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Frantz Ward LLP


Frantz Ward LLP - Cleveland
  • 2500 Key Center
  • 127 Public Square
  • Cleveland
  • Ohio
  • USA
  • OH 44114-1230
  • www. frantzward.com
  • Number of partners: 39
  • Number of other lawyers: 26

Firm Overview:
Founded in 2000, Frantz Ward LLP has quickly grown to become one of the premier law firms in the Midwest. The firm’s growth to 65 attorneys, who provide a broad range of services, and its joining ALFA International, a global legal network of independent law firms across the United States and around the world, demonstrate its commitment to client service.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Bankruptcy/Debtor & Creditor Rights:
The Bankruptcy/Debtor and Creditor Rights Group is highly skilled at representing debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings and complex non-bankruptcy workouts; represents financial institutions and borrowers in troubled loan transactions and advises on restructuring obligations in anticipation or avoidance of bankruptcy.

Class Actions:
The Class Actions Group defends clients throughout Ohio and other jurisdictions in lawsuits on a variety of issues, including alleged violations of consumer protection statutes, claims of deceptive trade practices, lender liability, product liability and breach of warranty, ERISA violations, insurance issues and employment discrimination disparate impact claims.

Commercial Lending:
The Commercial Lending Group represents banks, thrifts, and other lending institutions throughout all phases of the negotiating, structuring, closing, and enforcing of a variety of lending transactions, and counsels clients on issues pertaining to lending matters and their ramifications.

Competition Law:
The Competition Law Group advises and represents clients on competition issues and litigation affecting their businesses, including antitrust, franchise, intellectual property, business tort and consumer protection laws. The group also counsels companies in the development and implementation of compliance programs.

The Construction Group is recognized for their knowledge and experience in all aspects of construction law, including project conceptualization and planning, contract preparation, project financing, project management, construction contracts, construction litigation, construction claims prosecution and analysis, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration and mediation.

Corporate/Business Law:
The Corporate/Business Law Group counsels clients in traditional corporate and transactional areas, including corporate governance, commercial finance transactions,mergers/acquisitions, public and private debt offerings and licensing, and represents both target and acquiring corporations in the buying and selling of their privately-held businesses.

Employee Benefits:
The Employee Benefits Group advises clients on all aspects of design, implementation, administration and termination of tax-qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation, health and other welfare benefit plans and fringe benefit programs. Represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

The Environmental Group is led by the former Director and Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio EPA, this Group possesses the broad skills and knowledge essential for counseling clients in all aspects of environmental law; guiding them through the complex environmental regulations and requirements pertaining to their business activities.

Estate Planning/Probate:
The Estate Planning/Probate Group provides a full range of estate planning services and advises clients regarding succession issues in closely held businesses. The firm’s probate practice includes estate administration and other representation in probaterelated proceedings.

The Healthcare Group guides healthcare organizations through regulatory compliance and operational matters, including employment/labor issues, risk management, medical malpractice/liability, governmental/third party billing and reimbursement, licensure and certification, survey and enforcement, managed care contracting, Medicare and Medicaid enrollment, HIPAA compliance and healthcare contracting.

Labor & Employment:
The highly regarded Labor and Employment Group represents employers nationally with respect to litigation and issues arising in the ever-changing modern employment relationship. The group is adept at providing effective personnel management strategies, counseling and training to assist clients in avoiding costly litigation, lengthy government investigations, labor disputes, and other outside party intervention.

Highly skilled trial lawyers represent clients nationally in federal, state and appellate courts, and in arbitrations,mediations and other dispute resolution procedures. The Litigation Group represents clients in disputes involving a wide range of business issues, including nationwide toxic tort cases, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, industrial equipment, and consumer products, and serving as national coordinating counsel in multi-jurisdictional litigation.

Real Estate:
The Real Estate Group represents businesses and individuals,whether property owners or property users, in all types of real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, lease and finance of real estate and related property interests, retail, industrial and office leasing and construction contracts and disputes.

The firm’s client base is national in scope, encompassing individuals to small privately-held businesses to publicly-traded Fortune 500 companies.


Construction - Ohio

THE FIRM This group is particularly well known for advising on matters local to the Cleveland area. Clients of the firm include infrastructure contractors. It has a repository of skills across both the contentious and transactional aspects of construction.

Sources say: "Fabulous lawyers and a fabulous group."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Natale is a member of both the construction and litigation groups at the firm, and is a recognized trial lawyer. He enjoys a prominent reputation in construction, with many praising his ability to do an "effective job."

The "smart and hard-working" Ian Frank is acclaimed as a "younger and effective" member of the team. Sources praise him as a proficient client advocate who contributes greatly to the strength of the overall practice. His clients include contractors, subcontractors and design professionals.

Nora Loftus is a senior associate. She is already visible in the market for her proficient and supportive role in the team.

Labor & Employment - Ohio

THE FIRM Frantz Ward remains a preeminent leader across all manner of labor and employment issues, and is recognized for its effective expansion of key related areas of expertise. Based in Cleveland, the firm has a remarkable profile throughout the state, and undertakes the full range of matters, including collective bargaining, wage and hour compliance and ERISA questions. 

Sources say: "A strong regional boutique."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Outstanding" name partner Michael Frantz is "very bright," and spends much of his time on contentious work as well as labor and employment. He earns praise for his interpersonal skills as well as his enviable command of both employment and traditional labor.

Merritt Bumpass heads up the firm's labor and employment practice group. Sources praise his efficient case management skills and his effectiveness in mitigating risks to employers. His wide experience includes federal and state court assignments, as well as traditional labor work such as collective bargaining.

Daniel Ward is recognized for bringing a pragmatic approach to the lawyer-client relationship. His areas of expertise include employment counseling as well as employment litigation advice.

Keith Ashmus is well known in the local market. His employment law capabilities encompass several areas, including employment discrimination and litigation. He is a frequent participant in seminars and training for employers.

Brian Kelly is acclaimed for his input in contentious employment issues, including in defending charges of harassment and wrongful discharge. He is described as "good and solid; he knows what he is doing," and can be relied upon to do a "professional, all-around good job," according to sources.