Jeffrey A. Brauer focuses his practice on commercial litigation and construction law. 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 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. Jeff frequently advises insureds on construction insurance coverage issues. 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 represents entities involved in cryptocurrency transactions in litigation across the United States. Jeff also represents lenders, non-traditional lenders, secured creditors, general creditors, 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 also collecting on judgments.
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.
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
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
The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2021-23.
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
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
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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, 2019-2022; Ethics and Professionalism Committee, Chair, 2017-18; Litigation Section, Council, 2011-present
Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, 2014-present
Cleveland Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2022-present
Ohio State Bar Foundation, Life Fellow; Board of Trustees, 2017-present; Membership Committee, 2012-present