Dean M. Rooney

Dean M. Rooney

Frantz Ward LLP

Recognized since 2017

Cleveland, Ohio

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

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For more than 30 years, Dean has represented individuals, corporations, partnerships and other legal entities in civil litigation, including hearings, bench trials, jury trials, arbitrations, and mediations in state and federal courts in a number of locations throughout the United States.

He has counseled clients in a wide variety of business disputes in such areas of law as contracts, shareholder disputes, lender liability, construction claims, securities fraud, trade secrets, non-compete agreements, director and officer liability, copyright infringement, and environmental claims.

Dean’s experience encompasses the practice of business and commercial litigation including, jury and bench trials, arbitrations and mediation of disputes as well as litigation in such areas as construction, tax, commercial and contract disputes, loan transactions, probate and trust litigation and counseling, professional liability, discrimination claims, employment disputes, unfair competition, fraud claims, business torts, non-competition agreements, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duties, corporate governance disputes, conditional land use issues, investment disputes, securities FINRA arbitrations and litigation, civil racketeering and ERISA disputes.

He frequently consults with clients concerning the management of litigation exposure.

Contact & Links
  • 200 Public Square, Suite 3000
    Cleveland, OH 44114
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law, J.D., graduated 1983
  • Cleveland State University, B.A., magna cum laude, graduated 1976
Bar Admissions
  • Ohio, State of Ohio
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Member
  • Business Mediation Panel of Cuyahoga County - Member
  • Eighth Judicial District Conference - Life Member
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Westshore Bar Association - Member
  • Cleveland State Law Review - Managing Editor (1982-1983)
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court - Northern District of Ohio
  • United States Tax Court

Frantz Ward LLP
Headquarters: Cleveland, Ohio

35 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Special Focus:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy – Tax Law
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated- Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2011-2019)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation and Litigation- Trusts and Estates (2017-2019)
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Greatest Contribution to Legal Scholarship in Class
  • Recipient of the Chief Justice Samuel H. Silbert Award- greatest contribution to quality of the Cleveland State Law Review by Cleveland State University School of Law (1983)
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions

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