Manbir S. Sandhu, Esq. President

Mr. Sandhu has extensive Creditors Rights legal experience. Mr. Sandhu obtained a Bachelors Degree from the University of Akron in 1995. He graduated from The Thomas Cooley Law School in 2000. Mr. Sandhu concentrates in the area of Foreclosure, Bankruptcy and Evictions.

Mr. Sandhu is the founder of the Firm that started in 2006. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and The Cleveland Bar Association. Mr. Sandhu has been designated as Outside Counsel to the State of Ohio Attorney General for revenue recovery services.

Suzanne M. Godenswager, Esq.

Ms. Godenswager concentrates in the area of Litigation with special concentration in the area of contested foreclosures.

Ms. Godenswager received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo, College of Law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2010. Prior to earning her JD, she earned her undergraduate degree from John Carroll University.

David T. Brady, Esq.

Mr. Brady joined the firm in March 2013 and focuses his practice on representation of real estate tax certificate holders and mortgage lenders in foreclosure litigation throughout the State of Ohio. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brady had represented several large tax certificate holders both institutionally and in foreclosure litigation. Mr. Brady has extensive experience handling litigation matters on behalf of businesses, creditors and title insurance underwriters and agents, and previously served as a Magistrate in the Foreclosure Division of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Mr. Brady is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio.

Mr. Brady obtained his Juris Doctorate in the year 2000 from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland OH, and is a 1997 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, with a B.A. in English. Mr. Brady currently resides in University Heights, OH with his wife and three children.

Austin B. Barnes III, Esq.

Mr. Barnes received both his Juris Doctor and Master of Taxation degrees from the University of Akron. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in finance from Ohio University where he graduated summa cum laude. Mr. Barnes has been a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio since May 1991. He joined Sandhu Law Group in 2015 as an attorney focusing on tax lien and mortgage foreclosures, along with bankruptcy and evictions. Prior to joining Sandhu Law Group, Mr. Barnes was employed by Morris|Schneider|Wittstadt in 2008 through 2015 as an attorney with the firm`s National Default practice. Mr. Barnes is a member of the State Bar of Ohio, the American Bar Association, and the Akron Bar Association.

Mr. Barnes has been a guest speaker for the National Tax Lien Association in 2003 and 2012. Mr. Barnes has served as Chairman of the Board and Secretary for the Order of AHEPA Lodge #63, and served as its President 2006-2008 and has been a member since 1996. Mr. Barnes has also been a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates since 1996. Mr. Barnes presently serves on the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors and has been a member since 2004. Additionally, Mr. Barnes has served as Assistant Finance Director to St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church since 2015. Since 2017, Mr. Barnes has served as President to the St. Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church.

Mark M. Schonhut, Esq.

Mr. Schonhut joined the firm in May 2019 and focuses his practice on representing real estate tax certificate holders and mortgage lenders. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the field of anti-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering, while working to stop other illegal activities such as fraud, extortion, and human trafficking. He has also taught civil rights to low-income high school students.

Mr. Schonhut graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from John Carroll University in 2011. He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2015 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2015. Mr. Schonhut is also licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Jeffrey A. Panehal, Esq.

Mr. Panehal joined the firm in December 2019, and focuses his practice on contested foreclosure litigation throughout the state of Ohio.

Mr. Panehal received his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, in 2012 from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and immediately went into practice in high-conflict litigation. He chose law as a second career after a more than a decade in public affairs, public relations and legal marketing, which befits his B.A. in Communications & Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Panehal currently lives on the west side of Cleveland. He has 3 children and a dog, Nebula.

Matt W. Trivelli, Esq.

Mr. Trivelli joined the firm in December 2019 and focuses his practice on representing buyers, sellers, and creditors in commercial and residential real estate transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Trivelli worked for 8 years as a multi-state commercial and residential title insurance underwriter for a national title insurance company.

Mr. Trivelli received his Juris Doctorate from the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law with a Certificate of Achievement in Bankruptcy and Commercial Law and was admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio in 2010. Prior to earning his JD, Mr. Trivelli graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Mr. Trivelli is also licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Douglas Haman, Esq., Of Counsel

Mr. Haman graduated from Miami University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Business, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1998. Mr. Haman’s practice areas include real estate, creditor’s rights, foreclosure, eviction, and other statutory proceedings.

Mr. Haman is licensed to practice in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as before the United States Districts Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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