Firm Profile > Thompson Hine LLP > Cincinnati, United States

Thompson Hine LLP
CINCINNATI, OH 45202-4089
United States

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Cleveland-based group chairman Jeffrey Appelbaum leads the 'customer-oriented' construction practice at Thompson Hine LLP, which has 'true team players' and 'professional and diligent' attorneys among its ranks. Appelbaum assists public or private entities, construction managers and contractors on large-scale developments, particularly in the sports and entertainment sectors; he currently acts as counsel to TKFC LC, the ownership group of a new 22,000-seater St Louis soccer stadium. Also in Cleveland, Alan Ritchie and Patrick Sweeney offer 'top-notch day-to-day support' in transactional matters, ranging from the negotiation of construction agreements to the creation of project insurance programs. 'First-rate' associate William Thrush can 'render advice of counsel in short order' and further excels in dispute situations from mediation through to trial, while the 'very knowledgeable' Erin Luke 'even provided training' to clients during her role as project counsel on certain multi-million dollar infrastructure builds.

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The Thompson Hine construction team has a very deep knowledge of construction contracts and the markets. Thus they have been able to guide us to favorable results on our various construction agreements with builders, architects, insurers, etc.

Alan Ritchie and Pat Sweeney have provided top-notch day-to-day support for our team. We could not be happier with the guidance they have provided.

This firm has a unique blend of construction practice and real estate legal teams – this combination is especially prudent and customer-oriented to provide best practice and advice for an owner/developer in moving forward with planning through facility construction – they are very professional and diligent.

Bill Thrush provided on-time professional guidance and direction – his expertise was first-rate and resulted in substantial savings against claims and cost-avoidance litigation presented by multiple contractors and or suppliers – I was amazed at his ability to absorb tremendous amounts of paperwork and render advice of counsel in short order – much thanks to him and the team at Thompson Hine.

Thompson Hine’s construction group is top-notch. They are diligent and responsive. They are true team players – they not only help identify issues but also work with us to understand our business goals and develop creative solutions to resolve issues and achieve our goals.

Alan Ritchie and Jack Clark are huge resources. When we have challenging projects or disputes, I know we can count on Alan and Jack to step up and support our business needs.

Thompson Hine has a wide breadth of professionals who are very knowledgeable. The experience level can be appreciated. When you hire Thomson Hine to perform a service or a consultation, you feel confident they have someone who can support your needs.

I have worked with Erin Luke going on a little over two years now. Erin is very knowledgeable about case law, construction services, procurement processes and contracting. Erin has even provided training to my team.

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group (Confluence Village – Crew Stadium)

TKFC LC (St. Louis Soccer Stadium)

Convention Center Hotels (Hilton Des Moines Downtown and Loews Kansas City Convention Center Hotel)

HOF Village, Inc.

The Millennia Companies

Broward County (Convention Center and Convention Center Hotel)

NRP Group and NRP Contractors II LLC

Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC)

United Technologies Corporation (UTC)

Fermi Research Alliance, LLC

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

The 'exceptionally well-put-together' government contracts practice at Thompson Hine LLP is noted for its 'expertise and experience' in corporate transactions, suspension and debarment actions, bid protests and whistleblower cases. The team is led by Thomas Mason and includes lawyers with experience of contracting matters in a variety of industries, including IT, biodefense and life sciences, telecoms, defense, intelligence and homeland security, and transportation. Litigators Ray McCann and Francis Purcell deal with pre­- and post-award disputes as well as corporate due diligence matters, and Joe Berger is active in bid protests and FCA litigation.

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‘The team that we worked with worked exceptionally well together. Easy to get a hold of on short notice; clear and concise in communication and pleasant.

Not only do they know the law; but they know the industry players which is helpful in all matters.

Responsiveness to requests for assistance and continuing contact and interaction without “selling” their services. These to me make the difference. Tom Mason and Chip Purcell are 100% trustworthy and reliable.’

Key clients


Analytic Services (ANSER)


British Telecommunications

CenturyLink/Qwest Government Services

Copper River

Crown Equipment


J&S Franklin

Knight Point Systems


Mission Essential

Nonpareil Biotechnologies

Presidio Networked Solutions

ThunderCat Technologies


Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 3

At Thompson Hine LLP, Washington DC based senior counsel Brent Connor represents major domestic and international airlines - most notably cargo air carriers - before the DOT and FAA in connection with compliance matters, requests for approvals, licenses and certificates, route proceedings and codeshare issues. He has also defended clients in enforcement actions relating to hazardous materials.

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Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP acts for shippers, intermediaries, and carriers in a wide variety of motor carrier and rail transport matters, including regulatory rulemaking proceedings before Department of Transportation, and other federal agencies. Washington DC-based practice head Karyn Booth specializes in railroad safety proceedings before the Federal Railroad Administration, and also advises on railroad contracts and tariffs. Sandra Brown stands out for her experience working with bulk commodity shippers and other entities that use transportation services.

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Ameren Corporation

American Chemistry Council

American Forest & Paper Association

American Railcar Industries

Corn Refiners Association

Costco Wholesale Corporation


Industry focus > Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP is most active in advising shippers and intermediaries on policy issues and rulemaking procedures before the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The name to note in this space is Karyn Booth, who has recently advocated for various industry associations before the FMC, and has also been involved in cargo loss and damage claims. Booth handles ongoing freight forwarding and service argeements for a number of well-known retailers. Jason Tutrone is a recommended associate in the practice group.

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Costco Wholesale Corporation

The Coalition for Fair Port Practices


Health & Personal Care Conference

Standard Textile

The Dow Chemical Company

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 3

Acting for public and private companies, boards of directors and special committees, investors and financial advisors, Thompson Hine LLP stands out in part for its work in the areas of investment management and strategic corporate governance. That said, the team is also recognized for its broad transactional M&A and securities practice. The team's recent work for PharMerica is a strong example of its hand-in-hand client service and comprehensive corporate work; here, Frank Chaiken in Chicago and Cleveland-based William Henry handled several strategic business acquisitions and asset deals, both for PharMerica and its subsidiary Pharmacy Corporation of America. The team in New York is noted for its shareholder activism and private investment work; Corby Baumann is a name to note in this space.

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Key clients

Icahn Capital

The Home Depot

Honeywell International

Meritor Inc.


WinCup Inc.

Centre Lane Partners

Pro Mach Inc.

BrightSpring Health Services

Fifth Third Bank


Fairfield Maxwell

Peppertree Capital Management

Geo Specialty Chemicals

Eaton Corporation

Williams Industrial Service


Kelly Services

Investment funds > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 4

Primarily based in the firm's Columbus office, the team at Thompson Hine LLP is active 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 in Columbus, and Bibb Strench in the Washington DC office.

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Key clients

Pacific Global ETF Trust

Sprott ETF Trust

Diamond Hill Funds

Stira Alcentra Global Credit Fund

Flat Rock Capital Corp

Esoterica Trust

Vertical Capital Income Fund

Multi-Strategy Growth & Income Fund

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

The Cincinnati-based team at Thompson Hine LLP is retained by a diverse roster of clients – including notable names in healthcare and financial services – to offer administrative support on the full range of benefits plans. Laura Ryan, Kim Wilcoxon, David Whaley and Timothy Brown advise on group health and wellness programs (including compliance with the Affordable Care Acts and HIPAA), 401(k), defined benefit retirement plans and executive deferred compensation packages. The team also provides fiduciary risk-management training. Julia Ann Love now leads the employee benefits practice group.

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In-depth knowledge of practice areas, highly responsive and forward thinking.

Deep and broad subject expertise on qualified retirement plans, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, Sarbanes Oxley compliance and health and welfare compliance.

They understand the business context and don’t just state the legal requirements. They are flexible and innovative in helping clients meet their goal with employee benefit plans while always maintaining compliance with applicable regulations.

Very responsive, with a reasonable approach to balancing legal issues with business needs.

Timothy Brown is first-rate, even tempered and knowledgeable.

Laura Ryan is well versed in all facets of executive compensation, can interact with the C-suite and boards of directors as well as draft plans that are suited for rank and file employees. She takes the time to understand the business needs of her clients and then develops solutions to fit within the applicable regulations.

Kim Wilcoxon is an expert in the health and welfare benefit arena. She gives very sound advice in terms of compliance from HIPAA to the Affordable Care Act.

Key clients

Nouryon Chemicals LLC

Cardinal Health

GCP Applied Technologies

NCR Corporation

Nordson Corporation

Key Bank

AkzoNobel Inc.

Eaton Corporation

Fifth Third Bank

Kelly Services, Inc.

Real estate > Real estate Tier 4

Thompson Hine LLP runs a diverse real estate practice, with experience of financing, acquisitions, developments and leasing matters. Headed by Thomas Coyne in Ohio, the team also benefits from complementary skill sets in areas such as planning, and extensive experience in real estate-related litigation. In the finance space, the practice group acts for banks and alternative lenders in bank finance and equity transactions. As for development, the team advises investors and companies on the development and acquisition matters, specifically in relation to corporate headquarters.

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Key clients

United Technologies Corporation

Bank of China

SITE Centers

Brookfield Asset Management

Brookfield Properties (formerly Forest City Realty Trust)

Pratt & Whitney



Peppertree / K2 / Blue Sky

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:

  • Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Cannabis Industry
  • Commercial & Public Finance
  • Construction
  • Corporate Transactions & Securities
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • ERISA Litigation
  • FCPA & Other Antibribery Laws
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care
  • Immigration
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • International Trade
  • Investment Management
  • Labor & Employment
  • Life Sciences
  • Personal & Succession Planning
  • Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Transportation
  • White-Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement
Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust, competition and trade regulation Thomas F Zych 216.566.5605
Business litigation Brian J Lamb 216.566.5590
Business restructuring, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy Curtis L Tuggle 216.566.5904
Cannabis industry Frank R DeSantis 216.566.5514
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 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
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 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
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
Tax Thomas J Callahan 216.566.5612
Transportation Karyn A Booth 202.263.4108
White-collar criminal practice, internal investigations and government enforcement Norman A Bloch 212.908.3942
Photo Name Position Profile
 Timothy Brown  photo Timothy Brown Tim is a member of Thompson Hine’s Executive Committee and the former…
 Frank Chaiken photo Frank Chaiken Frank is a partner in the firm and chair of its Corporate…
 Laura Ryan photo Laura Ryan Laura is a partner in firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice…
 David Whaley  photo David Whaley David is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice…
 Kim Wilcoxon photo Kim Wilcoxon Kim is a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice…
Number of Partners : 205
Number of Other Lawyers : 173
Locations of Offices : Atlanta, Georgia
Locations of Offices : Chicago, Illinois
Locations of Offices : New York, New York
Locations of Offices : Cincinnati, Ohio
Locations of Offices : Cleveland, Ohio
Locations of Offices : Columbus, Ohio
Locations of Offices : Dayton, Ohio
Locations of Offices : Washington D.C.