Benjamin D. Faller is a partner at Trzaska Rosen Faller, LLC, a Cleveland-area law firm providing community-minded legal counsel to individuals, small-businesses, and nonprofits, and a co-founder of Modern Title, a Cleveland-based title insurance, escrow, and closing agency. He was formerly a Clinical Lecturer at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he taught and practiced in the Community Development Clinic, supervising and mentoring third-year law students as they represented community-focused nonprofits and businesses in the Cleveland area.
He received his B.A. from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, between which he worked as a bicycle mechanic; founded and ran his own business as general contractor and carpenter in Western Montana; almost became a plumber; and lived in South Africa for a time.
After discovering a passion for housing law, Faller began his legal career as a Staff Attorney and later the Chief Housing Specialist for the Cleveland Housing Court, where he worked to expand the Court’s problem-solving programs and engaged in a range of outreach and policy work on housing and property issues. He subsequently served as the Executive Director for Home Repair Resource Center, where he led the organization to expand its reach and profile, while also teaching Community Development Law and Mediation at CWRU as an Adjunct Professor of Law.
A strong believer in the power of the arts to bring people together, he served as the first Chairperson of the Board of Larchmere PorchFest, a nonprofit neighborhood-focused music festival. Faller currently serves on the executive committee and as the co-chair of the Tax Lien/Delinquent Tax Working Group of the Vacant and Abandoned Property Action Council (VAPAC).
Ben Faller’s favorite books from his youth were Our Universe and The Way Things Work. These titles reveal a deep and early desire to understand Mechanics—how forces affect material bodies, the conditions under which that happens best, and the right tools that get it done. Yes, this would make Ben a great problem-solver. And he loves to solve problems—in concrete ways with bike parts or wood and tools and in not-so-concrete ways with people and relationships and society. Read More »