Best Law FirmBest Law Firm 2016

Frantz Ward LLP was established in 2000 by 13 attorneys whose goal was to provide clients with practical, responsive and cost-effective legal services. Today, with over 60 attorneys, Frantz Ward is one of the largest firms in Ohio. From its office in Cleveland, Frantz Ward is a full service firm that represents clients in matters across the State and across the country. Through its affiliation with ALFA International, a global legal network of independent law firms, Frantz Ward can assist clients worldwide.

Contact Information

200 Public Square, Suite 3000
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-515-1660

Firm Attorneys

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John F. Kostelnik John F. Kostelnik Frantz Ward LLP
Practicing in: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Practicing in: Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

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    Leaders

    Christopher Keim Partner, Management Committee
    Christopher Keim
    Partner, Management Committee
    Michael J. Frantz Partner, Management Committee
    Michael J. Frantz
    Partner, Management Committee
    T. Merritt Bumpass Partner, Management Committee
    T. Merritt Bumpass
    Partner, Management Committee

    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Cleveland, Ohio in Litigation - Insurance with 2 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Cleveland, Ohio in Litigation - Insurance with 2 lawyers.

    Clients

    Our client base ranges from individuals to small privately-held businesses to publicly-traded Fortune 500 companies. We serve local clients on a national level and national clients on a local level. Each client and industry presents its own unique challenge, and our attorneys have the broad range of skills and experience necessary to meet those challenges.

    The industries and market segments we represent include:
    Aerospace
    Automotive
    Aviation
    Banking
    Chemical
    Construction
    Consumer
    Products
    Developers
    Distributors
    Energy & Utilities
    Finance
    Food Service/Distribution
    Franchising
    Green Technologies
    Health Care
    Hospitals
    Insurance & Reinsurance
    Landscaping
    Lending
    Long-Term Care
    Manufacturing
    Medical
    Metals
    Mining
    Non-Profits
    Professional Services
    Real Estate Brokers
    Retail
    Senior Housing
    Social Services
    Software
    Telecommunications
    Trucking/Transportation
    Universities and Colleges

    Client Comments

    "Mr. Joel Hlavaty has been Newell Rubbermaid's chief outside labor counsel since I began my career with Newell in 1997. I very much rely on his outstanding customer service, advice, availability, and litigation skills. Best of all, Frantz Ward has always been extremely competitive on fees and has never charged Newell for training its new associates. They were one of the first firms to adapt to the new legal-services paradigm (i.e. corporations now demand value/results over anything, even long-standing relationships). "
    - William Behlke
    Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
    "I personally sit next to Mike Frantz at the table for our contract negotiations with each of our unions. We could not have better counsel on our collective bargaining matters than Frantz Ward."
    - Mark Bates
    Oberlin College
    "Mike is an excellent lawyer and one of the best that I have ever worked with. He is very professional, responsive, pragmatic, and achieves great results."
    - Daniel Damstra
    Alco Industries
    "Mr. Bumpass is very responsive to client needs and shows genuine interest in understanding the goals and objectives set by the client in a "real" business environment, as opposed to some attorneys who believe it is their job to lecture clients on the precise nature of the law and advise any deviation or interpretation is ill-advised."
    - Marjorie Conner
    The Davey Tree Expert Company
    "Merritt is bright, fun to work with and effective. He remains closely involved even when subordinates are doing the heavy lifting. He is superbly ethical and listens to clients rather than pontificating. Merritt is sensitive to costs and cautions against unnecessary work. He will move heaven and earth to meet clients' objectives, but will also tell the client when it simply cannot be done."
    - Laurance Nowak
    Sajar Plastics/Morgenthaler
    "T. Merritt Bumpass takes a practical approach in providing sound legal advice. He always has up-to-date legal opinions."
    - Albert Tusek, Jr.
    The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    "Though we recognize that Merritt Bumpass is one of the most in-demand attorneys in town, he is very accessible, ready, and willing to provide legal assistance to our firm. He is one of the most experienced and well-respected employment law and labor attorneys in northeast Ohio."
    "Merritt has a wealth of experience which he utilizes to provide sound and pragmatic counsel. He also understands and respects our corporate culture. As a result, he consistently provides guidance that is not only legally compliant, but also suits our culture and values. Merritt is customer-focused, extremely responsive and is never "pushy" in any way. He is a well-rounded attorney that I would highly recommend."
    "Merritt has handled Labor matters for me for over 15 years. I do not know another attorney who is more responsive to the client. In a world of lawyers who don't return calls, Merritt is a light in the wilderness. "
    "Mr. Bumpass provides a well-seasoned and thoughtful counsel. He is respected nationally. He is personally responsive and highly committed to client relationships. He has excellent skills in counsel and negotiation."
    "Mr. Joel Hlavaty has been Newell Rubbermaid's chief outside labor counsel since I began my career with Newell in 1997. I very much rely on his outstanding customer service, advice, availability, and litigation skills. Best of all, Frantz Ward has always been extremely competitive on fees and has never charged Newell for training its new associates. They were one of the first firms to adapt to the new legal-services paradigm (i.e. corporations now demand value/results over anything, even long-standing relationships). "
    - William Behlke
    Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
    "I personally sit next to Mike Frantz at the table for our contract negotiations with each of our unions. We could not have better counsel on our collective bargaining matters than Frantz Ward."
    - Mark Bates
    Oberlin College
    "Mike is an excellent lawyer and one of the best that I have ever worked with. He is very professional, responsive, pragmatic, and achieves great results."
    - Daniel Damstra
    Alco Industries
    "Mr. Bumpass is very responsive to client needs and shows genuine interest in understanding the goals and objectives set by the client in a "real" business environment, as opposed to some attorneys who believe it is their job to lecture clients on the precise nature of the law and advise any deviation or interpretation is ill-advised."
    - Marjorie Conner
    The Davey Tree Expert Company

    Frantz Ward LLP

    Contact Information

    200 Public Square, Suite 3000
    Cleveland, OH 44114
    Phone: 216-515-1660

    Personnel

    Partners: 37
    Of Counsel: 5
    Associates: 19
    Other Lawyers: 1
    Paralegals: 5
    Non-Legal Employees: 45