In Memoriam: KJK Partner David Posteraro

January 6, 2021

David Posteraro

KJK is deeply saddened to announce that our Partner, colleague and friend David R. Posteraro, 68, passed away on Dec. 30, 2020.

Born Nov. 10, 1952 in Manhattan to Lygia and Anthony Posteraro, David graduated from Fordham University in 1978, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for graduate studies in English Literature and earned a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1981. He practiced law for the majority of his life in Cleveland, Ohio, with his last 18 years of practice as a Partner at Kohrman Jackson & Krantz (KJK). David was the Practice Chair of KJK’s Intellectual Property Group and was also Co-Chair of its Brand Enforcement Group.

“Without question, David was kind, calm, dedicated and the epitome of a professional and a partner,” said KJK Managing Partner Jon Pinney. “He was everyone’s counselor and always available to listen, advise and help. The firm would not be where it is today without him.”

David was active civically, serving as a Past President and General Counsel of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, Governor of the Human Rights Campaign, Past President and Board Member of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, and former Chancellor, Warden and Vestry Member of Trinity Cathedral, where he remained an active member. David was private and felt more comfortable behind a book, though his knack for witty one-liners was well known by friends. David enjoyed cooking, opera, travel and speaking dreamily about the love of his life (Mitchell). He will be forever remembered for his love of the arts, rapier sharp wit and the warmest of hugs.

David is predeceased by his parents and is survived by his loving husband Mitchell Sotka, with whom he shared his life for 21 years, and their pup Charlie. In addition, he leaves his brothers Robert (Elaine) and Anthony Posteraro, David and Mitchell’s extended families, and countless dear friends and colleagues.

Due to COVID-19, a private funeral is to be held on Saturday, January 16th at 11 a.m. to be live streamed on trinitycleveland.org and Trinity Cathedral’s Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in David’s memory to Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church, 2230 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 or the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.


KJK publications are intended for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any specific facts or circumstances. All articles published by KJK state the personal views of the authors. This publication may not be quoted or referred without our prior written consent. To request reprint permission for any of our publications, please use the “Contact Us” form located on this website. The mailing of our publications is not intended to create, and receipt of them does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. The views set forth therein are the personal views of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of KJK.