Gregory S. Chelap


Managing Member

Practice Areas

  • Business and Corporate

  • Trade Association Counsel

  • Tax

  • Estate Planning and Trusts

Gregory Chelap concentrates his legal practice on the representation of middle-market businesses and business owners.  He also serves as outside general counsel to business organizations and trade associations.

He has extensive experience in advising business owners and their families on matters relating to financial, tax and management strategies for growing, protecting and exiting their businesses. Gregory regularly represents business owners in planning, structuring and negotiating acquisitions and sales, financings, shareholder agreements, key employee stock option and incentive compensation plans, and many other business transactions/agreements. To accomplish his clients’ estate plans, he prepares all forms of estate planning documents including wills, family limited partnerships, irrevocable life insurance trusts and charitable trusts.

Prior to joining SkalatosZonarich, Gregory held several financial advisory positions including: Chief Financial Officer of a waste disposal and recycling company; Corporate Finance Consultant for a business development and government relations company; and, Trust Officer for a national bank.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

  • Ohio


  • Pepperdine University, Certificate in Private Capital Markets

  • Widener University Commonwealth Law School,  J.D., cum laude 

  • Dickinson College, B.A. in Economics


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Business Section

  • Ohio Bar Association

  • Dauphin County Bar Association

  • LawPact

Special Achievements, Awards, and Honors

  • 2020 America’s Most Honored Lawyers – Top 1%

  • 2021 AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating – Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards (2008 to present)

  • Founder and a past board member of LawPact®, an international association of independent business law firms

Reported Cases and Publications

  • Successfully Negotiating and Drafting Acquisition Agreements, Gregory S. Chelap, et. al. (NBI 2005).

  • Mergers and Acquisitions: The Art of Doing Deals, Gregory S. Chelap and Katherine Pandelidis Granbois (NBI 2004).

  • Limited Liability Company Update, Gregory S. Chelap and Albert N. Peterlin (NBI 2004).