Michael S Berkowitz

Michael S Berkowitz

Phone: 1-216-771-6500 ext. 220

Fax: 1-216-664-9830

Email: mberkowitz@weinerlaw.com

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Professional Profile

Education

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Juris Doctor, 2007

Xavier University MS Ed, 1999

Ohio University BS Sports Industry, 1998

Professional Experience

Keith D. Weiner & Assoc. Co., L.P.A., Cleveland, OH July, 2008 – present: Collection Attorney – Provides legal advice to in-house collection department. Represents both secured and unsecured creditors in all phases of common pleas and municipal court collection litigation. Handles review of daily work and court attendance at hearings.

Toma & Associates L.P.A., Inc. , Willoughby Hills, OH February, 2007 – May, 2008: Law Clerk. Provided assistance in a variety of areas within law practice concentrating in civil litigation, collection, wills and probate work. Wrote numerous pleadings, court briefs, written discovery and performed a significant amount of legal research during 15 months as a law clerk in the practice. Provided case support in a wide array of legal matters, including municipality issues.

Extern, United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Ohio, Civil Division, Cleveland, OH January, 2007 – April, 2007: Assisted several AUSAs in a variety of complex federal litigation areas such as the Federal Tort Claims Act, the Freedom of Information Act and litigation on behalf of the E.P.A. and the U.S. Dept. of Education. Conducted extensive legal research and prepared memoranda. Briefed AUSAs on legal issues and assisted with discovery process. Gained valuable experience and familiarity with the federal court system and federal litigation. Directly supervised by the Chief of the Civil Division. Observed numerous criminal trials, arraignments, jury selection and sentencing hearings in front of several U.S. District Court Judges

Licenses

  • State of Ohio (2008)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Organizations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Our Fees

Our fees are competitive and conform to industry standards. In most instances, the following fee arrangements are available:


1. Collection matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, but an hourly option is available and sometimes requested by clients who hold large balance claims. At a clients’ request, fees for collection matters can be billed on a per item flat fee basis for letters, pleadings, motions, and executions.


2. Uncontested foreclosures and related bankruptcy and eviction matters are most often billed on a flat fee basis according to the Fannie Mae guidelines. Contested matters, and counterclaims, generally require additional flat fee or hourly billing, subject to client approval;


3. Uncontested replevin cases are also handled on a flat fee basis. If the right to recover possession is opposed, the matter is converted to an hourly fee basis, upon client approval;


4. Mechanic’s lien matters are treated the same as replevin cases, unless they involve multiple properties, or otherwise relate to unusual subject matter;


5. Our firm is also pioneering the availability and use of alternative fee arrangements (“AFA’s”) for legal services that have traditionally been billed hourly. The availability of AFA’s is a product of our firm’s ambition to deliver legal services in an efficient and cost-effective manner, and help clients more effectively forecast and contain costs. AFA’s are available for an ever expanding range of matters, including litigation defense, discovery disputes, and appellate practice.

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