ABOUT

TRUAX LAW GROUP

Our team at the Truax Law Group offers elite legal services, trusted advice, and strategic guidance to the construction industry and small business owner in Northern Ohio and throughout the state.

CONSTRUCTION & BUSINESS LAW ARE OUR PASSIONS

We take great care in making sure your goals are represented in everything we do for you. Whether we’re defending your case or pursuing a claim, we’re fighting for you.
Our team has had experience with the construction industry, from Phil’s time as a laborer and foreman during college and law school, to Erin’s experience understanding suppliers’ customers when building advertising campaigns.

MY DAD WAS A CIVIL ENGINEER WHO WORKED IN CONSTRUCTION, SO I’VE BEEN AROUND IT MY WHOLE LIFE. WE TALK TO CONTRACTORS LIKE THEY’RE CONTRACTORS, NOT LIKE THEY’RE JUST ANOTHER LAW FIRM CLIENT.

We use that same philosophy for any small business, whether you work in construction or not. We take law terminology out of the equation and focus on getting to know you and your business. It’s important to all of us—as an extension of your team—to keep the lines of communication open, figuring out what is going to work best for you and your business. We push hard for your interests in any contract, deal, or conflict.
We care about how you feel about what we’re doing for you, so we’re intentional in the way we go about all construction matters and legal issues surrounding your business. We take our clients' matters personally.

OUR CORE BELIEFS

Open communication and passion about what we do is the foundation of Truax Law Group, and all of our values are driven by that.

Trust

We do what we say we’re going to do. We make sure we’re always following up with you openly and honestly. And that sincerity extends to how we represent you in mediations, in court, and in deals, as well as how we use your budget – not spending without reason.

Clarity

We don’t make assumptions when it comes to your business. Rather than go off a comment made in passing, we seek to get a full picture of your company to fully understand your specific situation. We need to be clear – both in how we communicate, and how we understand what you’re telling us.

Reliability

We have your back. We don’t take our responsibilities lightly. And we don’t pass the buck. Our purpose is to help you, and we’re firm on keeping that promise.

Tenacity

We’re determined, persistent, and relentless. We do everything we can so you come out of any unfavorable situation ahead of the pack and content with the results.

Strategy

We’re rational in our approach to law. Our engagement with you is strategically tailored to fit your goals. Working with us is about getting you and your business to a good place. It’s not—and never will be—about us. It’s about you.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

THE TEAM BACKING YOU UP

We’re always thinking about how we can improve our team to better serve you. Please reach out to any of us to start a conversation!

Phil Truax
Phil Truax
Founder
I grew up around bulldozers. Having a dad as a civil engineer and construction manager meant I always had an appreciation for the industry. I worked as a laborer and foreman for over 5 years while I was in college and law school.

After law school, it was important to me to represent those contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers that I worked with, and I’ve been doing that for 18+ years. I also work with business owners outside of the construction industry to mine opportunities, manage risks, pursue and defend claims, and protect the companies they’ve grown.

Outside the office, I spend just about all my time with my wife and two kids, coaching and playing sports, and traveling together as often as we can. Being originally from Chicago, I’m a big Chicago sports fan, especially the Cubs and Bears, but I root for Cleveland sports too…

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Robert J. Lally
Robert J. Lally
Attorney
In over 30 years of practice, I’ve learned to be result oriented and to always keep the client’s goals in mind. I’ve focused my career on construction law, but I also have experience in business law, municipal liability defense, professional liability claims, and other areas.

During part of my career, I served as General Counsel of a major engineering/architecture firm in Cleveland.

I’ve been blessed with a wonderful wife and two great kids. We enjoy catching shows at the House of Blues when we can, as well as rooting for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the New York Mets (especially when they are playing the Cubs).

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Patrick J. Ertle
Patrick J. Ertle
Attorney
I’ve been an Ohio attorney for over 30 years, primarily working in business transactions, the nonprofit sector, and estate and succession planning. When it comes to succession planning, I especially enjoy helping businesses create a solid plan that allows for a smooth transition with a strategic outcome.

My wife Susan and I live in Lakewood. We enjoy spending time with our four children and four grandchildren, and we share a love of travel.

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Sami Z. Farhat
Sami Z. Farhat
Attorney
Coming from a community-driven, multicultural background, I’m always focused on openly communicating with our clients. I’ve been in construction and business law for the last 6 years, and I go into each engagement looking to blend my analytical approach with empathy for our client’s situation.

In my free time, I love spending time with my wife, our two kids, and attending as many Cleveland sporting events as I can fit into my schedule.

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Heather Seel
Heather Seel
Paralegal
I thrive in situations where I can help people, so becoming a paralegal was always what I wanted to do. Over the last 25 years, I’ve enjoyed working with people and businesses to help them work through difficult situations.

When I’m away from work, I spend my time with family, especially my two kids. I’ve also spent several years coaching softball. Coaching has taught me not only how to be a team player but also to be mindful that every person brings their own value to the game.

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Erin Sislowski
Erin Sislowski
Office Manager
I am by nature a problem-solver. I like rolling up my sleeves and figuring out the best, most efficient ways to achieve the goals set before me, which is why I make sure we’re helping clients with that same approach. With 15 years of account management experience working directly with construction suppliers, I have a fundamental understanding of many of the clients we serve. My career path has also provided me with the opportunity to do one of the things I enjoy most – work directly with my community.

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my daughter watching movies, attending concerts and shows, traveling or visiting our favorite local restaurants – especially those near our home in Lakewood.

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