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At The Calkins Law Firm, we staff client matters exclusively with well educated, top rated, and highly experienced business attorneys in order to provide genuine expertise and excellent service to our clients on a cost effective basis.
Contact Doug Nelson:
Direct: (216) 409-8464
Doug Nelson has been practicing law for over 20 years, with a focus on the areas of estate planning, real estate law, and general business services. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Ohio and New York. At Calkins Law Firm he will focus on estate planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts, as well as the purchase and sale of commercial and residential real property, leasing, general business, and corporate law.
Mr. Nelson is a graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the New York University School of Law, and he previously served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Kent State University. There he enjoyed sharing his knowledge by teaching courses in Estate Planning and Probate Administration, Civil Law and Procedure, and Legal Ethics. He also previously worked as General Counsel and Director of Leasing for a local real estate management company, RMS Investment Corporation.
In his work surrounding real estate law, Mr. Nelson has represented buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants. He is skilled in handling all aspects of the acquisition, disposition, financing, development, construction, and exchange of commercial, industrial, residential and multi-family real estate, including lease negotiation. Mr. Nelson’s extensive experience in commercial finance, tax valuation complaints, and corporate real estate has also enabled him to serve as a business advisor to his clients, guiding them through real estate structuring and other investment transactions.
Together with his other specialties, Doug Nelson is also experienced in general business and corporate law including commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and advising emerging and closely-held businesses. He is skilled in both the preparation and negotiation of a host of legal agreements. Mr. Nelson has also structured diverse joint venture, like-kind exchange, deferred sale, and financing transactions for real estate clientele.
Doug Nelson puts his broad experience to work when representing his clients, from individuals and family offices to tax-exempt organizations and financial institutions. His estate planning expertise covers a wide spectrum and includes estate and trust administration, estate and family business succession planning, and charitable gift planning.
His background enables Mr. Nelson to navigate the complexities of estate planning, especially when real estate holdings, life insurance, retirement plan assets, stock options, and other executive compensation plans are involved. He is also very in tune with the sensitive nature of estate planning, and works hard to accommodate special family considerations.
Mr. Nelson’s objective is to meet his clients’ needs and goals and he is prepared to use any means available, including sophisticated techniques such as personal residence and charitable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts. Mr. Nelson’s expertise makes a potentially difficult and complicated issue less daunting, allowing Calkins Law clients to enact a sound, successful plan for their family’s financial future. Mr. Nelson can also draw on his deep well of real estate, tax, and business law knowledge when advising clients on their best estate planning options.
When Calkins Law clients work with Doug Nelson they can expect a thorough consultation and explanation of any applicable tax and probate laws, along with suggested strategies to reduce taxes and protect assets. Mr. Nelson is happy to educate clients, defining terms and the specific duties of individuals who are involved in the estate planning process. Client concerns will be discussed and questions will be answered, including information surrounding very personal health care and end-of-life decisions. At every step of the process, Doug Nelson will take care of clients and help to lessen the stress and fear that are too often associated with estate planning.
Doug was recently awarded the AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating™ by Martindale-Hubbell® – the most exclusive peer review rating offered to attorneys, indicating the highest level of professional excellence. This significant achievement is awarded to less than 5% of all lawyers in the United States.
Contact Kathy Perales:
Direct: (440) 574-0290
Kathy Perales is an experienced intellectual property attorney and has practiced law for over 20 years in both Ohio and Texas.
An MIT graduate, she has studied English, chemistry, and law to put together an ideal skill set for her area of expertise. Mrs. Perales currently specializes in intellectual property matters including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law. With her collective abilities she can aid clients through the registration process while accurately and persuasively describing, defending, and advocating for their inventions, creations, and trademarks.
Mrs. Perales was inspired to take up patent law by her inventive, patent-holding, and entrepreneurial husband. She has since been able to assist clients and others – including family members and an enterprising high school student – to bring their ideas to fruition.
For Mrs. Perales, intellectual property is a valuable resource that is worth protecting. She doesn’t advocate for conflict, instead educating clients on their rights and value while encouraging them to assert themselves when necessary. Kathy Perales well knows the importance of weighing costs and benefits, risks and rewards, and enjoys the analytical process. She draws from this knowledge to assist her clients in patent best practices. Mrs. Perales has also aided clients in establishing both for profit and nonprofit ventures and has experience in obtaining 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Having served as general counsel for a number of small corporations, Kathy Perales continues to advise businesses in Ohio and Texas. She enjoys speaking about intellectual property law to community groups, trade associations, entrepreneurial clubs, and economic development agencies.
On a more personal note, Mrs. Perales understands that reaching children during their formative years is key to their success. Her three children are testament to this truth – consistent, meaningful efforts have helped them to become the mathematicians and scientists that they are today. And so Mrs. Perales now takes every opportunity to advocate for ways to make learning fun and accessible for others’ children, especially in reference to math and STEM education. She is also involved in speaking at pitch competitions, where she is happy to share her knowledge with competing students. Her background in science and her love of education makes her the ideal science fair judge, and she has been a part of many competitions.
Both in her life and work, Kathy Perales revels in finding the intersection of creativity and scientific innovation. Whether she is meticulously note taking, brainstorming, or analyzing processes, she is always inquisitive, ever curious. Her qualities lend themselves perfectly to her professional endeavors, but Mrs. Perales’ inherently perceptive nature also finds expression in gardening, cooking, reading, and supporting her local Oberlin arts community. The Oberlin College opera and the Oberlin Heritage Center are two organizations that she proudly supports.
Love of education is a connecting thread through all that Kathy Perales does, and she brings that same spirit to Calkins Law firm. Mrs. Perales is dedicated to keeping her clients up to date, informed, and a key part of the legal process. Questions and discussion will always be welcomed and encouraged.
- Executive Committee Member of OBP, Oberlin Business Partnership
- Volunteer legal advisor for the business owners enrolled in Cleveland’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program
- Current member and past small business/small firm committee co-chair of CIPLA, the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association
- Past co-president of CCIPC, Cleveland Corporate IP Counsel
- Assists and advises various nonprofits:
Hope For a Cure For ALZ – Alzheimer’s research and support
Oberlin Du Bois Project – math and STEM education focused on underrepresented minorities
BOFE Lupus Foundation Inc. – lupus and autoimmune patient support
The Prodigal Father – Catholic prayer
Oberlin Community Land Trust – affordable housing
Solar United Neighbors of Ohio – solar energy advocacy
Laura Siddiq has over twenty years of experience as a Business Administrator.
During her career, she has established a track record of strong performance in every aspect of business operation. Laura has decided to rejoin the workforce after dedicating herself to raising her children and she is a welcome addition to the Calkins Law Firm family.
Across her aforementioned decades of experience, Laura has been involved in a diverse array of businesses. Though she has enjoyed her work with different types of companies, she admits that for her, legal work has been the most interesting and fulfilling. Calkins Law Firm is thrilled to have a capable, motivated, and skilled business administrator on board and will provide Mrs. Siddiq with ample opportunities to employ her abilities.
Aside from her extensive practical experience, Laura also received formal training from the nationally accredited Katharine Gibbs School which was formerly operational in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then, she has spent the better part of her life with her family in the Chagrin Valley area. Mrs. Siddiq is deeply rooted in her Ohio community and is happy to once again use her skills to assist local businesses.
Clearly, Mrs. Siddiq was already an accomplished woman in her own right when she decided to dedicate time to her family’s well-being. Besides giving of herself to care for others, Laura is also an energetic athlete. She enjoys playing sports of all kinds, but golfing, tennis, and skiing are her favorites. Laura also finds joy in spending time outdoors, and her forty years spent in the Greater Cleveland area have provided her with an abundance of seasonal delights.
Laura Siddiq will be a great help to Calkins Law Firm in their quest to provide the ultimate in customer service and responsiveness. Her knowledge base and skill set will be invaluable as the firm works to leverage all available tools to keep business running smoothly and affordably. Laura looks forward to getting to know clients and further improving their experience with Calkins Law Firm.
David Meredith is currently a rising 2L student at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Following his first year of law school, Mr. Meredith joined The Calkins Law Firm as a paralegal.
Mr. Meredith graduated cum laude from John Carroll University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During his time at John Carroll, Mr. Meredith served on the John Carroll Student Government, wrote for The Carroll News, and worked as a resident assistant. Mr. Meredith has also accumulated experience working with political campaigns, politicians, and local officials.
After finishing his law degree, Mr. Meredith intends to remain in the Northeast Ohio area to work as an attorney and look for ways to participate in public service.
Ed has been practicing real estate and general business law for over 50 years. Before engaging as a sole practitioner in 2008, he spent a combined 36 years with two major Cleveland law firms and 8 years as General Counsel for Western Reserve land Conservancy. In addition to the general practice areas of real estate and business law he has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating conservation easements and other land protection instruments.
Brinton J. Resto earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and has years of experience working in Cleveland and surrounding areas. Mr. Resto joined The Calkins Law Firm in July of 2022.
Mr. Resto is a highly experienced trial lawyer committed to achieving his client’s objectives. Such objectives can range anywhere from mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Mr. Resto diligently works to bring clients a proactive approach in a cost-effective manner.
Mr. Resto has significant experience in practicing Internet and Data Privacy Law. He has helped obtain six-figure settlements and removed countless sources of online content through legal action and professional persuasion.
A native Ohioan, Ami Zukowsky graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, located in New York City, in 2013. While there, Attorney Zukowsky earned concentrations in both Litigation and Family Law. Before moving back to Ohio, Ami worked for both the New York Family Court and the City of New York.
After moving to Ohio, Ami worked at one of the area’s most prestigious mid-sized law firms, before forming his own firm, Zukowsky Law LLC, in the winter of 2016. Since then, Ami has litigated in many counties throughout Ohio, successfully argued before Ohio Appellate Courts, and filed numerous cases in both the Northern and Southern Federal District Courts of Ohio, as well as the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Ami has been recognized by his peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star – an award given to only 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 – annually since 2020. In addition to top-notch legal representation, Ami strives to provide his clients with the best client service available.
When Ami isn’t practicing law, he is spending time with his wife and three children. Ami enjoys reading and following the Chicago Blackhawks. He serves on the board of the sleep-away summer camp where he met his wife.