2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Cross-office cooperation and teamwork”
“300 hours on meaningful non-billable work”
“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.
200 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114-2378
Phone: (216) 363-4500
Managing Partner: Gregg A. Eisenberg
Hiring Partner: Joeseph Tegreene
BASE SALARY (2016)
1st year: $105,000
Summer associate: $2,188/week
Summer Associate Offers:
5 out of 5 (2015) (2Ls only)
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Real Estate & Environmental
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