Managing Partner: Gregg A Eisenberg
Chief Operating Officer: John H Banks II
Executive Chairman: Ira C Kaplan
Number of partners: 147 Number of other lawyers: 266
Benesch is an AmLaw 200 business law firm that is known for providing highly sophisticated legal services to national and international clients including public and private, middle market and emerging companies, as well as private equity funds, entrepreneurs, not-for-profit organizations, trusts and estates.
Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial Finance & Banking:
Represents banks and other financial institutions in matters such as loan originations and modifications; mezzanine financings; workouts, debt and recapitalization transactions; asset securitization transactions and other lending transactions. Focuses directly on meeting the legal and related business needs of commercial lenders and financial institutions.
Represents contractors, owners, construction-related professionals and insurers in all types of construction disputes including, but not limited to bid disputes; subsurface claims; constructive change disputes; extra work claims; delay, disruption and interference claims; workmanship and product failure disputes. Appears in federal, state and courts of claims, as well as various board of contract appeals and arbitration forums.
Corporate & Securities:
Represents public and private businesses in matters of day-to-day counseling, capital formation, merger and acquisition activity, joint ventures and strategic alliances.
Executive Compensation & Benefits:
Advises clients on a wide range of legal, tax, business, and regulatory compliance issues including, but not limited to ERISA; ESOPs, 401(k)s and pension plans; multiemployer plans and withdrawal liability; incentive and bonus programs; fiduciary compliance and best practices; IRS and DOL audits and investigations; benefits dispute resolution and group benefits design and compliance.
Provides knowledgeable legal counsel to clients in all phases of the energy sector in the Midwest and nationally. Representative clients include public utilities, natural gas transmission, distribution and storage pipeline companies, midstream companies, exploration and drilling companies, energy generation facilities, power marketers, energy equipment manufacturers, alternative energy suppliers, industrial companies, public agencies and private equity firms and development firms.
Health Care & Life Sciences:
Provides a holistic perspective on the challenges and intricacies of the health care industry based on a depth of understanding in areas ranging from antitrust, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, private insurance, federal and state fraud and abuse laws, licensure, and survey and certification to a wide spectrum of for-profit and tax-exempt non-profit health care clients throughout the country.
Innovations, Information Technology & Intellectual Property:
Experience with all forms of intellectual property including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. In addition, experience in complex patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation. Provides patent and trademark drafting and prosecution, advises clients on patent and trademark infringement and validity matters, and drafts intellectual propertyrelated agreements.
Insolvency & Creditors’ Rights:
Experience representing constituencies in all aspects of public, private, corporate and individual Chapter 11 cases, creditor compositions and other methods of restructuring debt. Clients include corporate and individual debtors, creditors, committees, lenders, trustees and asset purchasers.
Labor & Employment:
Provides a full range of services to clients on a national basis including employment litigation; labor-management relations and collective bargaining; workplace safety, workers compensation and unemployment compensation; OSHA; and client counseling.
Pursues cost-effective outcomes in courtroom settings and in alternative dispute resolutions forums for multinational, publicly held and private companies, forprofit and non-profit boards, municipalities and other government entities, lenders, insurers and individuals. Experience in almost every type of business dispute, including, but not limited to class action; contract, business, commercial and consumer disputes; fraud investigation, prosecution and defense; personal injury and wrongful death defense; product liability claims; real estate and environmental litigation; securities and shareholder litigation; transportation and logistics; and unfair competition.
A core competency is the representation of private equity firms, including leverage buyout firms, growth equity firms, mezzanine funds, and portfolio companies located both domestically and off shore, in the acquisition, financing, operation and ultimate disposition of their assets and in the formation and ongoing operation of the fund itself.
Experience in responding to inquiries and investigations of both federal and state regulatory agencies in a wide variety of products and industries including medical devices, pharmaceuticals and vaccines, engines and generators, maritime products, industrial equipment, electrical appliances, power tools and other consumer goods, chemicals, toxic torts, and vehicles. Conducts internal seminars for claims departments and engineering departments of insurance and manufacturing clients.
Public Law/Government Relations:
Represents diverse clients before local and state executive and legislative branches of government. Actively lobbying state and local government on important issues of public policy. Counsels clients on matters of contracting and procurement and litigates cases of public concern before state and federal courts as well as local and state administrative bodies. Takes an active role in directing statewide ballot issue campaigns and political action committee management.
Real Estate & Environmental:
Represents buyers, sellers, developers, business owners, landlords, tenants, lenders and borrowers in a full range of services, from organizing and structuring the largest, most complex transactions throughout the country and around the globe to advising clients on their daily portfolio management issues and environmental compliance, regulatory and liability issues.
Provides tax planning and tax controversy services to clients in the areas of federal, state and local tax law. Provides tax counsel to a diverse group of clients, from large publicly held companies to privately held businesses to entrepreneurs and start-ups.