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About the Firm

Brouse McDowell is a 100-year old business law firm based in northern Ohio. With offices in Akron, Cleveland, Toledo, and Youngstown, Ohio and Naples, Florida, the firm’s attorneys serve clients ranging from the nation’s largest corporations to mid-market entities, sole proprietorships, municipalities, and nonprofits. We are a mid-size firm with the talent, diverse experience, and national reach of a large firm.

At Brouse, the collective experience of more than 80 attorneys working in an interactive and collaborative environment yields creative, practical solutions for our clients. Our record of achievement in the regional business community underscores our understanding of the challenges our clients face and the important details and nuances that influence business and legal outcomes. As we begin our next century, we renew our commitment to excellence, to professional responsibility and community involvement, and to the enthusiastic and vigorous advocacy for our clients and their business matters.

Brouse by the Numbers
Number of Attorneys: 80+
Offices: Five
  • Ranked #1 by Crain’s Cleveland Business in 2022 for the highest percentage of local female partners among firms with more than 15 female partners in Northeast Ohio, according to Crain’s List of Largest Law Firms.1
  • Ranked by Law360's Glass Ceiling 2022 Report as #31 nationally for representation of women attorneys (among firms with 100 or fewer attorneys)2 
  • Recognized as a “Ceiling Smasher” in Law360's Glass Ceiling 2020 Report and ranked as the #1 firm in Ohio and #8 nationally for the highest representation of women in its equity partnership (among firms with 51-100 attorneys).3
  • 27 Brouse attorneys were named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 list and 5 named to the Ones to Watch List.
  • 26 Practice Areas were recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2022, including 18 Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings.
  • 30 Brouse attorneys were named Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars® for 2022.
  • 29 attorneys are AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 6 attorneys are Certified Specialists in Insurance Coverage Law through the Ohio State Bar Association.
  • 3 attorneys certified in Health Care Compliance by the Compliance Certification Board.

1 Based on data as of June 30, 2022 from the 67 largest law firms by local number of attorneys in Northeast Ohio.
2 Based on data as of December 31, 2021.
3 Based on data as of December 31, 2019.


Community Involvement


Community service is in the Brouse DNA. It is our honor to make a difference in organizations that benefit the communities where we live and work. Attorneys and staff participate in more than 150 professional, civic, cultural, educational and religious organizations across Northeast Ohio and beyond.
 

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Our History

Brouse McDowell was formed officially in January 1919 by Edwin W. Brouse and C. Blake McDowell in downtown Akron. Over the course of the next 100 years, the firm has grown to more than 80 attorneys across five offices. Visit our history timeline to follow the progression of our firm throughout the years.

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