Steven Kaufman & Kip Schwartz Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as Litigation Stars 2020
Kaufman & Company congratulates Steven Kaufman on being recognized in the 13th annual edition of Benchmark Litigation 2020, as “Local Litigation Star”, for his work in general commercial litigation & securities, and Kip Schwartz, as “Labor & Employment Star”, for his work in labor & employment litigation.
Kaufman & Company, a national trial and litigation law firm, has also earned top marks as “Highly Recommended” law firm by Benchmark Litigation 2020. Kaufman & Company is one of only a handful of Ohio firms to receive the top “Highly Recommended” designation. This ranking is reserved for the firms that are most frequently referenced and that are regarded as “dominant in their particular jurisdiction”, according to Benchmark Litigation’s methodology.
Benchmark Litigation is a leading legal guide that provides an in-depth analysis of commercial litigators in the United States. Focused exclusively on the litigation market, Benchmark Litigation rankings are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. With exceptional track record, Kaufman & Company attorneys are regularly recognized by legal ranking sources, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, Super Lawyers, and others.
Steven Kaufman Recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©
Kaufman & Company, LLC would like to congratulate Steven S. Kaufman, its Managing Member, on being included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation and real estate litigation. This marks Kaufman’s 15th consecutive year being ranked in the most respected publications in the legal profession.
For more than three decades, Best Lawyers® has become regarded as the definitive guide to legal professionalism and excellence around the globe. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than 52,000 leading attorneys cast 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in more than 130 practice areas.
Robin Wilson Selected to 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers List
Kaufman & Company, LLC Member Robin M. Wilson has been selected for inclusion on the 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers list for her work in business litigation.
“It is definitely an honor to be recognized by your peers through the well-respected Ohio Super Lawyers evaluation process,” said Robin Wilson. “Our reputation is built by the quality of our work and character, and I know our clients appreciate the importance of both in obtaining successful outcomes to complex disputes.”
Super Lawyers is a rating service of the top five percent of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations by practice area.
Chambers USA Ranks Steven S. Kaufman Among Top 16 Commercial Ligation Lawyers in Ohio
For the 14th consecutive year, Steven S. Kaufman, managing member of Kaufman & Company, has achieved a prestigious Band 2 ranking by Chambers and Partners. Chambers USA 2019 places Kaufman among the top 16 attorneys in Ohio for General Commercial Litigation.
In addition to reviewing case work, Chambers’ research team conducts in-depth, one-on-one interviews year-round with clients and attorneys to assess each lawyer’s technical legal abilities, professional conduct, client service, commercial acumen, diligence and commitment. Interviewees agreed that Kaufman is “extraordinarily insightful and pragmatic.” In past years, he has also received praise including, “Steve is a warrior when he needs to be, and a very astute and effective trial lawyer” and “unquestionably a force to be reckoned with.”
Chambers added in its assessment that Kaufman is “well regarded for his experience representing a wide range of leading clients on complex commercial disputes. He is particularly noted for his expertise in fraud allegations, legal malpractice and trade secret disputes.” Kaufman’s Band 2 ranking is the second-highest placement possible in a system that includes Band 1 through Band 4.
London-based Chambers and Partners has been ranking the world’s leading lawyers since 1990. Their objective assessments are considered the gold standard of the legal industry.
Kaufman & Company Litigators Vindicate Clients’ Development Rights at Trial
Chad Cooper and Sara Smoter represented clients who prevailed in a bench trial before the Lake County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas. Our clients were the principals of a highly successful marine contracting business, Huffman Equipment Rental Company. The Court entered judgment in favor of Huffman on all issues and assessed costs against their adversaries.
For many years, the two families (our clients and the adverse party) operated industrial businesses on neighboring parcels of property. When a long strip of very useful land behind their properties became available for purchase, the fathers and sons of the two companies discussed a possible joint purchase. When they could not agree to terms of a joint purchase, the senior Huffman bought the land himself. The neighboring family filed claims for breach of contract and various business torts, including fraud.
With the benefit of thorough investigation, the Huffman team located previously concealed documents that the adverse parties tried to keep hidden and out of the case. The use of those discovered documents made for very effective cross-examination both in depositions and at trial. The Court rendered a judgment in favor of our clients on all claims.