JUSTIN M. ALABURDA is a partner with the law firm of Brennan Manna & Diamond, LLC, where he practices in the firm’s litigation, construction, real estate, environmental and business practice groups. Mr. Alaburda has been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for five consecutive years, 2012-2016. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry, Litigation Section, and Construction Litigation Committee), Ohio State Bar Association, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Mr. Alaburda received his B.A. degree from The College of Wooster, followed by earning his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Capital University Law School.
JAMES T. DIXON is a partner at Brouse McDowell, LPA. He focuses his practice on construction law, where he drafts and negotiates construction contracts; advises clients during the course of construction; and resolves disputes through mediation, arbitration and litigation. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association, Panel of Neutrals; the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland; the Ohio State Bar Association, Construction Law Committee; the State Bar of California; the American Bar Association, Construction Industry Forum; and the U.S. Green Building Council, Northeast Ohio Chapter (Board member, 2013-present). Mr. Dixon's bar admissions include the Ohio State Bar, the California Bar, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He earned his B.A. degree from Denison University and his J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University.
AARON S. EVENCHIK is a partner in the construction practice group at Frantz Ward LLP, and is focused on construction and real estate law, where he performs both transactional and litigation work. His cross practice enables him to resolve disputes creatively and efficiently by understanding the underling goals of the original deal and drafting transactional documents to avoid problems and disputes. His degree in civil engineering coupled with a half-dozen years in-house with a construction company, allows him to understand construction and real estate clients’ business needs, operational limitations, and goals. Dubbed “zealous” and “creative” by opposing counsel, Mr. Evenchik advocates for and has enabled clients of all sizes to close on properties, deals, and leases - small and large - to grow their businesses. He has significant first chair experience in construction, real estate, zoning, and contract disputes as well as in asserting lien and bond claims, defending and prosecuting claims for and against contractors and subcontractors, as well as significant zoning litigation experience. Mr. Evenchik has been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2013-2016) and in 2015 was the recipient of the Honorable Mention Award as a Hero Behind the Scenes from Project Love. He is admitted to practice in Ohio, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio, and District of Colorado. Mr. Evenchik earned his B.S. degree, in civil engineering, from The Ohio State University and his J.D. degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
ROBERT A. HAGER is a managing partner of the law firm of Brennan Manna & Diamond, LLC, where he focuses on commercial litigation and construction law. Mr. Hager is a member of the American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry, and Litigation Section and the Construction Litigation Committee), the Ohio State Bar Association (past chair, Construction Law Subcommittee), the Cleveland Bar Association (Mentor Committee) and the Akron Bar Association. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Ohio, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the American Institute of Constructors. He earned his B.A. degree from John Carroll University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
GABRIELLE T. KELLY is an attorney in the litigation practice group at Brouse McDowell, LPA. Working primarily in the area of insurance coverage, she counsels and represents policyholders in various disputes, including bad faith claims, mass tort, environmental, property, director and officer, and advertising injury liabilities. Further, Ms. Kelly has represented clients at all stages of litigation in various matters, including construction, premises and product liability cases, and complex business disputes. She counsels clients as to settlement and trial strategies, conducts settlement negotiations and has successfully handled matters at hearings, arbitrations and trial. Ms. Kelly earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Boston University and her J.D. degree from Case Western University School of Law.
WESLEY P. LAMBERT is a partner in Brouse McDowell, LPA's litigation and insurance recovery practice groups, and focuses a substantial portion of his practice assisting policyholders with maximizing the benefits of insurance coverage purchased by them. Mr. Lambert is a frequent speaker on insurance coverage topics and has authored several articles on construction, cyber liability, and general insurance coverage issues. He also has the informal role as "outside general counsel" in the representation of businesses of all sizes and industries. Mr. Lambert frequently contributes to Brouse McDowell's business litigation advisory blog and the firm's insurance recovery blog and newsletter. He has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer® by Super Lawyers, a service of the Thomson-Reuters legal division. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Akron Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and Judge John M. Manos American Inn of Court. He received his B.S. degree from The Ohio State University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
MARTIN J. PANGRACE is a partner in the construction practice group at Brennan Manna & Diamond, LLC, where he focuses on commercial litigation and construction law. Mr. Pangrace represents architects, engineers, contractors and other construction industry professionals in state and federal court litigation and in arbitration, mediation and administrative proceedings with respect to liability claims and other business disputes. He also assists architects, engineers, and contractors with the negotiation and drafting of construction contracts and other project documents. Mr. Pangrace is a LEED® accredited green associate, member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine from 2010 to 2016 in the field of construction law. Mr. Pangrace received his B.A. degree, with honors, from Carnegie Mellon University, followed by earning his J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University.