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Sam, a partner with NRS Injury Law, has been practicing law in the Columbus area since 2013. He has focused his practice on helping injured workers navigate through the complexities of Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. He focuses his practice on the management of the firm’s Columbus Office. Over the years, he has distinguished himself by his commitment to his practice, his clients, and his community. Sam has been named by Best Lawyers in its list of Ones to Watch in Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury, and Employment Law. He has also been included in the Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars for workers’ compensation. Sam has served as the Workers’ Compensation Section Chair for both the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) and the Columbus Bar Association (CBA).

Sam is a graduate of The University of Toledo College of Law and the University of Kentucky. He lives in Bexley with his wife and daughter. Sam serves on the Board of Directors’ of Wexner Heritage Village, as well as Klarity Medical Products. He is also very active in his local community and was elected to Bexley City Council in 2021.

Jerry Horning, a senior associate attorney with NRS Injury Law, has represented thousands of injured clients since 1984. He has attained the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating, AV Preeminent. His civil trial practice experience includes a wide range of personal injury litigation, including wrongful death, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, insurance coverage, uninsured motorist, product liability, premises liability and auto accidents of all types.

Jerry has litigated small business and real estate matters, including mortgage foreclosures. Further, Jerry has extensive workers’ compensation litigation experience. He has resolved thousands of personal injury cases by settlement, litigation, arbitration, mediation, and trial and he’s argued cases in several appellate courts, the Ohio Court of Claims, and the Supreme Court of Ohio. His Supreme Court oral argument on behalf of an injured police officer can be viewed on the court’s website, Oral Argument Archive, Case No. 2005-1828. The case is Ronald Rose v. City of Garfield Hts. et. al., 2005-Ohio-4165, 2006-Ohio-5698.

Prior to law school, Jerry served as the assistant director of Cleveland’s Department of Public Health and Welfare, where he supervised programs in primary health care, environmental health, air pollution control and prison administration for a department with over 500 employees.

Jerry resides in Bay Village with his family.

Brad Howenstein, a senior attorney with NRS Injury Law, has specialized in workers’ compensation and labor employment law for over 25 years.

Brad has a diverse background representing not only injured workers, but also the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the Industrial Commission of Ohio and employers in administrative hearings and litigation throughout Ohio. This experience has given Brad a unique perspective in evaluating claims. He has argued over two dozen Workers’ Compensation cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and has prevailed in 20 workers’ compensation jury trials. Brad is AVVO rated 8.7/10 (i.e., excellent).

John P. Rogers is an associate attorney with NRS Injury Law, focusing his practice in the area of workers’ compensation. In his first two years following graduation from law school, John worked as an associate attorney with a mid-sized personal injury firm in the Cleveland area, representing clients and their families throughout the state of Ohio suffering from Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and other harmful effects of asbestos exposure on the job site. During this time, John worked to obtain wrongful death settlements for the families of asbestos exposure victims, appearing on their behalf in over thirty different probate courts across Ohio. This experience provided him with a unique perspective as to the hardships faced by individuals subjected to harmful working environments. This experience instilled a drive to continue to advocate on behalf of Ohio workers and their families. John later transitioned into a general practice firm focusing on domestic relations, criminal defense, and probate matters in Lake County, Ohio. During this time, he also gained relevant experience in bankruptcy law and handled varying civil matters for local small businesses.

While in law school, John became a certified legal intern through the Ohio Supreme Court and worked in the civil litigation department of the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic, a non-profit law firm through Case Western Reserve University, representing qualifying lower income individuals. In this role, he served as co-counsel of record handling a variety of matters including identity theft, debt collections, evictions, and 1st Amendment violations. John also acted as an editor of War Crimes Prosecution Watch, a publication covering alleged war crimes as part of the International Law Journal through the Fredrick K. Cox International Law Center.

John is a resident of Mentor with his wife and their two dogs. He enjoys sailing, hiking with his dogs, traveling, or just spending time with friends and family.

Vincent D. Scebbi, a senior associate attorney with NRS Injury Law, focuses his practice on personal injury and workers’ compensation. Prior to joining our firm, Vince developed a strong passion for litigation and assisting individuals harmed by other’s negligence while clerking for a prestigious plaintiff’s litigation firm here in Cleveland. In addition, Vince clerked for a local municipal prosecutor’s office, where he assisted in drafting an appellate brief before the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals.

While attending law school, Vince focused his studies in litigation and excelled at trial work. He was an active member of the Cleveland-Marshall Mock Trial Team, where he took first place in the 2015 Case Classic Mock Trial Tournament, as well as capturing Best Advocate in the championship round. He was also a semifinalist in the 2016 Texas Young Lawyer Association Regional Tournament.

Vince was also active in Cleveland-Marshall’s law clinics. As a member of the Civil Litigation Clinic, he gained experience representing those individuals seeking unemployment benefits. In the Post-Conviction Relief Clinic, Vince drafted multiple successful Petitions for Habeas Corpus before the United States Northern District of Ohio.

Prior to law school, Vince attended the University of Toledo, where he majored in journalism and developed a passion working with individuals in his community. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of his college newspaper, The Independent Collegian. He has also been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists for his individual writing. He was also a sports writer for the award-winning Toledo Free Press, covering the Toledo Walleye and Toledo Mud Hens.

Vince, a Brunswick native, now lives in Cleveland. In his spare time, he is an avid golfer, enjoys trivia and loves exploring new restaurants in the Northeast Ohio area.

Evan M. Schantz is an associate attorney at NRS Injury Law, focusing on workers’ compensation.

Evan graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law from the University of Akron in 2018. In 2021, he graduated from the University of Akron School of Law with his J.D. and a certificate in litigation and trial advocacy. While attending Akron Law, Evan competed with both the Trial Team and the Moot Court Honor Society. Evan currently serves as a coach on the Akron Law Trial Team.

In law school, Evan clerked for an Akron based plaintiff personal injury firm and the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office.

Aside from passing the Ohio Bar Exam, Evan’s proudest accomplishment was being nominated for the 2013 Boardman High School Homecoming Court.

When not working, Evan is an avid Spider-Man collector.

Heaven N. Jaafar is an associate attorney with NRS, focusing on workers' compensation.

Heaven graduated with her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2016. In 2017, she moved from Mississippi to Cleveland to attend law school at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she graduated with honors. During law school, Heaven was a member of the Cleveland State Law Review and clerked at a plaintiff's firm focusing on medical malpractice, employee pension and benefits, and wage and hour law. After graduation, she pursued a real estate and mortgage lending career before sitting for the bar exam in February 2022.

When not working, Heaven enjoys live music, hiking, camping, and hanging out with her pups, Abu and Bertie.

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