Ulmer & Berne Named 2019 “Ohio Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation

Firm Receives Honor for Unprecedented Third Consecutive Year, Fourth Time in Past Six Years 

Ulmer & Berne LLP continues to be recognized for its talent and leadership in the legal industry – Benchmark Litigation named Ulmer “Ohio Firm of the Year” for the third consecutive year and the fourth time in the last six years. Ulmer received the 2019 award at the seventh annual Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards Ceremony on February 28 in New York City. Michael N. Ungar, Partner and Chair of Ulmer’s Litigation Department accepted the award on behalf of the firm.

“We are thrilled and humbled that Benchmark has again designated Ulmer as Ohio’s top litigation firm,” said Scott P. Kadish, Managing Partner. “Our number one focus is delivering the highest level of client service, and this honor is a reflection of our Litigation Department’s incredible work ethic, tremendous skill, and dedication to helping our clients attain their goals.”

Benchmark Litigation bases its awards on six months of in-depth research, including extensive interviews with peer litigators and in-house counsel, to identify the leading litigators and firms across the country. Michael Rafalowich, Managing Editor of Benchmark, noted in his editorial about the firm that Ulmer’s clients “continue to hold the firm in high esteem” as it provides “comprehensive coverage of litigation services” across the Buckeye State. Clients interviewed by Benchmark 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.

“Our Litigation Department is comprised of exceptional attorneys, paralegals, and professional staff who strive to deliver a seamless experience to our clients,” said Ungar. “Our department would not be where it is today, and our receiving this award would not be possible, without the enormous team effort of these dedicated individuals. We are incredibly grateful to be recognized in this way.”

In addition to the “Ohio Firm of the Year” award, 10 Ulmer litigators were also recently recognized with individual honors from Benchmark. For the fifth consecutive year, Ungar was ranked among the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America,” and Frances Floriano Goins, Partner and Co-Chair of Ulmer’s Financial Services & Securities Litigation and Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice Groups, was ranked in the “Top 250 Women in Litigation.”

Ungar and Goins were also recognized as “State Litigation Stars” along with Jeffrey S. Dunlap (Co-Chair, Business Litigation), Linda E. Maichl (Partner, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Mass Tort Litigation), Jeffrey F. Peck (Chair, Product Liability), Frederic X. (Fritz) Shadley (Chair, Construction Litigation), and Joseph P. Thomas (Partner, Life Sciences). Paul R. Harris (Co-Chair, Business Litigation) and Paul J. (PJ) Cosgrove (Vice-Chair, Product Liability) were named as “Future Stars.” Harris and Joshua A. Klarfeld (Partner, Product Liability) were both named to Benchmark’s Under 40 Hot List.

As the largest group in the firm, Ulmer’s Litigation Department focuses on top-tier service and agility to help clients achieve their best results. The department’s significant resources, comparable to those of much larger firms, are augmented by efficient staffing practices, flexibility, and an unwavering focus on delivering excellent client service. The firm’s attorneys appear in state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the nation, as well as before governmental and private regulatory bodies. In addition to class actions, complex commercial, financial, intellectual property, mass torts, and regulatory proceedings, Ulmer regularly represents clients in internal investigations, white collar matters, bankruptcies, and ADR proceedings.