Meet the Attorneys of Gertsburg Law

Experienced representation in Cleveland and Chagrin Falls

At Gertsburg Law, we believe in building long-lasting relationships with the clients we serve. It’s what has made us one of the most successful business litigation firms in the greater Cleveland area. Whether your business is based here in Ohio or elsewhere in the country, you can rely on Gertsburg Law to get the job done.

We invite you to learn more about us, so you can see for yourself why businesses of every size in every industry trust our team to protect their interests.

Alex Gertsburg, CEO

Mr. Gertsburg began his legal career working for two large regional business firms where he represented private- and publicly-traded companies and non-profit organizations of all sizes, as well as their owners, in litigation along the entire spectrum of business disputes. Mr. Gertsburg then served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Broadvox, a Cleveland based next-generation telecommunications company starting in 2006. His legal work for Broadvox included corporate restructuring, commercial transactions, real estate deals, lending, investing, employment, and spearheading the company’s litigation strategy, personally litigating most of its cases.

In 2003, Mr. Gertsburg was called up with the 762d Transportation Co., an Army Reserve Unit based in Akron, Ohio, to serve in Iraq. He deployed with his unit for a year, serving as a platoon leader and convoy commander before demobilizing from active duty.

Gene Friedman, Esq.

Mr. Friedman focuses his practice on counseling businesses of all shapes and sizes in various aspects of business law, commercial contracts, and corporate and real estate transactions. Mr. Friedman worked in global market development prior to practicing law, and helped launch and take new technologies to the market. Gene graduated cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In law school, he received the coveted CALI Excellence for the Future awards for his performance in Commercial Law and Legal Drafting.

Stephen H. Jett, Esq.

Mr. Jett’s practice is focused on civil commercial and business litigation matters. He has decades of experience litigating, among other things, intellectual property, employment law, commercial contracts, business torts, shareholder board disputes, fiduciary duty disputes, trade secrets, complex real estate disputes including eminent domain, commercial foreclosures, receivership’s, landlord/tenant, ERISA, and creditors’ rights matters. Mr. Jett’s clients operate in a wide range of industries, including commercial real estate, construction, healthcare, technology, manufacturing, and financial institutions. Mr. Jett cost-effectively represents individuals, family businesses, and companies of all sizes.

Maximilian A. Julian, Esq.

Mr. Julian’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, and he is admitted to practice in all Ohio state courts. He earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in May 2015. During law school, he completed a judicial externship in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He was also a legal writing teaching assistant, a member of the Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court Team, and an editor of the Journal of Law and Health. He is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Heather Lammardo, Esq.

Ms. Lammardo has more than a decade of business litigation and counseling experience, having practiced with a regional law firm and two international employment law firms before joining The Gertsburg Law Firm. She focuses on finding practical solutions and efficiently resolving disputes for her clients. Ms. Lammardo graduated cum laude in 2004 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was a Law Review editor. When not practicing law, Ms. Lammardo can be found spending time with her family and enjoying all that Lake Erie has to offer.

Cindy Menta, Esq.

Ms. Menta comes to the Gertsburg Law Firm with over ten years of experience in the legal field, focusing primarily on landlord-tenant law and labor & employment. She earned her J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law in May 2018. Ms. Menta’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, and she is admitted to practice in all Ohio state courts.

Connie Powall, Of Counsel

Mrs. Powall has practiced law in Ohio since 1991. She regularly assists families, closely-held business owners, and high-net-worth individuals with succession planning, gifting strategies, and the disposition of business interests.

In addition to growing a successful Cleveland law practice, she is a member and owner of four corporations, giving her first-hand insight into the nuances of strategic business, commercial real estate transaction, franchising and employee issues.  She utilizes her background as a successful business owner to counsel her clients.  She also advises trustees and personal representatives on trust and estate administration matters, including irrevocable trust modifications and trust changes.

Emily Vaisa, Esq.

Ms. Vaisa focuses her practice on civil litigation and is admitted to practice in all Ohio state courts. She earned her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in May 2015.  During law school, she was a Quarterfinalist in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, earning both brief writing and oral advocacy honors. She was also an Admissions Fellow, participated in Outreach for Legal Literacy, and competed in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. She is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Meet the Support Staff

A team of professionals focused on reaching your goals

Beth Myers

Ms. Myers supports the firm’s attorneys and clients as the office manager and a certified paralegal and legal assistant. She has expertise in Bankruptcy, Collections, Corporate, Transactional, General Litigation, Worker’s Compensation, Financial Services. Beth is a Notary Public and a former Realtor and Property and Casualty Insurance Agent.

Julianne Krakowski

Ms. Krakowski is a proud graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Paralegal Studies. Her eight years in the legal field include landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, collection, and civil litigation law. She is also a Notary Public in the State of Ohio.

Nelly Gertsburg Selby

Ms. Selby manages the marketing needs and online presence of Gertsburg Law Firm. She also produces Best.Podcast.Ever., a weekly podcast hosted by Alex Gertsburg in which he deconstructs the successes and failures of business and political leaders through long-form interviews.