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March 15, 2016

Whetstone v. Binner, Admr., Ohio Supreme Court Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-1006

In a case of first impression, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that where liability has been determined while a tortfeasor was alive, punitive damages are available to plaintiff after the tortfeasor’s death, and where otherwise appropriate, an award may be imposed against the tortfeasor’s estate. 

The Court’s decision affirmed the judgment of the Fifth District Court of Appeals, No. 13 CA 47, 2014-Ohio-3018.

Grant A. Wolfe, Of Counsel to Rinehart, Rishel & Cuckler, Ltd. represented the prevailing party, Christine Whetstone.

The Ohio Supreme Court’s opinion may be viewed online at:

January 27, 2016

I-670 soon to be named for former Columbus mayor

The Columbus Dispatch - January 27, 2016 11:36 AM

A portion of the interstate that Dana “Buck” Rinehart worked so hard to get built will soon be forever named in his honor.

The former two-term Columbus mayor basically camped in the office of President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff until he finally got the money to build a freeway connecting Downtown with the airport.

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January 14, 2016

Steve Cuckler was appointed General Counsel of the Association of Ohio Commodores (AOC).  AOC's mission is to assist the State of Ohio in its advancement in all areas contributing to the economic growth and development of the State, and the greater prosperity of its citizens.  

August 15, 2015

Steve Cuckler graduated from US Army Command and General Staff Officer Course. (CGSOC).  CGSOC educates and trains field grade officers to be adaptive leaders, capable of critical thinking, and prepared to dominate in Unified Land Operations and collaborate in joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environments in the US and abroad.  Steve is a Major is the US Army Reserve and currently serves as a Team Leader with the 9th LOD in Whitehall, Ohio.

July 1, 2015

Rob Rishel appointed to Westerville Planning Commission.  Rob served for 9 years on the City of Westerville’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

February 18, 2015

Partner, and former City of Columbus Mayor, Buck Rinehart passed away at age 68 after an almost two year battle with pancreatic cancer.

June 2014

Partner Steve Cuckler was appointed 2014 – 2016 Finance Committee Chairperson for the Delaware County Republican Executive Committee.

March 2014

The Delaware County Board of Elections selected Partner Steve Cuckler as Chairman for the 2014 – 2016 term.

November 1, 2013

Rinehart, Rishel & Cuckler, Ltd was featured in Builder Update, the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio’s official publication.

September 20, 2013

Columbus Business First featured Managing Partner Rob Rishel in the Law edition of their “20 People To Know” series.

September 9, 2013

The City of Columbus dedicated their new Public Utilities Complex to Partner Buck Rinehart, the city’s 50th mayor. Current Mayor Michael Coleman performed the dedication.

May 24, 2013

Partner Steve Cuckler was honored in Columbus Business First’s annual 40 under 40 feature, which celebrates Central Ohio’s up and coming professionals and community leaders.

May 2013

Partner Steve Cuckler, together with other community members and the city of Delaware, began a special project to refurbish & relocate a WWI relic cannon and make it a feature piece of a new Delaware Veterans Memorial Plaza, to be located in the city of Delaware.

March 2012

Delaware County Republican Party Executive Committee appointed Partner Steve Cuckler to the Delaware County Board of Elections.

January 2012

Managing Partner Rob Rishel was elected Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the city of Westerville.

December 4, 2011

Partner Steve Cuckler was appointed by Governor Kasich into the Association of Ohio Commodores.

August 2011

Rinehart, Rishel & Cuckler, Ltd. was honored with the Patriot Award from the Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

February 1, 2010

Rinehart, Rishel & Cuckler, Ltd. featured in Columbus Business First article on economic development incentives for businesses. 

December 6, 2009

Partner Buck Rinehart was appointed by Governor Strickland into the Association of Ohio Commodores.


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