Coshocton Zanesville Law Firms Merge

(Coshocton, OH) The law firm Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam, and Dal Ponte, PLL is pleased to announce its merger with the well-established law firm of Leech, Scherbel & Peddicord LLC of Coshocton, Ohio, effective July 1st, bringing to the firm the combined experience of attorneys Paul Scherbel and Randall Peddicord. The newly expanded law firm will now have an office in Coshocton at 240 South 4th Street and at 320 Main Street in Zanesville.

“We are excited about this merger,” says Don Wietmarschen, Managing Partner of Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam, and Dal Ponte.  “We feel it gives both firms the opportunity to serve our respective communities even better.”

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PIctured Left To Right: Paul Scherbel, Seth Finton, Don Wietmarschen

Additionally, the firm has added a new associate, Seth Finton, of Coshocton.  Seth, a lifelong resident of Coshocton, will begin his practice July 1.  As a new associate, Seth will help to serve the communities of both Muskingum and Coshocton counties.

“I am excited and honored to not only be joining as these two firms come together,” says Finton, “but I am also thrilled to be back in my hometown.”

Leech, Scherbel & Peddicord LLC traces its roots back to 1946 when Thomas B. Leech returned from military service and started practicing law in his hometown of Coshocton.  Through the succession of attorneys over the years, the firm has continued to provide trusted legal services to its clients for over 70 years with concentration in the areas of business law and formation, real estate and acquisition law, probate and estate administration and family asset protection.

“We have always been proud of our rich legal history,” says Paul Scherbel.  “This merger allows for that tradition to continue.  We felt the need to bring new attorneys to Coshocton and we will now be able to serve Coshocton County in all areas of the law for years to come.”

Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam, and Dal Ponte, PLL was founded in 1962 by Harold Gottlieb, Ross Johnston, and J. Robert Beam. Over the almost six decades of its existence, the firm has continued to grow and is now one of the largest law firms in Southeast/East Central Ohio. As of July 1, the firm will have 14 lawyers to serve its clients.  This full-service law firm provides a broad spectrum of legal services for individuals and businesses alike, ranging from divorce and custody related issues to personal injury, social security disability, estate planning, estate administration, tax and business law and criminal defense for felonies, misdemeanors, and traffic offenses including OVI. With the merger of these two firms, Gottlieb, Johnston, Beam, and Dal Ponte will now be the largest firm in Southeast Ohio.

In addition to the already existing Coshocton location, the combined firm will also establish an office in McConnelsville, Ohio at 61 South Kennebec Avenue, effective July 1st.

Community service has always been a part of the firm’s mantra, with members having involved themselves in many community and civic organizations.

The firm looks forward to the expansion of its additional locations, providing greater accessibility to clients with these new offices, and to continuing to serve the legal needs of the public.

To learn more about this merger or to contact the firm, please visit  You can also call the Zanesville office at (740) 452-7555 or the Coshocton office at (740) 622-0166.

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