also known as Ben Gray, R. Benton Gray
After a thorough grounding in litigation and employment law at a corporate law firm, I struck off on my own to represent people with employment issues -- representing individuals and small businesses.
My practice usually involves representing David against Goliath -- and I enjoy that! I practice in a storefront setting situated in the Birdtown neighborhood of Lakewood, Ohio, close to Cleveland's state and federal courthouses -- but with easy access for clients (and free parking) behind our converted 1920s bank building.
Although I enjoy litigation, I have been able reach many clients' objectives through either direct negotiation or alternative dispute resolution.
I generally offer free consultations, though I do require a consultation fee when the review of a legal document -- such as a non-compete, an employment contract, or a separation agreement -- is necessary for the initial evaluation of the client's cause.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 1983
I highly recommend this lawyer. Ben Gray is a skilled litigator and has extensive knowledge and experience in employment law. He treats his clients with the respect and dignity that they deserve. I routinely refer my clients to him for employment matters.
Maria Shinn Estate Planning Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I know Ben from the community of plaintiffs' employment lawyers, and have worked on matters with him. Not only does Ben know the law, but he is a consummate professional in the way he deals with clients, opposing counsel, and the court. He was especially effective in a difficult mediation, navigating the waters with grace and aplomb, which contributed to the ultimate resolution of the case. I would definitely work with Ben again, and consider him to be an excellent lawyer.
Christina Royer Employment & Labor Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Cleveland's Top Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Ohio's Best Attorneys||National Law Journal||2013|
|Cleveland's Top Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2006|
|Who's Who in American Law||Marquis Who's Who in American Law||2005|
|Principal||R. Benton Gray & Company||1999 - Present|
|Partner||Thompson Hine & Flory||1983 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Inns of Court Cleveland Employment Law||Master Bench Charter Member||2005 - Present|
|Maloney v. Adler, et al.||$950,000 jury verdict with fees led to confidential resolution|
|Graham v. Medical Mutual of Ohio, 130 F.3d 293||Injunction denied; affirmed.|
|Federal Practice Guide||Selection and Role of the Jury||1998|
|Duke University School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Employment Law 2014 Annual Conference||Panelist on Plaintiff's Deposition||2014|
|CLE Seminar||Ethics for Employment Lawyers||2013|
|Annual Conference||Economic Expert Panel Moderator||2013|
|Employment & Labor Law Association Program||Employment and Labor Law Career Panel||2012|
|Annual Seminar||Ethics for Employment Lawyers Panelist||2011|
|IOLTA School||The Nuts and Bolts of Managing Your Trust Account||2010|
|CLE Presentation||Social Media in Employment Law||2008|
|Employment and Labor Law Practice and Procedure Clinic||Developments in Employment Law: The Plaintiff's Perspective||2007|
|Student Seminar||Careers in Labor and Employment Law Panelist||2006|
|Northern Ohio Employment and Labor Law Conference||Onio Statutory and Common Law Update||2006|
|CLE Presentation||Employment Law ADR Panel||2006|
|Northern Ohio Employment and Labor Conference||How I Assess a Case -- Panelist||2005|
|Northern Ohio Employment and Labor Conference||Keys to Effective Oral Argument -- Moderator||2004|
|Human Resources Conference||Personnel Law Update: Anatomy of a Discrimination Lawsuit from Both Sides||2004|
|Northern Ohio Employment and Labor Law Conference||Direct Examination of Plaintiff's Economic Expert||2002|
|CLE Conference Co-Chair||Prizefighting Without Ear-Biting: Professionalism in Litigation||1999|