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David Jay Sternberg

Workers compensation Attorney at Willoughby, OH

5.0   13 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 50 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1973
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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

    46 years

  2. Workers compensation
    I have been involved in representing workers in all forms of work place litigation.

    46 years

  3. Bankruptcy and debt
    Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies

    46 years

  4. Family
    I represent men and women in divorces, dissolutions and custody cases thoughout northeast Ohio.

    46 years

  5. Personal injury
    My firm handles auto accidents, slip falls, and all other personal injury cases.

    46 years

  6. Chapter 13 bankruptcy

  7. Chapter 7 bankruptcy

  8. Child custody

  9. Real estate
    Commercial and Residential Real Estate as well serving matters of Foreclosure

    46 years


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 though 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.


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AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2013,2012
Top Contributor
2013 2012


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5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
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Posted by Brandi | July 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
David Sternberg is honest, efficient and to the point. David will tell you like it is, but will always have your back and put hard times at ease. David is by far one of the best attorneys you could have on your side. I can say that my concerns, and worries are safe in his hands, trusting in someone today is hard, but you can trust in David to get the job done and have your back.
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Posted by Bill | March 3, 2019
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Chapter 13
Mr. Sternberg took my complicated Chapter 13 case after two other law firms told me they felt I should file Chapter 7 as the told me a Chapter 13 would not be successful. 5 1/2 years later, I have been successfully discharged from my bankruptcy thanks to Mr. Sternberg's guidance and support. I wish I had found Mr. Sternberg sooner as the other firms cost me delaying my filing by over a year. Thank you Mr. Sternberg and staff!
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2019
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The most kind, caring and amazing Lawyer ever! Highly Recommended
He handled my complicated divorce in an amazing way and guided me so nicely through thick and thin. I had a difficult child custody issue and he had the right plan to handle it. Most highly recommended. A great person at heart. Thank you, David, for everything!
Posted by Pat | January 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, experienced, trustworthy
David handled my divorce very professionally. He has a sharp mind, years of legal experience, and is an excellent negotiator. I appreciate that he was available to answer questions and respond to concerns promptly through e-mail and by phone, as well as being confident and reassuring during stressful times at the court house. I highly recommend David J. Sternberg because he knows the law, can analyze complicated situations, and is able to communicates in a fair and direct manner with clients, defendants, and other lawyers.
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Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2021
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Highly Recommend
I first contacted Mr. Sternberg for a bankruptcy consultation. He was very thorough and professional and made me feel comfortable. Once he filed my bankruptcy, he remained available with answers throughout the proceedings. I would highly recommend his services.
Posted by Rachel | June 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
I had a bit of a unique divorce agreement. David knew to ask questions that I didn’t know to ask even after our divorce was final. He truly looked out for me and my children and our assets. He is kind, personable, and professional. David Sternberg truly knows what he is doing. He is worth every penny! I have recommended him to everyone that needs a good lawyer.
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Posted by Louie | January 28, 2017
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I hired Mr. Sternberg To fight Jurisdiction of my divorce from Ohio to send it to my/our home state. With his knowledge of state law and plan we won! I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking family law representation.
Posted by Anthony | December 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Did The Job and More!
David did more than just file papers. He made sure that nothing was overlooked regarding any exemptions I had as well as answered any questions that popped in my head. Bankruptcy is not only a hard choice, but an enduring process. I would recommend David to anyone who has to travel down this path.
Posted by Erica Edgington | December 31, 2014
You can trust him
David represented me for my own divorce in the past and is now representing my son with his divorce. David is very approachable and easy to work with. He listens attentively to the details of the problem and asks great clarifying questions. He is eagar to answer the many different questions that I have had and provides the pros and cons for different solutions. He is ethical and timely. He has his client's best interest in mind, but also explains what types of things could prolong a divorce. David's initial retainer/estimates were spot on. He quoted a rate for my divorce, and that was the rate. Period. Excellent person and attorney. You can trust him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 31, 2012
Great attourney!
Mr. Sternberg was very easy to get ahold of to discuss questions and concerns. He was very professional and friendly. His fees were very fair.
Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2012
Extremely helpful and was willing to help me when two other attorneys said they couldn't. He took on my case and was successful.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2012
Knowledgable workers comp attorney
Mr. Sternberg represented me in my workers compensation claim, getting me temporary total disability payments and later partial disability payments. He kept me informed and worked great with my doctors to get me as much benefits as possible.
Posted by Timothy | February 22, 2012
Job Well Done
Represented me in a bankruptcy. Always kept me informed and advised me before anything happen. This bankruptcy also included an adversary proceedings which he successfully resolve
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Sternberg & Zeid Co. LPA
  • 1982 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Kenen & Snider Co. LPA
  • 1978 - 1982
  • Trial Attorney
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • 1977 - 1977
  • Assistants Prosecuting Attorney
  • Lake County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 1974 - 1977
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  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1970

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In Re: John Doe
  • Debtor was discharged in bankruptcy


  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • 1978 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • President 2004-2005, Bar Counsel 1999-2003,
  • 1974 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1973 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Council of Delegates 2003 to 2013
  • 1973 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Board of Governors 2013 to 2016
  • 1973 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015


  • Lake County Legal Views
  • President's Monthly Column June2004-May2005
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse David
Unknown Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David is comprehensive and will see a matter through to its completion. He is one of the most intense lawyers I know."
Family Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Other
"Although I do not know Mr. Sternberg personally, I have read his answers on this site from people writing in with legal questions. His responses are concise and well thought out and certainly beneficial to those asking questions and there I can endorse Mr. Sternberg as an attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Sternberg. He has years of solid experience, attorneys respect him, clients like his work. His web site is terrific with its tons of useful free info too. And his knowledge of the law can be read in any of his well written answers to questions at that have been published. If you have a question about Family Law or any law, he is your answer. I recommend him to you."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David consistently provides insightful and helpful advice. His knowledge and diligence are clearly evident. I endorse him without reservation"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sternberg is an outstanding attorney with an excpetional reputation. He is a credit to the legal community and I highly recommend his legal services."
Family Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a contributing attorney to the Avvo program, I have become familiar with Attorney Sternberg’s willingness to provide accurate and professional information to consumers on this site. When I see an answer he has provided, I generally simply indicate my agreement with his well thought out answers, as there is little I can add. The quality of his responses, demonstrates his experience, skill and knowledge. He is a credit to the profession. I would recommend him to any individual in need of legal services and feel confident that they will be well served and represented."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred a number of clients who have needed assistance in David Sternberg's area of expertise. The clients have been well served and thanked me for putting them in touch with someone who could properly advise them."
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Avvo Contributions

Top Contributor 2013
Top Contributor

David earned significant contribution points in 2013.

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Willoughby Workers compensation Lawyer David Jay Sternberg
David Jay Sternberg
Workers compensation Attorney
Willoughby, OH
Licensed for 50 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available