Gary D. Zeid

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 Defenders 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, Mayfields Heights, Eastlake, Madison, Concord, Chagrin Falls, Kirtland, Lake County, Geauga County, Cuyahoga County and Ashtabula County.


Attorney Zeid has practiced Domestic Relations law for over 30 years. He has represented both husbands and wives and has been successful in satisfying their legal needs. Counselor Zeid understands the emotions that are involved in any domestic relations matter, as terminating the marriage, dividing up the assets and matters concerning children, both as an attorney and as one who has been divorced.

After a divorce or dissolution of marriage, one or both of the parties is likely to get married again to someone who also has children and it is always a challenge to blend two families together. Lawyer Zeid is effective in representing clients who deal with custody, visitation, parenting time issues as well as child support issues, because he has successful blended his family with his new wife’s family. Experience and being able to relate to the client’s situation is a valuable aspect, which Counselor Zeid brings to the representation of all clients.

Grandparent’s rights are also an important aspect of Attorney Zeid’s practice. Lawyer Zeid has 3 children, 3 stepchildren and a combination of 13 grandchildren. The best interest of the children is the driving force of any separation, divorce or dissolution of marriage. Custody, parental rights and responsibilities and all aspects of children are a primary concern to all parties involved. His life experience gives him a keen sense of the needs of the parents, the grandparents and the children and grandchildren in family litigation. The minor children should be the prime concern to everyone involved in a domestic matter.

Attorney Zeid has the experience you need when dealing with the most emotional aspect of your life. Lawyer Zeid has represented clients in Lake, Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lorain and Summit Counties in matters including divorce, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, custody, child support, visitation, parenting time, grandparent visitation time as well as division of property, spousal support and alimony.


Lawyer Gary D. Zeid is available to assist with estate administration, including probate and non-probate transfers as well as legal advice and representation for guardianship and conservatorship matters, powers of attorney, health care directives, and related agency matters.

Counselor Zeid has assisted many clients with his 30 plus years of legal experience. He can prepare your simple will or a complex trust, depending upon your needs. If you have small children and have been divorced, you may want a trust so that upon your demise, someone other than your ex-spouse will be in charge of the funds. For many families, a simple will, leaving all to your spouse and then to the children is sufficient. Counselor Zeid can guide you through the information, which is necessary to make an informed decision for your estate planning, whether simple or complex.

As part of estate planning Lawyer Zeid can assist with the preparation of a living will, durable power of attorney for health care and a financial power of attorney and advise you of all aspects of transfer on death affidavit for real estate, payable on death and transfer on death assets.

When a loved one dies, Lawyer Zeid has the experience to help you with the probate of the estate which involves transferring assets to the surviving beneficiaries. He is familiar with the needs of the older population as he was an owner of an Assisted Living Home in Willoughby, Ohio.


Attorney Gary D. Zeid has been representing victims of automobile, motorcycle and truck accidents for over 30 years. He has had the privilege of helping his clients obtain fair and just compensation for their injuries or the death of a loved one.

Today there are many complicated factors in handling an injury claim. Decisions must be made as to how medical bills should be paid, what claims can be made and when those claims have to be properly asserted. Investigation and evidence preservation is vital at the early stages of your claim. State laws and some insurance policies have critical time frames for action which if not heeded can adversely affect your claim. Attorney Zeid will not settle your claim until all factors are considered and we know the extent of your injuries. Beware of the insurance adjuster for the person who caused the injury to contact you immediately after the injury to settle your claim for a small amount of money. You may be tempted to accept the offer, but you are only cheating yourself by settling the claim without knowing the full extent of your injury. Often it takes months to know the full extent of your injury and if the problems will heal themselves within a short period of time. Attorney Zeid has the experience to guide you through the process and to help you make an informed decision.


Attorney Gary D. Zeid has been involved in real estate for most of his life. Before becoming an attorney, he sold residential real estate and then obtained his real estate Brokers license in the State of Ohio. While he no longer sells real estate, he has maintained his Brokers license since 1975 and is familiar with all aspects of residential real estate, including listing agreements, purchase agreements, and short sales. He has also been involved in eminent domain cases, where the State takes a portion of your property for the good of the community, such as widening a road. He has more than doubled the State’s offer, both in negotiations and in a jury trial. Attorney Zeid has also served as legal counsel for the City of Willowick’s Board of Zoning Appeals and their Planning Commission.


  • Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity
  • Masons
  • Knights of Pythias – Deak Lodge

Areas of Practice

  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Mediation
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Insurance Law
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Personal Injury Plaintiff
  • Animal Bites
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Railroad Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Real Estate Law
  • Eminent Domain
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Workers’ Compensation Law Employee

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1994


  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    J.D. – 1975
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
    B.B.A. – 1971


  • Instructor, Real Estate Continuing Education

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member
  • Grievance Committee, Member
  • Golf Outing Committee, Chairman

Past Employment Positions

  • Lyndhurst Municipal Court, Law Clerk, 1973 – 1975
  • Lake Geauga Public Defenders Office, 1975 – 1978
  • Zeid Legal Clinic, Mentor, Ohio, Founder, 1978 – Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Van Gorder Manor, Inc.
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Ohio National Guard
  • Zeid Realty LLC
  • Park 85 Realty LLC


  • Sigma Alpha Mu

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