Firm Profile > Thompson Hine LLP > Cleveland, United States

Thompson Hine LLP
CLEVELAND, OH 44114-1291
United States

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Praised for its 'responsiveness, reliability and creativity', Thompson Hine LLP's Cleveland-based construction team covers projects across the US, assisting clients through all phases of development, from initial planning and site selection to final construction and subsequent renovation work. Recent and ongoing projects have demonstrated the range of expertise in the practice, with highlights covering government buildings, chemical plants and manufacturing facilities, though a particular area of expertise is in sports and entertainment arenas. Here, practice head Jeffrey Applebaum has continued to advise the ownership group of a new 22,000-seat soccer stadium in St Louis, and has also acted alongside Alan Ritchie in advising Haslam Sports Group on the Confluence Village development that includes a soccer stadium and training facilities. Patrick Sweeney has been involved in preparing and negotiating agreements on behalf of owners, contractors, architects and engineers. Another key contact is Erin Luke, recommended for her 'practical and strategic intelligence' and experience in large infrastructure projects. On the litigation side, Daniel Haymond has 25 years' experience handling construction arbitration and mediation. Jack Clark is a standout associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Appelbaum

Other key lawyers:

Erin Luke; Alan Ritchie; Patrick Sweeney; Daniel Haymond; William Thrush; Jack Clark


‘Thompson Hine is a large national firm. For as large as they are they provided personal experience and attention in their representation. The time and attention devoted to our project was outstanding while dealing with some difficult personalities. The legal work was excellent.’

‘Their willingness to help and solve problems presented by our development and the many and varying issues it presented.’

‘The construction law team at Thompson Hine led by Jeff Appelbaum offers an unparalleled resource to support major construction projects of all varieties. It seems unlikely that any firm could match the the experience and success of Jeff, his team, and his national network of construction experts. Thompson Hine is able to plan and execute any construction project, whether hotel, convention center, stadium, arena, hospital, or otherwise.’

‘In addition to their legal, technical and project management skills, Jeff and his team are more focused on a successful community process and project than on their profits. They behave as community partners who are as committed to the projects they work on as the entities who hire them.’

‘Stadium + Arena related construction is unique and there is only a small-number of US firms that truly understand the unique aspects of sports projects. Thompson Hine has extensive experience in the unique space and have been a fantastic resource for us. Additionally, the capital structure and funding sources for our project are very nuanced- Thompson Hine brought a skillset of public and private contributions that allowed us to take a thoughtful approach to negotiating and planning.’

‘The team at Thompson Hine is always responsive to our needs. More importantly, they understand the layered implications of the decisions we make. They provide exceptional guidance.’

‘They listen, they align to your objectives, and they work for you. The team at Thompson Hine never becomes a runaway billing train covering the whole map when you ask for the direct route.’

‘I have worked with Erin Luke for the last several years on a variety of projects. Erin sees things from the general counsel perspective. She gets the necessity of practical, focused advice. She solves problems. She keeps the team organized and ensures nothing falls through the cracks. Practical and strategic intelligence combined with polish has delivered us great results.’

‘I find Thompson Hine to be a great asset to our outside counsel team not only because of its deep knowledge of construction law but also its responsiveness, reliability and creativity. When I have a difficult construction transaction or a complex litigation matter, I know that I can rely on Thompson Hine to give my matters the time they deserve, to think outside the box to resolve any disputes, and to have the subject matter expertise necessary to get the deal done.’

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group (Confluence Village – Crew Stadium)

TKFC LC (St. Louis Soccer Stadium)

Convention Center Hotels

Consulting Projects for Stadium and Arena Projects

HOF Village, Inc.

Broward County

Nippon Paint (USA) Inc.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Kanawha County Public Library

Fermi Research Alliance, LLC

Government contracts Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP has extensive experience in all aspects of government procurement, but is particularly skilled at advising government contractors on their contractual and regulatory responsibilities. The team acts for a diverse client roster operating in the life sciences, telecoms, intelligence, professional services and manufacturing sectors. Department leader Thomas Mason has a strong background in commercial and government contracts litigation. Francis Purcell is a key contact for life sciences companies looking for advice on federal contract and grant performance issues. Also recommended are Ray McCann, who combines thorough knowledge of M&A and federal contracting, and Joe Berger, who focuses on bid protests and FCA matters. All named attorneys are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Mason

Other key lawyers:

Francis Purcell; Ray McCann; Joe Berger


‘As General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for a privately-held, multinational defense contractor, I work with many outside counsel from a variety of large law firms. In addition to their formidable knowledge of all aspects of government contracting and for providing practical and compliant guidance, the government contracts team at ThompsonHine is the epitome of tenacious advocacy, professionalism, transparency, responsiveness, exceptional client service and effectiveness. I would hire them to handle every legal issue if their practice covered the area of law at issue. ’

‘Tom Mason, Chip Purcell and Ray McCann have all provided invaluable counsel on the government contracting process, as well as the compliance issues that impact government contractors. We have benefitted from their counsel with respect to contract negotiation and formation, protests, FAR compliance, teaming arrangements, foreign ownership and control issues and matters relating to national security.

‘In addition to appreciating their subject matter expertise, I very much enjoy working with them. They are very collaborative and are easy to work with.’

‘Play well off of each other and have synergy to provide the best client experience.’

Key clients


Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER)

CenturyLink/Qwest Government Services

Field Aerospace


J&S Franklin Ltd.

LION Group, Inc.

Maccaferri, Inc.

Mission Essential, LLC

Nonpareil Biotechnologies

Prosper Digital Therapeutics, Inc.

ThunderCat Technologies, Inc.

VitaTech, Inc.

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

Thompson Hine LLP has a broad M&A and securities practice, with notable strengths in compliance and corporate governance. In addition, the practice regularly advises on dispositions, take-private transactions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments. William Henry in Cleveland principally handles M&A and private equity transactions. The team handles a large proportion of international transactions, and Chicago-based group chair Frank Chaiken represents numerous European as well as American clients.  The New York team is recommended for shareholder activism and private investment work, but the firm as a whole has a strong presence in the Midwest, with offices in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton and Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Frank Chaiken

Other key lawyers:

William Henry; Stuart Welburn; Tony Kuhel; Todd Schild


‘Great communication.’

‘Knowledgeable partners, associates & staff  who take the time to understand the client’s objectives, needs, and available budget and resources.’

‘Trusted advisors in helping me navigate  growing and sustaining a viable business in a dynamic marketplace.’


Key clients

Meritor, Inc.

STERIS Corporation


Pro Mach, Inc.

Fifth Third Bank


Emmi Roth USA, Inc.

Buckeye Power, Inc


Crown Equipment Corporation

Rockwell Automation

Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Regularly liaising with multiple federal regulatory agencies, Thompson Hine LLP is sought out for advice on the navigation of complex federal rules, including bilateral aviation agreements and FAA rules and regulations. The aviation and international logistics group is also experienced in international air transportation law, including the operation of the sector's governing treaty system. Washington DC-based Karyn Booth acts as transportation practice group leader.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Booth

Other key lawyers:

Jason Tutrone

Key clients

Aer Lingus

American Airlines

APL Logistics, Ltd.

Continental Tire


FedEx Express

Middough, Inc.

Precision Aviation Group


Zodiac U.S. Corp.

Toyota Tsusho America

Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP is rated by clients for its 'comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach, balancing expertise with practicality'. Key features of the rail and shippers practice include its involvement in major regulatory debates and its experience in rail rate cases; it also represents electric utilities in coal transportation issues. Additionally, the team regularly assists with motor carrier and automotive matters. Karyn Booth, who advises on regulatory and commercial freight rail matters, heads the transportation practice from Washington DC, where Tim Goodman is also recommended for his 'high-level National Highway Traffic Safety Administration experience'.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Booth

Other key lawyers:

Tim Goodman; Sandra Brown; Jeff Moreno; Nicholas DiMichael; David Benz; Jason Tutrone


Comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach, balancing expertise with practicality.

Tim Goodman has deep, high-level National Highway Traffic Safety Administration experience.’

Key clients

Agro Merchants Group

Ameren Corporation

American Chemistry Council

American Forest & Paper Association


Corn Refiners Association

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Hasbro, Inc.

Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference

Mowi USA

National Shippers Strategic Transportation Council

NiSource Inc.

Southern Company

The Dow Chemical Company

The Fertilizer Institute

The National Industrial Transportation League

Toyota Tsusho America

Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP is best known for its representation of shippers and intermediaries in relation to policy and rulemaking matters involving the Shipping Act of 1984, including the regulations of the Federal Maritime Commission (which regulates the US international ocean transportation system). Washington DC-based practice head Karyn Booth serves as the general counsel to the National Industrial Transportation League, which represents the interests of US importers and exporters shipping goods around the world; and associate Jason Tutrone advises on domestic and international matters involving ocean and barge transportation.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Booth

Other key lawyers:

Jason Tutrone

Key clients

Costco Wholesale Corporation

The Coalition for Fair Port Practices

Hasbro, Inc.

Health & Personal Care Conference

The Dow Chemical Company

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

The National Industrial Transportation League

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

Primarily operating from the firm's Cincinnati office, Thompson Hine LLP's employee benefits practice has been kept busy advising healthcare, financial services, technology, manufacturing, media and energy sector clients on the full spectrum of benefits matters. Among its core areas of expertise, the group handles deferred compensation plans, non-qualified retirement plans, 401(k) defined benefit retirement plans, and group health and wellness programs (including compliance with HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act). Laura Ryan, Kim Wilcoxon, David Whaley and Timothy Brown are the names to note. Practice head Julia Ann Love is based in the Cleveland office.

Practice head(s):

Julia Ann Love

Other key lawyers:

Laura Ryan; Kim Wilcoxon; David Whaley; Timothy Brown


Timothy Brown and Kim Wilcoxon: both partners of the firm provide tremendous value to our organization with their insight, careful document review, and willingness to jump on the phone if needed or engage with others within our organization or theirs to bring the right subject matter expert to the table. They are open to alternative points of view and willing to work with us to reach solutions that work best for the company while maintaining compliance with the myriad employee benefit rules‘.

Key clients

Nouryon Chemicals LLC

Cardinal Health

McDonald’s Corporation

NCR Corporation

Quest Diagnostics


Akzo Nobel

Eaton Corporation

Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 4

Primarily based in the firm's Columbus, Ohio office, the team at Thompson Hine LLP provides structural, transactional and regulatory advice for a range of clients across a wide range of ETF and mutual funds matters. Michael Wible handles regulatory work for investment companies, while Andrew Davalla counts open-end fund and ETF work as core areas of expertise. Also noted are JoAnn Strasser, chair of the investment management practice group in Columbus, and partner Bibb Strench in the Washington DC office.

Practice head(s):

JoAnn Strasser

Other key lawyers:

Michael Wible; Andrew Davalla; JoAnn Strasser


‘Thompson Hine has a strong securities practice for a regional firm, with experience across registered, private and hedge funds and ETFs. They have been opportunistic in bringing on board talent to expand the team’s capabilities. They also provide terrific value to small and mid-sized asset management firms. As one example, when a client asset manager became enmeshed in a major bankruptcy case involving a security purchased years ago Thompson Hine brought in bankruptcy expertise that resolved the matter for the manager at a very reasonable cost.’

‘I now work primarily with Cassandra Borchers. Cassandra is a great collaborator, helping us and our clients achieve appropriate outcomes while meeting regulatory and board requirements. When necessary Cassandra has brought in Bibb Strench to assist on ETF matters, and Bibb brings extensive knowledge and experience to our clients. Both Cassandra and Bibb often have necessary answers at their finger-tips, eliminating the need for the extensive (and costly) research we sometimes see larger firms use as a means of training junior associates.’

Key clients

Flat Rock Capital Corp.

ETF Clients

LoCorr Macro Strategies Fund

Rocky Mountain Private Wealth Management LLC

Resource Real Estate Diversified Income Fund

OSPS Trustee Limited

Simplify Exchange Traded Funds

Emles Trust

Real estate Tier 4

Thompson Hine LLP represents developers nationwide in the full suite of project matters from planning and financing through to leasing and disputes. The team directs particular attention towards headquarter, shopping centre, leisure, corporate expansion and plant development schemes; it also runs a specialized real estate tax finance service, which focuses on public incentives such as new market tax credits, tax increment financing and low-income housing tax credits. Practice head Thomas Coyne provides his team with considerable experience in office leasing, mixed-use projects, public-private partnerships and brownfield redevelopments. Based alongside him in Cleveland is James Aronoff, whose client base includes REITs, real estate equity funds and operating companies which rely on his advice on joint venture, finance and partnership structuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Coyne

Other key lawyers:

James Aronoff; Robyn Minter Smyers; Stephen King; Cathryn Greenwald


‘The firm has a wealth of knowledge about both real estate law in general and the local real estate market.’

‘The firm has always been willing to negotiate fee structures that work with the transaction.’

‘The knowledge or real estate law and transactions is superior to the other firms in the area.  I also value the practical approach to problem solving.’

Key clients

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Bank of China

SITE Centers

Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Properties (formerly Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.)

Pratt & Whitney



Peppertree / K2 / Blue Sky

Parker Hannifin

Sport Tier 4

Thompson Hine LLP is well regarded for its provision of legal and consulting services for the development, design and construction of professional sports facilities throughout the country. The firm has been involved in the construction of numerous major league sports facilities over the last decade, working on behalf of sports teams and owners. In Cleveland, Jeffrey Applebaum heads the practice and serves as project counsel, owner's representative, partnering facilitator, or risk and insurance consultant for more than 35 stadium and arena projects across the US.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Appelbaum

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Sweeney


‘The Thompson Hine team has advised us through several very different aspects of our business, including; public-private partnerships with state and local governments, contract negotiations with third-party partners, and a mixed-use real-estate project adjacent to our new MLS stadium in Columbus. Thompson Hine understands how the several different layers and functions of a sports organization all work together to provide thoughtful counsel.’

‘The team at Thompson Hine always know when they need to include others from their long bench of professionals. We have had a number of very complicated one-off transactions and their leaders have always found the right team members internally to include in our working group.’

‘The team at Thompson Hine specializes in project delivery for major-league sports facilities. They are well versed in the intricacies of construction contracting and construction insurance and provide a unified approach to contracting that best serves the owner’s interest.’

‘Jeff Appelbaum, managing principal, and I have completed eight major league sports projects, and are currently working on our ninth. Jeff is a nationally recognized expert in the area of construction contracts and construction insurance. Erin Luke, partner, is a fair and owner- oriented attorney whose construction contracts are designed to best serve the owners interests. Pat Sweeney, partner, has been involved in most of the major league sports projects on which I have served as owners representative. Pat Offers quick, responsive service in every case.’

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group

HOF Village, Inc.


SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Bank of America

Cobb County

Texas Rangers

San Francisco 49ers

Oakland Athletics

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Thompson Hine LLP acts for high-profile individuals caught up in government investigations, prosecutions and enforcement proceedings. The team has experience engaging with key federal regulators, such as the SEC, the EPA and the FTC, among others. Norman Bloch heads the team in New York and is experienced in federal, state and international criminal investigations and prosecutions. The key figure in Washington DC is Joan Meyer, a former federal prosecutor with extensive experience in a huge variety of compliance matters and fraud prosecutions. Litigator John Mitchell has also been singled out by a number of clients.

Practice head(s):

Norman Bloch

Other key lawyers:

Joan Meyer; John Mitchell


‘They place emphasis on getting to know their client and ensuring they understand the facts surrounding a particular matter before diving in’. 

‘I feel they are always well prepared with any updates or information to share and rarely leave any questions hanging’.

‘John Mitchell has been phenomenal to work with, I appreciate his candour and also his sense of humour’.

‘The team and firm’s strengths comes from the partners who know how to listen and how to tell the client what he or she has to hear, rather than what they want to hear’.

‘They established the trust and integrity from the first meeting to conclusion of my case’.

‘Very professional and understanding’.

‘John Mitchell stands out because of his past work as a well-respected prosecutor’.

‘John Mitchell exhibited the trademarks of trustworthiness, honesty, and impeccable integrity’.

The firm:  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.

As part of its ongoing service delivery innovation efforts, Thompson Hine continually collects feedback from in-house counsel about what innovations align best with clients’ needs. The firm has conducted two formal analyses of the state of innovation in the legal market and commissioned detailed surveys and interviews of nearly 200 in-house counsel and other senior executives 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 has a long standing commitment to DE&I, which it continues to build on through its DE&I Initiative, Spotlight on Women® program and Stand Against Injustice program. The firm is one of few Am Law 200 firms with a female managing partner. Moreover, 50% of its principal governing body is Black and/or female.

The firm is proud to have achieved Mansfield 3.0 certification and is currently pursuing Mansfield 4.0 certification. The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of diverse and female lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities. Additionally, and as a result of its commitment to developing and implementing policies and practices that support the recruitment, retention and advancement of LGBTQ attorneys, Thompson Hine continues to achieve a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.

Thompson Hine. Always Innovating.

Main areas of practice:

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Antitrust, Competition & Distribution
  • Automotive Industry
  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Cannabis Industry
  • Climate Change & Sustainable Business Solutions
  • Commercial & Public Finance
  • Construction
  • Corporate Transactions & Securities
  • Distressed M&A
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • ERISA Litigation
  • FCPA & Other Antibribery Laws
  • Fund Formation
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade
  • Investment Management
  • Labor & Employment
  • Life Sciences
  • New Ventures
  • Personal & Succession Planning
  • Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Qualified Opportunity Zones
  • Real Estate
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tax
  • Tax Credit Finance
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • White-Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations &
    Government Enforcement
Department Name Email Telephone
Admiralty & Maritime Robert W Burger 216.566.5790
Antitrust, Competition & Distribution Thomas F Zych 216.566.5605
Automotive Industry Conor A McLaughlin 216.566.5807
Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies Cassandra W Borchers 513.352.6632
Business Litigation Brian J Lamb 216.566.5590
Business Restructuring, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy Curtis L Tuggle 216.566.5904
Cannabis Industry Frank R DeSantis 216.566.5514
Climate Change & 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
Distressed M&A Scott B Lepene 216.566.5692
Emerging Technologies Thomas F Zych 216.566.5605
Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Julia Ann Love Julia.Love@ThompsonHine.come 216.566.5686
Energy Marvin T Griff 202.263.4109
Environmental Andrew L Kolesar 513.352.6545
ERISA litigation Brian J Lamb 216.566.5590
FCPA and other antibribery laws Norman A Bloch 212.908.3942
Fund Formation JoAnn M Strasser 614.469.3265
Government Contracts Tom Mason 202.263.4168
Health Care Cori R. Haper 937.443.6856
Health Care Litigation Peter Kocoras 312.998.4241
Immigration Sarah C Flannery 216.566.5718
Insurance Alan F Berliner 614.469.3268
Intellectual Property Ash D Patel 404.407.3607
International Arbitration Richard De Palma 212.908.3969
International Garrett D Evers 212.908.3926
International Trade David M Schwartz 202.263.4170
Investment Management JoAnn Strasser 614.469.3265
Labor and Employment Nancy M Barnes 216.566.5578
Life Sciences Faith L Charles 212.908.3905
New Ventures Jonathon H Vinocur 216.566.5722
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
Qualified Opportunity Zones Thomas J Coyne 216.566.5781
Real Estate Thomas J Coyne 216.566.5781
Supply Chain Management Robert F Ware 216.566.5783
Tax Thomas J Callahan 216.566.5612
Tax Credit Finance Arik A Sherk 937.443.6757
Telecommunications Barry A Friedman 202.973.2789
Transportation Karyn A Booth 202.263.4108
White-Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement Norman A Bloch 212.908.3942
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jeffrey Appelbaum photo Jeffrey Appelbaum For 40 years, Jeff has served the construction industry in the varying roles…
 James Aronoff photo James Aronoff Jim is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate group who chairs…
 Thomas Coyne  photo Thomas Coyne As group leader of the national Real Estate Practice Group for over…
 Cathryn Greenwald  photo Cathryn Greenwald Cathryn is a partner in the Real Estate practice group. She focuses her…
 Daniel Haymond photo Daniel Haymond Dan is a partner in the firm’s Construction practice group who focuses…
 William Henry photo William Henry Will is a partner in the Corporate Transactions & Securities practice group.…
 Tony Kuhel photo Tony Kuhel Tony is a partner in the Corporate Transactions & Securities practice group…
 Erin Luke photo Erin Luke Erin Luke is a partner in the firm’s top-ranked Construction practice group.…
 Alan Ritchie photo Alan Ritchie Alan is partner and co-chair of Thompson Hine’s Construction practice group and a…
 Robyn Minter Smyers photo Robyn Minter Smyers Robyn is a member of Thompson Hine’s Executive Committee, as well as…
 Patrick Sweeney photo Patrick Sweeney Pat is a partner with Thompson Hine LLP’s construction and real estate…
 Bill Thrush  photo Bill Thrush Bill is a member of the firm’s Construction practice whose litigation experience…
Number of Partners : 217
Number of Other Lawyers : 159
Locations of Offices : Atlanta, Georgia
Locations of Offices : Chicago, Illinois
Locations of Offices : Cincinnati, Ohio
Locations of Offices : Cleveland, Ohio
Locations of Offices : Columbus, Ohio
Locations of Offices : Dayton, Ohio
Locations of Offices : New York, New York
Locations of Offices : Washington D.C.