Monica A. Sansalone

Managing Partner, Professional Liability Practice Group Manager
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Monica A. Sansalone Overview

Monica Sansalone is the Managing Partner of Gallagher Sharp and also serves as the Practice Group Manager of the Professional Liability Group.  She represents lawyers and judges in grievance proceedings at the state level and before federal administrative agencies such as the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Department of Justice. She also defends lawyers against malpractice claims, in contempt and sanctions proceedings, and in their fiduciary capacity.  She provides representation in trial courts and on appeal, including matters before the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Monica provides ethical consulting and counseling for risk management matters.  She routinely lectures on ethics, malpractice, and professionalism.  She has been a partner at Gallagher Sharp since 2003 and is also a member of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.

Bar Admissions

  • 1995, Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Board of Commissioners 2016-present (Chair 2021-present)
  • Advisory Committee, Solo Practitioner Incubator, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Commission on Professionalism of the Supreme Court of Ohio 2004-2011 (Chair 2007-2008)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • American Bar Association (Lawyers Professional Liability Committee)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (The 3rs Volunteer)
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (Professional Liability Committee, Chair , 2013; Vice-Chair 2012)


  • Clerkship: Law Clerk to the Honorable Terrance O’Donnell, Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth Appellate District (1996-1997)
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995)
  • Loyola University of Chicago (B.A., 1992)

Honors & Recognition

  • Hon. William K. Thomas Professionalism Award, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2021
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America®, Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, 2020-2023 editions
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated
  • Top 25 Women Cleveland Super Lawyer and Top 50 Women Ohio Super Lawyer for 2019-2023
  • 2011-2023 Ohio Super Lawyer, 2006 Rising Star


  • Shaker Heights Country Club Board Member (2020-Present)
  • Hathaway Brown Parent Board (2019-2020)