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BMD Announces Firmwide Attorney Promotions

Press Release

Brennan, Manna & Diamond (BMD) is pleased to announce attorney promotions throughout the firm. Effective December 1, 2023, the following attorneys have been promoted to Member: Cleveland – Cassandra L. Manna and Marlon Primes, Columbus – Brandon T. Pauley. The following attorneys have been promoted to Partner: Akron – Nicholas E. Karam, Columbus – Krista D. Warren



  • Cassandra L. Manna joined BMD in 2018 focusing her practice on all matters relating to estate and wealth planning and family-run business leadership teams. She actively recruited Estate Planning law firms to join BMD and expand the reach, impact, and capabilities of her practice. Cassandra works to help assimilate the new attorneys, paralegals, assistants and other staff members into the BMD technology and processes and conveys the importance of the firm’s culture including diversity and inclusion. She is Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Under Cassandra’s direction, the committee has developed an ongoing diversity speaker series and employee highlights that shed light on diversity and increased cultural awareness throughout the firm.
  • Marlon Primes joined the firm in 2022 as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio and has 30 years of legal experience. He is the Co-Chair of the firm’s Business and Tort Litigation Group and handles a wide variety of complex civil litigation in state, federal and appellate courts, including jury trials and appellate actions. Marlon’s practice covers a wide variety of practice areas most notably, litigation and employment law. He is the recipient of many legal and civic awards and is frequent speaker on a wide range of legal topics. Marlon is an advocate for diversity and is a member of many boards and associations focused on elevating diversity in the legal community.


  • Brandon T. Pauley has been with BMD since 2017. He counsels businesses, individuals, professional associations, and healthcare providers in areas involving business agreements, ownership disputes, cybersecurity, zoning, and real estate transactions. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Brandon worked in corporate real estate finance for a Fortune 500 corporation based in Columbus, Ohio.



  • Nicholas E. Karam has been with the firm since 2019 and practices in the areas of commercial real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate business matters. His practice primarily focuses on commercial real estate purchases and sales and lease negotiations, from both the landlord and tenant sides. Nick is also experienced with various due diligence requirements when purchasing property, including environmental, survey, and title-related issues.


  • Krista D. Warren has been with the firm since 2017. She advocates for and advises clients in commercial, business, construction, and litigation matters. Krista has handled litigation matters in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels as first and second chair. She also counsels clients through the negotiation of disputes, including mediations. In addition, Krista is a trained Title IX investigator, advisor, and decision maker, and has worked with higher education institutions throughout Ohio.

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BMD Grows Cleveland Office with Five New Attorneys | Welcomes Esports, Media & Entertainment Law Practice

Brennan Manna Diamond, an entrepreneurial business law firm with 90 attorneys in 12 offices across Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and Michigan – is proud to announce significant updates reflecting its commitment to Cleveland’s growth and development.

BMD Announces Jessica K. Hew Promoted to Partner

Attorney Jessica K. Hew has been promoted to Partner, effective March 15, 2024. Jessica joined the firm’s Orlando office in early 2023, returning to private practice after working as in-house general counsel after working as a Vice-President, Underwriting Counsel managing the Florida Commercial Division Agencies for a national title insurance underwriter and managing international legal expense contracts for an international cloud-based business payment solution company.

Brennan Manna Diamond Welcomes Two New Members to the Cleveland Office

BRENNAN, MANNA & DIAMOND is pleased to welcome Shelly R. LaSalvia and Kirk W. Roessler as Members to its Cleveland office. With the addition of Shelly and Kirk, BMD expands its real estate, finance, corporate, and mergers & acquisition practice areas while increasing the bench strength of the Cleveland office.

BMD Named to the 2024 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

Brennan Manna & Diamond (BMD) is recognized among the leading law firms in the nation according to the 2024 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers®  "Best Law Firms." The firm has ranked in in 13 practice areas and has earned “National Tier 1” rankings in Health Care Law and Litigation-Trusts & Estates.

Press Release: Rick Burke named 2024 H. Peter Burg Award recipient by Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley

Rick is receiving the H. Peter Burg Community Leadership Award for his leadership at Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC, as well as in the community. He has served countless organizations such as Akron Children’s Hospital, the Akron Rotary Club, and the University of Akron Foundation Gifts & Estate Planning Committee. Rick has also served as a Board member and Board Chair for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Akron, Mobile Meals, Access, Inc., Greenleaf Family Services, the American Red Cross of Akron and the Greater Mahoning Valley, Northern Ohio Golf Charities, the Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation, and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.  In addition, Rick has accumulated 40 years of service as a volunteer at Firestone Country Club on behalf of Northern Ohio Golf Charities and was Tournament Chair of the 1996 NEC Invitational-World Golf Championship (now known as the Kaulig Companies Championship).  Rick was a member of Leadership Akron Class IX and has been a recipient of the (Summa) Charles Deering Legacy Advisor Leadership Award 2017 as well as the University of Akron School of Law 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award.