Benchmark Litigation Recognizes Three Ulmer Attorneys Among Elite in Latest Rankings

Ulmer & Berne LLP partner Frances Floriano Goins was named to the Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation. Ulmer partners Paul R. Harris and Joshua A. Klarfeld were included in Benchmark’s Under 40 Hot List 2017. Individual recognition for Goins, Harris, and Klarfeld comes on the heels of Ulmer’s department-wide honor of being named Benchmark Litigation’s 2017 “Ohio Firm of the Year.”

Frances Floriano Goins

“Fran, Paul, and Josh have the passion and ability found only in the most successful litigators, and each displays the dedication to superior client service which is the hallmark of our firm,” said Michael N. Ungar, Chair of Ulmer’s Litigation Department. “Fran, Paul, and Josh, along with their fellow litigators here at Ulmer, are the reason we have received such industry-wide recognition and why clients look to us to solve their most complex, important challenges. We are honored to be their partners and grateful to see their hard work and talent recognized.”

For Goins, this marks the fourth consecutive year that she has been included in Benchmark’s Top 250 list. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Goins is among only a handful of litigators from the state to make the list, which features litigators from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Goins’ inclusion in the list is based on targeted research that was conducted during the U.S. Benchmark Litigation process. Analysts relied on peer reviews and overall depth of litigation experience as the most important elements to support the rankings.

Paul Harris

Goins co-chairs Ulmer’s Financial Services & Securities Litigation and Data Privacy & Information Security practice groups. Her practice focuses on resolving complex business disputes for public and private companies, both U.S. and foreign. She defends clients in securities and financial regulatory proceedings, and has conducted numerous internal investigations. Goins also counsels businesses on data privacy, cybersecurity, and corporate governance issues. She chairs the ABA Director & Officer Liability Committee, and was tapped by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to address Cybersecurity in the C-Suite and Boardroom in its C-Cubed webinar series. She earned her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she was the first woman editor-in-chief of the CWRU Law Review.  She holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Harris and Klarfeld make their first appearance on the Under 40 Hot List – 2017, which honors the achievements of the nation’s “most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger.” Extensive research, peer review, and in-depth case examination all factor into the publication’s decision to include attorneys on this elite list.

Josh Klarfeld

Harris is a partner in Ulmer’s Cleveland office. He co-chairs the firm’s Business Litigation Group, and focuses his practice on litigating a wide range of business and employment matters. Harris is on the Board of Trustees of Lutheran Hospital, and is an Associate Board Member of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio. He earned his B.A. from The Ohio State University, his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and his M.B.A. from the University of London, Royal Holloway.

Klarfeld is a Cleveland-based partner practicing in Ulmer’s Product Liability Group, and is the Firm’s Deputy General Counsel. He focuses his practice on product liability litigation, and regularly defends pharmaceutical, medical device, and mass and toxic tort actions. Klarfeld also represents clients in complex business litigation, including major corporations in multidistrict, coordinated, and consolidated proceedings. He serves on the Steering Committee of VeloSano, and on the Board of the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland. Klarfeld earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University and his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he also has been a member of the faculty.