There are moments in life where one has to make a decision: “Do I take the straight and narrow, predictable path, or do I take a risk and aspire to something more than the status quo?”
Roughly twenty years ago, George Moscarino and I faced such a decision. We had both led successful careers, and were a comfortable 15 and 12 years, respectively, into our roles as attorneys at Arter & Hadden, the well-respected Cleveland law firm. Things were fine, but we saw untapped opportunity beyond the doors of the Huntington Building. We weighed our options, we consulted our families and we arrived at a conclusion: Come the new year, we would go out on our own.
And thus, Moscarino & Treu LLP was born.
Our departure from Arter & Hadden was amicable. With one associate attorney, Patty Cuthbertson, and one secretary, we began our new endeavor. It was a cold winter day when we started operation on January 1st, 1998 in office space at the Caxton Building near Progressive Field…or “The Jake”, as it was back then. We had moved on from the marbled hallways of the Huntington Building to a life of metal desks with bare, hanging light bulbs—not exactly the glamorous new space one would associate with a startup company these days, but it was a beginning.
We moved upstairs to “real offices” later that year, and nurse/lawyer Susan Massey and paralegal Pat Molle came on board. We had five offices and a conference room at this point, but it was not long before we outgrew the space. We soon found ourselves kicking off the new millennium with office space in the Hanna Building as of January 1st, 2000. Our partner, Bill Falin, joined us from Arter & Hadden in 2001.
While Moscarino & Treu has resided in the Hanna Building ever since, our growth did not stop there. The ensuing years saw the firm expand to 15 lawyers, earning recognition as a Weatherhead 100 company in 2005—the year George and I saw our first kids off to college.
Currently, Moscarino & Treu is comprised of nine lawyers and seven support staff members. Over the years, we have broadened our practice from a relatively strict focus on medical malpractice defense to encompass products liability, banking, business, securities, commercial, professional, insurance, auto and general liability work.
We are proud of where the firm’s collective talents and experience have taken us these past 20 years, as well as the reputation of delivering strong results we have developed among our clients. More so, with more capabilities in-house than ever before and the strong legacy we have been able to build within the walls of Moscarino & Treu, we are looking forward to the next 20 years…and beyond.
As we near the 20th anniversary of our firm, we would also like to thank you for your trust in Moscarino & Treu to date. We look forward to continuing to deliver value as we partner with you in the years to come.