Three senior lawyers join Gertsburg Licata


CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gertsburg Licata Co., LPA, a leading full-service strategic and business law firm, announced today that it has hired Stewart Roll, Eleina Thomas and Charlene Li as senior attorneys. The announcement comes nearly a year after the company was formed through a merger between law firm Gertsburg and Licata Law Group and will build on the firm’s capabilities in litigation, computer security, white collar crime, corporate compliance and intellectual property.

Stewart D. Roll, Esq. is a seasoned lawyer and joins Gertsburg Licata as a senior partner of Climaco, Wilcox, Peca & Garofoli, where he was a director for over 14 years. He has successfully defended and prosecuted cases involving multi-million dollar damage claims related to a variety of commercial matters and has appeared in state and federal courts. He has practical expertise in international business law, having served as assistant general counsel for a Fortune 500 company, overseeing litigation and providing advice in the purchase and sale of businesses and the licensing of technology both domestically than abroad. He is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force where he majored in intelligence matters and was awarded the United States Air Force Commendation Medal for his service in Thailand during the Vietnam War. Me Roll is appointed to the business litigation and international business law practice groups.

Charlene Li, Esq. joins as Senior Counsel, having served as Senior Corporate Counsel, Chief Legal Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Global Human Resources Counsel for several Fortune 500 companies and two law firms respectively American lawyers. Prior to immigrating to the United States, Ms. Li was a practicing attorney in the People’s Republic of China. Ms. Li focuses her practice on the corporate domain, including strategy and implementation of global corporate expansion, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial transactions and large-scale contract negotiations, corporate issues. global human resources legal frameworks, intellectual property licensing, transfer and protection against infringement, joint software development. and risk management/regulatory compliance programs, including FCPA, anti-trust, export controls, data privacy, GDPR, cybersecurity, embargoes and sanctions. Ms. Li is appointed to the Commercial Transactions and International Business Law Practice Groups.

Eleina K. Thomas, Esq. joins Gertsburg Licata as a senior partner. She brings extensive experience spanning various roles as a prosecutor in state and federal courts. Ms. Thomas has nearly a decade of trial experience, having successfully prosecuted complex and high-profile criminal cases ranging from drug possession to financial crimes to capital murder. She has coordinated numerous multi-jurisdictional violent crime investigations and task forces leading to high profile prosecutions against gang members and criminal organizations. Ms. Thomas is appointed to the Litigation and White Collar Crime practice groups.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Stewart, Eleina and Charlene to the GL team,” commented Louis A. Licata, Esq., managing partner of Gertsburg Licata and responsible for the firm’s legal practice areas and operations. “Their combined experience will bring invaluable expertise to key practice areas as we continue to grow the firm.”

About Gertsburg Licata

Gertsburg Licata Co., LPA (G&L) is a full-service strategic and business law firm that represents and serves entrepreneurs and middle market business executives in commercial transactions, litigation and arbitration, and regulatory issues. Gertsburg Licata is home to CoverMySix®, a unique anti-litigation audit developed specifically for middle market businesses. G&L is the sister company of Gertsburg Licata Acquisitions and Gertsburg Licata Talent. To learn more about Gertsburg Licata, please visit

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Head shot of Stewart Roll

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Portrait of Eleina Thomas

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