Rinehardt Law - September 2019

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BACK TO SCHOOL And Back in the Game W elcome to the inaugural edition of the Rinehardt Law Firm newsletter! We’re

In that spirit, we recently created T-shirts with a logo on the front that reflects this mindset: back in the game . We’ll be giving these shirts to folks at the end of their case to represent the perseverance and courage they’ve shown throughout and to represent the hope and optimism with which they can now approach their future. For many of our local students and student athletes, they’re getting “back in the game” with the start of the school year. For them, it can be a little nerve-wracking as they enter a new grade or school. We want every child to start the school year off on the right foot, have the best chance for success, and not have to worry about not having the right supplies. To help support them, we participated for the fourth year in our Back to School Backpack Bash in partnership with Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring. Our team looks forward to this event each year, and our families are always there to lend a hand. The bash took place at the Friendly House in downtown Mansfield in early August, and by the end of the day, we donated over 125 backpacks and many school supplies to kids in our community. We also had ice cream sundaes, popcorn, crafts, face painting, and even a bouncy house! It looked like everyone had a fun time (just look at the photos on our Facebook page!), and we wish our students, parents, and teachers a safe and productive school year.

Something we see on a daily basis is the courage our clients show through the tough hands they’ve been dealt. Despite physical and emotional pain, they keep going. In large part, their well-being has been taken from them, and they’re left to pick up the pieces. In that process of recovery, I’ve been continuously amazed with how people face their disrupted lives and put the pieces back together. Your courage is a constant source of inspiration for me.

excited to connect with you each month and continue to build our relationship. Starting with this first edition, you’ll hear from us with stories of what we’re up to, what we’re doing for our clients and community, and tips for keeping you and your family safe on the road, at work, and in every aspect of your life. Over the last several years, our firm has grown through clients like you and through our connection to our community. In May of this year, we moved our Columbus office to a larger space to better meet your needs. Our team has grown, too; it’s no longer just me. We also have Hillary, an attorney who is my partner in life and the law, and Harvard Law School alumMelanie, an attorney who brings a diverse background and a high level of education to our legal team. You’ll hear from each of us in the newsletter and get a sense of the unique, collaborative approach our team takes. A large part of what we do as attorneys is understanding and conveying what our clients have been through and what they’ve had taken away as the result of wrongful conduct by another person. In over three decades of practicing law, I still get fulfillment from telling the story of each person we represent.

Honestly, our clients motivate me every day to be a better attorney and person. It’s what makes the work we do feel worthwhile for all of us at Rinehardt Law. Seeing our clients get back in the game, physically, mentally, and financially, is the most rewarding part of what we do.

–John Rinehardt

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THE 4-LEGGED HEROES OF GROUND ZERO Honoring the Canines of 9/11 In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to clear rubble, offer supplies, and search for survivors. It was a powerful act of resilience in a deeply trying time, and while most of the individuals helping with the disaster stood on two feet, more than 300 canines also answered the call to service. Dogs of all breeds and backgrounds, including search and rescue dogs, police dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs, were brought in to help find and care for survivors in the wake of the destruction. They worked tirelessly alongside rescue crews as they searched through the debris. Search and rescue dogs and their handlers worked 12–16-hour days, searching for survivors and victims. They worked through dangerous conditions: Many dogs burned their paws as they dug through hot rubble, and both handlers and canines inhaled toxic dust. The task was both physically and mentally exhausting for the dogs during their shifts. Some dogs that found deceased victims refused to eat or interact with other animals. Search and rescue dogs became increasingly stressed and depressed the longer they searched without any results, mirroring their handlers. It wasn’t uncommon for handlers to stage mock “findings” of survivors to keep the dogs’ spirits up. Fortunately, the sacrifices these dogs and their handlers made did not go unnoticed. Many dog owners were inspired to earn their search and rescue certifications after the events of 9/11, promising to aid in future disasters and hopefully lessen the impact of such catastrophes. After 9/11, various researchers conducted many studies examining the effect this kind of work has on animals, both physically and mentally. Many of these studies wouldn’t be possible without the AKC Canine Health Foundation, so if you’re looking to give back this September, visit them at their website to see how you can help: AKCCHF.org .

WHEN LIFE BECOMES A JUGGLING ACT Tools for Effective Time Management

Get to Know Stephanie! Stephanie Hunt is the intake specialist at Rinehardt Law Firm’s Mansfield office. Stephanie describes her job at Rinehardt Law as “challenging, rewarding, and invigorating.” Growing up, Stephanie traveled all over the U.S. with her family and has lived in Oklahoma, Florida, and Ohio. Eventually, she landed at Madison Comprehensive High School as a Ramette. This is also where she met her husband, Sean. She and Sean still call Mansfield home and reside here with their two daughters. Stephanie shares her love of traveling with her family, and they take two trips to new places every year. She says that her favorite place (so far) is Guatemala, where her family went on a mission trip in 2014. There, she and her husband renewed their vows on their 20th wedding anniversary at an estate overlooking the city where they were staying. Stephanie says of the trip, “The city is surrounded by gorgeous volcanic mountains. There is no where else in the world quite like it!” Most of the time, Stephanie’s family is so busy between sports, school, and work that they’re grateful for the down time they get to spend together. They make time intentionally for this. Stephanie is continuously thankful Although we all get the same 24 hours in a day, it seems like some people accomplish so much in those hours. Time management is the process of planning how much time to spend on specific activities, and, when done correctly, efficient time management enables us to accomplish more, lowering stress levels and allowing us to succeed in our careers, scholastic endeavors, and personal lives. Here are some tips for managing your time. Create SMART goals . Used in schools, “SMART” goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. For example, you set a goal to complete four work tasks in two hours. It’s specific: you know exactly what you want to accomplish; measurable: you either get it done or you don’t; attainable: you can reasonably accomplish this; relevant: it needs to get done; and timely: you set a specific time frame. EMPLOYEE S

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morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” Sometimes, we get so overwhelmed with our to-do list that we don’t know where to start. When this happens, try taking a page out of Twain’s book. Utilize a calendar . Whether you’re a tactile person who likes to write things down or a tech person who prefers a smartphone, utilizing a calendar is critical to time management. At Rinehardt Law, some employees use their Outlook calendars, while others have a paper calendar. Find what works for you! Make a checklist . Making a checklist gives us a clear idea of what the day or week looks like and what needs to get done. Checklists make big projects seem manageable by breaking them down task by task. There’s also a sense of accomplishment as tasks are checked off! Work hard, play hard, and get plenty of rest . Make time in your day for exercise, recreation, and sleep.

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Prioritize tasks based on importance and urgency . Look at daily tasks and determine which are important and urgent (do those right away), important but not urgent (decide when to do these), urgent but not important (delegate these to someone else, if possible), and not urgent and not important (set these aside for later). Eat the big frog first . Mark Twain famously said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the




• 5 lbs Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped

• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

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• 1/3 cup brown sugar

• 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped

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• 3 tbsp all-purpose flour

• 1/4 tsp salt

• 2 tbsp maple syrup

• 6 tbsp chilled butter, cut into pieces

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• 1/4 cup pecans,

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If Stephanie were to pick a theme song for her life, it would be “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. There’s no sports team she dislikes more than the Golden State Warriors. And last, but certainly not least, Stephanie’s favorite quote: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” –Mother Teresa


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3. In a different mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the topping. Mix in butter until it forms lumps roughly the size of a pea, then stir in pecans. Sprinkle topping over filling.

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Back to School and Back in the Game

Honoring the Canines of 9/11 Employee Spotlight Tools for Effective Time Management

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Crazy Homes Not Built by Architects

Designed by Their Owners THE WORLD’S WACKIEST HOMES It doesn’t always take a master architect to

includes 15 platforms, four greenhouses, a guest house, an art workshop, and more.

the Rings.” In fact, Grant built it over 15 years before the first movie was released. Still, it’s hard not to imagine some magical creature taking up residence in this house, which appears to be an extension of the forest itself. Gnarled tree trunks frame a circular door, moss coats the roof, and ivy covers most of the walls, all belying a cozy interior fit for many a hobbit meal or dwarf song. These homes may not be for everyone, but that’s kind of the point. Each of these homes was built by a specific resident, for a specific resident. Still, you can’t help but be impressed by the determination of their owners to make something truly one of a kind.

create a breathtaking home. Some homeowners have shunned suburban domiciles and, with a little artistic vision and a lot of determination, built homes that capture their identities. Quirky, meticulously constructed, and always unique, here are a few of the world’s wackiest homes designed, and sometimes built, by their owners. Freedom Cove, British Columbia, Canada When someone says they live on the water, they probably don’t mean they actually live on the water. But for artists Wayne Adams and Catherine King, the statement is literal. Freedom Cove, their remote, magenta-green island home, floats in Clayoquot Sound near Vancouver Island. They started building it from old, interlocking steel docks in 1991, and now it

Bat Casa, San Miguel, Mexico The best word to describe this home is probably “anatomical.” That’s certainly the aesthetic movie set designer and Bat Casa resident Steve Rood was going for. The staircase looks like human vertebrae, skeletal hands act as towel hooks in the bathroom, and tendril-like fixtures surround the living room couch. Perhaps the most out-of- character addition to the house is a large mural of the bat symbol painted on the garage door, which is the origin of the property’s name. Hobbit House, Inverness-Shire, Scotland Surprisingly, Stuart Grant’s cozy forest cottage was not inspired by the hobbit holes of “Lord of


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