About Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

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 1970s.

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 partner. 

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Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

200 Public Square
Suite 2300
Cleveland, OH 44114-2378
Phone: (216) 363-4500


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Ira C. Kaplan
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 171

  • Employment Contact
    Carrie Lang
    Legal Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (216) 363-4176
    Fax: (216) 363-4588
    Email: clang@beneschlaw.com

  • Base Salary
    BASE SALARY (2012)
    1st year: $105,000
    Summer associate: $2,188/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    4 out of 5 (2011)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business Reorganization
    China Group
    Commercial Finance & Banking
    Corporate & Securities
    Corporate Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement
    Economic Growth & Development Team
    E-Document Retention
    Employee Benefits & Compensation
    Estate Planning & Probate
    Health Care
    Intellectual Property
    International Trade & Supply Chain Management
    Labor & Employment
    Musical Equipment Makers, Distributors, & Publishers
    Private Equity
    Public Finance
    Public Law/Government Relations
    Real Estate & Environmental
    School Law
    Transportation & Logistics

Major Office Locations

  • Columbus, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • White Plains, NY
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Shanghai
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