Jacob A. Bruner


Jacob’s practice focuses on all matters of business law, including commercial litigation, individual and business bankruptcies, and labor and employment issues.  He also has experience in criminal defense and frequently deals with criminal issues in the context of civil cases at the state and federal levels.

Contact Information

200 Public Square, Suite 3270. Cleveland, Ohio 44114


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, JD, magna cum laude
Monte Ahuja College of Business, MBA, magna cum laude
The Ohio State University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude

Prior to working at BMD, Jacob served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Donald C. Nugent in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  He also served as a law clerk in the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office.

During law school, Jacob authored a note on the compensability of donning and doffing activities under the Fair Labor Standard Act that was published by Cleveland State Law Review in April 2017.

Court & Bar Associations

  • Ohio Bar
  • Florida Bar
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Honors & Awards

  • Carl Glickman Award for Academic Excellence in the JD/MBA Program
  • Lee J. and Donald P. Mull Alumni Scholarship Award
  • Joel J. Finer Award for Excellence in Criminal Procedure
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Criminal Procedure


  • Toiling in Factory and on Farm: An Employer-Friendly Approach to the Compensability of Donning and Doffing Activities Under the FLSA, 65 Clev. St. L. Rev. 427 (2017).
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