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All of the firm's founding partners were native to Akron or Summit County. Alexander H. Commins, Jr. and Edwin W. Brouse were established lawyers, and their combined clientèle was substantial. Amos H. "Tiny" Englebeck was primarily a trial lawyer and a leader in the local Republican Party. C. Blake McDowell was the youngest of the four, but he was the mover in the formation of the partnership.

In January of 1919, the firm formally organized as Commins, Brouse, Englebeck & McDowell and established offices on the fourth floor of the Central Savings and Trust Building at the southwest corner of Main and Mill Streets. Better known as the Hamilton Building, this structure was razed to make way in 1929 for First National Tower. Construction was done in stages so that both the firm and the predecessor bank to First National Bank of Ohio could remain as continuous occupants on the site.

As new partners were added over the years, our firm was given a series of subsequent names: Brouse, McDowell, May and Bierce; then Brouse, McDowell, May, Bierce and Wortman; then Brouse, McDowell, Bierce, Roetzel & Hunsicker; then Brouse & McDowell; and since 1998, simply Brouse McDowell.

With offices in the city since 1919, we remain committed to the downtown Akron area. In November 2004, we moved to the fifth floor of the Tell Building (formerly known as the Advanced Elastomer Systems Building) located at 388 South Main Street. This office provides innovative, state-of-the-art resources for information and communications technology and allows our team to adapt to technological advances.

Early in 1998, we responded to the needs of a growing legal market by opening an office in Cleveland, Ohio on Lakeside Avenue. In 2007, we branched out into the expanding market of Lorain County. The Cleveland office grew significantly and we moved to new offices on the 16th floor of the Fifth Third Building in October of 2009, where more than 20 of the firm’s attorneys practice. On December 1, 2016, Brouse welcomed eight attorneys from the 100 year-old Youngstown-based Nadler firm. On July 31, 2018, the lawyers of Thacker Robinson Zinz joined Brouse McDowell, bringing the firm's attorney count to more than 80 attorneys and adding a Toledo, Ohio and Naples, Florida presence.