Firm Profile > Thompson Hine LLP > Cleveland, United States

Thompson Hine LLP
CLEVELAND, OH 44114-1291
United States

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

The team at Thompson Hine LLP is 'extremely knowledgeable about construction' and 'helps (clients) develop and refine business terms'. The 'professional' team of 'highly qualified, competent and reliable attorneys' is led by chairman Jeffrey Appelbaum. In recent work, he leads a team responsible for the development of design and construction agreements for the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, an $800m mixed-use development in Ohio. Project Management Consultants LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the firm, has an active role on the project. Other team members include the 'knowledgeablePatrick Sweeney, and 'extremely helpful' Erin Luke, who was recently promoted to the partnership, as well as associate Jack Clark; the trio are based in Cleveland. Applebaum also serves as lead legal counsel to The Millennia Companies, handling contract negotiations, construction and procurement agreements as well as insurance consulting. Recent projects include handling the conversion of the Statler Building, the renovation of a major Marriott hotel and new apartments and other facilities in the 925 Euclid Building in Cleveland, with project costs totaling over $550m. Sweeney and Luke have played a key role in these projects, as well as on construction projects for United Technologies Corporation, including the new $200m headquarters for the client's subsidiary Pratt & Whitney, where the 'really smart and super valuable' Alan Ritchie leads on this matter, and is also supported by Daniel Haymond. The pair also combined to advise Peco Real Estate Partners on the $95m finance and construction of The Shoppes at Parma, a multi-phase renovation of the former mall. Ritchie, Applebaum and associate Benjamin McKelvey are assisting Cobb County with construction and development agreements for SunTrust Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves. 'Outstanding' associate William Thrush is noted for his 'counsel and advice on contractual problems' and 'ability to quickly absorb and grasp issues with limited time and background knowledge'.

Transport: rail and road - regulation Tier 2

Thompson Hine LLP provides ‘timely, insightful and well-presented advice’ to shippers and freight transportation associations in regulatory, administrative and rulemaking matters. Team head Karyn Booth, who provides ‘steady and constructive advice to keep the client on a forward path’, regularly acts for The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) in freight policy proceedings and adjudication proceedings before the STB concerning competitive access, rail service, railroad rates, and federal pre-emption. Booth is also representing Delta Troy Interests before the STB relating to the proposed Dallas-to-Houston high-speed passenger rail project, Texas Central Railway (TCR). Additionally, Sandra Brown is representing Port of Moses Lakes in an environmental review at the STB and Federal Railroad Administration relating to its efforts to construct and implement a rail line. Jeffrey Moreno, counsel David Benz, senior counsel Nicholas DiMichael and associate Jason Tutrone are also key figures. Lawyers mentioned are based in the firm’s Washington DC office.

Government contracts Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP has ‘a broad depth of knowledge and expertise in government contracts’. It provides clients with expertise in a variety of areas, including corporate transactions, whistleblower cases, IP rights, suspension and debarment actions as well as bid protests across a wide range of range of industry sectors. Industry expertise includes defense, information technology, life sciences, telecoms, intelligence, transportation, professional services and logistics support. The team was highly active in the bid protest arena, where a team led by practice head Thomas Mason, whose ‘work ethic is inconceivable’, helped Knight Point Systems fend off a challenge to a follow-on contract it was awarded worth more than $900m; the contract is for computer processing storage and communication infrastructure services to Department of Defense clients. In another case, Mason, Francis Purcell and senior counsel Ray McCann were successful for CenturyLink in a protest before the Court of Federal Claims regarding a contract awarded to a competitor by the Fish and Wildlife Service for telecoms network support services. Non-contentious work also features, with Purcell and Mason advising life sciences company NewLink Genetics on various government contracts matters. Counsel Joseph Berger is the other name to note.

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP 'has no weak link; from the partners to the junior associates, the individuals are of the highest quality. It is not just that they know their subject incredibly well, it is their ability to communicate and deploy this knowledge in a professional, yet accessible way'. The corporate practice comprises approximately 100 attorneys, more than half of whom regularly work on M&A transactions, including domestic and cross-border transactions; significant clients include ProMach, The Home Depot, Honeywell International and Keycorp. The team assisted Pro Mach with its high-value sale to American private equity investment firm Leonard Green and Partners; and advised Tropicana Entertainment on both completing the sale of its real estate assets to a subsidiary of Gaming and Leisure Properties and the sale of its gaming and hotel operations to Eldorado Resorts. The team also advised Meritor Specialty Products, a global supplier for commercial vehicle manufacturers, on the acquisition of AA Gear; and acted for Starfire Holding Corporation in its take-private of Cadus Corporation. In Cincinnati, corporate transactions and securities practice group leader Frank Chaiken's 'ability to manage his team as well as understand and communicate risks are top-notch, he has knowledge in multiple subject areas, and is able to apply that information to help close deals'; and Todd Schild 'has gained impressive industry knowledge and helps tailor the M&A process to be as efficient as possible'. Elsewhere, Cleveland’s Tony Kuhel has been key to the strategic development of the firm’s M&A practice. Other key team members are David Willbrand, who leads the early stage and emerging company practice and divides his time between Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, Cleveland-based William Henry, and New York-based Corby Baumann and counsel Branwen Buckley.

Transport: aviation and air travel - regulation Tier 3

The Washington DC-based team at Thompson Hine LLP has ‘extensive knowledge’ of the aviation sector and is praised for its ability to take ‘a reasonable approach to every situation’. It acts for numerous domestic and international airlines, such as Aer Lingus and American Airlines, in a range of regulatory mandates, and regularly appears before government agencies. Senior counsel Brent Connor is noted for his experience in export control, and associate Jason Tutrone is also recommended.

Transport: rail and road - litigation Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP represents shippers, rail industry associations and leasing companies in contentious matters, and it is noted for its experience before the STB. Jeffrey Moreno represents General Motors in claims against rail and trucking providers involving service issues and cargo loss and damage, and team head Karyn Booth is defending Costco in litigation involving a claim for freight payment. Sandra Brown, senior counsel Nicholas DiMichael, counsel David Benz and associate Jason Tutrone are also key contacts. Named individuals are based in Washington DC

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 4

Thompson Hine LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation team acts for an extensive client roster that includes names such as Cardinal Health, Kroger, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Verizon and Macy’s. Kim Wilcoxon leads on group health plan mandates including ACA compliance, while Edward Redder has expertise in ERISA fiduciary compliance. Wilcoxon and Tim Brown continue to assist News Corp with its $2bn 401(k), pension and deferred compensation plans, and Cleveland-based Julia Ann Love is handling all US employee benefits matters for NCR. Further, practice head Laura Ryan is advising Fifth Third Bank on its 401(k), frozen pension and group health plans. Named lawyers are based in Cincinnati unless otherwise stated.

Mutual/registered/ exchange-traded funds Tier 4

Thompson Hine LLP reports an increase in work from the alternative funds space, although the team is adept at handling a broad spectrum of mutual funds and ETF matters. Michael Wible in the Columbus office advised Northern Trust Investments on launching a privately placed money market fund as part of Advisers Investment Trust, a series of funds. Washington DC-based Bibb Strench advised Majority Shares ETF Trust on developing an ETF which complied with the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment standards. The practice is also known in the market for handling matters concerning shari’ah-compliant funds. Other names to note include Cincinnati-based Cassandra Borchers, and JoAnn Strasser and Andrew Davalla, both of whom are based in the Columbus office.

Real estate Tier 4

Thompson Hine LLP handles a wide array of real estate matters including planning, development, leasing, financing, dispute resolution and government incentive programs. The multi-disciplinary team also deals with corporate expansion, construction, development, acquisition, sales, and headquarters and plant development projects. Cleveland-based James Aronoff and Robyn Minter Smyers recently advised Forest City Enterprises on its $11bn merger with Brookfield Asset Management, while Stephen King in the Cincinnati office advised Ackermann Group on a $40m multi-family, office and retail redevelopment project. The firm also continues to represent Dutch multinational AkzoNobel on its leasing, legacy asset dispositions and asset sales matters. A further highlight saw the firm act for Brookfield Asset Management on a number of portfolio transactions including the acquisition of a 50% joint venture interest in a $2bn portfolio of multifamily projects across several states. New York-based Karen Kozlowski advises on financing, leasing, loan restructuring and workouts, acquisitions and dispositions, and distressed debt transactions. Cleveland-based Linda Striefsky and Columbus-based Darrel Davison are also recommended. Other clients include Bank of China, United Technologies Corporation, Pratt & Whitney and Rouse Properties.

Firm overview: Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service business law firm with approximately 400 lawyers in eight offices (Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, New York, Washington, DC), is widely recognized for its innovative, value-driven approach to delivering legal services.

The firm’s groundbreaking SmartPaTH® program was created to respond to clients’ needs for a more predictable, efficient and transparent service experience. It combines legal project management, value-based pricing, flexible staffing and process efficiency to align service delivery with clients’ business goals. Thompson Hine has made significant investments
in talent, proprietary technology and processes, and infrastructure to increase efficiency and provide greater value.

This forward-thinking approach prompted The Financial Times to rank Thompson Hine first in the category ‘Most innovative North American law firms: New working models.’ The firm was among seven firms shortlisted nationally for The American Lawyer’s inaugural Legal Services Innovation Award, created to recognize law firms that have significantly changed the way they do business and deliver legal services to provide enhanced value to clients. It also was one of five finalists for Litera Microsystems’ inaugural Changing Lawyer Awards Outstanding Law Firm of the Year, which honors a firm that has implemented core process changes, creative billing arrangements or other innovations to transform the way it provides legal services. In addition, for seven straight years, Thompson Hine has distinguished itself in all areas of Service Delivery Innovation in the BTI Brand Elite.

As part of its ongoing efforts to innovate service delivery, Thompson Hine continually collects feedback from in-house counsel about what innovations align best with clients’ needs. In 2018, it conducted its first formal analysis of the state of innovation in the legal market. The firm commissioned detailed surveys and interviews of in-house counsel and other senior executives at 176 companies and published its findings in a comprehensive report, Closing the Innovation Gap. Launched in early 2019, the firm’s second annual innovation survey aims to monitor developments in the corporate legal market and identify opportunities to further refine its delivery of efficient, predictable and transparent legal solutions.

Thompson Hine. Always Innovating.

Main areas of practice:

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation
  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Climate Change & Sustainable Business Solutions
  • Commercial & Public Finance
  • Construction
  • Corporate Transactions & Securities
  • COVID-19 Task Force
  • Distressed M&A
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • ERISA Litigation
  • FCPA & Other Antibribery Laws
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade
  • Investment Management
  • Labor & Employment
  • Life Sciences
  • Personal & Succession Planning
  • Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Qualified Opportunity Zones
  • Real Estate
  • Shale Energy & Infrastructure
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tax
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Water Technology, Finance & Regulation
  • White Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement
Department Name Email Telephone
Admiralty and maritime Harold W Henderson 216.566.5779
Antitrust, competition and trade regulation Thomas J Collin 216.566.5509
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency James P Jalil 212.908.3976
Business litigation Brian J Lamb 216.566.5590
Business restructuring, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy Alan R Lepene 216.566.5520
Climate change and sustainable business solutions Andrew L Kolesar 513.352.6545
Commercial and public finance Irving C Apar 212.908.3964
Construction Jeffrey R Appelbaum 216.566.5548
Corporate transactions and securities Frank D Chaiken 513.352.6550
Emerging technologies Thomas F Zych 216.566.5605
Employee benefits and executive compensation Laura A Ryan 513.352.6727
Energy Marvin T Griff 202.263.4109
Environmental Andrew L Kolesar 513.352.6545
ERISA litigation Tim McDonald 404.407.3623
FCPA and other antibribery laws Norman A Bloch 212.908.3942
Government contracts Tom Mason 202.263.4168
Health care Cori R. Haper 937.443.6856
Immigration Sarah C Flannery 216.566.5718
Insurance Alan F Berliner 614.469.3268
Intellectual property Theodore D Lienesch 937.443.6958
International Garrett D Evers 212.908.3926
International arbitration Richard A De Palma 212.908.3969
International trade David M Schwartz 202.263.4170
Investment management Donald S Mendelsohn 513.352.6546
Labor and employment Nancy M Barnes 216.566.5578
Life sciences Faith L Charles 212.908.3905
Personal and succession planning Mark A Conway 937.443.6840
Privacy and cybersecurity Thomas F Zych 216.566.5605
Product liability litigation Andrew H Cox 216.566.5747
Real estate Thomas J Coyne 216.566.5781
Shale energy and infrastructure Terrence M Fay 614.469.3259
Supply chain management Robert F Ware 216.566.5783
Tax Thomas J Callahan 216.566.5612
Telecommunications Barry A Friedman 202.973.2789
Transportation Karyn A Booth 202.263.4108
Water technology, finance and regulation Gregory D Chafee 404.407.3642
White-collar criminal practice, internal investigations and government enforcement Norman A Bloch 212.908.3942
Number of Partners : 202
Number of Other Lawyers : 170
Managing Partner : Deborah Z Read, 216 566 5778,
Locations of Offices : Georgia
Locations of Offices : New York
Locations of Offices : Ohio
Locations of Offices : Washington D.C.
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