Louis J. Licata is responsible for the management of the firm’s legal operations and oversight of its various practice areas, including the Global Business Group.

Mr. Licata focuses his practice on serving as the Chief Legal Advisor to CEOs and business owners throughout the world. He has provided analysis and experience with complex issues, including Global Strategy, New Market Entry, Strategic Vision, Governance, Risk Management, Crises Management, and day-to-day problem-solving. Prior to establishing Gertsburg Licata, Mr. Licata was the founder, owner and CEO Licata Law Group.

In the legal community, Mr. Licata has received an “A” peer-review rating, the highest acknowledgment possible in his profession from Martindale Hubbell. He was also the first attorney in the State of Ohio certified as a dual specialist after meeting the extensive requirements and high standards of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Specialty Board and The Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Certification of Attorney’s as Specialists. This is consistent with Ohio Lawyer Magazine’s recognition of him as a “Super Lawyer” and Crain’s Cleveland Business’ inclusion of him on the list of “Who’s Who in Technology.” Mr. Licata has been a leader in the profession, starting one of the first internet law practices in the United States and implementing innovative firm management measures, including a paperless office initiative in 1998.

He was formerly an associate professor of law at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. In December 2006, Ohio Magazine named him one of Ohio’s Memorable Educators. He has written and presented on numerous legal topics and recently submitted a Chapter titled Legal Considerations for Entering Asia Markets to be published in an eBook by ExecSense Inc.

Awards and Recognition


Crain’s Cleveland 2022: Notable in the Law


He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law; a Professional Fellow of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University; and Cleveland State University.

Community Involvement

In the business community, Mr. Licata served on the Global Board of Directors for the Entrepreneur’s Organization (“EO”); a dynamic global network of more than 14,000 business owners in 45 countries committed to business success and an enriched personal life. During his four years on the Board, he served as the Chief Advisor to three different Chairmen. One of his accomplishments at EO was the development and implementation of the organization’s Globalization Strategy and the formation of the Globalization Task Team, on which he served as Chairman. He was also the former Chairman of The Council of Small Enterprises (“COSE”), a small business organization of over 15,000 members, as well as a former member of the Greater Cleveland Partnership board of directors and their executive committee.


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