Patrick J. Perotti, Class Action Attorney And Partner at Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A., Selected As Cover Story For Launch Of Attorney At Law Magazine In Ohio.

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Patrick J. Perotti, Class Action Attorney, Partner at Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. and co-founder of Ohio Lawyers Give Back is selected as the cover story for the launch of Attorney At Law Magazine in Ohio. Known for his advocacy of a doctrine called cy pres, Perotti recently distributed another $2.1 Million in unclaimed class action funds to local charities. Total to date exceeds $22.5 Million.

Patrick J. Perotti, Partner

Being featured on the cover of Attorney at Law magazine, especially the inaugural issue,
is an exciting honor. But it can't compare with the excitement and honor we
feel each time a cy pres award changes someone's life for the better.

Patrick J. Perotti, Co-Founder of Ohio Lawyers Give Back and a Partner at the law firm of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. in Northeast, Ohio was honored when asked to be the feature story of the new magazine, Attorney At Law, that will debut in Ohio this November. Perotti, has been a tireless advocate of an ancient doctrine called cy pres. His efforts will be showcased in the story along with comments from charities who have benefited, local Judge Forest Burt and a recent defendant in one of his cases.

Attorney At Law Magazine, with corporate offices in Phoenix, Arizona, is a national publication in specific regions throughout the United States and is distributed to all licensed attorneys in those regions. In the Northeast Ohio area, 10,000 free copies will be distributed to attorneys in private practice and digital copies are available to all attorneys in Ohio.

In a settlement, both sides reach an amount of compensation which they agree is fair. "A settlement is an agreement which has terms that are presented to the court,” explained Patrick J. Perotti, Managing Partner of the Class Action and Employment Group of Dworken & Bernstein. “The parties gain the court’s approval based on the agreed terms. Truth in settlement means you actually pay the agreed amount, rather than having it revert back to the defendant a year later. Demanding a cy pres provision in the settlement agreement makes the full payment happen, and makes the process transparent and honest.” Mr. Perotti typically will not settle a case without a cy pres provision. “Not all cases have leftover funds, but when they do, Dworken & Bernstein wants them distributed ‘as nearly as possible' to the intended benefit."

To date, over 187 charities throughout the state have shared over $22 million dollars in unclaimed funds. In some cases, certain charities where within weeks of having to close their doors due to the economy and budget cuts.

Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. is the largest law firm in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties, Ohio with additional offices in downtown Cleveland. Serving the community for over 50 years, Dworken & Bernstein and its 25 lawyers and staff of 65 offers a full range of legal services for businesses, individuals, and families.

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