Charles G. Pona

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Mr. Charles “Chuck” G. Pona is a Shareholder responsible for managing the firm’s Consumer Collections Business Unit, overseeing each of the Consumer Collections practice groups’ overall performance, profitability, and client satisfaction. Mr. Pona practices in general Consumer Collections and the Subrogation Practice Group. He is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.

Mr. Pona was one of the first members selected to serve on the Collections Advisory Board for TransUnion, the third largest credit bureau in the United States. He is a member of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, the Northern Ohio Credit Association, and the Ohio State Bar Association. He has previously served as President of the National Creditors Bar Association. Licensed in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Mr. Pona is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court (Northern District of Ohio) and the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and his B.S. magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Legal Advisor of Gilmour Inc. Knights of Columbus, and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Schnurmann House, a non-profit senior housing community. 

Practice Areas:

Consumer Collections
Subrogation Group

Honors & Distinctions:

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated Attorney

Bar Admissions:

Ohio (1987)
Pennsylvania (1998)
U.S. District Court (Northern District of Ohio) (1988)
U.S. Supreme Court (2008)

Education:

J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1986)
B.S., magna cum laude, Business Administration, Bowling Green State University (1982)

Continuing Education:

DBA International: State and Federal Updates and Lessons from Consent Orders (2016)
Federal Regulations: FDCPA and CFPB


Professional Affiliations:

National Creditors Bar Association: President (2003-05)
National Association of Subrogation Professionals
Northern Ohio Credit Association
Ohio State Bar Association

Community Involvement:

Schnurmann House: Secretary of the Board of Directors
Gilmour Inc.-Knights of Columbus: Legal Advisor
Fraternal Order of Police #27

Charles G. Pona 

Shareholder
Brooklyn Heights
Phone: 216.739.5001
Fax: 216.739.5072
Email: cpona@weltman.com