CLEVELAND–LAWFUEL –Ulmer & Berne LLP, a major Ohio-based law …

CLEVELAND–LAWFUEL –Ulmer & Berne LLP, a major Ohio-based law firm with four offices throughout the Midwest, announced today that two of its partners, Jeffrey S. Dunlap and John J. Haggerty, have been elected to take on larger roles within the Firm.

Jeffrey S. Dunlap has been named chair of the Firm’s Employment & Labor Group. Mr. Dunlap replaces Thomas H. Barnard who has served as chair of the group since 1995 and has over 35 years of experience in employment and labor matters. Mr. Barnard will continue to actively participate in the Firm’s Employment & Labor Group.

As a partner with Ulmer & Berne, Mr. Dunlap represents clients in a wide range of employment and commercial disputes. He has significant experience in employment discrimination cases, complex business and securities litigation and unfair competition matters. In addition to handling matters in trial and appellate courts, Mr. Dunlap has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation. A frequent speaker on a number of legal topics, he also drafts employment contracts and counsels clients regarding employment policies and procedures. Mr. Dunlap was recently named as an Ohio Super Lawyer for 2007.

John J. Haggerty has been named chair of the Firm’s Business Litigation Group. Mr. Haggerty replaces Ronald H. Isroff who has been chair of the practice group since its inception and has been litigating business disputes for more than 35 years. Mr. Isroff will continue to actively practice and contribute his expertise to the Firm’s Business Litigation Group.

As a partner with Ulmer & Berne, Mr. Haggerty’s practice focuses on complex commercial, product liability, mass tort, and class action litigation. He is the former general counsel and a member of the board of directors of ICI Paints. Mr. Haggerty represents companies in nationwide litigation, including tobacco, lead paint, asbestos and welding rod litigation. He has extensive trial experience in both federal and state courts throughout the United States. Mr. Haggerty was recently named to The BTI Client Service All-Star Team for Law Firms for 2007. This honor was awarded to only 113 attorneys across the nation for their ability to deliver “the absolute best client service.” John also received top billing in Ohio by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the publication’s most recent 2006 guide.

Ulmer & Berne LLP, established in 1908, is one of Ohio’s largest law firms, as well as one of the fastest growing in the Midwest. A full-service firm with 185 attorneys in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Chicago, Ulmer & Berne represents publicly traded and privately held companies, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, family businesses, international joint ventures and affiliations, investor groups, start-ups and emerging businesses, public bodies, and nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

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