CLEVELAND, OH—Two distinguished Frantz Ward partners are named “Lawyers of the Year” in Cleveland in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers designates only one lawyer per practice area as “Lawyer of the Year” in the nation’s largest legal markets. Brett K. Bacon is named for Litigation–Insurance and Brian J. Kelly is named for Litigation–Labor & Employment.
The 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America survey also recognizes 47 Frantz Ward attorneys in 30 practice areas.
Bacon represents insurers, lenders, transporters, manufacturers, retailers, and other business entities in all aspects of litigation in the federal and state courts, and before various arbitration venues. He has tried to verdict, before juries and courts, class actions, insurance, product liability, lender liability cases, commercial, trucking, real estate, and other business disputes. Bacon has defended insurers in all aspects of commercial, life, health and disability coverage. He has tried or negotiated lender disputes involving letters of credit, repurchase agreements, revolving credit agreements, mortgage priority issues, usury and point disputes, and participation agreements.
Kelly focuses his practice on the representation of management in all phases of labor relations and employment litigation. Kelly regularly represents employers in litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators involving employment discrimination and harassment, wrongful discharge, theft of trade secrets, breaches of non-compete agreements and other employment contract topics. He also has extensive experience counseling employers on employment topics ranging from FMLA and ADA compliance to reduction in workforce planning and implementation. In the labor relations area, Kelly has significant experience in collective bargaining negotiation, union avoidance techniques and strike disputes.