Sara M. Costanzo

Sara M. Costanzo

Shareholder
locationBrooklyn Heights, OH
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Client service is always at the heart of Sara’s daily interactions.

Sara has been with the firm over 20 years, and during that time she has served as practice chair of the firm’s community banking, government collections, healthcare collections, and utility collections groups. Originally joining the firm as a law clerk, Sara worked as an associate attorney for a few years before she was promoted to a shareholder in 2006. In 2018, she transitioned into a new role within the business development group, where she now focuses on developing new relationships with clients both locally and nationally in scale.

Sara’s goal is to provide timely and professional assistance to business owners, service providers, managers, directors, and other recovery professionals who struggle with accounts receivable. She understands that her clients’ days are long and demanding, so she aims to provide efficient, cost-effective solutions – for any type of file. 

Sara is a frequent lecturer on topics including elder abuse and other forms of financial misappropriation, collection strategies, landlord-tenant law, and various federal regulations. She is also very active in a number of charities, especially the Northeast Ohio Division of the March of Dimes. Thanks to her annual fundraising efforts, the firm has received multiple recognitions as a Top Ten Walk Team. She also loves to travel and cook.

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Credentials

Honors & Distinctions

Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 (2006)
Ohio Association of Public Treasurers’ John D. Cannone Award
Ohio Rising Stars List (2005-06, 2011-12)
Recognized by the Cuyahoga County Commissioners for Putting Idealism into Action (2004)
Young Alumni Achievement Award, Heidelberg College (2006)
 

Admissions

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

Education

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)
 

Affiliations

Medina County Bar Association: Member 
Municipal Finance Officers Association: Member 
Ohio Association of Public Treasurers: Member 
Ohio Health Care Association: Member 
Ohio State Bar Association: Health Care Law Subcommittee 
Heidelberg University School of Business: Business Executive Advisory Board Member - Berg Business Board Member (2015 – current)
March of Dimes of Northeast Ohio: Past President of the Board; Board of Directors Member; Signature Chefs Event Chairperson (2006-17) 
Strongsville Education Foundation Board: Member (2015 - current) 
 

Presentations

"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)
 

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