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200 Public Square, Suite 2300 ,
Cleveland, Ohio - 44114



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This Ohio-based law firm offers specialized services in business reorganization, construction, corporate transactions, employment, franchising, healthcare, insurance, intellectual property, real estate, and tax law. The firm’s clientele includes both national and international clients. Over the years, it has successfully served the needs of emerging businesses, equity funds, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations. The firm realizes the importance of diversity and is committed to promote and retain employees with diverse backgrounds. The firm is also committed to giving back to the community and actively encourages its attorneys to participate in pro bono activities.

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Reporting twice as many minority attorneys in Columbus law firms since 2000, the Columbus Bar Association today announced a new five year commitment – and a host of new strategies – for area law firms, law schools and the CBA to continue their historic public pledge to build a more diverse legal community in central Ohio. David Paragas, Managing Partner of Benesch’s Columbus office, is a member of the CBA’s Managing Partners Diversity Initiative Advisory Board.

“For five years the Columbus legal community has powered a comprehensive effort to recruit, retain and promote talented minority attorneys, an effort reflected in firms of every size from twice the number of minority partners to twice the minority summer clerks,” said Sally Bloomfield, president of the Columbus Bar. “This is the signal year we get to leverage the passion of the original Managing Partner’s Diversity Initiative with superior knowledge about how to improve in the next five years, specifically, retainment efforts and continued changes in firm culture.”

The CBA’s effort is seen as a model program for bar associations across the country, and has been recognized locally, statewide and nationally, including the 2003 “Diversity Champion” award from United Way, the 2005 “Achievement Award” from the Ohio Society of Association Executives, and the 2003 “Partnership Award” from the American Bar Association.

Annual survey results from the 24 participating law firms show significant increases in attorneys of color at every level compared to 2000, the first year statistics were collected. From 2000 to 2006:

• Minority partners increased 100%, from 14 to 28;
• Minority associates increased 119% from 31 to 68;
• Minority summer associates increased 100% from 19 to 38;
• Minority attorneys overall increased 117% from 47 to 102;
• Small firms increased minority attorney representation from 1.3% to 7 % (3 to 27);
• Medium-sized firms from 5.8% to 7.12% (16 to 22);
• Large law firms from 3.8% to 6.8% (27 to 53).
• Of the 229 attorneys hired in Columbus since 2000, 24% were lawyers of color.

“Minority representation in our firms is clearly much better in 2006 than 2000, but the reality is we’ve also seen some excellent minority attorneys choose to leave this year. Recruitment is a vital step – and we’ve gotten good at it – but long-term diversity also requires building an environment for success and satisfaction that keeps minority attorneys wanting to stay,” said George Hairston, managing partner of Baker & Hostetler and chairman of the Diversity Initiative Advisory Board.

“The new initiative continues our areas of success, but directs us to new strategies for making law firms happier and healthier for all attorneys,” Hairston said.

Today’s recommitment includes: twenty three law firms, the John Mercer Langston Bar Association (comprised primarily of African American attorneys), the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Capital University Law School, the Columbus City Attorney Office and the Columbus Bar Association.

The 2006-2010 action plan signed today restates the commitment to recruit, hire, train, retain and invite to partnership attorneys who are African-American/Black, Asian-Pacific American, Native American Indian, and Hispanic. It sets forth a menu of best practices that emphasize four areas: retention, recruitment, law firm culture, and infrastructure for inclusion. Each participating organization agrees to write a diversity plan with measurable results based on the best practices that meets its specific needs. Those plans will be reported to and supported by the Columbus Bar. The participants also agree to create and promote an image of Columbus as a “diverse community of lawyers.” Examples of best practices include:

• Conduct “regretted loss” study (voluntary departures of associates the firm would have liked to retain) and implement actions to reduce regretted loss;
• Create focused development plans for high-performing attorneys of color on partnership track;
• Measure and analyze the utilization of attorneys of color by designated clients;
• Link effective mentor participation to performance and incentive compensation;
• Recruit attorneys of color to present at CLEs (continuing legal education);
• Establish a winter clerkship position for law students of color;
• Develop marketing tools that highlight Columbus’s “diverse community of lawyers” as tools that law schools and law firms can use in recruitment efforts;
• Reward participation in leadership roles in the firm’s ongoing diversity initiative with billable hour credit as appropriate.

“We’ve made a great start at institutionalizing diversity and inclusion in the Columbus legal community, but it is just that - a promising start - in a continuing challenge we are deeply committed to,” Hairston said.

Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP is pleased to announce that Mariann E. Butch has been named partner in the firm.

Ms. Butch is a member of the firm's Trial Practice Group and has advocated for clients in state, federal and appellate courts and arbitration forums such as the International Chamber of Commerce. She focuses her practice on resolving issues commonly faced by manufacturers and distributors including product safety, product liability avoidance, distribution chain management, contract dispute resolution and franchise agreement enforcement. Ms. Butch has used her business and legal experience to assist national manufacturers with designing and implementing document retention policies to facilitate compliance with increasing electronic discovery demands. She also has significant experience defending personal injury and wrongful death actions especially in assisted living and nursing home settings.

Ms. Butch received her B.A. in 1980 from the University of Michigan and her J.D. cum laude in 1996 from Case Western Reserve University, where she was an articles editor for the Case Western Reserve University Law Review.

Primary Practice Areas

Intellectual Property,Business Reorganization, Bankruptcy Litigation, Bankruptcy Reorganizations, Debt Restructurings, Loans and Loan Documentation, China Group, Construction, Construction and Architectural Agreements, Construction Financing, Construction Litigation, Corporate & Securities, Bank and Institutional Borrowings, Capital Formation, Contract Preparation, Negotiation and Compliance, Domestic and International Joint Ventures, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Public Offerings and Private Equity Financings, Regulatory Compliance, Shareholder, Operating and Partnership Agreements, Workouts and Restructurings, Employee Benefits & Compensation, Deferred Compensation Plans, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation Arrangements, IRS, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Matters, Retirement Plans, Welfare and Fringe Benefit Plans, Estate Planning & Probate, Business Succession, Estate Administration, Fiduciary Tax Representation, Guardianships, Trust Administration, Wealth Transfer, Franchising, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Advertising and Purchasing Cooperatives, Analyzing/Structuring Distribution Systems, Concept Review, Contract Administration, Distribution Program, Franchise and Licensing Agreement Preparation, Franchise Association Management, Franchise Operating Manuals and Protocols, International, Litigation and Arbitration Representation, Regulatory Enforcement Actions, Senior Management and Board Retreats, State Registration, Uniform Franchise Offering Circulars, Health Care, Administrative and Regulatory, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust, Bankruptcy/Reorganization, Business Transactions, Capital Formation, Compliance, Fraud and Abuse, Institutional Pharmacy Providers, Litigation, Long Term Care, Managed Care, Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement, Not-For-Profit and Tax Exemption, Pharmacy, Physicians, Insurance, Corporate Risk Management, Insurance Litigation, Policy Coverage Analysis, Policy Form Drafting, Regulatory and Legislative, Intellectual Property, Ecommerce and Domain Name Counseling, Licensing Agreements, Litigation, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets, Software and Multi-Media Licensing and Transfers, Technology-Based Transactions and Transfers, U.S. International Trade Commission Section 337, Unfair Imports, Web Site Development, Hosting and Edi, Labor & Employment, Administrative Agency Proceedings, Arbitrations, Collective Bargaining, Employment Law Counseling, Employment Litigation, Immigration Law, Noncompete Agreements and Trade Secret Rights, Worker's Compensation Matters, Loan Transactions, Asset Securitization, Collateral Issues, Dip Financing, Loan Maintenance and Modifications, Loans and Loan Documentation, Mezzanine Financings, Workouts and Recapitalization, Polymers, Regional and Global Competition Counseling, Private Equity, Venture Capital Financings, Public Law, Constitutional Law and Appellate Practice, Election Law and Ethics Law Matters, Insurance Regulatory, Legislative Affairs, Political Action Committee Creation and Reporting, Public Litigation and Defense, Real Estate & Environmental, Construction and Architectural Agreements, Construction Financing, Development, Environmental, Leasing, Mortgage Financing, Purchase and Sale, Real Estate Tax, Sale and Leaseback, Zoning /Variance/Land Use, Tax, Tax Controversies, Transactional Tax Planning, Transportation & Logistics, Corporate Structure, Dispute Resolution, General Transportation, Operating Relationships, Regulatory Compliance, Workforce Management, Trial, Accountant Liability, Contract, Business and Commercial Disputes, Director and Officer Liability, Employment Litigation, Fraud Investigation, Prosecution and Defense, Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Defense, Product Liability Claims, Real Estate Controversies, Securities and Shareholder Litigation, State and Federal Discrimination Claims, Unfair Competition, White Collar Criminal.

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Jun 25,2010 USA-OH-Cleveland Legal Secretary/Law Firm/Cleveland, Ohio

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Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Cleveland, OH 44114
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May 11,2012 USA-OH-Cleveland Other/Law Firm/Cleveland, Ohio

Litigation Support Manager
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We are seeking a full-time Litigation Support Manager to join the Benesch team in our Cleveland, Ohio office location. This position works with the Litigation and Intellectual Property Departments to provide litigation support and Electronic Discovery
Jun 19,2013 USA-OH-Columbus Technical Specialist/Law Firm/Columbus, Ohio

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The Columbus office of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP is seeking a patent attorney. The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering, be registered with the U

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