News 2018-05-16T09:42:23-04:00

Ashtyn Saltz & Sara Smoter Dorland Selected to 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers List as Rising Stars

Kaufman & Company, LLC Associates Ashtyn N. Saltz & Sara Smoter Dorland have been selected for inclusion on the 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers list, as Rising Stars, for their work in business litigation.

“We want to congratulate both Ashtyn & Sara in this important recognition, especially by their peers, and through the well-respected Ohio Super Lawyers evaluation process,” said Steven Kaufman, the Firm’s Managing Member.

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.

December 4th, 2019|

Litigation Boutique Kaufman & Company to Join Ulmer & Berne

Combination Bolsters First-Chair Trial Expertise and Expands Firm Footprint to New York and Washington, D.C

CLEVELAND, OHIO, December 3, 2019 – Ulmer & Berne LLP today announced the addition of renowned and industry-recognized trial boutique Kaufman & Company to its award-winning litigation practice, creating an elite Midwestern litigation group with first-chair trial expertise. The combination will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Approved overwhelmingly by the Ulmer partnership in mid-November, the combination with the firm led by Steven S. Kaufman also gives Ulmer offices in New York and Washington, D.C., key East Coast markets where the firm already has significant client business. For Kaufman & Company, the transition provides valuable bench strength and a larger, full-service platform.

“We consider ourselves fortunate to have the opportunity to add a group of such high-caliber, high-profile trial attorneys,” said Scott P. Kadish, Ulmer’s Managing Partner. “We, like everyone else in the Ohio legal community and beyond, have known and respected Steve Kaufman and his colleagues for many years. The combination of his firm and ours elevates our already outstanding client-focused litigation capabilities to an even higher level.”

The combination brings together two of Cleveland’s most prominent trial attorneys. Kaufman and Michael N. Ungar, Chair of Ulmer’s Litigation Department, have known each other for years, and each has been recognized for their innovative, tireless client advocacy.

“Starting in the late 1980s and throughout the matters where I’ve sat across the courtroom or negotiating table from Steve, one thing has remained clear – you do not want to be in the unenviable position of having him as your adversary,” said Ungar. “Steve is the textbook definition of an elite trial lawyer, and at the same time he epitomizes civility and professionalism. He has built a great team at Kaufman & Company, providing the highest quality and highest value legal services and representation. In other words, it’s a perfect fit with our firm.”

“After nearly 10 years, we have grown our boutique business litigation firm to the point where we really needed a larger platform to support both client and attorney professional growth,” Kaufman said. “We wanted to partner with a growing firm with first-chair trial attorneys, an outstanding litigation reputation, and a collaborative firm culture. We evaluated many law firms and kept coming back to Ulmer. The firm is an ideal fit for us, and we couldn’t be more excited to join.”

In addition to Kaufman & Company’s 10 attorneys, Ulmer will also gain the firm’s New York and Washington, D.C. offices, giving it seven office locations across the Midwest, East Coast, and Florida.

“The expansion of our geographic footprint was an attractive aspect of this combination,” Kadish said. “While New York is an extremely competitive legal market, the middle market presents outstanding opportunities, particularly for a firm like ours, with an elite, fast-growing commercial litigation group.”

All 10 lawyers from Kaufman & Company will be joining Ulmer. They are:

  • Steven S. Kaufman, Partner
  • Christopher “Kip” Schwartz, Partner
  • Charles “Chad” D. Cooper, Partner
  • Robin M. Wilson, Partner
  • Paul […]
December 3rd, 2019|

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.

October 14th, 2019|

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.

August 15th, 2019|

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.

July 26th, 2019|