Benjamin M. Cooke

Benjamin M. Cooke
Attorney, Bankruptcy, Business Restructuring, Corporate & Business Transactions, Healthcare, Real Estate & Construction

Benjamin M. Cooke, Esq.


PRACTICE AREAS: Corporate & Business Transactions, Real Estate & Construction

Mr. Cooke is a member of the Firm's Corporate and Business Transactions Department and serves on the Board of Directors. Practicing law for over 14 years, Mr. Cooke advises his clients on their business transactions, both asset and stock purchases as well as the management of the transaction process. He has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, many with deal values between $2 million and $110 million.

Beginning his legal career in San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Cooke advised clients on a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters. Eventually gravitating to a corporate business practice, Mr. Cooke advised clients on mergers and acquisition transactions, representing publicly traded companies, private business, and private equity. He was selected to the Super Lawyers© Texas Rising Stars List in 2008. Returning to Northeast Ohio in June of 2008, Mr. Cooke continued his practice, primarily focusing on mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Cooke is active in the community, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the West Side Catholic Center, a committee member for the St. Ignatius High School Alumni Association, and volunteer for the National CMV Foundation.

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Tell us a little bit about your history and how you came to be at Wickens Herzer Panza.
I have practiced in some of the country's largest and most well respected law firms. I have also practiced by myself as a solo practitioner. This history provides me a unique perspective for clients with some very sophisticated needs and yet other companies that need accessible and efficient counsel. WHP provided the platform to advise middle market companies and their owners, but also be a part of significant transactions and other M&A deals.
Why did you begin practicing this area of law in the first place?
My mentor as a young lawyer was a litigator. He taught me how to practice law. He taught me how to treat clients, how to treat colleagues, and how to deliver exceptional service to clients simply by caring more than the "other guy". He taught me that your integrity and the facts matter more than anything. I became a corporate lawyer because my skills were in counseling clients and being able to leverage my strengths in deals rather than in a courtroom.
Tell me something unique about yourself.
I have played golf with two members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and was lucky enough to qualify for the 2013 USGA Mid-Amateur tournament in Birmingham, Alabama.
What one quote resonates with you, either personally or professionally (or both)?
The best way out is always through. Robert Frost
What's the biggest challenge in your job?
Managing expectations. As a corporate lawyer, our clients are often excited about the prospect of a new deal or the thrill of closing a new opportunity. That excitment can be contagious and, as the transactional lawyer, you have to slow down and manage the process and expectation while still fostering the excitement of the business deal.
What else should we know about you?
Still hoping to play all the Top 10 Golf Courses in the U.S. Have been lucky enough to play many of the best, but still trying to find a way into that club in Georgia.
2004 - University of Dayton School of Law (J.D.)
2001 - University of Notre Dame (B.A.)
Ohio State Bar Association
West Side Catholic Center (Board of Directors, 2016-Present)
University of Dayton School of Law Alumni (Board of Trustees, 2009-2012)
St. Ignatius High School (Executive Council, 2011-2014)
National CMV Foundation (Volunteer)
State of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Executive Editor, Dayton Law Review Notes and Comments (2003-2004)
Chief Justice for the University of Dayton Moot Court Team (2004)
Selected to the Super Lawyers© Texas Rising Stars List (2008)
Selected to the Super Lawyers Ohio Rising Stars List (2018-2019)

2018:  National Business Institute - Buying and Selling a Business: Strategically Negotiating the Purchase Agreement and Acquisition Best Practices
2011-2018:  Federal Bar Association (Cleveland) - New Lawyer Training: Starting Your Law Practice
Dayton Law Review, Notes and Comments, case note relating to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2004 decision in Ring v. Arizona.


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