Ulmer & Berne is ranked among the National Law Journal’s Top 350 Law Firms.

Ulmer & Berne provides comprehensive legal services to an international client base from our locations in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Boca Raton. Our attorneys represent companies of all sizes across a wide spectrum of industries, including publicly traded and privately held companies, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, hedge funds, private equity funds, international joint ventures and affiliations, investor groups, emerging businesses, public bodies and nonprofit organizations. Since the firm’s founding in 1908, Ulmer & Berne has had just four managing partners, which speaks to the consistency of our mission: solving our clients’ issues with pragmatic counsel of the highest quality.

Globally, we are linked to our clients through our affiliations with the Business CounselLawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), and World Services Group (WSG).

Businesses succeed when they focus on clients first.

Our firm began in Cleveland in 1908 when business lawyers Jacob (Yank) Ulmer and J.M. (Joe) Berne ventured out to start their own practice.

Over the 100+ years, our firm’s focus and commitment to helping clients succeed continued under the leadership of just four managing partners – Irvin Inglis, Bob Lewis, Kip Reader, and Scott Kadish. This consistency in leadership resulted in growth shared by the firm and our clients. And, like many of our clients, we’ve expanded not only the size of our team, but also our geographic reach. We opened an office in Columbus in 1989, Cincinnati in 2000, Chicago in 2001, and Boca Raton in 2016 and serve clients globally.

We represent a diverse range of local, national, and international companies.

Representative clients:

  • Alliant Insurance Services
  • Armor S.A.
  • ASHTA Chemicals Inc.
  • Avery Dennison Corporation
  • Baker Concrete Construction
  • BioMotiv
  • Broadcast Music Inc.
  • CBIZ, Inc.
  • Charles Schwab & Co.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Cleveland International Fund
  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.
  • DDR Corp.
  • General Cable Corporation
  • Goodrich Corporation
  • Jo-Ann Stores, LLC
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • KeyCorp
  • LG Electronics, Inc.
  • Lincoln Electric
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NCR Corp.
  • Nordson Corporation
  • Park-Ohio Holdings Corp.
  • PNC Bank
  • Progressive Casualty Insurance
  • Raymond James Financial Inc.
  • Steiner + Associates, Inc.
  • The NRP Group LLC
  • The Scott Fetzer Company
  • Ty Inc.
  • US Bancorp
  • Vantiv, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  • WME | IMG
  • YUM! Brands, Inc.

Our commitment to you.

The professionals at Ulmer & Berne understand that every single client brings an important relationship to our firm. We are committed to understanding your legal and business goals and are dedicated to achieving these goals as efficiently, skillfully, and effectively as possible. Our commitment is to deliver exceptional value, avoid surprises, and help you find the solutions and results that make sense for you. We will do all of this with the highest degree of professionalism and ethics. We will bring a can-do attitude to our relationship with you, and our eye will be on practical, meaningful results and a service level that meets or exceeds your expectations.

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