P.O. Box 601, Medina, OH 44256
Ph: (330) 952-1271 | Fax: (330) 952-1269 | Cell: (330) 990-0391

About Steven B. Beranek, Esq.:

Originally from Canfield, Ohio, after graduating from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Steven went on to attend the University of Akron School of Law. Steven became a member of the Ohio Bar in 1996 and has lived with his wife, Sheri, and their 6 children in Medina County, Ohio since 2004. Before opening his own law practice in 2010 in Medina, Ohio in order to be closer to his home and family, Steven worked in law firms in both Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties.

Admission to Courts:

All Ohio state and local Courts
United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Tax Court

During the course of his legal career, Steven's practice has focused primarily in the broad areas of business law and commercial litigation. In addition to representing individuals on a multitude of issues, Steven has represented businesses of all types and sizes, from the start-up "mom and pop" endeavor to larger, established, companies with annual revenues in excess of $200 million. Although not exhaustive, below is a list which briefly describes many of the issues and areas of law with which Steven has dealt over the years:

  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Unemployment Claims
  • Employment Contracts
  • Intentional Tort
  • Confidential Information
  • Terms and Conditions of Sale
  • Trade Secrets
  • Non-Competition Agreements
  • Harrassment/Discrimination
  • Bankruptcy Claims
  • Breach of Contract
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Mergers
  • Formation and Dissolution
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • R.I.C.O.
  • Phantom Stock Plans
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Property
  • Corporate Record Books
  • Sales and Leases
  • Anti-Trust
  • Hiring and Termination
  • Unfair Labor Practice Defense
  • Estate Planning
  • Employee Handbooks
  • OSHA Violations
  • Litigation
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Government Contracts
  • Collections
  • Software Licensing
  • International Sales
  • Carrier Disputes
  • Consulting in Divorce/Dissolution cases involving business interests
  • Adversary Proceedings in Bankruptcy Court
  • Probate Court Litigation
In the landmark case of Lake Land Employment Group, Inc. v. Columber, Steven was instrumental in changing Ohio law to recognize that no additional legal consideration is necessary when an existing at-will employee signs a non-competition agreement in order for the agreement to be enforceable. Previously, there was a split among Ohio Courts of Appeal on this issue, with some Courts holding that additional consideration was necessary if the non-competition agreement was signed by an existing at-will employee, and other Courts holding that continued employment was sufficient consideration, since every day of employment for an at-will employee is itself legal consideration. The Ohio Supreme Court ended the debate by siding with the Courts of Appeal which held that continued employment is sufficient legal consideration to make a non-competition agreement signed by an at-will employee enforceable.

Whether representing individuals or companies, Steven always takes a "big picture" approach. Knowing that no legal issue exists in isolation but is instead interconnected with other aspects of an individual's or company's life, Steven always tries to understand how a particular issue is affected by, and will affect, other aspects of the client's life. Too often Steven has seen "solutions" to problems which actually result in creating other problems because of the failure to consider the entire person or enterprise. Looking at the whole situation helps to prevent unanticipated results.

Steven also has the benefit of being a business lawyer who is also a litigator. By combining the two disciplines, Steven has the perspective of knowing how contracts and business issues play out in real life. This enables him not only to craft contracts and other business documents with an eye to how they would be interpreted and applied by the courts, but he also has the knowledge to apply litigated issues in the business context. This gives Steven a distinct advantage over other attorneys who focus only on one discipline.

Businesses and individuals alike will benefit from Steven's representation. His straightforward approach is a refreshing change from a world of attorneys who speak "legalese." Knowing that your time and resources are valuable, he strives to always deliver legal services in the most cost-efficient way possible. Give him a call today!

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P.O. Box 601, Medina, OH 44256 | Ph: (330) 952-1271 | Fax: (330) 952-1269 | Cell: (330) 990-0391