Harpst Becker thrives on establishing strong relationships with our clients, ones that foster trust and inspire confidence. By providing thoughtful analysis paired with savvy legal insights, Harpst Becker puts our clients in position to experience a successful outcome. Our goal is to make sure you are comfortable with your legal options and, ultimately, with the decisions you make that impact your business.

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AUTHENTICITY
STRENGTH

HONESTY
AUTHENTICITY
STRENGTH

A full-service business law firm, Harpst Becker provides legal representation and counseling in all the areas that are critical to your business and your success. We serve the construction, insurance, nutraceutical, trucking, commercial credit and manufacturing industries, among other businesses. What’s more, our goal is to do more than simply serve as legal representatives — we want to be your advocate in all your legal matters.

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INTEGRITY
ADVOCACY
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The team at Harpst Becker is made up of experienced lawyers who are deeply invested in your business and the industries you serve. From human resources roles to in-house legal counsel, our lawyers have been in similar positions to the ones our clients currently hold. That’s how we are able to provide honest and principled legal solutions for you — and our team will always provide our services with professionalism.

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INSIGHTFUL
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MEET THE TEAM

“If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat” —Ronald Reagan

Todd A. Harpst, Managing Member

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“If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat” —Ronald Reagan

Todd A. Harpst, Managing Member

I am a business lawyer with 20 years of experience representing clients involved in the construction industry. In fact, I am one of the few attorneys in the Akron-area who has devoted an entire career to serving the legal needs of clients in the construction industry and, as the managing member of Harpst Becker, I have deep insight into the business side of legal engagements. I am passionate about my advocacy within the construction… read more…

Todd A. Harpst, Managing Member

I am a business lawyer with 20 years of experience representing clients involved in the construction industry. In fact, I am one of the few attorneys in the Akron-area who has devoted an entire career to serving the legal needs of clients in the construction industry and, as the managing member of Harpst Becker, I have deep insight into the business side of legal engagements. I am passionate about my advocacy within the construction… read more…

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein

John W. Becker, Member

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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein

John W. Becker, Member

I am a business and insurance lawyer with 22 years of experience in litigation. Prior to joining Harpst Becker LLC, I was a partner with a large law firm where I spent 12 years as a member of the business litigation group and frequently worked with both the real estate and creditor’s rights practice groups. I also worked in a corporate legal department where I managed a nationwide litigation docket which included coordinating the defense of class action lawsuits.… read more…

John W. Becker, Member

I am a business and insurance lawyer with 22 years of experience in litigation. Prior to joining Harpst Becker LLC, I was a partner with a large law firm where I spent 12 years as a member of the business litigation group and frequently worked with both the real estate and creditor’s rights practice groups. I also worked in a corporate legal department where I managed a nationwide litigation docket which included coordinating the defense of class action lawsuits.… read more…

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” —Alexander Graham Bell

Joseph R. Spoonster, Attorney

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“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” —Alexander Graham Bell

Joseph R. Spoonster, Attorney

I have represented construction industry clients my entire career, working with commercial and residential owners, general contractors, material suppliers and subcontractors to protect their legal interests in every possible way. In fact, I am as comfortable on a job site as I am in a courtroom. My legal, industry-based and practical experience has allowed me to secure and collect millions of dollars owed to my construction clients on projects they completed across Ohio… read more…

Joseph R. Spoonster, Attorney

I have represented construction industry clients my entire career, working with commercial and residential owners, general contractors, material suppliers and subcontractors to protect their legal interests in every possible way. In fact, I am as comfortable on a job site as I am in a courtroom. My legal, industry-based and practical experience has allowed me to secure and collect millions of dollars owed to my construction clients on projects they completed across Ohio… read more…

“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.” —Sandra Day O'Connor

Monica L. Wallace, Attorney

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“Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.” —Sandra Day O'Connor

Monica L. Wallace, Attorney

I am a business lawyer who provides proactive legal advice to businesses and their leaders in corporate and business services, commercial transactions, HR/employment practices, and regulatory compliance. I work with businesses in every stage of the lifecycle from start-ups to mature, established companies. I have spent a significant portion of my career working in-house as an attorney and in management roles, and also managing my own law firm… read more…

Monica L. Wallace, Attorney

I am a business lawyer who provides proactive legal advice to businesses and their leaders in corporate and business services, commercial transactions, HR/employment practices, and regulatory compliance. I work with businesses in every stage of the lifecycle from start-ups to mature, established companies. I have spent a significant portion of my career working in-house as an attorney and in management roles, and also managing my own law firm… read more…

“The only thing even in this world is the number of hours in a day. The difference in winning or losing is what you do with those hours.” —Woody Hayes

Nicholas J. Horrigan, Attorney

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“The only thing even in this world is the number of hours in a day. The difference in winning or losing is what you do with those hours.” —Woody Hayes

Nicholas J. Horrigan, Attorney

I am a commercial lawyer with an emphasis on construction disputes and collection actions for those who extend credit to contractors and developers. I manage the firm’s commercial collections practice, and each year we collect millions of dollars owed to our construction industry and other business clients. I have the specialized knowledge and in-depth experience necessary to effectively represent members of the construction industry through my involvement… read more…

Nicholas J. Horrigan, Attorney

I am a commercial lawyer with an emphasis on construction disputes and collection actions for those who extend credit to contractors and developers. I manage the firm’s commercial collections practice, and each year we collect millions of dollars owed to our construction industry and other business clients. I have the specialized knowledge and in-depth experience necessary to effectively represent members of the construction industry through my involvement… read more…

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” —Winston Churchill

John M. Heffernan, Attorney

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“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” —Winston Churchill

John M. Heffernan, Attorney

As a trial lawyer, I have more than 22 years of experience representing diverse clients in commercial disputes. As a former public accountant, I understand the challenges facing a business from conducting internal investigations through litigation and upon appeal. I understand that these challenges are unique to each client and, as such, I provide each with strategies that meet their goals in an efficient manner. I have participated in numerous bench and jury trials and countless arbitration… read more…

John M. Heffernan, Attorney

As a trial lawyer, I have more than 22 years of experience representing diverse clients in commercial disputes. As a former public accountant, I understand the challenges facing a business from conducting internal investigations through litigation and upon appeal. I understand that these challenges are unique to each client and, as such, I provide each with strategies that meet their goals in an efficient manner. I have participated in numerous bench and jury trials and countless arbitration… read more…

“The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” —Arnold Palmer

Stephen M. Gross, Attorney

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“The most rewarding things in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” —Arnold Palmer

Stephen M. Gross, Attorney

I am a business lawyer with a focus on adding value to my clients through practical, personalized legal advice in the areas of commercial and real estate transactions and corporate governance. My clients are passionate about their businesses, which is why I make it a point to learn and understand the industries they work in. This helps me find creative ways to manage risk and add value in a manner tailored to each business and every transaction. I also utilize my transactional and corporate… read more…

Stephen M. Gross, Attorney

I am a business lawyer with a focus on adding value to my clients through practical, personalized legal advice in the areas of commercial and real estate transactions and corporate governance. My clients are passionate about their businesses, which is why I make it a point to learn and understand the industries they work in. This helps me find creative ways to manage risk and add value in a manner tailored to each business and every transaction. I also utilize my transactional and corporate… read more…

"Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done." —Amelia Earhart

Christine M. Garritano, Attorney

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"Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done." —Amelia Earhart

Christine M. Garritano, Attorney

I am a business and commercial litigator with significant experience representing large and small companies, as well as individuals, in a wide range of complex business disputes. I regularly provide counsel for clients in these cases on electronic discovery issues that are prevalent in complex litigation. My experience also includes all aspects of construction litigation, including defect and contract claims, where I have experience representing owners… read more…

Christine M. Garritano, Attorney

I am a business and commercial litigator with significant experience representing large and small companies, as well as individuals, in a wide range of complex business disputes. I regularly provide counsel for clients in these cases on electronic discovery issues that are prevalent in complex litigation. My experience also includes all aspects of construction litigation, including defect and contract claims, where I have experience representing owners… read more…

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." —Winston Churchill

Isaac Z. Borsh, Law Clerk

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"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." —Winston Churchill

Isaac Z. Borsh, Law Clerk

I studied at The University of Akron School of Law and earned my Juris Doctor in 2019. … read more…

Isaac Z. Borsh, Law Clerk

I studied at The University of Akron School of Law and earned my Juris Doctor in 2019. … read more…

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July 04, 2019

4th of July

Office will be closed.

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