Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP at a Glance

Uppers

  • “Firm transparency”
  • “Cross-office cooperation and teamwork”
  • “Firm culture”

Downers

  • “300 hours on meaningful non-billable work”
  • “Compensation”
  • “Not a strong pro bono culture”

About Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Founded in 1938, Benesch is one of Cleveland's most notable law firms. Benesch's core practice areas include corporate & securities, healthcare, information technology, IP, labor & employment, litigation, and real estate & environmental.

The Midwest and a Touch of the Orient

Cleveland attorneys Alfred Benesch, Jerome Friedlander and I. Robert Morris founded the firm nearly eighty years ago at 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, 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 2015 Benesch opened a Chicago office with new hires from Ulmer & Berne's litigation practice.

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

Stats

  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Gregg A. Eisenberg
  • Hiring Partner: Joeseph Tegreene
  • Total No. Attorneys 2012: 178

  • Employment Contact
    Laura Dutt
    Director of Talent Acquisition and Development 
    (216) 363-4667 
    ldutt@beneschlaw.com

  • Base Salary
    BASE SALARY (2016)
    1st year: $105,000
    Summer associate: $2,188/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    5 out of 5 (2015) (2Ls only)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Additive Manufacturing-3D Printing • Business Reorganization • China Group • Commercial Finance & Banking • Construction • Corporate & Securities • Corporate Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement • Economic Growth & Development Team • E-Document Retention • Employee Benefits & Compensation • Energy • Estate Planning & Probate • Franchising • Health Care • Insurance • Intellectual Property • International Trade & Supply Chain Management • Labor & Employment • Litigation • Manufacturing • Musical • Equipment Makers, Distributors, & Publishers • Polymers • Private Equity • Public Finance • Public Law/Government • Relations • Real Estate & Environmental • School Law • Shale Oil & Gas • Tax • Transportation & Logistics

Major Office Locations

  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • New York, NY
  • Hackensack, NJ
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Shanghai
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