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Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash Co., LPA
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Gary A. Ebert
Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash Co., LPA | 26600 Detroit Road, Suite 300 | Westlake, Ohio 44145
TEL: (216) 566-8200 | FAX: (216) 566-0213
Gary A. Ebert is the Director of SSE&G’s Probate, Estate Planning Division, Public Law & Land Use Division, and our Sports and Entertainment Division. He has combined a private practice with his public role as Bay Village Law Director, thus developing a range of experience that serves the legal needs of most business and governmental organizations.
As our Director of Probate, Estate Planning, Mr. Ebert has helped many clients customize their Probate and Estate succession plans for both modest and complex estates as well as Wills and Trust Arrangements. Mr. Ebert assists clients in planning for disability utilizing Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Donor Registration Enrollment Forms, Business Succession Planning and Probate and Trust Administration. Mr. Ebert is an expert at customizing each client's estate plan in order to help achieve ones objective and goals.
As Law Director since 1986, Mr. Ebert is actively involved in the contractual requirements of bidding, procurement, repair and construction and related real estate and environmental matters; labor negotiations with classified and non-classified employees; establishing employment compliance standards and securing favorable financing requirements for the city.
On a governmental level, Mr. Ebert has participated in the executive, legislative and judicial branches. A limited list of his responsibilities include: executive operation of the City’s legal department, enforcement of state civil laws and municipal ordinances and criminal law violations with further requirements to defend law suits filed against the city; and in filing law suits on behalf of the city, legislative duties in the drafting of ordinances and judicial activities including legal opinions on varied subjects such as constitutionality of ordinances and conflicts of interests. He has even served as the Interim Mayor of Bay Village.
In addition, Mr. Ebert interfaces with other governmental units including the school system and Bay Village's Service and Safety Department with which he has, on several occasions, negotiated and concluded work agreements.
As Director of the Firm’s Sports and Entertainment Division, he represents several Major League Baseball Managers and General Managers as well as NFL and College Football Coaches and General Managers. The Firm also represents both local and national news entertainment personalities.
Mr. Ebert graduated from Ashland College with a BS degree in Education and received his J.D. degree from Cleveland State University in 1975. He lives in Bay Village with his wife Pamela. He has three children, Caroline, Amanda, Brian and five grandchildren.
Admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association and Metropolitan Bar Association, The Northern District of Ohio and The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio Municipal Attorneys Associations, Cuyahoga County Law Directors Association; State of Ohio Chair and Board of Directors for the International Municipal Law Officers Association.
Founding Trustee-Bay Village Foundation, Trustee for Bay Arts, named to Who's Who and named to the Worldwide Registry for excellence in law in 2014. Serves on the Leadership Council for St. John’s
Medical Center (University Hospital). He served as a member of the Bay Village Council from 1982-1986, served as interim Mayor in 2000 and as Law Director from 1986 to the present. He was recognized as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine and has a rating AV Preeminent and AV Peer Review rating.
Recent Experience includes:
Served as lead counsel for the Westshore Communities of Cleveland and successful negotiated an agreement after the Northfolk Southern and CSX merger which agreement was presented and approved by the United States Surface Transportation Board which is still in existence today and limits the number of trains that pass through the western suburbs and in addition provides funding for safety improvements.
Successfully has defended numerous municipal cases involving zoning laws, land use and constitutional challenges including defending private trusts both for governmental agencies and private and First Amendment challenges.
Successfully represents Municipalities in labor contracts.
Represents various coaches/managers and administrative personnel for professional sports/franchises.
Selected as an Ohio “Super” Lawyer in Government, Cities & Municipalities.