Litigation & Dispute Resolution


[Video: Partner Michael Ungar, chair of the Litigation Department, discusses Ulmer & Berne’s approach to litigation.] With more than 90 attorneys, Ulmer & Berne’s litigation team has a strong tradition of solving problems and delivering excellent results for a diverse group of clients. Our litigation practice is the largest in the firm and we have extensive experience handling matters in trial and appellate courts, and before alternative dispute resolution forums throughout the country. Our attorneys are recognized among the country’s most prestigious by, amongst others, Chambers USA and U.S. News & World Report’s Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.” A number of our lawyers have been named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America and many are routinely recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. Ulmer’s Litigation Department was recently named the 2017 “Ohio Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation and previously earned the same designation in 2014.

Press Release 56 attorneys from Ulmer & Berne LLP were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Four partners – Frances Floriano Goins, Richard G. Hardy, Scott P. Kadish, and Jeffrey F. Peck – were recognized as a 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” by...

Press Release   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...

Ulmer News Topic: Mass Tort/Occupational Exposure By: James N. Kline James N. Kline Ohio’s Asbestos Trust Transparency Act, H.B. 380 (“H.B. 380”), requires plaintiffs in asbestos cases to disclose all claims they have made to trusts established by now-bankrupt companies to pay such claimants outside the tort system. It also...

Press Release Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Businesses recognized Ulmer & Berne LLP for the 15th consecutive year as a leading law firm. The guide is the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews, carried out by the largest research team of its kind. Chambers recognizes nine of the firm’s partners and...

Ulmer Client Alert Topic: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Trusts & Estates Attorneys: Matthew T. Wholey, James A. Goldsmith, Daniela Paez Representing William Lawrence, the executor of the Estate of Joseph T. Gorman, Ulmer attorneys Matthew T. Wholey, Daniela Paez, and James A. Goldsmith prevailed before the Ohio Supreme Court in Wilson...

Press Release BTI Consulting Group identifies Ulmer & Berne LLP as a firm that is recommended first to peers and colleagues without prompting in its newly released BTI Brand Elite 2017: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms. BTI’s research also found that corporate counsel name Ulmer as a firm...

Press Release Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce the addition of William Yu and Sarah Miller Benoit. Yu will be based in the firm’s Chicago office, and Benoit will be based in Columbus. Both attorneys join Ulmer as counsel from Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP. “Bill and...

Press Release Ulmer & Berne LLP was named the 2017 “Ohio Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation at the annual Benchmark Litigation U.S. Awards in New York City. Winners were chosen based on research conducted for the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation, which included interviews with peers and clients....

Cincinnati-based partner Robin D. Miller has been named by corporate counsel to the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2017 published by BTI Consulting Group. The honor extends to a select group of elite attorneys who are identified as providing the absolute best in client service. According to BTI, Client Service All-Stars...

Christine Watchorn and Robin Miller will be presenting at the Greater Columbus Chapter meeting of ARMA International on January 19, 2017. The attorneys will be discussing the newly amended federal rules of civil procedure and key takeaways all attorneys should know. ARMA International Greater Columbus Chapter Meeting January 19, 2017...

Press Release Ulmer & Berne LLP is pleased to announce the promotions of five of its attorneys to partner. They include Daniel Gottesman, Richard Hamilton, Jr., Jesse Lipcius, Brad Sobolewski, and Ulmer’s General Counsel, Kenneth Zirm. In addition, Ulmer also elevated associate Evelyn Holmer to counsel. Lipcius is based in...

Press Release October 20, 2016 Seven of Ulmer’s partners have been recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation as “State Litigation Stars,” a designation given to those individuals who were recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers. The following Ulmer & Berne attorneys were selected in...

Ulmer & Berne congratulates Michael N. Ungar, partner and litigation department chair, on receiving ORT America’s Jurisprudence Award for 2016. Mr. Ungar was honored alongside fellow Jurisprudence Award recipient Jonathan B. Leiken, Diebold’s Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, at ORT America’s annual ceremony. Founded in 1880 in St. Petersburg, ORT...

“Anheuser-Busch Win in Alcohol Content Suit Affirmed,” Law360 March 22, 2016 “Anheuser-Busch Freed from Watered-Down Beer MDL,” Law360 June 2, 2016

“Michael Ungar | Ulmer & Berne: Jewish Roots Help Lead The Way For This ‘Super’ Attorney” Cleveland Jewish News January 15, 2016 The principles Michael Nathan Ungar learned as a young Jewish boy prepared him for his career as an award-winning lawyer. Read full article »

Ulmer & Berne announces that Cleveland-based partner James N. Kline has been elected Secretary of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA) at its annual meeting. OACTA’s mission is to promote fairness, excellence, and integrity in the civil justice system by providing resources and education to attorneys and others...

Ulmer & Berne is ranked in 39 categories in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings. Among these, the firm earns U.S. News – Best Lawyers highest rankings in 21 categories. The firm also ranks nationally in 16 categories. Firms included in the 2016 “Best Law...

Ulmer & Berne announces that partner Frances Floriano Goins was selected for inclusion in the 2015 Top 250 Women in Litigation, distributed by Benchmark Litigation, and also has been named a Fellow in The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society of The Litigation Counsel of America. Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation...

[View Video] Tapping its pipeline of trial-tested litigators, Ulmer & Berne is announcing that three accomplished partners will lead the firm’s respected Business Litigation Practice Group. Cleveland-based partners Jeffrey S. Dunlap and Paul R. Harris will serve as Co-Chairs alongside Cincinnati-based partner Robin D. Miller, who will act as Vice...

Ulmer & Berne LLP has been ranked within the top 10 percent of all law firms by The BTI Consulting Group, one of the nation’s leading legal industry research firms, in their recently published 2015 BTI Litigation Outlook report. The firm was selected as a “Litigation Powerhouse” and is named...

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