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Attorney Bios

Benjamin Cooke

Managing Partner

Ben focuses his practice on corporate and business matters, serving as outside general counsel to a number of businesses in a wide variety of industries. Ben handles business organization and formation, business contract issues, mergers and acquisitions, real estate matters, banking and financing, employment issues, bankruptcy and records retention/e-discovery. Ben also represents a number of individuals, including professional athletes, in their business ventures from start-up to operation to disposition.

Beginning his legal career with Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in San Antonio, Texas, Ben advised clients on a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters. Ben tried several jury cases to a verdict and handled all aspects of litigation. Eventually gravitating to a corporate business practice, Ben advised clients on general business matters and transactions, several of the transactions with a deal value exceeding $1 billion. Ben was named a Super Lawyer - Texas Rising Star in 2008.

Ben joined Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio in June 2008. As a member of the business group and specifically the mergers and acquisitions practice, Ben represented clients regarding a variety of business transactions. Ben handled all types of transactions, both asset and stock purchases, tender offers and international cross border transactions, with deal values ranging from $12 million to over $10 billion. The expertise derived from handling these complex transactions translates perfectly to Ben’s representation of other businesses today. In recent months, the Firm has closed a number of transactions for clients ranging from acquisitions of closely held business to employee buyouts of existing owners.

Ben attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a B.A. in history and international studies in 2001. Ben was a member of the Notre Dame baseball team, a team ranked No. 1 in the nation for three weeks during 2001. Ben won four varsity monograms from Notre Dame and earned Academic All-Conference honors from the Big East Conference four times. Ben then attended the University of Dayton School of Law, graduating in 2004. As Executive Editor for Notes and Comments of the Dayton Law Review, Ben published a casenote relating to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2004 decision in Ring v. Arizona. Ben also served as the chief justice for the University of Dayton Moot Court team.

Ben is a member of the Ohio Bar Association and the West Shore Bar Association. Ben serves as a member of the University of Dayton School of Law Alumni Board of Trustees and is a member of the St. Ignatius High School Executive Council.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ben was born and raised in Bay Village, Ohio. Ben attended St. Ignatius High School, competing as a member of the football and baseball teams for St. Ignatius. An active member of the community, Ben volunteers for Rise Above It, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for young adult and adolescent cancer. Ben lives in Avon Lake, Ohio, with his wife, Amanda, and his two daughters.

Small Business • Mergers & Acquisitions • Real Estate • Commercial Litigation