Sara M. Costanzo, Esq.

  • At a Glance
  • Credentials
  • Affiliations
  • Publications & Presentations

Sara M. Costanzo practices in multiple disciplines, including but not limited to community banking matters, collections for governmental claims, healthcare providers, utility service providers, and landlord claims. She is a frequent lecturer on topics including collection/work out strategies, elder abuse/financial misappropriation, landlord-tenant law, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and other compliance topics, along with discussions on powers of attorney. Mrs. Costanzo has been named to the list of "Ohio Rising Stars" by Ohio Super Lawyers (2005-06, 2011-12), and was selected for Crain's Cleveland Business Forty Under 40.

Mrs. Costanzo is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan and the Ohio State Bar Association, where she serves on the Health Care Law Subcommittee. She is also President of the Board of Directors for the Northern Ohio Credit Association, and Chair of the Northeast Ohio Board of the March of Dimes, where she has been an active volunteer since 2006. She was also appointed to the Business Executive Advisory Board for the Heidelberg School of Business (Berg Business Board), and invited to join as a member of the Strongsville Education Foundation Board. 

Practice Areas:

Consumer Collections
Community Bank
Government Collections
Healthcare Collections
Utility Collections & Damage Claims

Honors & Distinctions:

Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 (2006)
Ohio Rising Stars (2005-06, 2011-12)
Recognized by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners for Putting Idealism Into Action (2004)
Young Alumni Achievement Award, Heidelberg College (2006)

Bar Admissions:

Ohio (1998)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1998)


J.D., Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1998)
MBA, Cleveland State University (1998)
B.S., Business Administration and Public Relations, Heidelberg University (1994)

Continuing Education:

- North East Utility Collections Legal Panel: Recent Developments with Red Flag/Identity Theft Reporting; Telephone Consumer Protection Act; and the role of Credit Counseling Companies and Utilities (2015)
- 19th Annual Utility Bankruptcy Conference: Utilities and CFPB (2012) (presenter)

Professional Affiliations:

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Government Finance Officers Association
Health Care Association of Michigan: Former Member
Municipal Finance Officers Association
Northern Ohio Credit Association: President of the Board of Directors
Ohio Association of Public Treasurers
Ohio Health Care Association
Ohio Municipal League: Former Member
Ohio State Bar Association: Health Care Law Subcommittee

Community Involvement:

City Year: Volunteer, 2006 recipient of City Year Champions Award
Chairperson for Signature Chefs event (2006-present)
Heidelberg University School of Business: Business Executive Advisory Board Member - Berg Business Board
March of Dimes of Northeast Ohio: President of the Board, Board of Directors member
Strongsville Education Foundation Board: Member (2015)

Firm News:

April 10, 2018
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Shareholder Sara M. Costanzo Transitions to Firm's Business Development Team

October 08, 2015
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Partner Sara M. Donnersbach Receives Ohio Association of Public Treasurers' John D. Cannone Award

August 27, 2015
Weltman Wraps Up Annual March of Dimes Campaign

November 11, 2014
Weltman Partner Invited to Join Strongsville Education Foundation Board

May 27, 2014
Weltman Partner Invited to Serve on the Berg Business Board

May 20, 2014
Weltman Partner Invited to Return as President of the Board for MOD NE Ohio

May 20, 2014
Weltman Congratulates MetroHealth Medical Center

August 05, 2013
Weltman Awarded Top 10 Status by March of Dimes

January 30, 2013
NOCA Provides Education for the Credit and Collection Community

November 13, 2012
Weltman's Sara Donnersbach Receives March of Dimes FDR Community Leadership Award

November 03, 2011
Weltman Continues Support for March of Dimes with Purple Power

August 12, 2011
Weltman Recognized Among Top March of Dimes Supporters in Cleveland

May 24, 2011
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Raises Money for Annual March of Dimes Campaign


April 5, 2019
Now in Effect: New Requirements for Reporting Elder Abuse in Ohio

July 12, 2016
UPDATE: Ohio Medicaid Eligibility Changes to Significantly Increase Need for Qualified Income (Miller) Trusts

November 18, 2014
Reporting Mis-Appropriation

August 08, 2014
Understanding Differences in Powers of Attorney

December 12, 2013
The Role of the CFPB Ombudsman’s Office

February 08, 2013
The Re-Introduction of Ohio Issue (601) as HB No.5

January 30, 2013
Guarding Against Liability for Negligence in the Healthcare Industry

January 21, 2013
HIPAA Compliance for Portable Devices: Are You Protected?

May 11, 2012
Commercial Lending – Keeping your Eyes on the Right Prize

February 02, 2012
Michigan Legislature Takes Aim at Healthcare Service and Protection Workers

September 27, 2011
Collecting Restitution Through Civil Process

July 26, 2011
Elder Abuse - When Borrowing Becomes Against the Law

April 28, 2011
Hats On for National Safe Digging Awareness Month

April 28, 2011
Collective Bargaining Rights on the Decline

April 20, 2011
Ohio's Collective Bargaining Law (SB-5): The Facts and Just The Facts

March 16, 2011
Ohio Budget: Changes Are Underway In 2011

January 06, 2011
Prepare for Changes in 2011


August 31, 2016
Security Deposits Protect Against Non-paying Customers

November 24, 2015
Affordable Care Act and Affordable Healthcare

June 29, 2015
Covering the Expense of City Services

April 28, 2015
Ohio Aims to Put some Teeth in the Elder Abuse Protections - Am. H.B. No. 24 As Passed by the House

April 28, 2015
Ohio Aims to Put some Teeth in the Elder Abuse Protections - Am. H.B. No. 24 As Passed by the House

March 10, 2015
Preventing Tax Refund Fraud

January 22, 2015
Health Care Arbitration

December 11, 2014
The Algae Bloom Incident

March 24, 2014
Who's Behind You

May 29, 2013
Updates on the TCPA Along with Court Interpretation

January 24, 2013
New Year’s Resolution: Improving Your Organization’s Fiscal Health in 2013

January 23, 2013
New Year’s Resolution: Improving Resident Health & Fitness

November 05, 2012
Long Term Care: An Overview of Coverage Resource Options

August 05, 2011
Criminal Background Checks - Nursing Home Compliance


"Developing a Collections Program Internally and Externally," Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Fall Conference, Cleveland, OH (October 3, 2018)
“Collections Begins at Admissions,” Continuing Healthcare, Lisbon, OH (June 19, 2018)
“Revenue Collections,” Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Spring Conference, Maumee, OH (June 15, 2018)
“Reporting Elder Abuse - It’s Our Responsibility!” Ohio Health Care Association, Columbus, OH (May 2, 2018)
“Diffusing the Situation,” Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Hot Topic Seminar, Bellville, OH (April 27, 2018)
"Elder Abuse," Annual Assisted Living Summit, Columbus, OH (August 24, 2017)
“Medical Debt Collection: HIPAA and FDCPA Regulations,” National Business Institute Seminar (June 7, 2017)
"Reporting Elder Abuse," Ohio Health Care Association, Columbus, OH (May 2, 2017)
"Who is a Responsible Party?" Ohio Health Care Association, Columbus, OH (May 2, 2017)


Sara M. Costanzo, Esq. 

Phone: 216.685.1039
Fax: 216.363.6914