Sternberg & Zeid Co., LPA.

(440) 306-6659

Knowledgeable Attorneys in Mentor, OH

When you’re faced with a situation that requires legal advice, make sure you have the right team on your side. Sternberg & Zeid Co., LPA. is proud to be your local source for knowledgeable and experienced attorneys in Mentor, OH. In addition to family law, our practice areas include bankruptcy, probate/estates, workers' compensation, real estate, and personal injury. After all, one issue can lead to another, so it’s important to have an attorney that understands you and your situation personally. You deserve a fair and honest assessment of your legal matter, and that is exactly what you receive from our reliable law firm.

Private Discussions

We understand that approaching an attorney can be a daunting experience. Legal matters can easily influence your emotions, so we want make sure nobody takes advantage of you. Whether your spouse just served you with divorce papers, you noticed your debts far outweigh your assets, or you were recently injured due to someone else's negligence, we’re here to protect your best interests. Instead of walking around in a constant state of stress, reach out to our law firm for assistance. 

We offer consultation services to people like you who want to know how to proceed when a legal issue arises. Because we know that you may have anxiety about your situation, we treat you in a compassionate and respectful manner. Once you explain the matter, we let you know if we can represent you, and where we will go from that point. We may refer the case to founding attorney David J. Sternberg. In the rare situation we are unable to handle your case ourselves, we’ll help you find someone who can.

David J. Sternberg, Attorneys, Mentor, OH

David J. Sternberg

Founding Partner

7547 Mentor Ave.
Mentor, OH 44060

Phone: (440) 306-6659
Fax: (440) 942-6504
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David J. Sternberg received his B.S. from Miami University and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from The Ohio State University College of Law. Mr. Sternberg has served as an attorney for the State of Ohio, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Lake County, Trial Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board and Law Director for the City of Willowick. Counselor Sternberg brings a broad range of experience to the private practice of law.

Prior to becoming an attorney, David J. Sternberg worked his way through undergraduate school by loading trucks, washing dishes, and being a waiter. During his last years of college, he worked as a bookkeeper, and he built econometric models for a large national corporation. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and work experience has given David a unique understanding of the issues facing individuals.

Attorney Sternberg is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association where he served on the council of Delegates and on the board of governors, Ohio Association for Justice and the Lake County Bar Association. Mr. Sternberg was president of the Lake County Bar Association 2004-2005 and has chaired a number of committees.

David applies his thirty years of experience as a general practitioner with an emphasis on bankruptcy, family law, personal injury, real estate, worker's compensation, and civil litigation. Contact our attorneys in Mentor, OH, we have years of trial experience.

Contact us for confidential legal counsel regarding your family law matter. We proudly serve clients in Mentor, OH, and surrounding areas.

Gary D. Zeid

Gary D. Zeid

Founding Partner

7547 Mentor Ave.
Mentor, OH 44060

Phone: (440) 306-6659
Fax: (440) 942-6504

Gary D. Zeid attended Ohio University, the University of Miami (Florida), and received his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in 1971 and his J.D. degree in 1975, both from Cleveland State University. Mr. Zeid has served as an attorney for the Public Defender's Office for Lake and Geauga Counties and Assistant Law Director for the City of Willowick, representing the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. Counselor Zeid also maintains a Real Estate Broker's license in the State of Ohio. Attorney Zeid was a member of the Ohio National Guard and is a volunteer attorney for Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Attorney Zeid is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Association, where he was a member of the Grievance Committee and has been the chairman of the Golf Outing Committee for several years.

Lawyer Zeid has thirty years of trial experience as a general practitioner with an emphasis on probate, estate administration, family law, personal injury, workers' compensation, and real estate.

Sternberg & Zeid Co., LPA. proudly serves clients throughout Northeast Ohio, including Mentor, Painesville, Geneva, Ashtabula, Cleveland, Chardon, Solon, Chesterland, Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Willoughby, Lakewood, Mayfield Heights, Eastlake, Madison, Concord, Chagrin Falls, Kirtland, Lake County, Geauga County, Cuyahoga County and Ashtabula County.

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Raymond J. Coatoam

Raymond J. Coatoam

Associate Attorney

7547 Mentor Ave.
Mentor, OH 44060

Phone: (440) 306-6659 ext. 201
Fax: (440) 942-6504
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Attorney Coatoam attended Kenyon College where he received his B.A. in Political Science in 2005. From there, he briefly pursued careers as a carpenter, political finance director for U.S. Congressional campaigns, and a data management coordinator for national and local non-profit organizations. Mr. Coatoam attended Cleveland State University’s Marshall College of Law and was awarded the Juris Doctor Degree summa cum laude in 2016.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Ray could never have afforded a lawyer, this is something he always keeps in mind when speaking with a potential client. During the 11 year gap between his degrees, Ray spent his professional life pursuing one cause or another, when he wasn’t working construction or tending bar. Attorney Coatoam grew up in a family whose life was in the trades, including concrete, carpentry, plumbing, roofing, and electrical work. During College and before engaging in the practice of law, Ray worked in the trades giving him the ability to appreciate the joys and difficulties of manual labor. This background has given him a unique perspective in representing individuals.

As a Finance Director for U.S. Congressional campaigns, Attorney Coatoam lived and worked in multiple states, sometimes working 20-hour days 6-7 days per week, in hopes of pushing his candidates across the finish line. He was often the first member of the campaign to be hired, meaning he would have to raise his first pay check and work without an office or support staff. While attending law school at night, Ray worked full-time for a non-profit organization focused on cancer research and support. He spent his weekends in the law library and used all of his vacation and sick days to study for finals. He now brings this energy and determination to his client’s causes.

Attorney Coatoam is always looking for his next cause. Ray enjoys defending against evictions, especially against corporate landlords, fighting with debt collectors and insurance companies, and opposing the State of Ohio when it is attempting to steam roll someone with a criminal charge. As a commitment to the community, he accepts appointments from various municipal and county courts, and cases from legal aid. Having worked in the trades he likes fighting for the benefits that workers are entitled to under Ohio’s workers’ compensation system.

Attorney Coatoam has a growing expertise in Estate Administration, Personal Injury cases and family law both in domestic relations court as well as in juvenile court. Ray is experienced in Divorces and Dissolutions, Custody fights, Civil Protection Orders, Bankruptcy, Real Estate disputes, and Neighbor disturbances.

Areas of Practice:

-Estate Administration
-Personal Injury
-Civil Disputes
-Family Law
-Real Estate
-Landlord/Tenant Law


-Ohio, 2018
-U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2019


Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
B.A. – 2005

Cleveland State University-Marshall College of Law
J.D. summa cum laude – 2016

Professional Associations:

Ohio State Bar Association
Ashtabula County Bar Association
Lake County Bar Association