Who We Are

Joyce Goldstein

Joyce Goldstein has been a labor and employee benefits lawyer representing unions and employee benefit funds in Cleveland for over 30 years. In 1986, she founded Joyce Goldstein & Associates which merged into Goldstein Gragel LLC in 2008. She was the first woman in the United States to start her own law firm dedicated to the representation of unions and workers.

Within the legal community, Joyce served as President of the William K. Thomas Inn of Court as well as the Labor and Employment Relations Association (“LERA”). She is a life member of the Judicial Conferences of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals, an emeritus member of the Advisory Board of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, a member of the Advisory Board of the American Constitution Society (Northeast Ohio Chapter), and a former board member of the Ohio State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, the American Arbitration Association’s Labor Advisory Board, and the Public Sector Labor Relations Association, among other honors. In 2010, Joyce was recognized by her peers throughout the country when she was inducted as a Fellow into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She has also served on the faculty of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law as an Adjunct Professor of Labor Law.

In 2017, Joyce was appointed by U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman to the Bipartisan Judiciary Advisory Commission to assist in filling judicial vacancies on the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. She previously served three times on the Merit Selection Panel for the appointment or reappointment of a United States Magistrate Judge and on the Ohio Governor’s merit selection panel leading to the appointment of a new domestic relations court judge. Senator Brown appointed her to the United States Marshal Selection Commission for the Southern District of Ohio.

She was awarded the highest “AV Peer Review” rating by Martindale Hubbell and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, the Ohio Super Lawyers and Northern Ohio Live Top Lawyers for over ten years. She was named by Best Lawyers in America in 2012, 2014 and 2018 as the “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor & Employment Law.

Within the general community, Joyce, a 2006 graduate of Leadership Cleveland, has served as a founding board member and Board Chair of Policy Matters Ohio, a board member of Hard Hatted Women, a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Civil Rights Committee and a member of both the Community and Government Relations Committees of the Cleveland Jewish Federation. She currently sits on the Board of the United Labor Agency, chairs the Cleveland Jewish Labor Committee and serves as a national board member of the Jewish Labor Committee. In 2007, Joyce was selected by the State of Israel Bonds to receive their Labor Tribute Award.

A frequent lecturer and writer, Joyce is an honors graduate of Vassar College. She has served as one of the editors of the Campaign Guide published annually by North America’s Building Trades Unions. She received her law degree from West Virginia University, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and an editor of the West Virginia College of Law Review, and then served a judicial clerkship for the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Joyce lives in Shaker Heights and has two children.

Joyce Goldstein - Best Lawyers Award


Richard L. Stoper, Jr.

Since 1984, Rick Stoper has handled a broad range of legal matters, including business and commercial cases, labor and employment, anti-trust, contracts, collections, product liability and white-collar criminal defense.

Rick now focuses his practice on workplace issues such as ERISA, employment discrimination, and issues vital to unions, handling such cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in mediations and arbitrations.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Leroy J. Contie, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, following graduation from Cleveland Marshall Law School, magna cum laude. He earned his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He was a founder of the firm of Rotatori, Gragel & Stoper.

Rick is admitted to practice in all Ohio state and federal courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He belongs to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association.

Rick lives in Medina with his wife Debbie and two children.