Matthew P. Yourkvitch focuses his practice on real estate, small business and non-profit law. He received his B.A. degree from Bowling Green State University and his J.D. degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.
Matthew previously served as a research and litigation assistant to Clinical Professor Kermit J. Lind and was awarded an Urban Development Law Clinic Fellowship to work with the Cleveland Municipal Housing Court. He continues to work extensively with various Cleveland-area nonprofit Community Development Corporations on the issues of strategic acquisition, nuisance abatement, commercial and residential property re-development.
Matthew is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, where he teaches in the Transactional Law Clinic, successor to the University’s Urban Development Law Clinic.
Matthew is a member of the Cleveland-Metropolitan Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker on Nuisance Abatement and Receivership Actions under Section 3767.41 of the Ohio Revised Code
E D U C A T I O N
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
Nathalie focuses her practice on real estate and business litigation. She also represents for profit and non-profit businesses in a litany of real estate transactions, corporate governance transactions and employment related transactions.
Nathalie’s experience includes litigation of disputes that arise in the business setting, general commercial litigation and enforcing restrictive covenants and trade secret law. She also has experience in employment counseling and litigation. She regularly advised clients on a variety of day-to-day employee relations matters, including covenants-not-to-compete, employment contracts and severance agreements. She has also managed high volume document review projects to assist in house and outside counsel in objective and subjective review and analysis of case information.
She is on the Board of the newly formed Arab American Bar Association of Ohio She is also a native Arabic speaker.
E D U C A T I O N
Cleveland-Marshall college of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
Scott H. Schooler is a Senior Associate at Yourkvitch & Dibo LLC. He focuses his practice on real estate and business (both profit and nonprofit) transactions and litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he was chief litigation attorney, at a Cleveland law firm, handling all aspects of litigation for over ten (10) years.
Scott’s litigation experience includes general real estate, zoning, eminent domain, contractual issues, civil rights, and employment discrimination claims, representing the interests of both employers and employees, and the legal rights of both plaintiffs and defendants. Scott has extensive experience practicing in the Cleveland Municipal Court, Greater Cleveland are suburban courts, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, the Eighth District Court of Appeals, the Ohio Supreme Court, the United States District for the Northern District of Ohio and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Scott is a lifelong Clevelander and avid sports fan of all the Cleveland teams, especially the Cleveland Indians. He is also an enthusiastic dog owner, who enjoys walking his dog throughout various Cleveland Metroparks.
E D U C A T I O N
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Cleveland State University/Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland, OH
Master of Science in Urban Studies
New York University
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Urban Design
CLAIRE L. O'CONNOR
A S S O C I A T E
Claire joined the firm as an associate in May of 2018 after simultaneously earning her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Master of Public Administration degree from Cleveland State University. She focuses her practice on real estate and primarily concentrates on commercial leasing, business asset acquisition, nuisance abatement, and commercial and residential redevelopment projects. Her commercial leasing practice ranges from small and local businesses to those with an expansive book of retail stores throughout several states. Her retail and commercial redevelopment experience recently includes the development agreement for a 62-unit scattered site in-fill housing project that will bring affordable homes and mixed-use development to a Cleveland neighborhood.
Claire is a member of the Women in Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
E D U C A T I O N
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Master of Public Administration, summa cum laude
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Work, magna cum laude
William C. Ferry focuses his practice on Entrepreneurial Small Business Law and Estate Planning and Probate Law. Bill draws on his experience in banking, urban economics, economic development and his own entrepreneurial activities when counseling business clients on a variety of matters, from business formation and strategy to contract drafting and review to premises and general liability issues.
Bill has also been a passionate advocate for Estate Planning for individuals and families. Helping people discover and achieve their goals for their property, health care, and for aging has been as much a mission as a practice for Bill. One particularly satisfying area is coordinating clients’ business strategies with their estate planning—aligning the business of the workplace with the business of the home.
Bill has represented residential and commercial property owners in a variety of legal matters, including landlord-tenant, eviction, conveyance, and property valuation complaints.
He is a member of the Lorain County Bar Association, where he participates in the Probate Law, Public Law, Real Estate Law, and Business Law Sections.
When not at work, Bill may be found hiking the trails of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park or piloting his boat on Lake Erie.
E D U C A T I O N
Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland Ohio
Juris Doctor, 2008
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Bachelor of Arts, 1997, magna cum laude
with Departmental Honors in Economics and in Political Science
ELKE M. QUADE
O F F I C E M A N A G E R
Elke joined the firm in 2017 and brings more than 20 years of administrative and real estate experience to her role as Office Manager. With a track record of exceptional performance in high-pressure, fast-paced environments, Elke ensures that the firm’s day-to-day operations run smoothly. She provides the firm’s employees with the tools and resources they need to excel in their positions and enjoys being part of a team that helps clients resolve legal issues. Elke is responsible for support staff training, payroll management, accounts payable and receivable, firm budgeting, calendaring, document management, and handling contacts with vendors and clients.
Elke launched her career in a position of significant responsibility. She managed twelve Section 8 apartment complexes for a property management company in Cleveland. After moving to Chicago, the native Clevelander worked for many years as an Office Manager at a full-service commercial real estate company. Prior to joining Yourkvitch & Dibo, Elke served as an Executive Assistant at a national executive search firm.
In her spare time, Elke channels her boundless energy into diverse projects. She serves on the board of two local nonprofit housing entities. A jewelry maker and creative entrepreneur, Elke sells earrings, necklaces, and Cleveland Browns pins. She is an inventor with a pending U.S. patent for a bakeware product called “muffinmeal” that puts fillable holes in cupcakes and savory breads. Elke also looks forward to daily workouts that include strength training, aerobics, and yoga.