KJK is pleased to announce that Partner Brett Krantz has been named chair of Meritas, the premier global alliance of independent law firms. Founded in 1990, Meritas includes 186 top-ranking law firms across 91 countries. KJK has been a member of Meritas since 2010.
Krantz officially assumed the chairperson role at the 2021 Meritas Business Update & Town Hall, held virtually today. He was elected by unanimous vote of the Meritas Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled for Brett,” said KJK Managing Partner Jon Pinney. “This is an incredible honor for him and our firm, and a testament to Brett’s leadership and dedication to the Meritas organization.”
Krantz has been a champion of Meritas and its member firms for years, with leadership experience including serving on the executive committee, as chair of the Meritas Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) and as a board member.
“Brett brings extensive experience leading various initiatives for Meritas and is highly regarded by our members worldwide,” said Meritas President Sona Pancholy. “He understands the ways in which technology, talent development, and law firm business models are responding to the current marketplace, and will leverage this to ensure Meritas and its members are well-positioned to continue serving mid-market clients globally.”
Krantz led the development of new quality assurance policies for Meritas, including championing the organization’s Global Cybersecurity Standards for member firms, which give clients peace of mind that information security is consistently strong across the network.
“It’s a critical time for the legal industry, with corporate counsel seeking efficiency, effectiveness, and assurance that their information is kept safe, and that the law firms they choose to work with live up to those standards,” said Krantz.
In his role at KJK, Krantz serves as a member of the firm’s executive committee and chair of its litigation department. With more than three decades of experience, Krantz has counseled a diverse client base including individuals, owners of regulated and non-regulated companies, small entrepreneurial entities and large public corporations. He has litigated business-to-business commercial disputes and securities issues involving Federal Courts, FINRA, the SEC and state securities regulators.
Outside of work, Krantz and his family are passionate supporters of The Gathering Place. Additionally, Krantz has served on the Board of Directors for Cleveland’s Mandel Jewish Community Center and The Positive Education Program (PEP), an organization dedicated to helping children with severe mental health and behavioral challenges.
Meritas is a global alliance of independent, market-leading law firms that provide legal services to companies looking to effectively capture opportunities and solve issues anywhere in the world. Clients benefit from local knowledge, collective strength and new efficiencies when they work with Meritas law firms. The personal attention and care they experience is part of Meritas’ industry-first commitment to the utmost in quality of service and putting client priorities above all else. Founded in 1990, Meritas has member firms in 253 markets worldwide with more than 7,300 dedicated, collaborative lawyers.
With offices in Cleveland and Columbus, KJK serves companies of all sizes and sectors, including Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofits, mid-market companies, small businesses, start-ups and other entrepreneurs. Our team of attorneys advises clients on a wide range of legal issues in more than 30 areas of legal practice. Since the firm’s earliest days in 1918, KJK’s hallmark has been to act as business partners, not just lawyers. We take pride in our forward-thinking, innovative approach to delivering exceptional service to our clients, providing the skills and knowledge of a national practice with the nimble approach of a small firm.