April 2015
Attorney David Banas becomes an Affiliate Member of the Special Needs Alliance.

March 2015
Attorney David Banas joins the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Membership Committee.

February 2015
Attorney David Banas becomes a member of the ALS Association Care Services Committee.

January 2015
Attorney David Banas joins Hickman & Lowder.  His areas of practice include elder law, Medicaid planning, estate planning, guardianship, probate, and planning for families with special needs.  

October 2014
Attorney Linda Gorczynski joins the Hickman & Lowder team.  

Attorney Janet Lowder becomes an OSBA certified elder law specialist.

August 2014
Attorneys Franklin Hickman and Janet Lowder are chosen for inclusion in the 21st edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Attorney Elena Lidrbauch's Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) credential has been renewed through July 2016.

February 2014
OSBA Certified Paralegal Christy Zeyer recently received recognition from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for her excellent work on behalf of a client.

Care Coordinator Terry Fries-Maloy, MSW, LISW, is now a Certified Elder Care Coordinator.

December 2013
Attorney Janet Lowder has been selected for inclusion in 2014 Super Lawyers.

November 2013
Attorney Franklin Hickman has been nominated as a Fellow of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Nominations are extended only to those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of Justice in Greater Cleveland and demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

August 2013
Franklin Hickman and Janet Lowder are selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®.  Franklin is listed in the area of Education Law.  Janet is listed in the areas of Elder Law and Trusts & Estates. She is also listed among the 2013 Lawyers of the Year in Trusts & Estates. 

Hickman & Lowder is a proud recipient of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.  

December 2012
Janet Lowder was selected for inclusion in 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers.

November 2012
Hickman & Lowder once again ranked Cleveland Tier 1 in Elder Law and Cleveland Tier 2 in Litigation - Trusts & Estates and Trusts & Estates Law in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" 2013.

October 2012
Franklin Hickman is inducted into the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities' Hall of Fame.

September 2012
Janet Lowder is named Best Lawyers' 2013 Cleveland Trusts & Estates "Lawyer of the Year."

August 2012
Elena Lidrbauch becomes a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Janet Lowder (Family & Elder Law) is listed among Cleveland's Top Rated Lawyers by LexisNexis® and Martindale-Hubbell® for having reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence.

May 2012
Janet Lowder receives the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) 2012 Powley Elder Law Award

Janet Lowder is once again named Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Elder Law.

April 2012
Elena Lidrbauch is appointed to the Ohio Legal Rights Service by the state House of Representatives.

January 2012
Janet Lowder joins Franklin Hickman as an AV Preeminent Attorney with a 5.0 rating by Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™.

November 2011
Hickman & Lowder once again ranked Cleveland Tier 1 in Elder Law and Cleveland Tier 2 in Trusts & Estates in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" 2011-2012.

October 2011
Janet Lowder is elected President of the Special Needs Alliance.

September 2011
Janet Lowder becomes Co-Vice Chair of the Long-Term Care, Medicaid and Special Needs Trust Committee of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association.

June 2011
Janet Lowder is once again named Best Lawyers in America®.

February 2011
Hickman & Lowder ranked Cleveland Tier 1 for Elder Law and Cleveland Tier 2 for Trusts & Estates Law in U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" for 2010.

January 2011
Franklin Hickman is elected to the board of the Woodruff Foundation.

November 2010
Janet Lowder becomes President-elect of the Special Needs Alliance.

September 2010
Janet Lowder is selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list.

August 2010
Judith Saltzman is elected to the board of Milestones Autism Organization.

Janet Lowder is once again named Best Lawyers in America®.

Terry Fries-Maloy was accepted into the National Association of Social Workers' Social Work Expert Database.

June 2010
Christy Zeyer is elected President of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals (CAP).

April 2010
Mary-Clarice Kastelic joins Hickman & Lowder as a Medicaid Legal Assistant.  Mary has a strong background in Medicaid, as well as experience with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Marshals Service.

February 2010
Hickman & Lowder becomes a Certified Green Law Firm by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

November 2009
Hickman & Lowder’s Lorain County office moves to its new location in Sheffield Village.

October 2009
Terry Fries-Maloy, MSW, LISW, joins Hickman & Lowder as our Care Coordinator. Terry has over 30 years of experience in geriatric acute, long-term, home health, rehab, hospice, and assisted living/retirement care and will assist in the development of our new care planning program for older adults and people with disabilities.

Janet Lowder is elected Vice President of the Special Needs Alliance, a national alliance of disability lawyers.

Hickman & Lowder makes plans to move its Lorain County office to 5062 Waterford Drive in Sheffield Village in mid-November. The new location, just north of Lorain County Community College, is well suited to accommodate our clients in western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties.

July 2009
Christy Zeyer received her Paralegal Certification through the Ohio State Bar Association. There are fewer than 150 paralegals in the state who have earned this credential, which involves specific eligibility requirements and testing. For more information on OSBA certifications, please visit the OSBA website.

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