Ronald Frederick officially launched his consumer law practice in 1997. The firm’s mission is to protect and defend the embattled consumer, whose rights are routinely trampled on by arrogant and unscrupulous creditors and businesses. These include debt collectors, banks, car dealers, and predatory lenders, among others.
The attorneys who practice at Frederick & Berler LLC, believe pursuing dishonest and abusive creditors and businesses not only benefits consumers, but also honest businesses by ensuring the competition plays by the rules and that all consumers are treated fairly.
The firm pursues this mission by bringing individual cases for wronged consumers, as well as broad scale class actions to end deceptive and abusive business practices affecting consumers nationwide.
Attorney Michael L. Berler has worked alongside Mr. Frederick for nearly eight years, and in that time has served as class co-counsel in several dozen cases. Mr. Berler has been integrally involved in most of the large cases litigated by the firm and has handled everything from the drafting of class complaints to the writing of Appeals briefs. His knowledge of consumer law, although not as vast as Mr. Frederick’s, makes him an extremely competent consumer lawyer in his own right.
Prior to working for Mr. Frederick and becoming his partner, Mr. Berler worked pro bono for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland handling dozens of foreclosure mediations. Mr. Berler had the most extensive mediation case load and winning record in the department. In fact, he was asked by the head of the foreclosure mediation department to conduct a training seminar for other attorneys to teach them his methodology.
Attorney Michael L. Fine is a service-oriented professional, educator, and advisor.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Michael received his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Southwestern University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and California and before a number of federal courts.
While in law school, Michael worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Los Angeles County Dependency Court, advocating on behalf of abused and neglected children. He was subsequently appointed as a panel attorney for the Dependency Court, and he represented clients in private practice. Later, Michael spent several years in Israel and practiced law as a foreign associate with Goldfarb, Levy, Eran & Company, representing clients in investment and intellectual property transactions.
Michael has lived and worked in Cleveland, Ohio, for the past 11 years.
Attorney Jacquelyn S. Frederick began her career in government/public service, working for the Governor’s Office of Arizona, first as a Media Specialist then as Director of Constituent Services Department where she served the public addressing their concerns and questions.
After obtaining her JD and MBA from Arizona State University, Ms. Frederick worked in the insurance industry handling auto arbitration and subrogation claims for Farmers Insurance Company in Arizona.
In Ohio, she worked at Progressive Insurance. Ms. Frederick shares Mr. Frederick’s love for helping people who have been taking advantage of and who feel nobody is out there to protect them. For her, the Best part of the job is talking to clients, going over the facts of their cases, hearing their stories.
Ms. Frederick’s favorite role is as a mom to her son, Zach and Labrador mix, Shadow.