Chagrin Falls and Cleveland Business Attorneys with Real-Life Business Experience

Helping local, national, and global businesses grow

Running a business of any size takes grit. There may come a time when, as a business owner, you look to expand your brand, create new opportunities for growth, or face challenges unique to your business. You deserve a team that can assess your needs and goals quickly, and offer customized solutions with an eye to your timelines and your budget – a team that help you and your employees, shareholders, partners or Boards get back to the business at hand. You deserve a team made up of attorneys who know what it takes to run a successful business, because they have done it themselves.

Gertsburg Law provides comprehensive counsel for clients in every industry. From our offices in Cleveland and Chagrin Falls we have represented private and publicly-traded companies of all sizes, non-profit organizations, and individual business owners.

Our approach to business law is proactive and consultative, ultimately saving clients money in fees and exposure before issues arise. Our ability to charge the right cost for the right services includes alternative and creative fee arrangements, budgets and budget-to-actual tracking, and value adjustments of up to 10%, discretionary to clients. We are also the first business law firm in Ohio that offers all clients the ability to opt out of the billable hour on all matters, including litigation.

A Strong Record of Business Law Success

Gertsburg Law has a well-documented track record of success in litigation practice and in and business transactions. We have:

  • Led and managed multiple buy-side and sell-side merger and acquisition transactions valued at over $100 million.
  • Represented Voice-Over IP company as in-house counsel in all manner of legal areas, from litigation through the sale of the company in a $37,000,000 transaction.
  • Represented emergency notification company as lead counsel through a complicated M&A transaction of two other companies in an $18,500,00 purchase.
  • Obtained a $196,323 award on summary judgment in MRI Software LLC v. MTH Management LLC, a commercial dispute involving sale of software.
  • Successfully represented numerous auto dealerships and other clients before the Ohio Attorney General.
  • Successfully defended producer of commercial equipment against age discrimination and wrongful termination claims.
  • Defended a start-up business and its founders in an action brought by former employer alleging violations of non-compete and trade secret covenants.

Whether you work in the global market or are based here at home in Chagrin Falls or Cleveland, your business attorney should be able to adapt to your needs, and to handle any and all challenges that come your way. At Gertsburg Law, we have the resources, the experience and the skills to protect your company and its assets now, and in the years to come.

Testimonials

Peter

"Alex Gertsburg is in the top 1% as far as professionalism, knowledge of the law, informing his client of all the details that are going on, he gives time tables, he listens to a client, he takes advice from his client, and he has the ability to negotiate a fair settlement. Thank you for getting me a great settlement in a very short time frame."

Peter

2016-12-21T13:37:54+00:00

Peter

"Alex Gertsburg is in the top 1% as far as professionalism, knowledge of the law, informing his client of all the details that are going on, he gives time tables, he listens to a client, he takes advice from his client, and he has the ability to negotiate a fair settlement. Thank you for getting me a great settlement in a very short time frame."

V.K.

"Thank you for all your help, now looking back on the deal I do not think I would be able to structure it and completed without your help. You kept pushing it and driving it. I think of your firm now more than just of a law firm. You are a deal-making firm. Thank you."

V.K.

2016-11-07T13:50:31+00:00

V.K.

"Thank you for all your help, now looking back on the deal I do not think I would be able to structure it and completed without your help. You kept pushing it and driving it. I think of your firm now more than just of a law firm. You are a deal-making firm. Thank you."

Melinda

"Thank you Gertsburg & Associates! You were a godsend! I reside in another state and needed an attorney to represent me in a matter that I though was resolved YEARS ago. You kept me informed every step of the way. It was very refreshing working with attorneys who are caring and committed to their profession. I could not have had the outcome of my case without you!"

Melinda

2016-12-21T13:49:26+00:00

Melinda

"Thank you Gertsburg & Associates! You were a godsend! I reside in another state and needed an attorney to represent me in a matter that I though was resolved YEARS ago. You kept me informed every step of the way. It was very refreshing working with attorneys who are caring and committed to their profession. I could not have had the outcome of my case without you!"

Gary Lapin

"I have dealt with Alex for many years now, and he has always come through. I never have to double guess his advice and have grown accustomed to the fact that bringing Alex in on any matter, large or small, I can have piece of mind. I contact Alex, and rest easy. He and his team tackles the issue immediately and delivers results."

Gary Lapin

2016-11-07T13:49:21+00:00

Gary Lapin

"I have dealt with Alex for many years now, and he has always come through. I never have to double guess his advice and have grown accustomed to the fact that bringing Alex in on any matter, large or small, I can have piece of mind. I contact Alex, and rest easy. He and his team tackles the issue immediately and delivers results."

Angelo

"I met Alex during a business deal. I immediately knew he was aggressive. A situation arose and I thought I would give him a shot. He proved to be aggressive, knowledgeable and very detail-oriented. I can only say that he impressed me so much I have been recommending him to everyone including other lawyers."

Angelo

2016-12-21T13:39:17+00:00

Angelo

"I met Alex during a business deal. I immediately knew he was aggressive. A situation arose and I thought I would give him a shot. He proved to be aggressive, knowledgeable and very detail-oriented. I can only say that he impressed me so much I have been recommending him to everyone including other lawyers."

Business Client

"Mr. Gertsburg has assisted me in several matters, all concluding in the best possible outcome for me. He is highly intelligent, tenacious and professional. If you are in need of legal assistance, you can’t go wrong with Mr. Gertsburg."

Business Client

2016-12-21T13:42:00+00:00

Business Client

"Mr. Gertsburg has assisted me in several matters, all concluding in the best possible outcome for me. He is highly intelligent, tenacious and professional. If you are in need of legal assistance, you can’t go wrong with Mr. Gertsburg."

Business Client

"Alex and the Associates in his law firm are fabulous. Their knowledge regarding real estate transaction issues have helped us complete many acquisitions, leases, and dispositions. We consider them a very important part of our team."

Business Client

2016-12-21T13:49:56+00:00

Business Client

"Alex and the Associates in his law firm are fabulous. Their knowledge regarding real estate transaction issues have helped us complete many acquisitions, leases, and dispositions. We consider them a very important part of our team."

Business Client

"Alex and his firm have helped me organize two businesses, as well as manage all the non-compete and confidentiality agreements. His knowledge of the law has helped my company immensely. His law firm is a major asset to Northeast Ohio."

Business Client

2016-12-21T13:42:43+00:00

Business Client

"Alex and his firm have helped me organize two businesses, as well as manage all the non-compete and confidentiality agreements. His knowledge of the law has helped my company immensely. His law firm is a major asset to Northeast Ohio."

A Small Business Client

"Alex and his firm are the first really honest attorneys I have tried to work with. They are to the point, know the law, and really are not worried about the time they rack up as much as making sure their clients are well represented. They have done that for me and have become my attorney firm for any actions I may need help with. Honest and fair, two words not usually used with attorney firms. Gertsburg Law works with those two words as their goal. Thanks guys."

A Small Business Client

2017-01-06T15:51:38+00:00

A Small Business Client

"Alex and his firm are the first really honest attorneys I have tried to work with. They are to the point, know the law, and really are not worried about the time they rack up as much as making sure their clients are well represented. They have done that for me and have become my attorney firm for any actions I may need help with. Honest and fair, two words not usually used with attorney firms. Gertsburg Law works with those two words as their goal. Thanks guys."

Max Kanarsky

"Alex Gertsburg is a very professional and zealous advocate for his clients. He is business savvy, reliable and extremely knowledgeable attorney. Gertsburg law firm team is more than capable of finding an innovative solution to most any type of dispute."

Max Kanarsky

2016-12-21T13:48:15+00:00

Max Kanarsky

"Alex Gertsburg is a very professional and zealous advocate for his clients. He is business savvy, reliable and extremely knowledgeable attorney. Gertsburg law firm team is more than capable of finding an innovative solution to most any type of dispute."

Mike, a Real Estate Client

"Mr. Gertsburg has provided excellent legal advice on a variety of matters over the past couple of years. His approach has always been thoughtful, conscientious and thorough. I plan to continue to consult Mr. Gertsburg on legal matters in the future."

Mike, a Real Estate Client

2016-12-21T13:36:39+00:00

Mike, a Real Estate Client

"Mr. Gertsburg has provided excellent legal advice on a variety of matters over the past couple of years. His approach has always been thoughtful, conscientious and thorough. I plan to continue to consult Mr. Gertsburg on legal matters in the future."

J.V., Client

"It does not always happen that the impossible becomes possible.  Fortunately, it happened to me because of your competence, hard work, and honesty.  I am convinced that you are a lawyer who cannot tolerate injustice and deviousness."

J.V., Client

2016-12-21T13:48:51+00:00

J.V., Client

"It does not always happen that the impossible becomes possible.  Fortunately, it happened to me because of your competence, hard work, and honesty.  I am convinced that you are a lawyer who cannot tolerate injustice and deviousness."

Anna Kelberg Kim

"I have contacted Alex Gertsburg to advise me on business and legal issues of operating a start-up company. I was impressed by Alex's professionalism and commitment. Alex and his firm, The Gertsburg Law Firm Co., has gone out of their way to meet my time deadlines when I asked to complete various legal documentations. From being experienced and confident attorney to offering outstanding customer service, I highly recommend Alex Gertsburg to any future clients."

Anna Kelberg Kim, President
BeeAroundTown.com

2016-12-21T13:46:57+00:00

Anna Kelberg Kim, President
BeeAroundTown.com

"I have contacted Alex Gertsburg to advise me on business and legal issues of operating a start-up company. I was impressed by Alex's professionalism and commitment. Alex and his firm, The Gertsburg Law Firm Co., has gone out of their way to meet my time deadlines when I asked to complete various legal documentations. From being experienced and confident attorney to offering outstanding customer service, I highly recommend Alex Gertsburg to any future clients."

Jim

"I can truly say I will never recommend any other attorneys than The Gertsburg Law Firm. What a find for me and Diane to have you working for us. Thanks."

Jim

2017-01-05T14:07:45+00:00

Jim

"I can truly say I will never recommend any other attorneys than The Gertsburg Law Firm. What a find for me and Diane to have you working for us. Thanks."

Business Client

"Alex was extremely efficient and showed incredible knowledge of local law in assisting us in getting our earnest money returned to us. We are out-of-staters, and, as such, had little knowledge of local real estate law. Alex really put the pedal to the metal, and we received our funds back in a very short time. Would HIGHLY recommend!!"

Business Client

2016-12-21T13:44:04+00:00

Business Client

"Alex was extremely efficient and showed incredible knowledge of local law in assisting us in getting our earnest money returned to us. We are out-of-staters, and, as such, had little knowledge of local real estate law. Alex really put the pedal to the metal, and we received our funds back in a very short time. Would HIGHLY recommend!!"

Mike K.

"Alex says what he means and he means what he says. He has represented my companies for a decade now on a wide range of matters, both in the courtroom and in the boardroom. We rely on him happily and repeatedly."

Mike K.

2016-12-21T13:37:19+00:00

Mike K.

"Alex says what he means and he means what he says. He has represented my companies for a decade now on a wide range of matters, both in the courtroom and in the boardroom. We rely on him happily and repeatedly."

Business Client

"Alex and his firm represented my company in a breach of lease case in which 3 tenants vacated space in our office building without notice and prior to the expiration of the lease agreement. Alex aggressively pursued all three tenants and within a matter of weeks, was able to negotiate a settlement on our behalf. We are extremely pleased and grateful for the service Alex and his staff provided."

Business Client

2016-12-21T13:46:09+00:00

Business Client

"Alex and his firm represented my company in a breach of lease case in which 3 tenants vacated space in our office building without notice and prior to the expiration of the lease agreement. Alex aggressively pursued all three tenants and within a matter of weeks, was able to negotiate a settlement on our behalf. We are extremely pleased and grateful for the service Alex and his staff provided."

Dave A.

"Thank you, Alex. I have great respect for your skill set. I’ve worked with a number of attorneys and what makes you so effective is that you keep your eye on the ball. By that, I mean you have the big business picture squarely in mind and set aside ego. As you well know, lawyers that can set their egos aside are rare, and they make the best decisions."

Dave A.

2016-12-21T13:43:13+00:00

Dave A.

"Thank you, Alex. I have great respect for your skill set. I’ve worked with a number of attorneys and what makes you so effective is that you keep your eye on the ball. By that, I mean you have the big business picture squarely in mind and set aside ego. As you well know, lawyers that can set their egos aside are rare, and they make the best decisions."

Connie

"The Gertsburg Law Firm went out of their way to put me at ease while dealing with my legal issue. I live in MN but my legal business was in OH. Our business was done over the phone and via emails. I felt very connected and up-to-date on everything that transpired. My situation was resolved in a very timely matter and there were no hidden costs. Everything was right up front and put into writing for me to understand. I really enjoyed my experience with this law firm."

Connie

2016-11-07T13:49:53+00:00

Connie

"The Gertsburg Law Firm went out of their way to put me at ease while dealing with my legal issue. I live in MN but my legal business was in OH. Our business was done over the phone and via emails. I felt very connected and up-to-date on everything that transpired. My situation was resolved in a very timely matter and there were no hidden costs. Everything was right up front and put into writing for me to understand. I really enjoyed my experience with this law firm."

Chris, Client

"Thank you Alex, it was a pleasure working with you and Nadine on this loan transaction. Everything went as smoothly as it could go and look forward to working with your firm on future deals."

Chris, Client

2016-12-21T13:47:43+00:00

Chris, Client

"Thank you Alex, it was a pleasure working with you and Nadine on this loan transaction. Everything went as smoothly as it could go and look forward to working with your firm on future deals."

Eugene B.

"Alex is a no-excuses businessman and a no-excuses lawyer who knows how to analyze problems systematically."

Eugene B.

2016-12-21T13:50:30+00:00

Eugene B.

"Alex is a no-excuses businessman and a no-excuses lawyer who knows how to analyze problems systematically."

Kostya

"Alex took an impossible case on behalf of my elderly parents, against all odds and impossibilities, and he righted a wrong. My parents feel vindicated and know that there's a firm that will fight for their behalf. Thank you Alex!!!"

Kostya

2016-12-21T13:45:31+00:00

Kostya

"Alex took an impossible case on behalf of my elderly parents, against all odds and impossibilities, and he righted a wrong. My parents feel vindicated and know that there's a firm that will fight for their behalf. Thank you Alex!!!"

David

"Alex has an inspiring way in dealing with all people, even during disagreement. This is the hallmark of an excellent transactional lawyer. Alex always asks ‘why’ and patiently, yet persistently, pursues the question. I’ve heard Alex say the deal has to make sense, not just to him but to everybody. From that perspective, Alex sets aside his ego and helps clients make objective decisions."

David

2016-12-21T13:41:05+00:00

David

"Alex has an inspiring way in dealing with all people, even during disagreement. This is the hallmark of an excellent transactional lawyer. Alex always asks ‘why’ and patiently, yet persistently, pursues the question. I’ve heard Alex say the deal has to make sense, not just to him but to everybody. From that perspective, Alex sets aside his ego and helps clients make objective decisions."

Tackling tough complex business litigation cases

The Chagrin Falls and Cleveland business lawyers at our firm fully understand each phase of litigation and how the costs for each phase, such as offensive or defensive discovery, can get out of control. We provide the right manpower for the right phase of the case. Our attorneys keep you in the loop about the progression of your case, helping you to keep your options open. When mediation stalls or the “other side” refuses to work together on a just settlement, we provide aggressive and proactive strategies to see your case through to the end in trial.

Our team tries cases in state and federal court, in front of juries, at civil bench trials, and in appellate courts, and before arbitration panels. We offer strong advocacy for contract disputes, employment disputes, shareholder complaints, business transaction litigation, and residential and commercial real estate disputes.

Effective and practical business advice

The world of business law is as complex and fast-moving as businesses themselves. Our clients are local and global corporations, including franchises, entrepreneurs, automotive dealers, nonprofit organizations, and financial institutions. Our lawyers work with venture capitalists, hedge funds, private equity funds, and individual investors. We work to minimize costs, plan for the present and the future, strategize to reduce risks, and limit business and personal liability. We help our clients with:

  • Business transaction issues. Our Chagrin Falls and Cleveland attorneys counsel clients on business formation, valuation issues, due diligence, lending, regulatory compliance, real estate purchases and sales, lending agreements, customer and vending contracts, shareholder issues, and other legal and financial business matters. At Gertsburg Law, we also handle corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, and partnerships.
  • General counsel. Ever wish you could just bounce an idea off of an attorney who knows your business? Attorneys in our general counsel practice group have served as the chief legal officer of various Cleveland-area businesses. The aim of our general counsel service is to provide service equivalent to in-house legal counsel at a flat, monthly rate. The ultimate goal is to become a trusted member of your company’s decision-making team.
  • Labor and employment. We counsel employers, managers and supervisors in Chagrin Falls, Cleveland and throughout Ohio on compliance with employment laws such as Title VII and the ADEA, wage and hour issues, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, NLRB proceedings, and other general employment counseling. We have represented both employees who were sued for unfair competition and trade secret theft, and employers whose workers were raided by the competition. We also advise our clients in regards to executive compensation and severance.
  • Real estate. Our business lawyers represent commercial and residential clients in a broad range of real estate legal issues including buying and selling, leasing, obtaining easements, litigation, zoning issues, building permits, and property rights.
  • Automotive dealerships. Our attorneys represent motor vehicle dealers’ interests in all facets of dealership operation, including dealership compliance, business transactions, and disputes. We counsel and defend clients on business issues that are unique to car dealers, whether it involves structure, finance, labor relations, advertising, and consumer sales, or other automotive law issues. Our Chagrin Falls and Cleveland-based lawyers advise automotive dealers who have to comply with a myriad of state and federal laws, a violation of just one of which can cause the dealership major financial losses or even the need to close the business.
  • Franchise law. Close to 10 percent of businesses are franchises. A potential franchisee or franchisor must understand these complicated laws that can vary across states. Our firm understands the statutes and works to avoid legal problems before they arise. Our franchise law attorneys are well-versed in the industry, on both the transactional and litigation ends.
  • Nonprofit organizations. Our nonprofit lawyers assist clients in forming new organizations, including preparing proper organizational documents and assisting with submission of IRS applications for recognition of 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or other federal tax exempt status. We also counsel nonprofit clients in Chagrin Falls, Cleveland and beyond on corporate governance matters and assist them in maintaining tax-exempt status.

Our law firm provides professional and practical counsel to help businesses stay ahead of the curve, limit liability, and manage costs.

Probate and estate planning

We know you are more than your business, and that your company is more than you. At Gertsburg Law, we help business owners and operators protect their assets and their families with comprehensive and customized wealth preservation strategies. We draft wills and trusts, powers of attorneys, and all the necessary documents to help you provide for your spouse, children, and loved ones when you are gone. Our trust and estate planning lawyers effectively plan so that federal and state tax consequences are minimized, and succession issues are addressed. When probate and estate disputes arise, our attorneys advocate in court. We also serve as guardians when advisable.

Maximum transparency and communication

We pledge to be transparent in our dealings with clients and with others on their behalf. Our clients see nearly everything we do on their behalf, including the non-billable work that we write off so that they are not charged for every minute we think about their case. We strive to be constantly available and immediately responsive to our clients. Our office phones forward to our cell phones, and we respond in real time when we can. When not possible, we return calls and e-mails within one business day at most, usually within hours and often within minutes.

A local partner with a global reach

Whether your company is based in Cleveland, has a branch in Chagrin Falls, serves the country from somewhere else in Ohio, or is located outside of Ohio, the business attorneys at Gertsburg Law are ready to help you navigate the complexities of business transactions and the costs and worries of business litigation. Our partners and associates have the practical, financial, and legal acumen to help all companies succeed and to address any kind of business litigation issues. To speak with one of our Cleveland or Chagrin Falls business lawyers now, please call our firm at 440-683-6383 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment with our team today.

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A Local Partner with a Global Reach

Whether your company is based in Cleveland, has a branch in Chagrin Falls, serves the country from somewhere else in Ohio, or is located outside of Ohio, the business attorneys at Gertsburg Law are ready to help you navigate the complexities of business transactions and the costs and worries of business litigation. Our partners and associates have the practical, financial, and legal acumen to help all companies succeed and to address any kind of business litigation issues. To speak with one of our Cleveland or Chagrin Falls business lawyers now, please call our firm at 440-683-6383 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment with our team today.

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