Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.
is a full-service law firm that has represented businesses and individuals in Northeastern Ohio for more than 50 years. From its founding in a small office in Cleveland's Standard Building, Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. has expanded steadily to become the largest law firm in the Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula County area.
The original two-attorney association has increased considerably with the addition of respected professionals who are meeting the needs of clients for more diverse and sophisticated legal services. The days when a single lawyer was able to skillfully provide legal representation in all areas of law have long since passed.
Contact us at the law offices of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. to schedule an opportunity to meet with us about your legal representation needs. Our experience tells our story.
David M. Dworken and Howard W. Bernstein officially opened the law firm of Dworken & Bernstein in the Standard Building in Cleveland, Ohio on September 1, 1959. The firm prospered, and in 1960, opened an office over Brown's Furniture Store on State Street in Painesville. The Painesville office was initially a satellite office, and was not staffed on a full-time basis.
In 1961, David M. Dworken's brother, Marvin P. Dworken, joined the firm. In 1966, Melvyn E. Resnick joined the firm and in 1971, David J. Richards, Jr. became the fifth member of the firm. By that time, the firm's practice in Lake County had grown considerably, and the firm moved to new offices in the building located at 125 E. Erie Street which is now owned and operated by the Board of Lake County Commissioners.
In 1969, the firm relocated to new offices at 153 East Erie Street in the building known as the Painesville Professional Center. The firm's Lake County practice continued to grow, and by this time, included the original five members of the firm and approximately ten support staff, half of whom were located at the Cleveland office and half of whom were located at the Painesville office.
The business boom in Lake County, and especially Mentor, continued during the following 30 years, during which time the firm's Painesville office eclipsed its Cleveland office in terms of revenues and support staff. During this period, new partners Patrick J. Perotti, Irving Rosner, Alec Berezin, Gary S. Okin, Patrick T. Murphy, Howard S. Rabb, and Keith Kraus joined the firm. In 2000, Dworken & Bernstein relocated to new offices in the newly renovated former Carlisle-Allen building located at 60 South Park Place, Painesville, Ohio, where the firm continues to maintain its principal office.
Dworken & Bernstein now employs 28 attorneys. The firm's Painesville office is the center of the firm's operations, and the firm, which converted from a partnership to a corporation in 1972, has been an active member of the business community of Lake County for over 40 years. The firm, however, continues to maintain offices in downtown Cleveland, which are currently located at 55 Public Square in the Illuminating Building.
The original founders of the firm, David M. Dworken and Howard W. Bernstein retired in 1995 and 1999 respectively, but the firm continues to provide legal services with the high degree of professionalism instilled by its founders. The firm of Dworken & Bernstein is well-prepared to meet the challenges of the legal profession for many years to come.