Sara Ravas Cooper and Shelly LaSalvia are Walter | Haverfield’s two newest partners. The additions bring Walter | Haverfield’s partnership to 38 members.

“I am very proud of both Sara and Shelly’s accomplishments,” said Ralph Cascarilla, Walter | Haverfield’s managing partner. “They work extremely hard in their respective fields, and I look forward to their continued participation in the growth of the firm.”


Cooper focuses her practice on litigation as well as labor and employment. She has extensive experience with white-collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).

LaSalvia represents a wide range of commercial clients in complex finance, business and real estate transactions. She also has significant experience representing financial institutions as creditors in collection litigation and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

“I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be integrally involved in shaping the future of the firm,” said Cooper. “Walter | Haverfield is already an excellent place to work, and I’m eager to build on our success.”

“Walter | Haverfield embodies everything I look for in a firm – skilled attorneys, a range of practice areas, substantial bench strength and an entrepreneurial spirit,” said LaSalvia. “Partnership allows me to be even more invested in a place I’m very proud to work at, and for that, I’m thankful.”

Cooper joined Walter | Haverfield in 2009. LaSalvia joined in 2015. Both are members of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Cooper is also a member of the Federal Bar Association. LaSalvia is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).