I am a first generation Italian and the youngest of four children. In hopes for a better life for our family, my parents, Salvatore and Rosaria Ginella, came to the United States from Italy in 1959. Although we had no formal means of transportation, my father worked as a Barber in Canton, Ohio, while my mother worked as a housewife. My father became ill and my mother began working outside of the home as a Dietician. At this time, I began working at the age of eleven, sweeping the parking lot of a local restaurant for one dollar a day.
Continuing to work at the restaurant, I advanced to various positions, including bus boy, dishwasher, and short order cook until the age of fourteen. I then began working with Mr. Vincenzo Cinquemani doing landscaping until the age of sixteen, during that time, my father passed away. I continued with my education at McKinley Sr. High School where I enrolled in a two year law enforcement program. When I graduated from McKinley Sr. High School in 1980, I was certified through the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy.
After graduating high school, I attended The University of Akron while working my way through college as a plumbers’ apprentice through Local 94 for Spino & Co. In 1986, I graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. While working in the Loss-Prevention Department at First National Supermarket handling theft and shortages, I was accepted into the University of Akron, School of Law. In the fall of 1986, I became employed with the Canton Municipal Court as a personal bailiff for Judge Anthony Flex until his retirement in 1990, at which time I became a judicial law clerk for Judge John Wise until 1993. I continued to work as a judicial law clerk in the Canton Municipal Court under Judges Mary A. Falvey, William B. Hoffman, Richard J. Kubilus, John A. Poulos, and Richard Reinbold. In 1995, I was licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio and was appointed Judicial Law Clerk Magistrate for Judge V. Lee Sinclair in the Stark County Court of Common Pleas.
In 1997, I was employed by McDonald’s Corporation, owner/operator Guy Cicchini, as in-house counsel. In July 1998, I started a private practice with my primary concentration areas of law in landlord/tenant, real estate, business transaction, and probate/estate planning. Currently, I have a private practice in the Belden Village area.
I currently reside in Lawrence Township, Canal Fulton, Ohio, with Suzanna, my wife. We have three adult children; Anthony, Nicholas, and Andrea, and our family attends Sts. Philip & James Parish in Canal Fulton.
• Stark County Bar Association, Member
• Ohio State Bar Association, Member
• National Italian American Bar Association, Member
• Elder Law Committee Stark County Bar Association, Member
• Municipal Court Committee Stark County Bar Association, Member
• Heartland Behavioral State Institution, appointed counsel for patients
• Portage Lakes Vocational School Criminal Justice Program, Former Advisory Board Member
• Massillon Chamber of Commerce, Massillon, Ohio, Member
• Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce – Jackson-Belden office, Member
• Unique Club of Stark County Ohio, Member
• Unique Club of Stark County Ohio, Scholarship Committee Member
• Ohio Stark County Farm Bureau, Member
• Canal Fulton YMCA in Canal Fulton, Ohio, Board Member
• Northwest Stark Senior Citizens Center, Advisor/Former Board Member
• Knights of Columbus, Knight 3rd degree
• Stark County Catholic School/Holy Cross Academy, Board Member
• Catholic Schools Development Committee, Board Member
• MS Conversanese Italian Club of Akron, Ohio, Member
• Sts. Philip & James Catholic Church Finance Committee, Board Member and Legal Advisor
• Sts. Philip & James Catholic Church Finance Committee, Former President
• Sts. Philip & James Catholic Church, Former Parish Council Member
• Sts. Philip & James Catholic Church, Former Renovation Committee Member
• Boy Scouts of America Buckeye Council, Volunteer Troup 94 in Canal Fulton
• Northwest Jackson Soccer League, Former Soccer Coach
• Building Industry Association of Stark County, Member
• Stark County 4-H Club, Volunteer
“We can all work together to make a difference.”
I have dedicated my life to working hard for my community by providing guidance, support, and legal counsel. As an attorney, I pride myself on having a high ethical standard and being honorable, trustworthy, and reputable, while providing valued service and comfort to clients navigating various legal matters.
My work ethic originates from my parents, Salvatore and Rose Ginella, who strived to instill in me the importance of working hard every day to achieve my goals. They taught me to be responsible and hold myself accountable.
After graduating high school, I attended the University of Akron where I received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. While earning these degrees, I supported myself by working as a security officer. From there, I attended Law School at the University of Akron and began working as a Bailiff and as a judicial law clerk at the Canton Municipal Court for Judges, Anthony Flex, John Wise, Mary Falvey, William Hoffman, Richard Reinbold, John Poulos, and Richard Kubilus. Thereafter, I was appointed by Judge V. Lee Sinclair to serve as his Judicial Law Clerk/Magistrate where I oversaw felony arraignments and researched issues in criminal and civil cases in the Stark County Common Pleas Court. The 10 years of valuable experience with the Canton and Stark County Judges prepared me to be a better attorney by zealously representing clients for the past 24 years with a down to earth approach to problem solving with a high moral standard.
I earned my Juris Doctoral of Law from the University of Akron Law School, and shortly thereafter, started my private practice in Jackson Township. I continue to represent and assist clients to this day in various types of legal matters, including criminal law, business law, real estate law, estate planning, and landlord-tenant law.
My involvement in the community serving on numerous Boards, from Advisory Members, to Finance Committee, to Court-Appointed Advocates, stems from my desire to draw awareness to the community and encourage the residents to be actively engaged, responsibly participate, and to hold themselves accountable to one another and the community. It is my priority to act as an advocate for my community and its residents by helping, informing, and guiding clients, businesses, and organizations with their day to day operations. I know that if we all commit to improving our community and devote our time, “WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.”
Andy A. Ginella, Esq.
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