Joseph M. Ruscak

Shareholder
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6716
F 330.376.4577
P 330.849.6716 | F 330.376.4577

Overview

Mr. Ruscak focuses his practice on litigation with emphasis on the defense of product liability lawsuits involving automobile components. As part of his chemical and materials background, Mr. Ruscak has assisted clients requiring a deeper understanding of the technical issues involving their products. He is a member of the firm's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy group and its E-Discovery group. He represents and counsels large and small companies on product liability, intellectual property, and related property law including patent infringement, trademarks, and copyrights. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Ruscak worked as a chemical engineer for a Fortune 500 company and brings more than 20 years of experience in the chemical and polymer industries.

Services

Industries

Education

  1. The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
  2. The Ohio State University, B.S., Chemical Engineering

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Four U.S. patents received for development of high melt point polymer resins
  • Former Purchasing Manager - Synthetic Rubber for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Experience includes development and implementation of alternative rubber sources in Eastern Europe and Russia
  • Former technical representative to CART Indycar racing team and NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series
  • Significant experience in tire design and rubber compounding
  • Designed Original Equipment tires for BMW 3-Series, BMW Mini Cooper and Mercedes Benz M-Class

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • USLAW Network
Community Affiliations
  • Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council, Board Member
  • St. Sebastian's School in Akron, Ohio
    • Finance Council, Outgoing Chair and Past President
    • Basketball Coach

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Following CARES Act, USPTO and Copyright Office Directors Extend Certain IP Filing Deadlines (Apr 6, 2020)
    Cyber Hygiene - Best Practices While Working Remotely (Apr 1, 2020)
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Temporarily Extends Filing Deadlines (Mar 30, 2020)
    Supreme Court of Ohio Tolls Litigation Deadlines and Timelines (Mar 29, 2020)
    New Ohio Law Tolls Statutes of Limitations and Deadlines in Civil Lawsuits Due to COVID-19 (Mar 27, 2020)
  2. Presentations
    "Cybersecurity 101: Education for Educators" - Roetzel Webinar (June 2020)
    "Mitigating Cybersecurity Risk During Your Transition Back to the Workplace" - Roetzel Webinar (May 2020)
    "Work At Home – Navigating Legal, Cyber and Insurance Risks in the time of COVID-19" - Roetzel & Hylant Webinar (April 2020)
    "Blockchain - What Is It and Its Impact on the Legal Field" (November 2019)
    “Big Data from a Legal Perspective – How to Handle Before and During Litigation” - Clemson Tire Conference (2018)
  3. Firm News
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
    Roetzel Represents C.S.I. Enterprises, Inc. in $600 Million Acquisition by Edenred (Nov 28, 2018)
  4. Upcoming Event
    Building your Cybersecurity Response and Recovery (Sep 24, 2020)

Overview

Mr. Ruscak focuses his practice on litigation with emphasis on the defense of product liability lawsuits involving automobile components. As part of his chemical and materials background, Mr. Ruscak has assisted clients requiring a deeper understanding of the technical issues involving their products. He is a member of the firm's Cybersecurity and Data Privacy group and its E-Discovery group. He represents and counsels large and small companies on product liability, intellectual property, and related property law including patent infringement, trademarks, and copyrights. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Ruscak worked as a chemical engineer for a Fortune 500 company and brings more than 20 years of experience in the chemical and polymer industries.

Education

  1. The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
  2. The Ohio State University, B.S., Chemical Engineering

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • Four U.S. patents received for development of high melt point polymer resins
  • Former Purchasing Manager - Synthetic Rubber for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
  • Experience includes development and implementation of alternative rubber sources in Eastern Europe and Russia
  • Former technical representative to CART Indycar racing team and NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series
  • Significant experience in tire design and rubber compounding
  • Designed Original Equipment tires for BMW 3-Series, BMW Mini Cooper and Mercedes Benz M-Class

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • USLAW Network
Community Affiliations
  • Boy Scouts of America, Great Trail Council, Board Member
  • St. Sebastian's School in Akron, Ohio
    • Finance Council, Outgoing Chair and Past President
    • Basketball Coach

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Following CARES Act, USPTO and Copyright Office Directors Extend Certain IP Filing Deadlines (Apr 6, 2020)
    Cyber Hygiene - Best Practices While Working Remotely (Apr 1, 2020)
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Temporarily Extends Filing Deadlines (Mar 30, 2020)
    Supreme Court of Ohio Tolls Litigation Deadlines and Timelines (Mar 29, 2020)
    New Ohio Law Tolls Statutes of Limitations and Deadlines in Civil Lawsuits Due to COVID-19 (Mar 27, 2020)
  2. Presentations
    "Cybersecurity 101: Education for Educators" - Roetzel Webinar (June 2020)
    "Mitigating Cybersecurity Risk During Your Transition Back to the Workplace" - Roetzel Webinar (May 2020)
    "Work At Home – Navigating Legal, Cyber and Insurance Risks in the time of COVID-19" - Roetzel & Hylant Webinar (April 2020)
    "Blockchain - What Is It and Its Impact on the Legal Field" (November 2019)
    “Big Data from a Legal Perspective – How to Handle Before and During Litigation” - Clemson Tire Conference (2018)
  3. Firm News
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
    Roetzel Represents C.S.I. Enterprises, Inc. in $600 Million Acquisition by Edenred (Nov 28, 2018)
  4. Upcoming Event
    Building your Cybersecurity Response and Recovery (Sep 24, 2020)