Dworken & Bernstein is a full-service law firm that has represented businesses and individuals in Northeastern Ohio for more than 50 years. From its founding in a small office in Cleveland’s Standard Building, Dworken & Bernstein has expanded steadily to become the largest law firm in the Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula County area.
Welcome to Dworken & Bernstein the largest law firm in the Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula County area. For well over 60 years, Dworken & Bernstein has been known as “my lawyer” to thousands of long-standing clients.
Today a single lawyer cannot adequately provide legal representation in all areas. With 30+ attorneys focusing on distinct and diverse areas of the law, Dworken & Bernstein is able to offer clients comprehensive representation. A commercial real estate matter may touch on estate planning issues. A family matter may overlap with a business concern. A personal injury matter may raise employment issues. As a legal team, Dworken & Bernstein has the expertise to address just about any legal issue that concerns individuals, families or businesses.
As you scroll through our various practice areas below, remember that when working with any attorney on our team, you have access to the expertise and reputation of the entire firm plus the support of over 40 staff members.
Our winning team consists of AV rated attorneys, Super Lawyers, Rising Stars and rankings in the top 75 Trial Lawyers in the U.S., and well as listings in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Dworken & Bernstein is also recognized as an A+ business with the Better Business Bureau. At Dworken & Bernstein, we have a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Certified Employment Law Specialist on our team. Attorneys who want to become certified must pass a written exam in their area of expertise, demonstrate a high level of involvement in their field of practice, meet ongoing continuing education and receive favorable evaluations by their peers. In Ohio, certification is granted to only 1% of all attorneys.
With over $1 billion in settlements and judgments, our national experience in all types of matters, along with our Supreme Court experienced attorneys, Dworken & Bernstein can help you navigate through any legal storm. Call us for a free consultation. You’ll be glad you did. Dworken & Bernstein is also committed to the community with over $50 Million directed to charities and non-profits through our Ohio Lawyers Give Back cy pres initiative.
Serving the Community
Barbara Marlowe, Marketing & Public Relations Manager for Dworken & Bernstein, currently serves on the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Leadership Council, is a board member of Dogs Unlimited Rescue and is President of the Board of the Iraqi Children’s Foundation which helps children who have been displaced or orphaned by terrorists groups. She is also co-chair of Save a Smile, Save a Child for Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, a fundraiser that benefits the Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Department.
Howard Rabb has worked at the food bank every few weeks at Trinity Cathedral near Cleveland State University for 20 years. He volunteers in numerous ways to support our community. He is on the Lakeland Foundation board to help train students for jobs, is a past board member of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and accepts pro bono bankruptcy cases and served on the UH Leadership Council to assure a brand new state of the art emergency room for the near east side. Howard and his family have been to New Orleans twice to help build houses for the poor.
Free Legal Aid Clinic
Recognizing the need for legal services for Legal Aid eligible individuals, in the fall of 2013, Anna Parise and her co-chair of the Lake County Bar Association and partnered with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Judge Colleen A. Falkowski of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, to develop a quarterly clinic in Judge Falkowski’s courtroom. The quarterly clinic invites prescreened and qualified Legal Aid eligible individuals to come to the courthouse and meet with one of the numerous volunteer attorneys. The volunteer attorney assists the “client” in the preparation of all of the simplified forms that are necessary to initiate the divorce action, obtain interim support, and finalize the divorce of the “client”.
Over $32 million distributed
Ohio Lawyers Give Back was founded by Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. to promote the use of cy pres in class action settlements. When a class action is settled, plaintiff and defendant agree to a fund amount to pay all class members. Since many class members have moved, passed-away, or can’t be found, millions of settlement dollars go unclaimed. That settlement money is intended to benefit the class—rather than revert to the wrongdoing defendant—so the ancient doctrine is now being used to distribute the unclaimed money to charities and non profits.
The Gathering Place
Geoff Turoff has recently joined the Board of Directors at The Gathering Place. The team of Marvin’s Amigos in Race for the Place raised over $2500 to benefit The Gathering Place in support Marvin & Bobi Dworken.