Overview & History

About Our Firm and Our Commitment to Our Clients

Our Firm was founded in 1950 as Cobourn Notnagel Smith & Moran, by Frank M. Cobourn, Leland H. Notnagel, Fred A. Smith and Edward R. Moran, prominent attorneys in the areas of business and corporate law, civil litigation, and taxation.  We have had many name changes over the more than 60 years since then and adopted our present name when Michael Manahan joined us in 2007.

Vernon E. Rohrbacher, the father of David and Matthew, two of the senior members of the firm, was one of the firm’s first associates when the firm was founded.

We have a rich tradition of providing high quality legal services to our clients. 

We are recognized as one of Ohio’s preeminent law firms and have earned our reputation by providing sophisticated legal services while maintaining an uncompromising standard of professionalism.  Our lawyers share a common goal: delivering excellent legal services to our clients in a manner that is personal, prompt, efficient, and result oriented.  As a consequence, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded our firm its highest (AV) rating.

Our years of experience before judges and juries in both the state and federal courts have given us a foundation in courtroom excellence that puts us at the forefront of the legal community.  Our tough-minded advocacy on behalf of our clients and our courtroom experience frequently enables us to help our clients reach a successful resolution with the opposing lawyer through negotiation and settlement.  When the matter is not resolved before trial, we are committed to providing the highest level of advocacy available to advance the interests of our clients, whether at trial or upon appeal.  We have achieved remarkable results for our clients at trial.

We have proudly represented some of the leading businesses in our area, employing an entrepreneurial-minded, common-sense approach to law.  We offer a wide range of high quality legal services to our business clients and, if we cannot provide this level of representation for a particular matter, we will refer you to a lawyer who we believe has the appropriate skills.

We work closely with our business clients and they rely on us to provide accurate and practical advice on a wide range of business and employment law issues.  We assist business clients with making sure that business records are up-to-date and accurate, and to insure that business activities will not create problems for them in the future.  This strategy has resulted in our clients growing successfully while controlling or avoiding costly litigation.  As a result, we are fortunate that our clients are one of our greatest sources of referrals for new cases and clients. 

Our rates are competitive, and we are cost conscious as we proceed through the engagement.  We will manage your legal matters in a cost effective manner.

For a more thorough description of the areas of law in which we provide legal representation, please click on “Practice Areas.”