Jeffrey Brauer

Partner
Jeffrey A. Brauer
Partner

200 Public Square
Suite 2800
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Primary Practices

Jeffrey A. Brauer focuses his practice on litigation, construction law, and creditors’ rights matters. Jeff regularly handles complex financial, engineering, and technical disputes in state and federal trial courts and arbitrations. Jeff is experienced in addressing potential claims from development through discovery, mediation, trial, and appeal. Jeff is also often called upon to obtain emergency injunctive relief, such as enforcement of time-sensitive noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements.

Jeff has represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and other construction professionals on construction matters for his entire career. Jeff works with clients at every stage of construction, bringing his experience to help clients avoid litigation, minimize risk, and resolve disputes early whenever possible. When trial work is necessary, Jeff has extensive construction experience before juries and arbitration panels. Jeff also serves as an arbitrator and brings the perspective he has developed from this work to help his clients.

Jeff frequently represents lenders, non-traditional lenders, secured creditors, general creditors, equipment lessors, and debtors in various proceedings, including bankruptcy, receiverships, commercial foreclosures, and collections. Jeff’s experience and familiarity with these issues has aided his clients in not only getting judgments, but collecting on judgments.

Professional History

  • Partner, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2004-present; Associate, 1998-2003; Ethics Committee Chair, 2013-present; Pro Bono Committee Chair, 2007-present
  • Associate, Williams & Montgomery, Ltd., 1994-98

 

Personal

Jeff is married and lives in Kirtland, Ohio with his wife and their three sons. Jeff likes to be outside whenever possible, running when the weather is warm, and skiing when the weather is cold. Jeff is also always in the middle of a do-it-himself home construction project.

Credentials

Education

Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1994

Honors & Activities: Vanderbilt Moot Court Board, Associate Justice; American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Responsibility; Firm Giving Program Representative, 2008-present (100% participating firm)

 

Northwestern University, B.S., Communications, 1990

Community Involvement

Fine Arts Association of Willoughby, President of Board of Directors, 2015-17, Board of Directors, 2007-present

 

Wills for Heroes, Ohio Founder and Statewide Coordinator, 2007-14

 

Lake County Dances Under the Stars, Celebrity Dancer, 2010

 

Charenton Theater Company, Founding Board Member

 

Northwestern University Alumni Association of Cleveland, Alumni Admissions Council, 2002-present

Awards & Distinctions

The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2021-22.

 

Ohio Super Lawyers®, Construction Litigation, 2014-20

 

Top Rated Lawyer, Cleveland’s Legal Leaders, 2012-16

 

Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under, statewide winner, 2009

 

AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell

 

National Institute for Trial Advocacy, National Session, July 2003

Bar Admissions

Ohio, 1998; Illinois, 1994

 

U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio, Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Eastern District of Michigan, Western District of Michigan, Western District of Pennsylvania, Southern District of Indiana, Western District of Tennessee, District of Colorado, and Southern District of Texas

 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

 

Memberships & Affiliations

American Arbitration Association, Roster of Arbitrators and Construction Panel, 2016-present

 

Alliott Global Alliance, Member, Litigation/Dispute Resolution Specialty Practice Group

 

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. Arbitrator and Mediator, 2015-present

 

American Bar Association, TIPS: Business Litigation Committee, Chair, 2016-17 – Exceptional Achievement and Fellowship Awards; Vice Chair, 2007-present; Corporate Counsel Committee, Vice Chair 2013-present; Outreach to Young Lawyers Committee, Vice Chair, 2008-13; Membership Committee, Vice Chair, 2005-11; Law in Public Service Committee, Vice Chair, 2005-08; Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Member, 2005-08; TIPS Now!, Fellow, 2006-08

 

Ohio State Bar Association, Council of Delegates, elected 2005-present; Membership Committee, 2011-13; Committee and Section Advisory Council, 2011-12

 

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2019-present; Ethics and Professionalism Committee, Chair, 2017-18; Litigation Section, Council, 2011-present

 

Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, 2014-present

 

Ohio State Bar Foundation, Life Fellow; Board of Trustees, 2017-present; Membership Committee, 2012-present