Bernard H. Niehaus Photo

Bernard H. Niehaus

Of Counsel


Bernie is the former Law Director for the City of Westlake and has been in private practice for over 60 years. In addition to his expertise in municipal law, he also has experience with real estate, small businesses, estate planning, and tax. Bernie has been active in a number of charitable activities, including his many years of service on the Board of Trustees of Parmadale.


    • Represents and aides small businesses in solving their day-to-day issues.
    • Aides numerous clients in establishing their estate plans.
    • Represented and advised several natural resource firms with national and international businesses.
    • Advised numerous clients regarding income and estate tax questions and prepared annual returns for these clients.
    • Served as Board Member and Legal Counsel for several private charitable organizations.
  • Education

    • Western Reserve School of Law, L.L.B., 1955
    • John Carroll University, B.S.S., 1952


    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Ohio State Bar Association—Member (1955-Present)
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member (1956-Present)
    • Cuyahoga County Law Directors Association—Member (2006-Present)

    Community Involvement

    • Spanish War Veterans Association—Treasurer
    • John Milton Costello Foundation—Trustee and Secretary
    • The Catholic Charities Service Corporation—Board Member (1990-1994)
    • Parmadale—Board Member (1975-1992)
    • Catholic Community Foundation—Board Member (1972-1992)
    • Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland—Treasurer (1970-1982)
    • Kionia Home—Board Member (1970-1974)
    • St. Anthony’s Home for Boys—Board President (1966-1970)

    Firm Involvement

    • Founding Partner—Frantz Ward LLP
    • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated—Martindale-Hubbell
    • Editor, Law Review, Western Reserve Law School (1954-1955)