Thompson Hine LLP > Columbus, United States > Firm Profile

Thompson Hine LLP
SUITE 1700
COLUMBUS, OH 43215-6101
United States

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 2

Buy and sell-side M&A, corporate finance and compliance are all core areas of activity for the team at Thompson Hine LLP, which is well versed in transactional matters involving small to mid-size companies, large privately-held enterprises, emerging companies, investment firms and private equity funds. Spearheading the practice, Frank Chaiken acts for several European and American clients in US and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and commercial agreements. He splits his time between Chicago and Cincinnati, and receives support from a robust team of M&A practitioners spread across the country. Emma Off in Cincinnati is counsel of choice for many private investment firms, as well as public and private companies active in various industries. Based in Cleveland, William Henry specializes in strategic and private equity M&A deals, and also provides assistance to clients in corporate reorganizations and governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Frank Chaiken

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Welburn; Tony Kuhel; Todd Schild; Corby Baumann; Emma Off; William Henry

Key clients

Meritor, Inc.

Centre Lane Partners, LLC

BrightSpring (formerly PharMerica)

ProMach, Inc.

Peppertree Capital Management, Inc.

Hillenbrand Inc.

The Home Depot

GE Aviation

The Davey Tree Expert Company

Crown Equipment Corporation

Emmi AG

Transport > Rail and road: litigation and regulation Tier 2

Thompson Hine LLP‘s transportation practice is highly involved in the rail regulatory reform movement, including proposals to increase rail competition in the US. The group is also active in regulatory debates over the transportation of hazardous materials by rail, including safety and liability issues and common carrier obligations. It additionally has extensive experience in rail rate cases, including matters for the chemical and plastics industries. In the road sector, the group has notable regulatory expertise, while the department’s motor carrier lawyers assist shippers, intermediaries and carriers with a wide array of work, including regulatory rulemaking proceedings, and loss, damage and delay-related claims. Regulatory and commercial freight rail expert Karyn Booth leads the transportation group from Washington DC, where Sandra L. Brown represents bulk commodity shippers and other entities that use transportation services. Other key DC partners are commercial and regulatory transportation expert Jeff Moreno, former senior US Department of Transportation official Tim Goodman. and transportation specialist Jason Tutrone. Counsels to note are senior counsel Nicholas DiMichael in DC and Columbus’ Dan Ujczo, along with David Benz in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Booth; Tim Goodman


‘The team has a unique practice group, with not only lawyers, but engineers, who have years of real-world and regulatory experience. The fact that the team has worked both directly at major OEMs, as well as with NHTSA and EPA, they are able to understand the real-world needs of clients and how to work with the agencies.’

‘The team doesn’t hold back on hard news – it comes up with solutions that enable clients to take the next step and resolve the problems. The team is also forward looking, and comes to the table with business advice on what could work better through risk-based decisions.’

‘Practical, real-world, honest advice.’

‘The team has great subject matter knowledge and excellent communication skills. They have a desire to learn our business and provide practical advice. We are glad to have them collaborate directly with our commercial team.’

‘We have had a great experience working with Jason Tutrone. He provides terrific business-oriented advice and is extremely thorough and detail-oriented. In addition, he is sensitive to our timing requirements and makes an effort to control costs.’

Key clients

American Chemistry Council

American Forest & Paper Association

Corn Refiners Association

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Dead River Company

Health and Personal Care Logistics Conference

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

LFS Freight Solutions

National Association of Chemical Distributors


NiSource Inc.

Southern Company

Suez Water Technologies

The Dow Chemical Company

The Fertilizer Institute

The National Industrial Transportation League

Toyota Tsusho America

Work highlights

  • Representing Southern Company, Ameren Corporation and NiSource, as plaintiffs, in fuel surcharge-related antitrust litigation against four large railroads.
  • Representing ACC, NITL, TFI, and Dow in urging the STB to adopt revised rules to expand access to competitive switching.
  • Filed an amicus curiae brief at the US Supreme Court in support of the trucking industry’s Petition for Certiorari, which sought review of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that California’s AB-5 law as applied to motor carriers was not pre-empted.

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

With ‘a wide range of knowledge’, Thompson Hine LLP offers comprehensive assistance with government contract matters at federal, state and local levels. Based in Washington DC, the team demonstrates notable strength in the telecom, IT, life sciences and defense industries, where it handles contract disputes, compliance programs and False Claims Act matters. Leading the group is Francis Purcell, who is sought after to handle intellectual property and M&A-related government contracts matters as well as litigation. Ryan Spiegel  focuses on compliance, counselling and dispute resolution work involving bid protests, trade secrets and False Claim Act cases. A new addition to the team includes Edward DeLisle, who joined the firm in September 2022 from Offit Kurman.

Practice head(s):

Francis Purcell

Other key lawyers:


‘The TH team has a wide range of knowledge. I like that they have specialists and not one person that handles all matters.’

‘The team members are very responsive and react to requests quickly. If a conference call is required, they typically have availability within 24 hours of initiating the support request.’

Key clients

Accent Designs LLC


AutoFlex Fleet


Key Government Finance

LION Group, Inc.

Mission Essential, LLC

Officine Maccaferri Italia Srl


ThunderCat Technologies, Inc.

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP advises clients throughout the complete cycle of development projects, ranging from planning, site selection, construction and ensuing renovation projects. Based in Cleveland, Jeffrey Appelbaum has assisted construction managers, contractors, and public and private owners in project management mandates and disputes. Erin Luke also works from Cleveland and is proficient in claims resolution, insurance and risk management counselling, operational project management advice, project delivery and structuring advice. Senior managing associate Jack Clark works from Columbus, and has overseen a breadth of projects including affordable housing, chemical plants, data centers, and industrial facilities. James Frankel joined the New York office from Venable LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Appelbaum

Other key lawyers:


‘They are strategic in both front end negotiation and in dispute resolution. They bring a pragmatism and prior practice as developers themselves to the table. Their contract drafting is also impeccable.’

‘A particular standout name is Alan Ritchie. He has expert level knowledge and can boil down complex principles to anyone.’

‘The construction team at Thompson Hine are subject matter experts. They are my trusted advisors when I have a completed legal issue, both on the transaction side of my business along with the disputes in which my company is involved.’

‘Whenever we have complicated construction transactions, we rely heavily on the Thompson Hine team to represent our interests in drafting and negotiating the project level documents.’

‘Alan Ritchie provides huge value as one of our company’s primary construction transaction attorneys. His experience and practical advice is heavily relied upon for our most complicated construction transactions.’

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group

Jacksonville Jaguars LLC

The Cleveland Guardians Baseball Club

HOF Village, Inc.

Broward County

Nippon Paint (USA) Inc.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

County of Cuyahoga

Work highlights

  • Advised Jacksonville Jaguars LLC on the construction of the $700+ million Stadium of the Future.
  • Acted as lead negotiator and hotel consultant on behalf of Broward County for its convention center expansion and headquarters hotel project.
  • Acted as lead construction counsel to The Cleveland Guardians Baseball Club regarding the negotiating and drafting of all design, construction and project labor agreements and the development of the overall risk management program for the Project.

Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation Tier 3

Thompson Hine LLP‘s shipping practice is well known for its representation of shippers and intermediaries in policy and rulemaking matters concerning the Shipping Act of 1984 (as amended by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act). Its expertise also covers the Federal Maritime Commission regulations governing international ocean transportation services of containerized cargo, and the team routinely acts for the National Industrial Transportation League, which represents shippers’ interests in freight transportation matters. In Washington DC, Karyn Booth‘s shipping practice includes advising shippers and trade associations on their regulatory rights and remedies, and the workload of recently-promoted partner Jason Tutrone covers transportation regulation compliance issues and transportation-related disputes. Over in Columbus, senior counsel Dan Ujczo is a former outside legal advisor to the US Coast Guard.

Practice head(s):

Karyn Booth

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

National Association of Chemicals Distributors

The Coalition for Fair Port Practices

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

The National Industrial Transportation League

Work highlights

  • Assisted a large coalition of over 50 trade associations (led by the National Industrial Transportation League) with drafting and advocating for legislation to address global ocean carrier unfair business practices and service failures involving port congestion.
  • Assisted Scoular with the renewal of its FMC license to operate as a NVOCC (Non Vessel Owning Common Carrier), based on the company’s rebranding of its NVOCC services.
  • Representing Summit Materials/Continental Cement in a charterparty dispute involving an import shipment of cement.

Industry focus > Sport Tier 4

Thompson Hine LLP‘s Columbus-based team is well known for its provision of advice on the development, design and construction of professional sports facilities in the US and elsewhere in North America, notably advising on a number of arena projects of stadiums for teams in diverse national sports leagues. Construction expert Jeffrey Appelbaum heads up the team, and is well supported by an experienced transactional lawyer Patrick J. Sweeney, who regularly acts for sports owners in a range of construction projects and sports transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jeff Appelbaum

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Sweeney; Alan Ritchie

Key clients

Haslam Sports Group

The Cleveland Guardians Baseball Club

Jacksonville Jaguars LLC

HOF Village, Inc.

Truist Financial Corporation

Bank of America

Cobb County

San Francisco 49ers

Work highlights

  • Acted for Jacksonville Jaguars LLC as project construction counsel.
  • Acted for Haslam Sports Group as an owner’s project counsel for the development and construction of Field, a $314 million, 20,000-seat MLS Stadium.
  • Acted as lead construction counsel for The Cleveland Guardians Baseball Club regarding the negotiating and drafting of all design, construction and project labor agreements and the development of the overall risk management program for the Project.

Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds Tier 4

Thompson Hine LLP caters to a diverse client base, including mutual funds, investment funds, ETFs, investment advisers, and domestic and offshore hedge funds. The department is experienced in providing structural, transactional, and regulatory advice, and assists clients in entering the industry, developing new products and services, and adapting to regulatory and industry developments. Team lead JoAnn Strasser, based in Columbus, is highly experienced in alternative funds, including managed futures funds with offshore subsidiaries, closed-end interval funds, and master feeder structures. Also based in Columbus are Andrew Davalla, who has lengthy experience in the practice area, and Michael Wible, who is managing partner for the office. Bibb Strench, in Washington DC, is a thought leader on the design and implementation of compliance programs.

Practice head(s):

JoAnn Strasser

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Simplified Exchanged Traded Funds

Northern Lights Fund Trust, Variable, III & IV

Collaborative Investment Series Trust

Advisers Investment Trust

ALPS Series Trust

Pacific Global ETF Trust

Meeder Investments

Boston Trust Walden Funds

Bluerock Total Income + Real Estate Fund

Sprott Funds Trust

Grandeur Peak Global Advisors LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Board of Trustees of Vertical Capital Income Fund with various matters related to activist shareholders and various matters related to increasing shareholder value.
  • Advised Northern Lights Funds on the development and implementation of strategies for new rules adopted by the SEC over the past year.

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

Thompson Hine LLP’s ‘tremendous’ and ‘extremely responsive’ team advises a number of Fortune 1000 companies, alongside clients in the financial services and utilities sectors, many of whom have a national and global footprint. The team is led by Cleveland’s Julia Ann Love, who has particular expertise of group health plan rules and regulations. Kim Wilcoxon is also experienced in handling healthcare matters, while Laura Ryan advises on all aspects of compliance related to their retirement, health and welfare, and compensation programs. Tim Brown is capable of handling a variety of plans, such as health and welfare plans, whereas Shane Starkey primarily focuses on executive compensation matters. These attorneys are all active in the firm’s Cincinnati office. Washington DC’s Dominic DeMatties focuses on retirement plans.

Practice head(s):

Julia Ann Love

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has deep knowledge of the subject matter and is able to handle ancillary questions within the firm.’

‘Everyone is extremely responsive and gives actionable, concise advice.’

‘Thompson Hine’s attention to detail and willingness to go to great lengths to read through exhaustive documentation to make sure that our best interests are always represented in anything we do is unsurpassed in the industry.’

‘I have worked with many ERISA law firms in the past and none are willing to go the extra distance that Thompson Hine do to keep us on track, compliant, and operating at a best practice governance level for our very robust benefits program.’

‘Tim Brown and Kimberly Wilcoxon are stand out partners in their knowledge of the benefits legal landscape as well as their unequaled ability to keep us organized and on track with regards to the multitude of in-flight contracts, renewals, retirement plan initiatives and employee matters we have on our plate at all times. The value they provide functions more as a part of our internal team than as outside counsel.’

‘The team has tremendous knowledge in the benefits and executive compensation areas, but, most importantly, is able to “translate” that knowledge into meaningful, practical advice. We appreciate how much they truly “partner” with us, to understand our needs, our business and our long-term vision for the company as a whole.’

‘They are great human beings on a personal level, and for whom I have tremendous respect all around.’

Key clients

Cardinal Health

McDonald’s Corporation

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated


Eaton Corporation

US Foods


Delta Air Lines



Work highlights

  • Advising McDonald’s on all aspects of compliance related to ERISA and company 401(k).
  • Advising Delta Air Lines on plan governance, fiduciary process along with other benefit issues.

Real estate Tier 4

Thompson Hine LLP‘s national real estate group has a specialty practice in tax finance, advising on use of public incentives, including low income housing tax credits, new market tax credits, tax increment financing, and other government incentive programs. It also routinely assists with corporate expansion, new construction, development and acquisition, particularly as it relates to headquarters and plant development projects. Thomas Coyne heads the practice from Cleveland.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Coyne

Key clients

Raytheon Technologies Corporation

Bank of China

SITE Centers

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

Pratt & Whitney

RPT Realty


Peppertree / K2 / Blue Sky

Ackermann Group

Eaton Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised a financial institution in a $40 million mixed use multi-family project with historic tax credits and new market tax credits.
  • Represented of Raytheon Technologies Corp, through its Pratt & Whitney Division on a billion-dollar development project in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Advising Eaton Corporation in the US on real estate projects, risk management processes and systems development

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense Tier 5

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 SmartPaTHTM 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 efforts to innovate service delivery, Thompson Hine continually collects feedback from in-house counsel about what innovations align best with clients’ needs and has conducted three formal analyses of the state of innovation in the legal market. The firm commissioned detailed surveys and interviews of in-house counsel and other senior executives and published its findings in comprehensive reports. These surveys aim 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 long guided clients on furthering their efforts toward sustainability, diversity and social stewardship. At this critical juncture when ESG criteria are increasing in importance as priorities for businesses, their boards and investors, the firm is counseling clients on ESG strategies focused on preserving value and mitigating risk. Thompson Hine’s ESG Collaborative, a multidisciplinary team of lawyers with practical legal and business knowledge, helps develop, implement and fine-tune strategies to incorporate ESG criteria into clients’ business models to satisfy internal and external stakeholders. The group uses proprietary SmartPaTH tools, significant investments in technology and strategies such as legal project management, flexible staffing and value-based pricing to help clients achieve their objectives while providing enhanced value and predictability. In late 2022, the ESG Collaborative issued its second survey report, “ESG: An Intensifying Focus,” which in-house counsel and senior corporate executives will find a useful benchmark against which to measure their programs and progress. The report takes a deeper dive into the ESG areas and protocols that are actionable and imminently on the minds of companies’ management teams. It also offers valuable benchmarking and analysis in a space that seems to shift daily.

Thompson Hine. Always Innovating.

Main areas of practice:

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Antitrust, Competition & Distribution
  • Art Law
  • Automotive & Mobility
  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Cannabis Industry
  • 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
  • ESG Collaborative
  • FCPA & Other Antibribery Laws
  • Fund Formation
  • Government Contracts
  • Government Enforcement, Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense
  • 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
  • Real Estate
  • Securities & Shareholder Litigation
  • Site Selection
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tax
  • Tax Credit Finance
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Water Technology, Finance & Regulation
Department Name Email Telephone
Admiralty & Maritime Robert W Burger 216.566.5790
Antitrust, Competition & Distribution Thomas F Zych 216.566.5605
Automotive & Mobility 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 Eric N Heyer 202.263.4128
Cannabis Industry Joe Smith 202.263.4145
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
ESG Collaborative Jurgita Ashley 216.566.8928
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
Government Enforcement, Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense Joan Meyer 202.263.4115
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 Steven G Stransky 216.566.5646
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
Securities & Shareholder Litigation Renee Zaytsev 212.908.3981
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 202.263.4108
Transportation Karyn A Booth 202.263.4108
Water Technology, Finance & Regulation Gregory D Chafee 404.407.3642
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Andrew Davalla photo Andrew Davalla Andrew is a partner in the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities and Investment…
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John B. Kopf photo John B. Kopf John is a litigator. He is a partner in the firm’s Construction…
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Number of Partners : 204
Number of Other Lawyers : 179
Locations of Offices : Atlanta, Georgia
Locations of Offices : Chicago, Illinois
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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.

Our Columbus office serves Central Ohio clients with an emphasis in the areas of Business Litigation, Corporate Transactions & Securities, Investment Management, and Site Selection.

Client satisfaction with the quality and value of our work is our top priority, as reflected by our Client Service Pledge. Our commitment to exceptional client service has garnered many professional accolades. Lawyers in our office have attained outstanding national and regional reputations and are regularly recognized for excellence and leadership in their fields by such authorities as The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA.

We offer an outstanding work environment built on mutual respect, teamwork, diversity and a strong dedication to our community. Our Women’s Initiative, Spotlight on Women®, and our firmwide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative incorporate mentoring and outreach to individuals within and outside the firm to provide networking and professional development opportunities and interaction with community leaders. As individuals and collectively, we participate in civic and charitable endeavors, and contribute hundreds of hours to numerous pro bono matters, so that we may give something back to our community through leadership, volunteer work and our own initiatives.