Meet The Gruber Thomas Team

  • Michael S. Gruber ATTORNEY

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    A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Gruber obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati in June 1973 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in June 1977. Mike was admitted to the Ohio Bar in November 1977.

  • David M. Thomas ATTORNEY

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    Mr. Thomas obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business in 1985 from Walsh University and his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1988. Dave was admitted to practice in all Ohio Courts in 1988.

  • Jason N. Bing ATTORNEY

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    Jason’s practice is focused in the areas of business, commercial, employment and real estate related litigation and transactions. In his litigation practice, Jason has a high success rate in representing businesses, both large and small, as well as individuals.

  • Jamie Haren ATTORNEY

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    Jamie received a BS in mathematics from Muskingum College in 2007 and a law degree from Ohio Northern University in 2010 and was admitted to the Bar in November of 2010. Jamie began her association with Zollinger, Gruber, Thomas & Co. in July of 2009 as a law clerk, and began practice with Zollinger, Gruber, Thomas & Co. in November of 2010 and has been with the firm since that time.

  • Todd Kotler ATTORNEY

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    Todd is a general practice attorney with focuses in family law, criminal and civil litigation and education law. Todd is one of the few attorneys in Northeast Ohio practicing education law, representing clients and their families through consultations and representing them at Individualized Education Plan team meetings, mediations, expulsion hearings, Manifestation Determination Reviews, Department of Education Due Process hearings, and federal court.

  • Vera Harris
    Vera Harris Paralegal
    • Graduate of Louisville High School and American Institute for Paralegal Studies
    • Recipient of the Certificate of Scholarly Distinction from American Institute for Paralegal Studies
    • Collector: AmeriTrust Bank 1981-1983
    • Paralegal: 1986 to the present
    • Collections Paralegal: 1988 to the present
    • Joined Gruber, Thomas & Co. in 2002, after fourteen years of previous paralegal experience.
  • Kristin Millard
    Kristin Millard Executive Legal Assistant
    • Graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School
    • Graduated with distinction from Stark State College with degrees in Business Management and Paralegal Studies in 2014.
    • Enhanced Certificates in Quality Management and Supervision.
    • Joined Gruber, Thomas & Co. in 2015.
  • Linda Perez
    Linda Perez Executive Legal Assistant
    • Joined Gruber, Thomas & Co. in 2017 after twenty-five years of previous legal experience.
  • Richard Protiva ATTORNEY

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    Rich received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2010.  In 2013 he received his Juris Doctor, law degree, from Case Western Reserve University.  After pursuing other interests, he was admitted to the Ohio Bar in May 2016.  He has enjoyed the practice of law ever since.

  • Molly Laubernds
    Molly Laubernds Law Clerk
    • A Roseville, Michigan native, Molly obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a focus in International Relations from The College of Wooster in May of 2016.
    • She is currently pursuing her Juris Doctorate Degree at The University of Akron School of Law and is expected to graduate in May of 2020.
    • Molly currently performs contract due diligence for Life Equity, LLC and previously interned with University Hospital and the Summit County Prosecutors office.
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