National Burger Month: Elk & Elk Partners Share Their Favorites

In honor of National Burger Month, we asked Elk & Elk’s Partners to name their favorite Ohio burger spot. From specialty sauces to tasty toppings, each eatery has a unique take on the American staple. Read on for all the beef on their sizzling summer favorites.

Where will you be celebrating National Burger Month?

 

Arthur Elk – Flip Side | Chagrin Falls, OH

Without hesitation, Arthur chose Flip Side, National Burger Month - Flip Side Burgerrecognized by cleveland.com and Cleveland Scene.

“I love the Flip Side Burger with the marinated onions and crispy french fries! You always need to top it off with a thick Chocolate Milkshake. It’s rockin’ good.”

Made with Ohio-raised premium grass-fed beef, this Cleveland favorite can be found not only in Chagrin Falls, but Hudson, the Flats, Rocky River, Liberty and Breckenridge.

Photo: flipsideburger.com

David Elk – Moxie | Beachwood, OHNational Burger Month - Moxie the Restaurant

Though it’s not your typical burger joint, David Elk insists that you try the Moxie Burger from Moxie. Classic in style with a thick patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, aged cheddar and aioli, this burger makes for a satisfying lunch.

Like his brother, David’s sweet tooth recommends a dessert of the baked hot chocolate, another must-try at Moxie.

Photo: Moxie, The Restaurant on Facebook

Jay Kelley – Johnny’s Little Bar | Cleveland, OH

From the outside, this Cleveland hot spot doesn’t look like much, but when you venture downtown, head inside Johnny’s Little Bar for a warm atmosphere with National Burger Month - Johnny's Little Bargood food and good brews.

Recognized by Northern Ohio Live as “among the best cheeseburgers in the city,” Little Bar has a simple but tasty list of burger choices that will make anyone’s mouth water. Each burger comes with fresh fries and a crunchy pickle.

Photo: stu_spivak, tumblr

John O’Neil – Swenson’s | Seven Hills, OHNational Burger Month - Swenson's

In 1934, Wesley T. Swenson gave Northeast Ohio the best gift, Swenson’s. In 1999, Forbes Magazine declared the Galley Boy, Swenson’s most famous burger, “America’s Best Cheeseburger.” True to its historic roots, Swenson’s is a drive-in, giving you a tasty reminder of the good ol’ days.

Not only are these burgers delicious, but also affordable. All Swenson burgers, including the “Triple Cheeseburg” are under the price of five dollars.

Photo: www.swensonsdriveins.com

Phillip Kuri – Whitey’s | Richfield, OH

Whitey’s in Richfield may be a littleNational Burger Month - Whitey's more obscure than others on this list, but the joint has been serving massive, delicious burgers since the 1950s.

According to Elk & Elk Partner Phillip Kuri, “the chili is famous and they will put it on anything.” One burger that features the famous recipe is “The Kiev,” served on Texas toast with chopped onion, cheese, Whitey’s Chili and sour cream. If you aren’t a chili lover, don’t worry! There are plenty of other burgers on their menu.

Photo: www.zomato.com

Marilena DiSilvio – Heck’s Café | Ohio City, OH

Established in 1974, this hidden gem has secured National Burger Month - Heck'sits place on our list with nearly a dozen unique burgers to choose from. You’ll find all of the classic options available for the customizable Heckburger, but can easily zest things up with the Cajun Burger’s spicy aioli, or some sweet pineapple atop the Teriyaki Burger. Check out their full menu here.

Photo: www.heckscafe.com

Where will you be celebrating National Burger Month? Tell us in the comments!

Elk & Elk Goes Green

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. is proud to announce its designation as “Green Certified” through the CMBA Green Initiative Certification program for the years 2015-2017.Green Logo - Elk & Elk is Green Certified 2015 - 2017

On October 2, 2015, Elk & Elk was among more than 40 law firms and offices recognized as “Green Certified” during the David Webster Greener Way to Work luncheon, hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA).

“Elk & Elk is grateful to be recognized for adopting environmentally sound business practices,” said Dawn Urban, Green Administrator for Elk & Elk. “We applaud the CMBA’s efforts and are proud to join our fellow Green Certification recipients, making a difference in our community by recycling and reducing energy consumption.”

CMBA Green Initiative

The CMBA’s Green Initiative was the brainchild of the late David Webster, a well-regarded Cleveland attorney and environmentalist. In his memory, the Green Initiative Committee (GIC) presents the annual David Webster Greener Way to Work Week, encouraging members of the legal community to find greener ways to commute to work. The GIC also hosts the Greener Way to Work luncheon, which recognizes area law firms, offices and legal support organizations for their commitment to protecting the environment.

Michelle Cook, CMBA 2015 Green Initiative Committee Chair and Colby Sattler of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Michelle Cook, 2015 Green Initiative Committee Chair and Colby Sattler of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. (Photo courtesy of CMBA)

During the luncheon, Michelle Cook, the 2015 GIC Chair, thanked the attendees for practicing efficient energy use. “Everything we do has an impact, be it large or small,” said Cook. “Even if you are only one person, you have the power to enact change. Every tiny decision you make is like a brick, and brick by brick, a whole house is built. Together, the Cleveland legal community is coming together person by person, firm by firm, and together we are making big changes.”

Keynote speaker, Colby Sattler of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, presented eye-opening statistics and information about the need to Reforest Our City. He shared practical solutions for businesses and individuals to help restore Cleveland’s once lush urban forest, which earned it the moniker, “The Forest City.”

Elk & Elk recognized as Green Certified

To qualify as CMBA Green Certified, Elk & Elk was required to demonstrate that the firm is in compliance with the established criteria below.

Elk & Elk recognized as Green Certified through the CMBA Green Initiative Certification program.
Denise Pickett; Mary Ann Watts; Venera Ilievska & Dawn Urban, Green Administrator, accepting the CMBA Green Certificate on behalf of Elk & Elk Co., Ltd. (Photo courtesy of CMBA)

A.  Paper Reduction – A commitment to 2 of the following 4 efforts to reduce per capita paper use:

  1. Purchasing office paper with at least 30% recycled content
  2. Using double-sided copying and printing, at least for drafts and internal documents
  3. Recycling discarded office paper
  4. Purchasing office paper only from paper manufacturers with sustainable forestry management practices

B.  Energy Reduction – A commitment to reduce office energy use by 10% in the first year of certification

C.  Recycling Program – Must have or form a firm/office program for recycling glass, plastic and e-waste products (toner cartridges, computers, etc.)

D.  Internal Green Committee – Must have or form a firm/office Green Committee or designated administrator to implement the program, interface with the CMBA, and generally encourage environmentally-responsible practices among staff.

Tips for going Green

The CMBA’s Green Initiative Certification program promotes green practices for adoption by law firms, small law offices, solo practitioners, and legal departments of other businesses. However, any business can reduce, recycle and reuse to help our environment.
The CMBA Green Initiative Committee suggests the following activities to save energy:

CMBA Greener Way to Work luncheon
2015 David Webster Greener Way to Work luncheon, hosted by the CMBA. (Photo courtesy of CMBA)
  • Turn off lights, computers, copiers, printers, and other equipment when not in use
  • Replace incandescent or halogen lamps with compact fluorescents (CFT)
  • Use day lighting as much as possible, instead of lights
  • Enable power-down management software on networked computers
  • Make sure screensavers are used
  • Upgrade the ambient fluorescent lighting system by replacing the T12 lamps with more energy-efficient T8 or T5 systems and upgrade exit signs to use light-emitting diode (LED) lamps
  • Use automatic lighting controls such as dimming systems that reduce light when natural daylight is available; and occupancy and motion sensors for, among other things, conference rooms, kitchens, storage rooms, and restrooms. Consider occupancy sensors that power down computer equipment, task lights, and other plug load equipment
  • Educate cleaning crews to shut off miscellaneous items such as office lights, coffee pots, and other equipment when not used

But going green is hard, right?

Remember, the decision to go green doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” proposition—every little bit helps. As the ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” So, come on! Take that first step and walk with us on our journey to a greener planet.

 

Elk & Elk Attorneys to Present at NBI Seminar

Elk & Elk Attorneys to Present at NBI Seminar

In the field of personal injury law, it is essential for attorneys and other legal professionals to possess a basic understanding of the human anatomy, types of injuries and common treatment options. An upcoming National Business Institute live seminar featuring presentations from three Elk & Elk attorneys will cover these topics.

Elk & Elk at NBI Seminar

NBI’s “Anatomy and Physiology 101 for Attorneys” will take place on Thursday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown. The seminar has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.0 CLE credit hours, and registration is $349 (includes book).

Click here to register.

The course is designed for legal professionals who handle cases related to personal injuries, insurance, workers’ compensation and/or disability, and will offer helpful insight into the medical aspects of common cases.

Attorneys Matthew J. Carty, Michael L. Eisner and R. Craig McLaughlin of Elk & Elk will present the following topics:

Matthew J. Carty

   Head Injuries: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Michael L. Eisner (presenting with Mary Hahn)

   Shoulder Injuries: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

R. Craig McLaughlin (presenting with Lisamarie Pietragallo)

   Hand and Wrist Injuries: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Faces of Change Luncheon Raises Over $250,000 for Victims of Sexual Violence

Faces of Change 2015
Members of the Elk & Elk team attended the 2015 Faces of Change Luncheon.

On Wednesday, April 15, members of the Elk & Elk team enjoyed an inspiring afternoon at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s annual Faces of Change Luncheon. Elk & Elk served as a sponsor for the event, which raised more than $250,000.

Faces of Change Luncheon

The 2015 Faces of Change Luncheon honored the work of the Cleveland FBI Violent Crimes Task Force and their efforts to aid local survivors of rape, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

Michelle Knight, one of three women kidnapped and held captive by Ariel Castro, gave the keynote address. Knight, who now goes by Lily, discussed her path to recovery and positive outlook on the future with writer and journalist Connie Schultz.

Donations
Pledges for CRCC donations were made by text throughout the event.

View a recap of Knight’s Faces of Change keynote address courtesy of Fox 8 News.

Knight has become very active on social media since her rescue, accumulating more than 48,000 likes on her Facebook page. She uses the platforms to communicate with her supporters and other survivors of sexual violence.

In addition to working on a second book, Knight has been recording music and serving as an activist. Her first book, “Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings,” can be purchased here.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center offers a variety of free services and resources for survivors of sexual violence, including a 24-hour hotline, support groups, professional training and Project STAR (Sex Trafficking Advocacy and Recovery).

The CRCC recently earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, making it the first and only CARF-accredited independent rape crisis center in the nation.

To make an online donation visit the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center website.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center 24-Hour Hotline: (216) 619-6192

Cleveland APL Telethon Raises $50,790

Telethon Raises $50,790

On Friday, March 20, Elk & Elk joined Levin Furniture as the corporate sponsors of the 4th Annual Fur-Get-Me-Not Telethon.

Cleveland APL Fur-Get-Me-Not Telethon
Photo courtesy of Cleveland APL

Telethon Raises $50,790 for Animal Protective League

The fundraiser, which was hosted by WKYC Channel 3, raised more than $50,000 in support of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Cleveland APL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generous contributions of community members and corporate donations.

Elk & Elk Managing Partner Arthur M. Elk Live on Lakesidejoined Michael Cardamone and Hollie Giangreco during their presentation of the event on WKYC’s “Live on Lakeside,” and a number of Elk & Elk employees volunteered to answer calls during the telethon.

“It is through the support of our community and corporate sponsors like Elk & Elk that we are able to keep our animals healthy and allow them to stay with us until we find each one a home,” said Judy Hunter, Cleveland APL Director of Development.

Donations from the telethon and Cleveland APL’s other fundraisers throughout the year support the variety of programs, services and resources offered by the organization. These include animal adoptions and admissions, spay and neuter services, humane investigations and the Animal Welfare Clinic.APL Puppy

Missed the telethon? It’s not too late to make a donation.

Interested in providing a loving “fur-ever” home for an animal? Cleveland APL’s free app showcases all of the animals currently available for adoption. Visit the Google Play Store on your Android device or the App Store on your iOS device to download.

Elk & Elk Goes Red for the American Heart Association

A brave group of Elk & Elk employees faced the frigid temperatures last Friday for the American Heart Association’s 2015 Go Red for Women Health Expo and Luncheon. Attendees participated in free health screenings, enjoyed hands-on interactive displays, and heard “stories of the heart” from local survivors.

The annual social and educational event is designed to create a conversation around cardiovascular disease and empower women throughout the Cleveland Area to become champions of their health. Go Red for Women raises awareness, as well as funds, to combat the No.1 killer of women: cardiovascular disease. More than 1,000 guests attended the luncheon, including many prominent business executives, community leaders and healthcare professionals.

Check out our photo album from the event on Facebook!

Prevent Heart Disease

More women than men are affected by heart disease. Nearly 80 percent of cardiac problems can be prevented through healthy living. Attendees learned these valuable strategies to prevent heart disease:

  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco
  • Be physically active
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get enough quality sleep
  • Get regular health screenings
  • Know your family history

Heart Attack Signs in Women

For both men and women, the most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are somewhat more likely experience other symptoms. Heart attack signs may include:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

A record $1 million was raised at this year’s Go Red for Women Luncheon and Health Expo, money that will go towards heart and stroke research. Elk & Elk is proud to have sponsored such an important event. Still want to get involved during American Heart Month? Visit www.goredforwomen.org to donate to the fight against heart disease and stroke in women!

Happy 80th Birthday to Sister Corita!

A few months ago, we received a call from Captain Keith Sulzer of the Bureau of Community Policing in Cleveland. He needed our help with a top-secret mission: a surprise party for Sister Corita’s 80th birthday.

Cleveland’s Mother Theresa

For those of you who don’t know her, Sister Corita Ambro is a truly amazing human being. A Catholic nun, Sister Corita has been serving meals to hungry Cleveland families at the St. Augustine Hunger Center for forty-four years. She’s earned a few nicknames during her decades of service. Some call her “The Angel of Tremont,” to Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman, she’s “Cleveland’s Mother Theresa,” but, to David Elk, “She’s just a sweetheart.”

Captain Keith Sulzer, Arthur Elk, Sister Corita Ambro and David Elk
Captain Keith Sulzer, Arthur Elk, Sister Corita Ambro and David Elk

“Sister Corita has devoted her entire life to serving the needy – and not just with food,” explains David Elk, Senior Partner at Elk & Elk. “The St. Augustine Hunger Center also helps people find shelter and assists with utilities.”

Her devotion has inspired countless others. For our part, Elk & Elk has been donating food to the St. Augustine Hunger Center for thirteen years. When asked how he and his brother Art came to be associated with the Center, David explained, “We heard they were in need of food for Thanksgiving – helping the homeless and the disabled – and we wanted to participate.”

Mission Accomplished

Secrets can be hard to keep, but judging by the look on Sister Corita’s face, the party was indeed a surprise. The festivities began with procession into St. Augustine, led by Sgt. Randy Daley on bagpipes—dressed in full Scottish regalia. Celebrating with our favorite octogenarian were Cleveland City Councilmembers Joe Cimperman and Brian Cummins, radio personality Mark “Munch” Bishop of ESPN Cleveland, members of the Cleveland Police Department, and the Guardian Angels. The crowd was treated to entertainment was by the impeccable “Cat-o’-Tonics,” a delightful a Cappella ensemble made up of members of the St. Ignatius High School Choral Program.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASister Corita received gifts, official proclamations and a rather unusual plaque—with a toilet on it. You see, she was this year’s recipient of the Cleveland Police Department’s “Johnny on the Spot Award.” Usually reserved for police officers, the annual prize is bestowed on individuals who have a knack for being in the right spot at the right time. Although unconventional, we think the accolade suits the Sister to a tee.

From all of us at Elk & Elk, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Sister Corita!

Check out the full photo album on our Facebook page!