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Brennan Manna Diamond Welcomes Two New Members to the Cleveland Office

Press Release

BRENNAN, MANNA & DIAMOND is pleased to welcome Shelly R. LaSalvia and Kirk W. Roessler as Members to its Cleveland office. With the addition of Shelly and Kirk, BMD expands its real estate, finance, corporate, and mergers & acquisition practice areas while increasing the bench strength of the Cleveland office. The addition supports the firm’s goal of increasing the capacity and presence of its Cleveland office, which includes a recent office renovation and size increase in its current prime location within the 200 Public Square downtown building.

About Shelly R. LaSalvia

Shelly is a Member who provides legal counsel to corporate clients and individuals in various areas such as emerging businesses, capital raises, fund formation, private equity, general outside counsel services, commercial finance, joint ventures, succession planning, tax controversy, and bankruptcy and creditors' rights services. Recognized among the top five percent of bankruptcy and creditors' rights attorneys in Ohio, Shelly is uniquely positioned to guide clients through sophisticated distressed investment and related transactions. She also represents publicly traded real estate investment and hospitality companies, prominent real estate funds, and REITs in complex transactions involving commercial property purchase and sale, lease negotiations, and landlord-tenant disputes. Additionally, she represents tier one commercial, real estate, and floor plan lenders, in various aspects, including loan origination, restructuring, workouts, asset seizures, foreclosures, and bankruptcy actions. Shelly is recognized by both Ohio Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers.

About Kirk W. Roessler

Kirk brings to BMD more than three decades of experience in corporate, real estate, and commercial finance matters. His corporate practice centers on resolving issues and achieving results for small and middle-market businesses and emerging enterprises with entity formation and governance; mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions; vendor and customer contractual relationships; and commercial debt and capital raises. He also represents financial institutions in connection with various financing transactions, including originating C&I, construction, and commercial real-estate loans, floorplan loans, and equipment financing; modifying and amending loan documents; restructuring debt; and enforcing lender’s rights and remedies, including representing creditors in Chapter 11 cases. With a focus on hospitality properties, Kirk also provides practical, solution-based legal advice to clients in connection with the acquisition, ownership, development, leasing, management, financing, and disposition of commercial real estate.

Kathryn E. Hickner, BMD Cleveland Office Managing Partner said, “BMD is excited to welcome Shelly and Kirk to our growing team of entrepreneurial business-minded attorneys in Cleveland. We look forward to working together to serve our clients in a nimble and collaborative manner.  Good things ahead.”

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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 and sizes in numerous industry sectors 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. For additional information, please visit

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Press Release: Rick Burke named 2024 H. Peter Burg Award recipient by Red Cross of Greater Akron and the Mahoning Valley

Rick is receiving the H. Peter Burg Community Leadership Award for his leadership at Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC, as well as in the community. He has served countless organizations such as Akron Children’s Hospital, the Akron Rotary Club, and the University of Akron Foundation Gifts & Estate Planning Committee. Rick has also served as a Board member and Board Chair for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Akron, Mobile Meals, Access, Inc., Greenleaf Family Services, the American Red Cross of Akron and the Greater Mahoning Valley, Northern Ohio Golf Charities, the Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation, and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.  In addition, Rick has accumulated 40 years of service as a volunteer at Firestone Country Club on behalf of Northern Ohio Golf Charities and was Tournament Chair of the 1996 NEC Invitational-World Golf Championship (now known as the Kaulig Companies Championship).  Rick was a member of Leadership Akron Class IX and has been a recipient of the (Summa) Charles Deering Legacy Advisor Leadership Award 2017 as well as the University of Akron School of Law 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award.