October 22, 2020 – Ulmer & Berne LLP and 11 of its partners received honors in the 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Consistently recognized by clients and peers as a firm well suited to handle complex, high-stakes litigation, Ulmer has earned Benchmark’s highest possible ranking – “highly recommended” in Ohio – for the eighth year in a row.
Following extensive research to identify the nation’s leading litigators, Benchmark honored the following Ulmer partners:
- Paul J. (PJ) Cosgrove (Product Liability)
- Jeffrey S. Dunlap (General Commercial Litigation)
- Frances Floriano Goins (Securities Litigation)
- Paul R. Harris (General Commercial Litigation)
- Steven S. Kaufman (General Commercial Litigation)
- Linda E. Maichl (Product Liability)
- Amanda Martinsek (General Commercial Litigation)
- Jeffrey F. Peck (Product Liability)
- Frederic X. (Fritz) Shadley (Business & Commercial Litigation, Construction, Product Liability)
- Joseph P. Thomas (Product Liability)
- Michael N. Ungar (General Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation)
Additionally, Michael N. Ungar, Chair of Ulmer’s Litigation Department, was named to Benchmark’s list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America for the seventh year in a row, marking his place in the group Benchmark considers to be the most elite trial strategists in their fields.
Benchmark also ranked Ulmer and four of the firm’s partners in its most recent edition of “Labor & Employment,” which is a specialized study that honors the best and brightest law firms and partners who stand out in their labor and employment practices. Benchmark recognized Ulmer as a leading labor and employment firm and honored Partners William D. Edwards, Jeffrey S. Dunlap, Stephanie E. Harley, and Kip Schwartz as Labor and Employment Stars.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from Benchmark, which is a direct result of our hard work and dogged determination to win,” said Scott P. Kadish, Managing Partner. “I am particularly proud of our litigation attorneys this year who have fought through these difficult times to continue to deliver superior, personally structured, responsive counsel at a value to our clients.”
These awards follow Ulmer’s firm-wide distinction as Benchmark’s 2020 Ohio Litigation “Firm of the Year.” Ulmer’s Litigation Department, which represents clients in courts and alternative dispute resolution forums across the country, has received this prestigious distinction for four consecutive years and five times in the past seven years.
Michael Rafalowich, Managing Editor of Benchmark, noted in a recent editorial about the firm that Ulmer “provides a wide array of litigation services throughout the Buckeye State” and that “the firm is highly regarded for its team of seasoned litigators.” Clients interviewed by Benchmark also reported that Ulmer litigators are “extremely knowledgeable” and are “experts on the issues” they face. Ulmer attorneys “consistently handle matters thoroughly and efficiently and always with an eye towards minimizing costs,” clients noted, and “are the first names out of my mouth when I’m asked for a recommendation” on a litigation firm.
Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, and is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation. Benchmark’s selection process encompasses several rigorous phases of research to identify the nation’s leading litigators and firms, including extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists, and their clients, as well as analysis of the market’s most important cases and developments.