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About Us

Howard W. Bernstein & David M. Dworken
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.

is a full-service law firm with top rated attorneys 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.

Firm History

David M. Dworken and Howard W. Bernstein officially opened the law firm of Dworken & Bernstein in the Standard Building in Cleveland, Ohio on September 1, 1959. The firm prospered, and in 1960, opened an office over Brown’s Furniture Store on State Street in Painesville. The Painesville office was initially a satellite office and was not staffed on a full-time basis.

In 1961, David M. Dworken’s brother, Marvin P. Dworken, joined the firm. In 1966, Melvyn E. Resnick joined the firm and in 1971, David J. Richards, Jr. became the fifth member of the team.

Since that time the original two-attorney office has increased considerably with the addition of top rated attorneys & respected professionals who are meeting the needs of clients for diverse and sophisticated legal services. A full service law firm, Dworken & Bernstein has the collective expertise and experience to handle almost any legal issue in today’s world.

The business boom in Lake County, and especially Mentor, continued during the following 30 years, during which time the firm’s Painesville office eclipsed its Cleveland office as the firm’s headquarters.. During this period, new partners Patrick J. Perotti, Irving Rosner, Alec Berezin, Gary S. Okin, Patrick T. Murphy, Howard S. Rabb, and Keith Kraus joined the firm. The original founders of the firm, David M. Dworken and Howard W. Bernstein retired in 1995 and 1999 respectively. David Dworken passed away in 2011 and David Richards passed away in 2013.

Our Painesville Headquarters

Location still matters, even in this age of cloud-based business.

In 2000, Dworken & Bernstein relocated to its current offices in the newly renovated Carlisle-Allen building at 60 South Park Place in Painesville. We are conveniently located near much of our client base as well as the Lake County municipal courthouse and government offices.

Dworken & Bernstein now employs 32 attorneys. The Painesville office is the center of the firm’s operations, which converted from a partnership to a corporation in 1972. The firm has been an active member of the business community of Lake County for over 50 years.

Our Cleveland Office

Big firms are usually situated in urban business districts where there is a concentration of potential contacts. Small firms often choose to set up shop in the suburbs where lower overhead translates into the ability to offer lower fee structures. Dworken & Bernstein offers the best of both.

Dworken & Bernstein continues to maintain offices in downtown Cleveland, currently located on West 9th Street. Having a location in the city hub gives makes it easy to meet with our Cleveland clientele, and gives us easy access to the federal, state and county government courthouses and offices located in Cleveland. Our dual city/suburb Northeast Ohio location also allows us offer our clients outstanding legal representation with a reasonable and fair fee structure.

Whether in Painesville or in Cleveland, Dworken & Bernstein’s top rated attorneys consistently provides vigorous representation on a full range of routine and complex matters.

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