Affiliated Offices

About Us

Steven S. Kaufman, a nationally recognized litigator and trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience, founded the firm in 2011. Kaufman & Company is a national trial and litigation boutique law firm formed during our economic recovery to provide clients with large firm quality expertise and services with a much-needed alternative model.

At Kaufman & Company our clients are the focus of value-added, accessible, cutting-edge team service, big-firm experience, but not big-firm rates, and where every case qualifies for creative, risk-sharing alternative fee arrangements. The firm has an active docket of high-profile commercial litigation matters and will focus on matters within the areas of financial services, real estate, intellectual property, and professional/fiduciary liability.

Kaufman & Company was formed to realize its vision – a boutique litigation firm where the legal team concentrates on select areas of practice and serves clients in collaborative 21st Century offices with 21st Century information technology tools. Kaufman & Company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, but represents clients in courts throughout the United States. The firm is exploring growth in other geographic markets.  

Our Team

Our lawyers – many of whom left larger practices to join the firm – have experience both litigating and trying complex cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States.  

Members of Kaufman & Company – Cleveland

Steven S. Kaufman

Chad Cooper


Matthew J. Chisman

Katherine M. Poldneff

Ashtyn N. Saltz

Sara A. Smoter

Members of Kaufman & Company – New York

Steven S. Kaufman

Eugene R Scheiman

Of Counsel of Kaufman & Company – New York

David A. Lewis


Katherine M. Poldneff

Eileen Cunningham

Member of Kaufman, Schwartz & Company – Washington, DC

Kip Schwartz

Members of Kaufman & Company – Chicago

Steven S. Kaufman

Associates of Kaufman & Company – Chicago

Christiane McKnight

For every case, we develop a strategy that leverages the strong leadership and trial preparedness of the lead trial lawyer. Through the strategic efforts of the litigation team, our goal is to position the matter in pretrial for either a favorable settlement or trial success – all while regularly communicating with the client. Kaufman & Company’s First Chair trial attorneys’ experience allows us to limit the number of attorneys on each engagement while he or she is devoted to leading and managing the matter as cost-effectively as possible. We are flexible and creative in exploring alternative fee arrangements for suitable matters. We believe that such arrangements are most appropriate in certain types of matters where regular hourly fee arrangements do not adequately offer the right value proposition for the client.