real estate transactions and commercial finance. He has successfully negotiated multiple large, company-wide outsourcing contracts for Fortune 1000 clients and has represented clients in more than 100 commercial and multi-family real estate closings. Corey is licensed to practice law in Ohio and in the U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio.


Strauss Troy Attorney Theresa Nelson

Attorney Theresa Nelson  represents clients in complex labor and employment, commercial, product liability and general civil litigation. She has represented clients throughout the country in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Theresa is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Kentucky, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court - Southern District Ohio and Eastern District of Michigan. She has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star for four consecutive years and a Cincy Magazine Leading Lawyer in Personal Injury for three consecutive years.    


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Super Hero Copyrights --
It's Complicated

Marvel Comics & Kirby Settlement Leaves Questions For Freelancers


According to Alison Frankel reporting for Reuters, there were at least two reasons why U.S. Supreme Court watchers were paying attention to a petition for review by Jack Kirby's heirs. The first is obvious: Kirby was a legendary comic-book artist and writer who had a big role in the creation of the X-Men, Thor, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four -- enduring characters that continue to generate big returns for Marvel Entertainment and its parent, the Walt Disney Company.

As Frankel points out, "The other reason why this case was notable is more abstruse, but ultimately of bigger consequence than Jack Kirby's rights to characters he helped create: Can freelancers reclaim copyrights to work they sold before the Copyright Act of 1976 took effect?"


At the heart of Kirby's claim is the idea that

as a freelance writer, his creations should not be considered a work-for-hire. His attorneys presented evidence that he worked from home for piecework pay, bought his own supplies, didn't get health insurance, didn't have taxes withheld by Marvel. He didn't get paid for work Marvel didn't like, and they didn't object when he shopped his work to competitors instead. Ironically, if Kirby had merely created and assigned his work to Marvel for a pittance in the late 50s and early 60s, he would currently be eligible to terminate that assignment under Section 304 of the US Copyright Act.     


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If you have questions about copyrights, work-for-hire, trademarks or patents, contact  Corey Hamilton at 513-629-9401 or or Kris Brandenburg at 513-629-9463 or 
Important Changes  
For Employers And Employees



Strauss Troy Attorney Claudia Allen 
Strauss Troy Attorney Claudia Allen  
The IRS has issued a new Notice that may help employees who would benefit by being covered for health insurance under an exchange rather than under their employer's group health plan. Enrollment in an exchange plan is not available to those covered under an employer plan.


An employee's elections in a Cafeteria Plan are generally irrevocable for a full Plan Year ─ usually the calendar year ─ unless there has been a change in his family or employment status. Election to pay premiums under a Cafeteria Plan is one of those elections. In the case of employment status, the change would have to result in a loss of coverage under the employer's health plan.


Because of new ACA rules requiring large employers to provide coverage for all full-time employees, employees whose hours have been reduced below 30 may continue to be considered "full-time" (therefore, eligible) for the following 12 months. This would prevent them from revoking the Cafeteria Plan election and obtaining coverage ─ and perhaps subsidies ─ under an exchange. This Notice allows revocation in this circumstance provided the employee also enrolls for coverage under an exchange.


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If you need help with Cafeteria Plan documents or amendments, please call Claudia Allen at 513-629-9462 or e-mail  


Claudia Allen's practice is concentrated in the areas of employee benefits, qualified retirement plans and employment law.  


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Strauss Troy is committed to the growth and success of businesses in our community. As title sponsor of the  Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's annual Emerging 30 awards, Strauss Troy is proud to honor our region's fastest growing companies. Join us for a celebration of these top 30 local businesses at an awards ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, October 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the METS Center.Click here to register for the event.


Click here for a full list of the 2014 Emerging 30 designees.

Strauss Troy Attorneys Sponsored "Blue Gives Back" 

Benefiting The Coldwell Banker West Shell Foundation


Strauss Troy Attorneys Joe Braun and Bill Flynn sponsored "Blue Gives Back," a silent and live auction which benefited the charities supported by the Coldwell Banker West Shell Foundation, on Oct. 10 at the Hyde Park Country Club. In addition to the auction, the event featured live entertainment, food, cocktails and more.   


To learn more about the Coldwell Banker West Shell Foundation and the charities it supports, visit

Strauss Troy Attorney Bill Williamson 
Strauss Troy Attorney Bill Williamson 

Strauss Troy Attorney, Bill Williamson, participated in the United States Golf Association's (USGA) Mid-Amateur Championship at Saucon Valley Country Club 

in Bethlehem, PA on Sept 6 -11, 2014.


Bill shot 70-72, which was one stroke behind the medalists, and finished third in the Stroke Play portion of the championship. He won his first match 5 & 3 before losing to the championship's semi-finalist, Tom Werkmeister.

As the new school year gets into full swing every fall, the Strauss Troy Make-A-Difference Team and employees support Crayons to Computers by making financial contributions and gathering donations for the organization's "Teacher Wish List." Every donation received by Crayons to Computers is valuable, but the "Teacher Wish List" features the top 10 items needed in schools.

Click here to learn more about Crayons to Computers. 


Strauss Troy Market on Fountain Square runs every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until October 28. If you haven't checked out the Market yet this year, stop by for lunch, homemade crafts and delicious treats from local businesses. Click here to learn more and view a list of vendors.


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