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Ulmer & Berne LLP

Ulmer & Berne LLP  

Legal Services | Ohio, USA

tel: +1 216 583 7000 | fax: +1 216 583 7001
1660 West 2nd Street, Suite 1100 | Cleveland | Ohio | 44113-1406 | USA

Ulmer & Berne LLP's Overview

At Ulmer & Berne, our goal is to provide exceptional service and value for every single client. We also understand that each client represents an important relationship to us, whether that client is an individual, a small business or a Fortune 500 company.

Since our founding in 1908, the firm has grown to its present position as a leading Midwest-based law firm. Our attorneys in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Boca Raton serve as counselors to a wide range of clients that includes individuals, sole proprietorships, public and privately held companies, multinational corporations, financial institutions, public bodies and nonprofit organizations. At Ulmer & Berne, we can certainly say that we grow with our clients in order to best meet their needs. Our growth can therefore be attributed to our excellence in client services on a regional, national and international level.

In a small Cleveland office more than 100 years ago, business lawyers Jacob Ulmer and Joseph Berne entered into practice as Ulmer & Berne. Since our founding, the remarkable growth in attorney numbers and practice areas has reflected Ulmer & Berne's continued commitment to not only meet our clients changing needs, but exceed their expectations.

After significant growth and success in our Ohio offices, we opened a Chicago office in 2001, which enhanced the firm's already substantial financial services industry practice. By 2010 our Chicago presence had increased significantly and the office was moved to a new 18,000-square-foot space in Chicago's Citigroup Center. With additional room for growth, the firm's Chicago office continues to expand practice areas and increase attorney headcount through aggressive and strategic lateral recruiting efforts. Our expansion continued in 2016 with the addition of a satellite office in Boca Raton, FL.

Today, Ulmer & Berne has more than 160 lawyers among across five offices. Despite our standing as one of the largest law firms in the region, and one of the 250 largest in the United States, we still hold strong to the ideals of our two founders. Ulmer & Berne continues to provide the reach, depth, presence and trust that our clients have relied on for more than 100 years.

  • Year this Office was Established: 1908
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 5
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 160


Areas of Practice
  • Acquisition & Development
  • Alternative Investment & Investment Management
  • Antitrust
  • Banking & Commercial Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation
  • Biomed/Biotechnology
  • Broker-Dealer & Investment Litigation
  • Business
  • Business Counseling & Business Transactions
  • Capital Markets and Securities Transactions
  • Class Actions
  • Community Development
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Compliance/Fraud & Abuse/Privacy
  • Construction
  • Construction Litigation
  • Consumer & Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • eBusiness
  • Employee Benefits/ERISA
  • Employment
  • Employment & Labor
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Executive & Incentive Compensation
  • Fair Housing
  • Financial Crisis Task Force
  • Financial Services
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Fire Litigation
  • General Taxation
  • Governance Disputes & D&O Litigation
  • Government Regulation
  • Green Business Practice
  • Health Care
  • Immigration Management Services
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Intellectual Property/Licensing
  • Intellectual Property/Litigation
  • International
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Leasing
  • Life Science
  • Litigation
  • Mass Tort/Occupational Exposure
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit
  • OSHA
  • Patents
  • Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Mass Tort Litigation
  • Privacy, Data Protection & Information Security
  • Private Equity
  • Product Liability
  • Property Taxation, Abatements & Exemptions
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Risk Management
  • Risk Management & Regulatory Compliance
  • Sarbanes-Oxley
  • School Law
  • Securities & Corporate Governance Compliance
  • Securities Litigation
  • Shopping Centers
  • Subrogation
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax
  • Tax Advantaged Investments
  • Tax Controversy
  • Technology
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition/Non-Competes
  • Trademarks/Copyrights
  • Trust Litigation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • White Collar Defense
  • Workers' Compensation
Representative Clients
  • Alliant Insurance Services
  • Armor USA Inc.
  • ASHTA Chemicals Inc.
  • Avery Dennison Corporation
  • Baker Concrete Construction
  • BioMotiv
  • Broadcast Music Inc.
  • CBIZ, Inc.
  • Charles Schwab & Co.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Cleveland International Fund
  • Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc.
  • DDR Corp.
  • General Cable Corporation
  • Goodrich Corporation
  • Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Key Corp
  • LG Electronic, Inc.
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NCR Corp.
  • Nordson Corporation
  • Park-Ohio Holding Corp.
  • PNC Bank
  • Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
  • Raymond James Financial Inc.
  • Steiner + Associates, Inc.
  • Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
  • The NRP Group LLC
  • The Scott Fetzer Company
  • Ty Inc.
  • US Bancorp
  • Vantiv, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  • YUM! Brands, Inc.


Lewis Barr

Lewis T. BarrRetired Partner

Kenneth Bravo

Kenneth A. BravoRetired Partner

Ruth Anna Carlson

Ruth Anna CarlsonRetired Partner

William Edwards

William A. EdwardsRetired Partner

Robert Fein

Robert A. FeinRetired Partner

Timothy Fox

Timothy M. FoxRetired Partner

Donald Heiser

Donald E. HeiserRetired Partner

Ronald Isroff

Ronald H. IsroffRetired Partner

Ronald Kahn

Ronald L. KahnRetired Partner

Marvin Karp

Marvin L. KarpRetired Partner

Murray Lenson

Murray K. LensonRetired Partner

Herbert Levine

Herbert B. LevineRetired Partner

Bruce Mandel

Bruce P. MandelRetired Partner

Craig Miller

Craig S. MillerRetired Partner

Donald Mooney

Donald J. MooneyRetired Partner

Richard Rubinstein

Richard E. RubinsteinRetired Partner

Alan Sims

Alan S. SimsRetired Partner

Richard Sweebe

Richard D. SweebeRetired Partner




Katherine Hall

Katherine HallLegal Writer

Susan Joplin

Susan L. JoplinPractice Area Attorney

Lauren Joseph

Lauren JosephDirector of Risk Management

J. Linehan

J. Matthew LinehaneDiscovery Attorney

Andrea Stone

Andrea StonePractice Area Attorney


Ulmer Acquires Internationally-Recognized Immigration Practice
Ulmer & Berne LLP, July 2017

Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce that it has acquired David Wolfe Leopold & Associates, the internationally-recognized immigration law practice led by David W. Leopold. The acquisition bolsters Ulmer’s already robust immigration practice, which provides businesses with integrated solutions for immigration, visa and consular-related challenges. Leopold will be a partner in Ulmer’s Cleveland office, bringing with him his full support staff and administrative team. Leopold has more than two decades of experience providing legal counsel to both U.S...

Ulmer & Berne Named “Ohio Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation
Ulmer & Berne LLP, February 2017

Ulmer & Berne LLP was named the 2017 “Ohio Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation at the annual Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards in New York City on February 16, 2017. Winners were chosen based on research conducted for the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation, which included interviews with peers and clients. “We have focused so much on delivering exceptional client service. It is gratifying to see our efforts recognized,” said Scott Kadish, Ulmer’s Managing Partner. “Being named the ‘Ohio Firm of the Year’ is a true honor, and a testament to the quality and work ethic of our litigation department. I’m really proud of our litigation department team.” Michael N...

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