Faruki PLL

Faruki PLL Awarded Honors by Benchmark Litigation

DAYTON and CINCINNATI, OH — [October 1, 2020] – The Benchmark Litigation 2021 Guide once again ranked Faruki PLL as one of Ohio's preeminent litigation firms, naming it one of only 12 firms statewide to receive Benchmark's highly recommended classification. The 2021 edition of Benchmark Litigation includes partners Jeff Ireland, Jeff Cox, and Erin Rhinehart on its list of Ohio "state litigation stars."

Benchmark Litigation is the only publication in the United States that focuses solely on litigation. The selection process involves an eight-month research period, in which the publisher's researchers conduct extensive interviews with litigators and their clients, and an examination of recent casework handled by the firms, with the goal of identifying "the firms and attorneys who have displayed the ability to consistently handle complex, high-stakes cases in multiple jurisdictions."

Managing Partner Jeff Ireland is one of the founding partners of Faruki PLL, and is a frequent mediator and arbitrator. His practice focuses on competitive issues (e.g., trade secrets, antitrust, false advertising, etc.) as well as class actions and employment. Jeff was recognized as an America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators by America's Top 100 LLC for 2020. Jeff has been recognized each year since its inception by his peers in the Ohio Super Lawyer pool as an Ohio Super Lawyer, rated as one of the top 10 attorneys in Cincinnati, and one of the top 50 in the state. He was selected for the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America®, and named "Lawyer of the Year" for the seventh time in his career. He is listed in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He has written articles for publication, and is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education programs on various subjects relating to commercial litigation. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Antitrust Section of the Ohio State Bar Association. 

Jeff Cox represents clients in a wide array of business and commercial litigation matters, including contract and business torts, technology, privacy and data security, products liability cases, class actions, and professional malpractice claims. He has handled complex disputes in courts across the United States, in matters before the American Arbitration Association, and in investigations by the Federal Trade Commission, the Departments of Justice, and other federal agencies, and various state Attorneys General.  Jeff is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, and is a member of the Bar of the State of Ohio, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and several federal circuit courts. Jeff is recognized as a "Best Lawyers in America" honoree for commercial litigation, an "Ohio Super Lawyer (Business Litigation)" and is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell.


Erin is an Equity Partner with Faruki PLL.  Her litigation practice focuses on class action defense, media and communications law (First Amendment, defamation, privacy, public records, advertising, social media, trademark, and copyright litigation), breach of contract, non-compete, tortious interference, and health care and environmental litigation matters. She has first-chair jury trial experience, and has argued before various appellate courts in Ohio, including the Supreme Court of Ohio. Erin has been repeatedly recognized by Benchmark Litigation, and Ohio Super Lawyers as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer. She has also been recognized as one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. In 2020, Erin was named Premier Health Care Lawyer for Dayton – a recognition given to just one health care lawyer per city. In 2019, she was recognized by The Business Journals as an Influencer in the Law. In 2017, Erin was named Corporate Vision's Ohio Attorney of the Year, and received the Ohio Women's Bar Association's President's Choice Award.

About Faruki+

Faruki+ ( is a litigation firm with offices in Dayton and Cincinnati that handles complex disputes, including intellectual property, class actions, competition-based litigation, employment, antitrust, privacy, commercial litigation, and arbitration. You can find Faruki+ on LinkedIn ( and Twitter at @FarukiMediaLaw. Also, visit the business litigation blog site, for the latest developments in business litigation, intellectual property, data security, communications and media, class actions, and employment.