Patrick J. Perotti

Top rated class action & mass torts attorney in Cleveland, Ohio

Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA
Patrick J. Perotti
Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA

Practice Areas: Class action & mass torts, Consumer law, Employment & labor; view more

Licensed in Ohio since: 1982

Education: Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023
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Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA

1468 W. 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113 Visit website


Patrick J. Perotti has been recognized for outstanding achievements in consumer class actions and employment discrimination, both locally and nationally. He is the architect of the firm’s Ohio Lawyers Give Back initiative to distribute unclaimed class action funds to charities.

Patrick is an award winning national leader in the fields of consumer class actions, employment discrimination, and wage and hour litigation. With verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 billion dollars, Patrick is regularly selected to lead class suits in Ohio and around the country. His reputation developed from a demand for outcomes which not only offered compensation to class members but also stopped unlawful government and corporate practices. Using the class action device to achieve deterrence, he has directed more than $50 million in unclaimed class funds from his settlements to charities and non-profits around the country. The bench, bar and community have recognized Mr. Perotti’s legal and community accomplishments with the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Award, the defense bar’s Top 75 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in the United States, the Ohio State Bar Association’s highest honor, the Ritter Award, and his alma mater Marshall College of Law’s highest honor, the Alumnae of the Year Award. As a frequent lecturer at state and national conferences on class actions, employment law, and the cy pres doctrine, Patrick is regularly consulted by the bench, bar and media on those subjects. His interviews and commentary are found in countless websites, newspapers, and local and national radio and television shows.

CLASS ACTIONS. Patrick Perotti’s area of primary concentration is handling complex consumer class litigation throughout Ohio and nationally. His cases deal with overcharges, fraud and other unlawful conduct by government agencies, telecommunications companies, banks, insurance companies, shippers, manufacturers, retailers and a host of others. He has a reputation of extreme fairness, impartiality and professionalism in working with opposing counsel, co-counsel, and the court. Patrick’s simple motto for everything is, “Do the right thing.” His work as class counsel is consistently described by courts as “exceptional representation”: “Exceptional representation for the class members. Taking into consideration the complexity of the legal issues at hand and the result achieved by Class Counsel, it is clear to the Court that the legal representation in this case was superb.”

EMPLOYMENT LAW AND DISCRIMINATION. His practice for the last 35 years includes the full range of workers’ rights and Civil Rights, including Wrongful Discharge; Employment Discrimination involving Age, Sex, Race, Nationality, Color, Handicap and Religion; Sexual and Other Harassment; Equal Pay Act claims; Americans with Disabilities Act claims; and Family and Medical Leave Act claims.

WAGE AND HOUR AND COLLECTIVE ACTIONS. Patrick Perotti’s employment work has been highly successful across the United States in the specialized area of state and national wage and hour collective actions. His suits challenge the failure of large employers to pay overtime and other wages required by state and federal laws.

Patrick is the founder of the firm’s Ohio Lawyers Give Back initiative. In recent years, he has advocated for the use of a doctrine called cy pres which allows for unclaimed class action funds to be distributed to charities. Because of his unique efforts, he has directed over $50 million dollars to over 300 charities and non-profits. Further information can be found at

When he is not working, Patrick loves spending time with his wife and adult children, including traveling to exotic places. Other passions are skiing, biking, roller skating, karaoke, playing boogie-woogie piano, and plain, old gardening!

"Patrick is the master of class action. He also resurrected the concept of Cy Pres in Ohio and has given back millions and millions of dollars to the community through his class action efforts." - Fellow Ohio Super Lawyers Selectee

Practice areas

Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Consumer law, Employment & labor: employee

Focus areas

Class actions, Toxic torts, Consumer protection, Employment law - employee, Wage & hour laws, Sexual harassment

  • 80% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 10% Consumer law
  • 10% Employment & labor: employee

First Admitted: 1982, Ohio

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Educational Background:
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, B.A., 1977, 1982
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1983
  • Governor’s Ohio Adoption Commission, Chairman, 1992
  • American Society of International Law
  • Federal Courts & Practice Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Right to Life Society, Staff Counsel
  • Governor’s Ohio Adoption Task Force
  • Cleveland Right to Life Society
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 1983
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Employment Specialist, 1985
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital Leadership Council, 2009
  • , Cleveland Marshall School of Law Alumni of the Year, Cleveland Marshall, 2015
  • Attorney at Law Magazine, 2011 front page article receiving the publications first “Attorney of the Month” award for the magazine’s inaugural edition
  • The Association for the Education of Young Children, Outstanding Citizen Award, 2010
  • Project Love, Rescuer of Humanity Award, 2009
  • Lorain County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services Award, 2009
  • The Association of Fund Raising Professionals’ National Philanthropy Day Corporate Leadership Award, 2009
  • Alan R. Schonberg Community Rescuer Award, 2008
  • Top 75 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in the United States
  • Specialist in Employment Law, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends, Save a Smile, Save a Child, Honorary Chair
  • University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children’s Leadership Council
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation Ritter Award, 2014
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2015
  • Best Lawyers Worldwide 2015, 2016
  • AVVO rated – Superb
  • Martindale Hubbell AV-Rated
  • Cornerstone of Hope, Champion of Hope, Cornerstone of Hope, 2012
  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,2013,2014,2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Ohio Lawyers Give Back was conceived by Senior Partner, Patrick Perotti, to promote the use of cy-pres in class action settlements. Since 2003, Dworken & Bernstein has been responsible for the distribution of unclaimed funds of over $50 million to many deserving non-profits and charities throughout Ohio, specifically Northeast Ohio. Often at the conclusion of a class action, some class members cannot be found and their share of the settlement goes unclaimed. This can amount to a large sum. The ancient cy-pres doctrine is now being used to anticipate unclaimed funds and distribute them to the next best beneficiaries., 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Class Action
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Harassment
  • Wage & Hour

Office location for Patrick J. Perotti

1468 W. 9th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 440-643-0506


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

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