Rinehardt Law - June 2020

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reconstruct the crash scene of one of his cases. I was too young to grasp what it meant to be an attorney, but what stuck in my mind was how passionate and determined my dad was to see that his client was treated fairly. As the years passed, I saw that my father’s devotion to being a lawyer could be all-consuming to the point that it felt like there wasn’t enough of him left for us. However, I still felt the desire to someday live a life of such single-minded purpose. Then, life dealt my father the kind of blow that no one should have to suffer; he fell while trimming a tree and was paralyzed from the neck down. At 41 years old, my dad faced the choice of surrendering to his injury or rising up to the challenges that lay in front of him. As he went through the rigors of rehabilitation — learning to use a wheelchair, transferring from his wheelchair to his bed, learning to use utensils to feed himself with hands that no longer functioned — he never wavered from his goal of returning to practicing law. For the next 35 years, all the while having to face the daily indignities and hardships of his condition, he faithfully went to bat for his clients with zeal and integrity. My life and legal career have been guided by my attempt to follow the example set by my dad.

Dad has since passed away, but in my heart, he guides me still, and I know he relishes our successes.

JOHN J. RINEHARDT AUG. 1, 1932 — MARCH 13, 2008

I know he is beaming down with pride that our daughter Rachel is now an attorney, having graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law 50 years after he walked those same halls of legal learning. So, this Father’s Day, I will bow my head, close my eyes, press my palms together, and say “Thank you, Dad”. –John Rinehardt

On Sunday June 21, we will all celebrate our fathers.

It will come as no surprise to most of you that my father was the one who put me on the path to becoming a lawyer.

The seeds that led to me pursuing the law were planted early in my life. As a boy of only 5, I remember sitting at the kitchen table listening intently as my dad used my toy cars and school rulers to

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GETTING OUT FROM Why We Believe Law Is About Mo

THE BEST WAYS TO HELP LOCAL NONPROFITS IN CHALLENGING TIMES Over the past several months, families, businesses, and nonprofits have had to navigate life in this challenging “new normal,” and it can be hard to support your favorite nonprofits when times are tough. Here are a few ways you can help these important entities, even when you don’t have resources to spare right now. DONATE While many people donate generously during the holiday season, remember that nonprofits need donations throughout the year, and different nonprofits need different things. A monetary donation can often go a long way, but never feel obligated to give money, especially when your budget may be tight. Instead, consider cleaning out your closet. What clothes, shoes, or other accessories can you part with? What about dishware or small appliances? When you clean out your home and donate unused items, you benefit those in the community who need them most. VOLUNTEER In a time of social distancing, volunteering may be discouraged, but nonprofits still need volunteers to operate. The good news is that many nonprofits need volunteers for positions that maintain social distance, such as driving. Food banks and kitchens need drivers to pick up donations or ingredients from donors and to deliver food to people in need, such as the elderly or those with disabilities. ADVOCATE Even if you don’t have time or resources to give, you can become an advocate for important causes around your community. While it might not seem like much, sharing information about local nonprofits on social media can make a genuine difference. Nonprofits need exposure, which is greatly boosted through community support. Sharing useful information about nonprofits — or sharing their posts — increases their visibility so more people will take action.


Through Meditation and Prayer

As John shared on the cover, taking some time to think about the people we love can help us cherish them and appreciate all the ways they’ve enriched our lives, whether that person is no longer with us or lives far away. Meditation and prayer are two of the ways you can do that. Meditation allows us to focus on a specific message or intention; in a similar way, prayer also involves focusing on a message or intention. Both are powerful ways to hold loved ones in our minds and cherish their roles in our lives, and both involve setting aside time to focus intentionally on the people we care about. You might send that person positive thoughts and intentions or simply say their names and think of how much they mean to you. For a loved one who has passed, reflecting on who they were and on the wonderful memories you have of them can help you cherish the time you had together. Emma Seppala, science director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, has created many guided meditations focused on fostering loving-kindness toward those we love. Based on her guide, here’s how you can get started. 1. First, find a quiet space where you can spend 10 minutes uninterrupted. You can sit, kneel, or lay down. As long as you’re comfortable, that’s what’s important.

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M BEHIND THE DESK ore Than Pushing Paper

One of the things that makes Rinehardt Law special is our unique approach to making sure we have nailed down the facts of each case. For us, that means ditching the typical image of the lawyer behind their desk pushing paper and taking calls. Our team of attorneys and dedicated staff know that if we are going to protect the interests of our clients, we are going to have to take action, and that means getting our boots on the ground. As soon as we are hired by someone who has been injured in crash, we do everything possible to secure all the evidence. The typical lawyer gets the crash report, but here at Rinehardt Law, that only scratches the surface. Our team jumps in with both feet with a laundry list of action items: Get a copy of the audio recordings calling in the crash, locate the cars involved in the crash so we can download the black box data, go to the crash scene to take pictures and look for skid marks and lines of sight, track down and interviewwitnesses, contact businesses in the area of the crash to find CCTV video, contact the police to get the dash cam video, and more. Getting out from behind our desks continues as the case moves forward. Our attorneys meet with the doctors to make sure we will be able to tell the full story of the effects of the injuries. And of course, we have the grit and experience to go take the fight to the courtroom if that’s what it takes to get the insurance company to fairly pay for what our client has been through. The evidence needed to prove the case does not simply arrive on a lawyer’s desk. We know that there are no short cuts and no substitutes for rolling up our shirt sleeves and doing whatever is needed to get the facts. F LOVED ONES

Grilled Basil Chicken and Tomatoes


Inspired by TasteOfHome.com

2 tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar


Close your eyes.

1/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves


Breathe in and breathe out.

8 Roma tomatoes

• 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)

4. Think of someone you love who loves you very much. This can be someone living or someone who has passed.


5. Imagine them standing to your right. They are sending you wishes for your health, safety, and well-being. Next, imagine them standing to your left, sending you wishes for your health, safety, and well-being. 6. Think again of this person, and now, send them the love you feel for them. Send them wishes of kindness, love, and well-being. You can repeat this process for other loved ones, as well.

1. For marinade: In blender, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, vinegar, and basil. Cut 2 tomatoes into quarters and add to mixture. Cover and process until blended. Halve remaining tomatoes for grilling. 2. In bowl, combine chicken and 2/3 cup marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Reserve remaining marinade. 3. Heat grill to about 350–400 F. Lightly oil grates. Grill chicken until internal temperature reads 165 F, about 4–6 minutes per side. Grill tomatoes until lightly browned, about 2–4 minutes per side. Discard remaining marinade. 4. Serve chicken and tomatoes with reserved marinade.

7. Take a deep breath and let it go. Slowly open your eyes and notice how you feel.

You can complete this process on your own or through a guided meditation or prayer, like the one provided by Seppala at GGIA.Berkeley.edu/practice/loving_kindness_meditation.

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Have the Olympics Ever Been Postponed Before?

TIMES THE OLYMPICS WERE CANCELED And the Postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games

In late March, amid the global spread of COVID-19, the International Olympic Committee announced the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games. They were slated to take place in Tokyo, Japan, this summer, but they will now happen in the summer of 2021. While this is an unprecedented decision, it’s not the first time that major global events have affected the Olympic Games or which countries participated. Since the inception of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, they have been outright canceled three times — 1916, 1940, and 1944. The first cancellation of the Olympic Games happened during World War I. The German Empire was supposed to host the games in Berlin, but by the time 1916 rolled around, Europe was deep in the trenches of WWI. Many nations had sent their athletes to fight in the war, so the games were canceled. World War II caused the next two cancellations. The 1940 Olympics were initially scheduled to be held in Tokyo. It would have

were held in Moscow, Russia, in protest of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, 64 other nations followed suit. However, those games still went on as planned and 80 countries participated. The fact that major global conflicts are the only other events that have been catastrophic enough to affect the Olympics might be distressing and elevate anxiety about our current global health crisis. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the Olympics have only been postponed this time, not canceled. We’ll still get to cheer on our favorite Olympians next year.

been the first time the games were hosted by a non-Western country, but Japan forfeited the right to host when they invaded China in 1937. The games were then rebooked for Helsinki, Finland, but after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939 and started WWII, those games were scrapped as well. Since the fighting hadn’t ceased by the time the games were supposed to happen in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in 1944, the Olympics were canceled again. Though the Olympics have happened on schedule since the end of WWII, the United States has not always participated. In 1980, when the U.S. boycotted the Olympics that


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