Patrick J. Berry


Practice Focus

Professional Experience

Pat is Co-Chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice. He has extensive experience in the merger and acquisition area representing buyers, sellers and investors in transactions involving both privately and publicly held companies.

In addition to his merger and acquisition practice, Pat represents entrepreneurs and companies in a wide variety of general corporate matters, including commercial contract negotiation, structuring business organizations, business succession planning and ESOP transactions. Pat also assists privately-held companies in structuring and consummating venture capital transactions and securities offerings.

Cases / Matters

Mergers and Acquisitions:

  • Representation of a distributor of maintenance supplies, including fasteners, paints, chemicals and shop supplies, in a sale to a New York Stock Exchange listed company.
  • Representation of a leading designer and manufacturer of engineered decorative laminates, thermoplastic sheet and non-textile flooring for the aviation, rail and architectural industries in a sale to a private equity fund.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of custom engineered cushion products primarily for OEM footwear and foot care industries in various strategic acquisitions and its supply arrangements.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of biochemicals and reagents in a sale to a large distributor of life science products.
  • Representation of an IT management services company in a sale to a leading provider of document management technologies and managed IT services.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of roofing and flooring products in various strategic acquisitions.
  • Representation of a mattress manufacturer/retailer in an ESOP transaction.
  • Representation of an investment management firm in a sale to a bank holding company.
  • Representation of the executive team in a management buy-out of the U.S. division of a web offset, digital and sheet fed printing solution provider.
  • Representation of a 100% ESOP-owned trade show marketing company in a sale to a private equity fund.

 Corporate Counseling:

  • Representation of one of the world’s largest food companies in the negotiation of food supply agreements with national restaurant chains.
  • Representation of an aerospace hydroforming manufacturer in its general corporate and contract matters.
  • Representation of a national engineering, architecture and management services firm in corporate and succession planning matters.
  • Representation of a provider of comprehensive fleet services in the negotiation of its customer and vendor contracts with national companies.
  • Representation of a start-up engineering company specializing in water purifying technologies.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1989)
  • Bowling Green State University, B.A. (1986)

State Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Associations

  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • ESOP Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


  • "Business Succession Planning Series: Preparing Your Business for Sale," McDonald Hopkins Business Hour, April 22, 2015
  • "Business Succession Planning Series: Third Party Sales," McDonald Hopkins Business Hour, January 15, 2015
  • “Back to the Future: Business Succession and Estate Planning for 2013 Starts Now,” McDonald Hopkins LLC Webcast, January 2012
  • “Practice and Procedure Clinic: Business Law,” Cleveland Bar Association, April 2005
  • “Ohio and Delaware Statutes and Case Law Update,” Cleveland Bar Association Institute for Business Lawyers and Corporate Counsel, June 2004
  • “Recent Developments,” Cleveland Bar Association Securities Institute, February 2001
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    Cleveland, OH 44114