Gertsburg Licata Co., LPA Expands with Three New Practice Areas, New Attorney Hires

July 28, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

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In response to growing demand, Gertsburg Licata expands with new Global Business, Cyber Security & Data Privacy, and Labor & Employment practice areas—advancing its capabilities as Cleveland’s fastest-growing, full-service business law and strategic advisory firm.

CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Gertsburg Licata, a leading full-service business law and strategic advisory firm, has strengthened its service offerings with three new practice areas: Global Business Law, Cyber Security and Data Privacy, and Labor and Employment Law. The expansion comes only a year after the company was formed through a merger between the Gertsburg Law Firm and Licata Law Group and will build upon the firm’s capabilities in litigation, data security, white-collar crime, corporate compliance and intellectual property practice areas.

Established in April 2021, Gertsburg Licata doubled in size in its first year. The new practice areas further solidify Gertsburg Licata as a leading full-service business law and strategic advisory firm in Greater Cleveland and the surrounding areas.

“Gertsburg Licata has been on a hyper growth path since merging and opening our new headquarters in Independence in April of last year,” said Alex Gertsburg, managing partner of Gertsburg Licata. “Adding new practice areas and senior attorneys to our bench has been a priority since day one and we’re proud we’ve made these goals a reality in such short order.”

Global Business Practice

The new Global Business practice addresses the vital need to represent clients in international business law. Gertsburg Licata helps clients achieve cross-border results—whether dealing with unfamiliar international laws or business practices, cultural differences, bureaucratic or political red tape, or issues relating to foreign languages. Our experienced team partners with business law firms in major jurisdictions and leverage close relationships to ensure our clients are always covered, no matter where their business dealings take place.

Louis J. Licata, Esq., managing partner of Gertsburg Licata, is the head of the new Global Business practice area. Mr. Licata is joined by Stewart D. Roll, Esq., partner; Eugene Friedman, Esq., partner; and Maximilian Julian, Esq., partner; and Michael Azre, Esq., senior counsel.

Mr. Licata focuses his practice on serving as the Chief Legal Advisor to CEOs and business owners throughout the world. He provides analysis and experience with complex issues, including Global Strategy, New Market Entry, Strategic Vision, Governance, Risk Management, Crises Management, and day-to-day problem-solving. Prior to establishing Gertsburg Licata, Mr. Licata was the founder, owner and CEO of Licata Law Group.

Cyber Security & Data Privacy Practice

Gertsburg Licata’s Cyber Security and Data Privacy practice is designed to help clients protect all their sensitive business data and valuable digital assets. The firm’s experienced team of legal professionals navigates a range of both domestic and international cyber security and privacy laws, including data protection, information security, records retention, consumer protection, internet laws, insurance laws, and matters of intellectual property.

Steward D. Roll, Esq., senior partner at Gertsburg Licata, is the head of the new Cyber Security and Data Privacy practice area. Mr. Roll is joined by Victor Mezacapa, III, Esq., partner; Maximilian Julian, Esq., partner; Eleina Thomas, Esq., senior associate; and Oliver Thomas, Esq., associate attorney.

Mr. Roll has practical expertise in international business law, having served as assistant general counsel for a Fortune 500 corporation, supervising litigation and providing counsel in the purchase and sale of companies and the licensing of technology in the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. He has an interest in and has spoken on computer security issues addressed by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Response Team.

Labor and Employment

The firm’s Labor and Employment practice helps businesses navigate through a complex system of employment and labor laws. Attorneys represent clients in difficult employment situations such as wrongful termination lawsuits and sexual misconduct allegations, mitigate risk with reductions in force, and counsel on affirmative action programs.

They also provide a wide range of legal training including performance management and supervisory training and presentations to employers on legislative updates.

Louis J. Licata, Esq., board certified in Labor & Employment Law by the Ohio Supreme Court, is leading the new Employment & Labor practice. Mr. Licata is joined by Dan Roll, Esq., senior partner; Maximilian Julian, Esq., partner; Shawn Wilson, Esq., senior counsel; and Eleina Thomson, Esq., senior associate.

New Attorney Hires

Gertsburg Licata welcomes Shawn Wilson, Esq., senior counsel; Jason Lorenzon, Esq., senior attorney; and Mark Salem, senior legal recruiter to the team.

“Our new attorney and senior staff hires add excellent talent to our bench in the areas of business litigation, aviation law and senior legal recruitment,” says Mr. Licata. “They not only expand our areas of practice and ability to serve our clients, but also bring experience and leadership that will help mentor and develop our junior associates.”

Ms. Shawn Wilson, Esq., has been a practicing attorney for over twenty years. She achieved her JD from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Her early career was with a boutique professional liability law firm. That was followed by a large regional insurance defense litigation law firm where she represented private individuals, companies, and owners in both personal and corporate matters. In bench and jury trials, Ms. Wilson litigated contract disputes, insurance fraud, personal injury, property disputes, construction defect, product liability, and many others.

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Mr. Jason Lorenzon is the only Board-Certified Specialist in Aviation Law in Ohio, awarded by the Florida Bar in June 2021. He is a graduate of the Cleveland State University Marshall College of Law. He is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, and State of Florida. As an immigrant, he has practiced immigration law and has successfully represented clients before the Immigration Court, USCIS, CBP, and ICE. He is an FAA Airline Transport Certificated Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He has helped companies and individuals acquire aircraft, protect medicals, pilot certificates and Drone Law and Operations. He has represented pilots and companies before the FAA, NTSB and Federal Courts.

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Mr. Mark Salem joins the firm as the Director of Strategic Growth. Mark began his career as a legal recruiter in 2011 with Marvel Consultants in Cleveland, OH. His practice was focused on representing the world’s leading law firms where he directly recruited attorneys that represent Emerging and High Growth Companies in the Technology, Clean Technology, Digital Media and Gaming, and Life Science industries. Mark’s executive talent experience includes recruiting senior talent from AM Law top 25 firms in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and other major markets.

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About Gertsburg Licata

Gertsburg Licata Co., LPA (G&L) is a full-service business law and strategic advisory firm representing and serving entrepreneurs and executives of middle-market enterprises in business transactions, litigation and arbitration, and regulatory matters. Gertsburg Licata is home of CoverMySix®, a unique, anti-litigation audit developed specifically for middle-market companies. G&L is the sister company of Gertsburg Licata Acquisitions and Gertsburg Licata Talent. To learn more about Gertsburg Licata, please visit

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