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Jim Slater & Rick Zurz


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    I used Slater & Zurz after everyone I contacted told me I had no wrongful death case. They listened and it cost me nothing. Slater & Zurz took the case, assigned Brandon Dean as my attorney and delivered exactly what they promised. They got me a settlement in the wrongful death of my father. They kept me informed every step of the way. They answered all of my questions, walked me through everything. Marty was aggressive and compassionate. I met Mr. Zurz and Slater and they all treated me as though I was their only client. I noticed that when I would visit their office they treated everyone this way. They are caring and compassionate, yet aggressive and deliver everything they claim to do. I recommend to them to anyone who wants GOOD legal representation from ad GREAT legal firm!

    Sarah H.

    “Our family was referred to this law office to assist in a Consumer Finance matter. I had the pleasure of speaking with Attorney Jim Slater. Attorney Slater listened intently as we explained our concerns to him interjecting appropriately to understand details. He provided expert valuable advice that proved helpful to our matter though we were unable to retain the firm for representation. He went out of his way to reach out to other colleagues for guidance to ensure that we were being pointed in the right direction. During the call we felt confident that we were not only speaking to a competent legal representative but one that cared about our interest, legal position and outcome. We trusted his advise from the consultation and wish we were able to retain the firm for the trust he built in that conversation alone. Prayerfully, we will not need legal representation in the future but if we do we will definitely reach out to Slater & Zurz! Highly recommend!

    Carla Sanders

    “I was referred to Rick Zurz in 1995 by another attorney (who was/ is a friend of mine as well,) during the worst time in my life.

    Rick took the time to learn my situation, my circumstances, and anything necessary that was impacted by the circumstances.

    Not only did he do a fantastic job at resolving the legal circumstances, he also helped me thoroughly understand the process and how it would or would not impact my circumstances and ultimately the future of my life.

    Over the past 25 years, Rick has become my “go too” attorney for anything of merit or legal concern and he and his staff have always directed me in the right direction.

    Rick truly has a genuine concern for his clients and will always do the best for his clients circumstances, and not for his firms bottom line.

    Last, in all the years I’ve been utilizing Rick Zurz for my legal needs, he has always been more than fair with me when he sends me a bill.

    I always have and will continue to refer my clients, my family members, my friends and anyone seeking good legal counsel to Rick Z􀀏rz, because as far as I’m concerned, ”

    Rick Zurz is the best trial attorney in Ohio …..

    THANKS Rick for ALL you do and have ever done for me, my family, and anyone I refer to you.
    As you rightfully state: “You are the man!”

    John Padula

    “I have to tell you this is a GREAT law firm. My mom used them when she felt my grandfather Pops died from negligence at a nursing home. Slater & Zurz LLP listened; kept mom informed, consoled and counseled her, aggressively won the case and gave her and our whole family closure.

    Pops isn’t here and the only way to get an apology was for them to write the check and without the expertise of Slater & Zurz LLP we would never of had closure – I recommend them for anyone who needs a serious attorney and a GOOD attorney.

    They left no questions unanswered and I thank them for helping my mom with this horrific incident!”

    Milton S.

    They are very nice they will do everything and beyond to help you I recommend them could not ask much more from them. Will aways use them in a future

    Goran konjovic

    We are very satisfied with the results we received from Michael. Throughout the case that he managed for us, he responded quickly and consistently to all our calls and emails.  He was effective and produced good results.

    Paul and Joyce Ratcliff

    I have used Atty Rick Zurz for over 30 years for various situations that I have needed legal counsel for. He has not only successfully gotten a positive outcome but given excellent legal advice every time. I have referred him many times to friends and business associates and all have had positive results and feel well informed after speaking or retaining his services.

    Christine K.

    “On April 15th, I was struck head-on by a drunk driver at about 9:15 AM in the morning in Barberton, Ohio. I was transported to General Hospital in Akron.

    When my husband contacted our insurance company, they assured him that he did not need to hire an attorney, which of course set off an alarm. He just randomly went to the yellow pages of the phone book and chose Slater & Zurz LLP…. and we are so thankful that he did!

    With the help of the entire team of people at Slater & Zurz (especially James Slater and Rick Zurz), we were able to concentrate on my recovery while they did all the work necessary to handle our case and deal with our insurance company (since the driver of the other car did not have insurance).
    They kept us informed of every step that they took, asked our advice and opinion and gave us excellent counsel on how to deal with the situation. They could not have been any more accommodating with visits to our home in the early stages, so that I wouldn’t have to travel any more than need be.

    They provided words of encouragement during the entire process. They helped us get a settlement from our insurance company to take care of all the expenses we had which included medical bills, obtaining a new vehicle and pain and suffering.

    The outcome of our legal matter exceeded our expectations. Although it took many months for a settlement, we believe it was fair and have the law office of Slater & Zurz LLP to thank for that. We would certainly use their services again and recommend them to others.”

    Sandy B.

    “I would highly recommend Slater & Zurz LLP. I was in an accident a while back and didn’t know what to do when the other insurance company began harassing me over the phone about my injuries. I didn’t trust them so I called Jim Slater at Slater & Zurz LLP and told him my situation.

    He told me not to worry and that he would handle the situation. I never heard from the other insurance company again and the case was handled in a very timely matter. I am very pleased with the results and recommend him to my friends and family.

    Ben Dickey

    “The firm represented our daughter in a dog bite case that dated back to 2019. Jim Slater was extremely knowable and courteous. He communicated with us every step of the way, even when there was nothing to communicate. Jim would periodically check in and made sure all of our questions were addressed. We feel that we had the best representation we could have asked for and our daughter received a favorable settlement that was far greater than what we could have received on our own. We would definitely consider using Slater and Zurz in the future if the need arose!”

    Eric Bender

    “After an very unfortunate dog bite to my 11 year old son’s neck, I needed to acquire some good legal advise. I contacted Slater & Zurz and quickly realized that I contacted the right group. Jim Slater and his team took our information and quickly began to process everything in a timely, professional manner. At the time, I was unsure of hiring a firm almost 200 miles away but their communications and follow up to all of the questions made us feel like they were right next door. I would recommend Slater & Zurz to anyone that needed good professional help. And I certainly plan on hiring them for any future needs.”

    Richard Hooker

    “Where do I begin. I was going through one of the toughest issues I had ever experienced in my life….DIVORCE! When I was served with the divorce papers it was as though someone had just punched me so hard that I was in between the realm of being conscious and knocked out. I was numb to everything. I could not think straight. I couldn’t function. I was out of the house and I did not have a place to stay. How I got there I, still to this day, do not understand but if it wasn’t for the personal and professional care I received from the law office of Slater & Zurz, I truly do not believe that I would be the same person I am today.

    I entered the law firm desperately confused, depressed and afraid of the unknown that was in my immediate future. I didn’t know what to do or where to begin but Rick (Zurz) and his staff guided me through it.

    During our first meeting at his office, Rick assured me that, although this was my first time going through this, he and his staff had been through these legal proceedings thousands of times. I also remember that Rick told me to try and relax and let him do the worrying from now on. He told me what to expect through the process and how the process was going to unfold. It was so calming to know that I was not going through it alone and that I had a professional on my side to guide me. That alone meant more to me than anyone will ever know. If I had any questions or concerns, Rick was always there with either a new direction of thought, calming advice and at times, a joke to raise my spirits when I really needed it.

    I don’t remember the exact phone conversation or which meeting it was but I do remember that I began to realize that I was going to be OK. The world as I knew it was changing but I was going to be changing with it. Today, I have a new relationship with a wonderful woman (as Rick told me I would find), my kids still love me very much (as Rick told me they would) and I am looking forward to a different but wonderful life. Rick, thanks is not enough….you truly saved my life! You are a true friend.”

    Joe Belloni

    “The attorneys at Slater and Zurz get RESULTS!! They are courteous and professional. I will always go back to Slater and Zurz for any legal issues I might have.”

    – Karen McGregor

    “John Lynette is who I had for both of my not at fault vehicle accidents. He definitely got he job done! Was VERY thurl fair and honest through the process of each individual vehicle accident! If I had questions throughout the process, he would answer them with no problem and with ease! In my opinion hes the best!! =)”

    Dawna Martz

    “Mr. Slater and Rick Zurz are lawyers who are caring, courteous and professional. Twenty – six years ago they represented my son in a head injury case. I was pleased with the results, that provided for his future. When this catastrophic auto accident occurred I recalled their excellent management of the previous case and contracted them again. I recommend them if you are looking for good honest lawyers.”

    Joann Karg

    “Robert Horton is amazing! After fighting for over a YEAR with another attorney to resolve my automobile accident, Robert stepped in and resolve my case in less than 30 days. I recommend this firm as a whole for anyone seeking legal council.”

    Johnmeka Roper

    “Very pleased with the knowledge and promptness I received from Jeffrey. He kept the communication open and was quick to respond. The girls in the office are Awesome!! Very Friendly!!”

    Denise Benson

    “This is the second claim for my family and neither would have been possible if I hadn’t contacted John Lutz at Slater & Zurg LLP. Thanks for the consideration you have shown my family.”

    Tana Dugan-Zarbo

    “Mr. Robert Horton kept me informed ever step of the way. Polite and professional, took the time to get the best results. Would definitely seek Mr. Horton again if the need arises.”

    William Shafrath

    “Very knowledgeable group. Would recommend to anyone needing a lawyer. The staff is great to deal with. Just a little pushy on payment, but seem to be good people and willing to help.”

    James Allmon

    “I appreciated the attentiveness of the Attorney’s and other staff that I have spoke with and worked with on a previous case. the whole staff is wonderful in dealing with clients and helping resolve any problems. They made me feel like top priority. I would recommend them to anyone. if you’re looking for a law firm that goes above and beyond for their clients then look no further! Trust me! Thank you to everyone and all your hard work!”

    Jennifer Harsh

    “Rick Zurz and the entire staff that we have dealt with at Slater and Zurz have been extremely helpful, compassionate and the utmost professional. We highly recommend!”

    Shelley Marrero

    “Excellent firm. Professional, honest and knowledgeable! Rick Z has always handled our corporate matters and has done so with efficiency and respectability. Couldn’t be happier with their services!”

    Mathew Barberton

    “Slater and Zurz are my go to Law Firm. Knowledge, Integrity and Execution are synonymous when working with a client at Slater and Zurz.
    They have been my go to Law Firm for over ten years. They produce successful results for me and they will for you.”

    William Miller

    “Used this company for custody of my son. I cant say enough about this company and my attoney silas. They worked hard and never gave up.they always answered when I had questions or needed advice and in the end they won me custody which is very hard to do for a Male. Again thank you for all your hard work I will recommend you guys anytime I hear of anyone needing an attoney.”

    Sean Greig

    “Attorney Robert Horton was excellent! He handled our motorcycle accident claims when no other attorney would even take our case. We were very pleased with his services and he handled everything in a professional and timely manner. I would highly recommend him and will refer family and friends to him if they need an attorney.”

    Barbara Burtnett

    “I would just like to say the law firm of Slater & Zurz has been in business for I know at least 30 years or more. Attorney James Slater is very professional and he really cares for his clients, I been knowing Attorney Slater since I was 17 years old and now I am 54 years old. My whole family has nothing , but respect for him. In my opinion if you want your case done correctly and honestly this the firm to go to. Everything is done detailed and he will make sure you get what you deserve, because I have been in 3 car accidents from 1984 up to this day and I always call Attorney Slater and he kept word every time, so if you got a case he is the one that will make them pay no matter where you live check out he is really great. I have not seen him lose a case. If you want to win you case call Slater & Zurz!”

    Johnnie Mae Collins

    “I have used Slater and Zurz for 25 years. In a long business career, I have had 3 instances of major business litigation. Two of the three cases were clearly won, the third was settled to my clear benefit.

    Jim Slater has been an advisor, well beyond his role as an attorney, his wisdom has been apparent, and valuable. Rick Zurz is the litigator and he is the sharpest attorney in any room. He knows the case, including details, as well as I. They always take the high road, and this is apparent to judges and juries. I highly recommend Slater and Zurz.”

    Debbie Prinz

    “I would like to put in my two cents about my experience with Slater and Zurz LLP Law Firm in Akron. I have had two different attorneys represent me in different matters all of which have been successfully resolved. Attorney James Slater handled my auto accident injury claim. He was professional and no-nonsense. There were times when I did not think I had any rights but he convinced me otherwise and a fair settlement was reached.

    Attorney Jeff Hawkins was the attorney that James Slater referred me to about my divorce. Also, because of my marital issues, I was unable to access my retirement income for over seven months. I was about to lose my home, my car and was unable to pay other bills until Attorney Jeff Hawkins took over my case. In a matter or what seemed like a couple of weeks, Mr. Hawkins had my divorce handled and all my retroactive back retirement pay was in the mail! He was a lifesaver as far as I’m concerned.

    I had previously dealt with attorneys from other law firms one of which charged a tidy sum of money yet treated me like I was a nobody.

    The attorneys at Slater and Zurz get RESULTS!! They are courteous and professional. I will always go back to Slater and Zurz for any legal issues I might have.”

    Amy O’Neal

    “Our youngest son was attacked by a neighbor’s dog when he was 5 years old. The neighbor’s insurance company wanted to give us a minute lump sum of money and call the case closed. We felt that our son deserved much more for what he had gone through and had to now deal with noticeable scarring on his head.

    Long story short, we contacted Slater and Zurz LLP and they were absolutely wonderful. They were very friendly and seemed genuinely empathetic to our son’s situation. They were also able to more than double the amount that the insurance wanted to pay for our son’s pain and suffering. Thank you so much!”

    Theresa Kelley

    “Mr Robert Horton was beyond professional when handling my car accident case. My previous attorney was not very good and did not follow my wishes. I decided to move my case to Robert and I could not have been more pleased. If you need support after a car accident, I would not hesitate to recommend Robert at Slater & Zurz.”

    Michele McBride

    “Happy to give these guys 5 stars! Rob made the process very easy for me. Very pleased with the outcome as well.”

    Shar Dawson

    “Attorney Jim Slater of Slater & Zurz has been our family attorney for 40+ years. Our family life has included marriage, working and raising five children. While life presents many opportunities, some of them are not always good.

    When those times arose and we needed legal advice and/or representation, Attorney Jim Slater listened with compassion and provided qualified, professional and confidential legal services. Our association with the Slater & Zurz organization began in 1977.

    When another firm negotiated a domestic relations settlement that was not equitable, Mr. Slater accompanied us to court, gaining paternal custody and additional visitation at a time when was certainly not the norm.

    Over the years, Mr. Slater has provided legal counsel and representation when members of our family were injured in several car accidents by insured and uninsured motorists alike.

    An Illegal stop by a individual masquerading as a police officer brought us to Jim’s office again, this time seeking advice on this disturbing sequence of events. Attorneys from the firm represented us in this court case which sought damages for illegal detainment.

    Attorneys from the firm represented us in court as we sought a restraining order against an individual stalking and harassing our special needs daughter. Regardless of the situation, it is comforting to know that the attorneys of Slater & Zurz are there to look out for our best interests.

    Slater & Zurz have improved the quality of our lives, protecting us from situations that could have caused additional emotional and/or financial hardship which ultimately resulted in our peace of mind.”

    Cathy Giebel

    I chose Slater and Zurz because of their ability to handle a wide array of cases. My legal concern was addressed in a timely manner. Furthermore, the total hours for which I was billed compared quite favorably with a benchmark from another firm.

    I have also found that Slater and Zurz attorneys and staff return phone calls in a reasonable amount of time. Overall, I have been quite satisfied with how they have represented my interests.”

    Alan W.

    “I recently had a dog bit case handled by James Slater and Sean Buchanan. They did a wonderful job settling my case and kept me informed every step of the way. I would highly recommend them. I would definitely use Slater & Zurz in the future if the need arose.”

    Helen Preebe

    “I had a very bad dog bite and didn’t know what to do.

    I contacted Slater & Zurz and couldn’t have been more happy with their help. They were always available to answer my questions (no matter how trivial) and kept me well informed throughout the whole process. Their advise to me was spot on!

    I would recommend them without reservation to anyone whp needs a quality attorney!”

    Matthew Armstrong

    “Emotions are high when facing divorce. It is important to have a lawyer who can not only produce positive results in your case, but who can support you, by constantly providing accurate information to settle your mind. Jeffrey Hawkins is an outstanding lawyer who helped me every step of my divorce. His assistant, Margie Thompson, will be there for you too; she provides everything you need quickly and precisely, and always with a smile. There are no winners in divorce, but I feel Attorney Hawkins fought, and won for me, more than my fair share. I highly recommend Jeffrey Hawkins.”

    Sue Walker

    “I recently got into my first car accident and it was a very scary process. My attorney Robert Horton, helped me tremendously throughout the whole process. If I had any questions he was always there for me and was able to relieve any stress I had. After such a traumatic event I am grateful to have been in such good hands. Thank you Robert!”

    Fathema Yusufi

    “Silas Pasani helped with me a residential custody case for my child. He was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the situation and made himself available for any questions I had throughout the process. Both parties involved were very satisfied and I would go to him again with any legal domestic consultations I might have in the future. I highly recommend Silas to anyone. Also, everyone else I encountered in this law firm was also very friendly and helpful.”


    “Going through a divorce after 22 years of marriage is not a pleasant experience. I was referred to Rick Zurz by another lawyer in Akron and he was fantastic. Rick is straightforward and easy to work with. I felt like he personally cared about my outcome and helped me work through some very challenging aspects of my case. He gave me excellent counsel and was always patient. The other thing about Rick is that his communications are amazing. He was there for me whether it was email, phone call or text. He was always on time for our meetings and appearances and clearly knows his way around the county legal system, opposing lawyers and judges. In the end I found his fees to be more than fair and reasonable. I’m glad this is over and that Slater and Zurz represented me. My thanks to both Rick and his assistant Liz. You guys were the best!”

    Doug Swan

    “John Lynette represented me for my case. He was professional and the claim took longer than expected but he was very informative on the situation and kept me up to speed every time I called.”

    Kim Young

    “Thank you so much for all of your help, support, and work you did on my case. I strongly recommend these lawyers if you need one. Mine was car accident related. They are very smart, kind, diligent, patient, hardworking and friendly. Everyone in their office was very kind to me.”

    Ivy Corpman

    “I had a domestic case pertaining to child visitation. Slater & Zurz was cooperative in helping me get the proper forms to help me through my struggle to see my children for visitation. They were very expedient in their efforts and I was charged a very minimal fee! I was very pleased with their services. I would recommend their expertise and have used their services when needed.”

    Jeffrey Edwards

    “My attorney did a great job in seeing to it that the outcome of the case was within my expectations and didn’t exceed anything I wasn’t willing to undergo. I will use them again in the future should lifes circumstances ever require me to seek legal help and I’ve referred several people to them over the years. You’ll be in good hands should you choose to hire these guys. At least consult with them if your still not sure.”

    Corey Hawkins

    “Mr. Buchanan was a great representative, handle everything professionally and I highly recommend him in any situation and problem at hand”

    Tyrell Lamar

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    “I work in the same building as S&Z they are a great bunch of lawyers. When I ask questions they’re always very informative. Easy going and friendly. If I ever have a need for a lawyer I will go there 1st.”

    TL summers

    “Silas Pisani did an excellent job assisting with my case. He always answered any question I had within a 24 hour period. He met me where it was convenient for me and even on a Saturday. He kept me informed and on schedule with the necessary proceedings.”

    Angie South

    “Silas Pisani was just what I needed. He’s not what you expect. He was quiet, intelligent, diligent, affordable and kind at all times. He didn’t create any additional conflicts. He just got my divorce done the way I wanted at the initial price he charged.”

    CC Chapman

    “Jim Slater has been our attorney for nigh on 40 years. I remember how he fussed with my husband at first but we learned to trust him and we were all great, great friends. My husband died and I had several things come up and I went back to him. Same Jim after 40 years thoughtful, considerate, confident and friendly”

    Betty Petty

    “I spoke with Randy lastnight at a wedding reception concerning some legal problems I have. He was very gracious and spoke to me about it and I will be contacting him in the near future to discuss the situation better. He was very informative and a very good listener. I appreciated it very much!”

    Arielle Kaufman