Founded in 1938, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff is
one of Cleveland's most notable law firms. Regionally, the firm is
strong in corporate law, health care law, labor and employment
litigation, real estate law, securities and capital markets law,
transportation law and venture capital cases.
The Midwest and a Touch of the Orient
Cleveland attorneys Alfred Benesch, Jerome Friedlander and I.
Robert Morris founded the firm near the tail end of the depression.
Benesch, a prominent player in Cleveland's political arena, had
served as judge of Cleveland's police court, city council member,
and State Director of Commerce. He was also heavily involved in
area schools as a member of Cleveland's board of education (a local
elementary school was eventually named after him). Robert Coplan
joined the firm after serving as a naval aviator during World War
II, and built up the firm's tax practice. In 1958, George Aronoff
joined the firm; he took over the practice from Coplan in the
In more recent decades, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan &
Aronoff has pursued a strategy of steady growth from its Midwest
base. In 2007, the firm expanded to the East Coast, opening offices
in Pennsylvania and Delaware. 2010 saw a new office in New York as
well as a merger with Indianapolis firm Dann Pecar Newman &
Kleiman. According to firm leadership, the move was meant to boost
core practices like real estate, litigation, business
reorganization, transportation and construction.
In addition to its domestic offices, Benesch also has a
three-attorney office in Shanghai, which represents U.S. clients in
joint ventures and acquisitions abroad.
The Casual Cleveland Legal Lifestyle
Summer associates seem to like their time at Benesch, which was
a Cleveland pioneer for business casual dress code. The firm has
topped American Lawyer's Summer Associate Survey both for
Cleveland and Ohio, and has also ranked several times on the
Employers Resource Council list of best places to work in Northeast
Ohio. As a testament to its inclusive culture, Benesch says it
shares information regarding the firm's financial performance with
all its attorneys, not just the higher ranks, and also strives to
be particularly encouraging to women attorneys, claiming that those
who adopt flexible work arrangements can still make