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Alpern Law Firm Joins the BMD Business Family

Press Release

The business law firm of Brennan, Manna, Diamond (BMD) – with nearly 80 attorneys and ten offices in Ohio, Florida and Arizona – has announced its acquisition of The Alpern Law Firm, located in the Warren/Youngstown, Ohio area, which brings the total number of BMD offices to 11.

The acquisition is part of BMD’s strategic growth plan to deepen the strength of its Estate, Tax, & Wealth Planning practice area, increase presence in the Warren/Youngstown area of Ohio and increase client experience and engagement. BMD will maintain the current Alpern law office, located at 8600 East Market Street, Suite 1, Howland (Warren), Ohio 44484.

Jack Alpern, Founder and Shareholder of the Alpern Firm, focuses on providing asset protection and business planning, estate planning, retirement planning, incapacity planning, special needs planning, as well as trust administration and probate services to individuals and families across seven counties. Alpern and his team follow the O’Brien Team, who joined BMD’s Estate, Tax, & Wealth Planning practice in January.

Mr. Alpern has been a frequent lecturer throughout his career, presenting at more than two hundred educational seminars, both public and private, on the subject of estate planning. He was one of five featured presenters at the nationally streamed 2022 Estate & Charitable Gift Planning Institute sponsored by The Salvation Army, offered to attorneys, trust officers, and financial advisors throughout the country. Mr. Alpern is a member of the State Bar of Ohio and the Ohio State and Trumbull County Bar Associations. He is also a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, where he has served as Advisory Board and Educational Advisory Board member.

Also joining the BMD family will be Alpern paralegals Laura A. Easton and Jessica L. Patterson.

“My staff and I are delighted to join the BMD team. The law firm’s mission, ‘Listen. Solve. Empower.’ is entirely consistent with the goals and objectives with which my law firm has practiced for the past 47 years. We are excited to become a part of this extraordinary firm and continue to offer quality legal services to our clients,” said Jack Alpern, Founder and Shareholder of Alpern Law Firm.

“BMD is excited to partner with Jack Alpern and his team. Our expansion into the Warren/Youngstown area is great for our clients, and we are looking forward to the excellent work we can do together,” said Cassandra L. Manna, BMD Estate Planning Partner.

Clients First. Business Family. Entrepreneurship.

Brennan, Manna & Diamond was founded in 2000 with the goal of combining highly skilled, talented attorneys with practical experience in business matters, to create a new way to provide legal and business services to its clients.

BMD’s access to a network of successful business entrepreneurs, consultants and developers allows for innovative solutions, symbiotic partnerships, and sound legal and business advice. BMD serves clients of all types, sizes, and industries nationwide, in the areas of: Business and Corporate; Construction Law; Employment and Labor; Finance; Government Affairs; Healthcare; Immigration; Intellectual Property; International Law; Litigation; M&A; Real Estate; Tax, Estate, Asset Protection and Wealth Management and more.

With the addition of The Alpern Law Firm, BMD’s offices are located in Akron, Beachwood, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, Willoughby, and Warren/Youngstown, Ohio; Bonita Springs, Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida; and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. For additional information, please visit

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