Wegman Hessler managing partner Nathan Hessler talks about the Cleveland Business Law Firm

The Generational Value of Strategic Lawyering

Wegman Hessler Valore is a full-service Cleveland-area business law firm. We work with closely held and family business clients, applying legal discipline to solve business problems. Ours is a comprehensive approach to business law, with a focus on creating generational and shareholder value. Unique among Ohio business firms, we work closely with our clients to custom-tailor solutions designed to support operations and strategy, and expansion and growth, with your goals in mind. This approach allows us to help create long-term value and operational efficiency while reducing exposure to risks.

As the diagram above suggests, we first ensure that the foundational elements to successfully and efficiently operate your business are in place. Lease agreements, distribution channel management, compliance, contracts with key suppliers and customers, financing arrangements, and business incorporation documents are ways we add legal discipline to help build business processes to optimize operations.

We then look at your plans for expansion and next-level growth, ensuring that you are both prepared and protected. Our goal is to help support you as you build generational and/or shareholder value.

While many business law firms in Cleveland take a transactional approach to their clients' needs, at Wegman Hessler Valore, we serve as trusted advisors. We base our relationship on a deeper understanding of your business, your goals and your desired outcomes.

In 1968, my father, David Hessler, joined with my grandfather, Martin Wegman, to build a full-service law firm designed around the needs of business owners. Closely held businesses, including the owners of family-owned manufacturers like MTD Products Inc., were among our first clients.

Since that time, our firm has expanded its offering, providing full-service strategic legal counsel for small and midsize businesses.

Around the same time, Joseph Valore was building a thriving legal practice on Cleveland's West Side. Decades later, his firm has integrated with ours.

From business succession and ownership matters to business operations, intellectual property, litigation and estate planning, our expertise across the firm supports the unique interests of business leaders and their families.

When people have a relationship with us, we customize the representation around their needs. This includes taking on their issues, solving their problems and delivering value.

We refer to it as "strategic lawyering." It means we go deeper, we connect the dots, and we deliver business value beyond expectations.

  • Contract Creation and Negotiation
  • Business Transactions
  • Corporate Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • Company Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Corporate Entity Formation and Ownership
  • Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships
  • Shareholder and Partnership Matters
  • Patent Protection, Litigation and Counsel
  • Intellectual Property and Portfolio Management
  • Licensing and Technology Transfer
  • Construction Law - Residential and Commercial Development
  • Real Estate Purchase and Sale Matters
  • Labor and Employment Matters
  • Wrongful Discharge, Retaliation and Breach of Employment Agreements
  • Lawsuit and Appellate Representation
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Asset Protection and Succession Plans
  • Divorce Negotiation and Litigation
  • Divorce and Dissolution Agreements
  • Wills, Trusts and Strategic Estate Planning
  • Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Family offices and estate administration
  • Asset Protection and Succession Plans

We're here to help, with small business legal services of the highest quality and value.

So, what kind of problems can we solve for you?


Nathan E. Hessler
Managing Partner

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Wegman Hessler Valore - Independence / Cleveland


Wegman Hessler Valore
6055 Rockside Woods Blvd. N
Suite 200
Cleveland, OH 44131

Phone: (216) 642-3342

Westside office

By appointment only

Wegman Hessler Valore
(formerly Valore & Gordillo)
21055 Lorain Road
Cleveland, OH 44126

Phone: (216) 642-3342