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About me

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

Contact info

R. Benton Gray & Company

36368 Detroit Road
Suite B
Avon, OH, 44011

R. Benton Gray & Company

36368 Detroit Road
Suite B
Avon, OH, 44011


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 50%
    32 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 20%
    32 years, 500 cases
  3. Wrongful Termination: 10%
    32 years, 200 cases
  4. Sexual Harassment: 10%
    32 years, 200 cases
  5. Discrimination: 10%
    32 years, 200 cases



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Maria Louise Shinn

    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

  • Christina Marie Royer

    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 and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers in OhioThe Legal Network2016
Top Lawyers of ClevelandNational Law Journal, Plain Dealer2016
Top Lawyers in OhioLegal Network2015
Top Lawyers of ClevelandNational Law Journal, Plain Dealer2015
Cleveland's Top LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Ohio's Best AttorneysNational Law Journal2013
Cleveland's Top LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalR. Benton Gray & Company1999 - Present
PartnerThompson Hine & Flory1983 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Inns of Court Cleveland Employment LawMaster Bench Charter Member2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maloney v. Adler, et al.$950,000 jury verdict with fees led to confidential resolution
Graham v. Medical Mutual of Ohio, 130 F.3d 293Injunction denied; affirmed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Federal Practice GuideSelection and Role of the Jury1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1983
Kenyon CollegeEnglishB.A.1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Employment Law 2014 Annual ConferencePanelist on Plaintiff's Deposition2014
CLE SeminarEthics for Employment Lawyers2013
Annual ConferenceEconomic Expert Panel Moderator2013
Employment & Labor Law Association ProgramEmployment and Labor Law Career Panel2012
Annual SeminarEthics for Employment Lawyers Panelist2011
IOLTA SchoolThe Nuts and Bolts of Managing Your Trust Account2010
CLE PresentationSocial Media in Employment Law2008
Employment and Labor Law Practice and Procedure ClinicDevelopments in Employment Law: The Plaintiff's Perspective2007
Student SeminarCareers in Labor and Employment Law Panelist2006
Northern Ohio Employment and Labor Law ConferenceOnio Statutory and Common Law Update2006
CLE PresentationEmployment Law ADR Panel2006
Northern Ohio Employment and Labor ConferenceHow I Assess a Case -- Panelist2005
Northern Ohio Employment and Labor ConferenceKeys to Effective Oral Argument -- Moderator2004
Human Resources ConferencePersonnel Law Update: Anatomy of a Discrimination Lawsuit from Both Sides2004
Northern Ohio Employment and Labor Law ConferenceDirect Examination of Plaintiff's Economic Expert2002
CLE Conference Co-ChairPrizefighting Without Ear-Biting: Professionalism in Litigation1999