Marc B. Merklin


Brouse McDowell LPA
388 South Main Street
Suite 500
Akron, OH 44311

Tel: 330.434.6919


Marc Merklin is Chair of the Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Practice Group of Brouse McDowell. He focuses on general business counseling, commercial law and business reorganizations.

He represents creditors, debtors, committees and trustees in Chapter 11 reorganizations, as well as borrowers in loan transactions and bankruptcy and commercial litigation. Marc also works on the sale and acquisition of financially distressed companies.

Marc was named as a Fellow in the 30th Class of the American College of Bankruptcy, a prestigious recognition for those who have exhibited professional excellence and have made substantial contributions to the bankruptcy and insolvency practice.

Marc is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated through Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, JD, 1984, Order of the Coif
  • Case Western Reserve University, BA, 1981, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Ohio Bar, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, Chair 
  • Graduate of Leadership Akron, Class XIV 
  • Akron, Cleveland Metropolitan, Ohio State, and American Bar Association, Member 
  • Team NEO, Board Member 
  • National Board Member, Jewish Community Centers Association of North America 
  • Past President: Shaw Jewish Community Center of Akron 
  • Past President: Akron Bar Association 
  • Past Board Chair: Child Guidance & Family Solutions 
  • Past Board Chair: United Way of Summit County 
  • Past Board Chair: Akron Community Foundation 
  • Past Board Chair: County of Summit, Alcohol Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board 
  • Past President: Jewish Community Board of Akron
  • Named a Best Lawyers® Litigation – Bankruptcy “Lawyer of the Year” in Akron — 2021 
  • Top 50 Cleveland Super Lawyers — 2013- 2016, 2019-2020
  • Top 100 Ohio Super Lawyers — 2010-2016, 2020 
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® through a peer- and achievement-based review conducted by the research team at Super Lawyers, a service of Thomson Reuters legal division — 2008-2022 
  • Named a Best Lawyers® Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Akron — 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 & 2020 
  • The Best Lawyers in America© through a peer-review survey as listed in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law/ Commercial Litigation Law/ Litigation – Bankruptcy Law sections — 2006-2023 
  • Named a Fellow by the American Bar Foundation — 2020 
  • Named a Fellow by the American College of Bankruptcy — March 2019 
  • Case Western Reserve University Society of Benchers Inductee — June 2018 
  • Named a Difference Maker by Cleveland Jewish News — 2017 
  • Shultz Campus for Jewish Life Honoree — November 2014 
  • Cleveland’s Legal Leaders™ – Top Rated Lawyer in Bankruptcy, and General Practice — 2013 
  • Received the Distinguished Service Award and Community Builder Award from the United Way of Summit County 
  • President’s Award – Shaw Jewish Community Center 
  • Distinguished Service Award – Akron Jaycees 
  • Distinguished Leadership Award – Leadership Akron Alumni Association 
  • Isroff Young Leadership Award – Akron Jewish Community Federation 
  • Glauberman Leadership Award – Shaw Jewish Community Center 
  • Outstanding Service Award for Lawyers under 40 – Ohio State Bar Association 
  • Karl S. Hay Community Service Award by Brouse McDowell
The Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Practice Group assists clients in transactions, multi-party negotiations and litigation concerning the financing of their operations, business reorganization, and debt restructuring, as well as their commercial relationships with customers and vendors.

Brouse McDowell has extensive experience in dealing with issues arising under the Bankruptcy Code and state receivership statutes, as well as a variety of issues arising under the Uniform Commercial Code, including sales of goods, leases, checks and negotiable instruments, loan transactions, letters of credit, and security interests and liens.  Several of our attorneys also practice in the area of banking/finance.

Brouse McDowell is a full-service business law firm based in northern Ohio. From offices in Akron, Cleveland, Naples, Toledo and Youngstown, our 80+ attorneys serve clients across the region and far beyond. We’re a mid-size firm with the talent, diverse experience and national reach of a large firm.

With 100 years of history, we continue our long tradition of delivering sophisticated legal counsel to clients that range from sole proprietorships to the nation’s largest corporations. They span a wide variety of industries, including heath care, manufacturing, oil and gas, technology, real estate and construction, among others. Our practice groups bring together the focused skills and multi-disciplinary experience that businesses need to meet their most pressing goals.

Although we frequently guide clients through their most important challenges and opportunities, we manage the business in a way that allows us to deliver exceptional value. Our commitment to value guides not only our rate structure, but our staffing practices, how we use technology, and every other aspect of our operation.