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.