Licata & Toerek, Cleveland’s leading small business legal firm, has added two partners to support the firm’s growth in working with business and entrepreneurial communities.
Zena B. Elliott returns to Licata & Toerek after holding a variety of positions with firms in Northeast Ohio. An attorney since 1991, Elliott’s practice centers on general defense litigation in workers’ compensation and labor and employment law. Her expertise in employment law extends to issues relating to FMLA, FLSA, and ADA compliance issues.
Elliott brings a wide and varied legal background to the firm, including first chair jury trial experience and time as a Judicial Extern to The Honorable Frank J. Battisti’s US District Court. She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire and went on to earn her J.D. at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Fluent in Spanish, Elliott tutors and occasionally substitute teaches Spanish in a local school district. She has served on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, and as president of the organization’s Women’s Board.
Elliott and her husband Peter J. Elliott, who serves as the U. S. Marshal for the Northern District Ohio in Cleveland, are long-time residents of Northeast Ohio and embedded in a wide variety of community activities.
Connie Powall, an attorney since 1991, brings her general law practice to Licata & Toerek, which concentrates on civil cases relating to family, estate planning, adoption law, business/corporate law and real estate law. She earned her J.D. at Cleveland Marshall College of Law and her bachelor’s at Bowling Green State University. She also belongs to the Ohio State Bar Association.
She has served as an arbitrator for the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts, a Guardian Ad Litem for the Domestic Relations Court of Cuyahoga County and has taught real estate law and domestic relations law for the American Institution of Paralegal Studies, Inc.
In addition to growing a successful Cleveland law practice, Powall 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.
Powall recently served on the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF) Advisory Council on Pastor Relations. For several years, she served on the Board of Directors for Birthright of Lake County and she is currently a member of Families in Christ Jesus Community of Ohio, Inc. a non-profit organization she helped form and incorporate in Cleveland, Ohio.
“We’re thrilled to add to such accomplished and well-known Cleveland lawyers to our firm. Both Connie and Zena bring impressive credentials and expertise to our clients, as well as extensive networks of colleagues and executives within Northeast Ohio that will be important to driving the firm’s growth as we expand the practice,” noted Louis Licata, founder and president of the firm.
Licata & Toerek exists to create freedom for entrepreneurs and their ventures. The firm provides complete legal counsel as well as consulting on domestic and international business matters, addressing key issues that every entrepreneur encounters, including asset protection, employment relationships, intellectual property, workers' compensation, business transactions, and regulatory compliance. The firm has concentrated in recent years on building a practice in serving firms throughout Asia that are seeking a North American presence. Learn more at www.completecounsel.com.
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