Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC

Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC

Ohio attorneys

Firm Overview

Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper (NGC) provides practical, cost-effective legal solutions and sophisticated advice to business owners and executives, professionals and governmental entities throughout Ohio, a tradition it has upheld since its founding in 1933 as Nicola & Horn. The firm's experienced legal advisors handle transactions and litigation across a wide range of disciplines, including business and corporate law, employment law, workers' compensation defense, sports and entertainment law, real estate law, public sector law, school law, family law, executive compensation and employee benefits matters, and estate planning, trust, and probate administration.
NGC's extensive litigation practice assists businesses, professionals, and other individuals at the trial and appellate levels and in alternative dispute resolution. The firm has a particular wealth of experience in litigation and regularly handles complex, high-stakes corporate and other disputes in state and federal courts throughout Ohio. Because of NGC's extensive courtroom experience, attorneys and law firms throughout the country contact the firm when seeking local counsel in the Cleveland area.
As NGC moves forward, it holds fast to its traditional mission: providing the highest quality legal services at a reasonable cost. The firm works to establish long-term relationships with clients, serving as trusted advisors for years and even generations.

Main Office

Main Office
25 W. Prospect Ave.
Republic Bldg., Ste. 1400
Cleveland OH 44115-1048




Estate Planning

Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper (NGC) attorneys offer a personal, confidential approach to estate planning and the administration of wills and trusts on behalf of clients throughout Ohio. Our attorneys have represented individuals in the development and d

Comprehensive estate planning
Attorneys at NGC assist each client by providing advice and drafting the estate plan best suited to his or her needs, considering factors such as minimization of tax consequences, probate avoidance and wealth preservation.
In addition, we assist clients in providing for the possibility of mental or physical incapacity and prepare documents to ensure that their wishes regarding medical care, legal affairs and end-of-life decisions are respectfully carried out.
Estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax
Health care powers of attorney
Income tax planning
Living wills
Planned charitable giving
Powers of attorney
Business succession
The firm represents business owners in the design and documentation of business succession plans and has consulted with numerous business owners on business succession issues, including the design and implementation of Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs).
Family limited partnerships and limited liability companies
Succession planning
Probate and trust administration
Our attorneys have represented numerous executors and administrators in the probate administration of estates and fiduciaries in the defense and settlement of probate disputes, including completing administrations of multimillion dollar estates. We have also represented clients in the design, documentation and implementation of irrevocable life insurance trusts and a host of other Trusts.
Charitable lead trusts
Charitable remainder annuity trusts
Grantor retained annuity trusts
Irrevocable life insurance trusts
Qualified personal residence trusts
Special needs trusts
Testamentary trusts
Trust and estate administration
Trust funding

Michael J. Bertsch

Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC

Principal practice areas
Workers' compensation
Employment law
Employment litigation
OSHA compliance and litigation
Civil litigation trial and appellate
Representative experience
Defense of workplace injury claims before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and in Ohio state trial and appellate courts
Investigation and defense of safety violation claims before the Industrial Commission
Investigation and defense of alleged OSHA violations
Consultation regarding OSHA compliance
General civil litigation, including jury trials
Mandamus actions
Representation of employers before the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation adjudication panel and administrator on rating and reimbursement issues
Counseling and litigation regarding employment policies and practices
Bar admissions
Ohio Supreme Court (1982)
6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (1984)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1982)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2007)
Educational background
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University (JD 1981)
Xavier University (BS, business administration, magna cum laude, 1978)
Professional and civic activities
Member, Ohio State Bar Association
Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Workers' Compensation and Litigation sections
Member, Lake County Safety Council
Member, Greater Cleveland Safety Council
Member, Self-Insured Group of Ohio
Past president and board member (1990-1998), Epilepsy Association of Northeast Ohio
Author, "Ohio BWC Settles Premium case, Separately Sets New Collection Schedule," NGC Legal Insights (Summer 2014)
Speaking engagements
Frequent speaker and seminar presenter on workers' compensation and other employment-related issues