Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick,
LLP is a full-service business law firm representing a broad
spectrum of domestic and international clients. The firm
boasts offices in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota,
Florida; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
Heads You Win, Tails My Name Goes First
One of the firm's founders, Harold W. Fraser emigrated from
Canada and settled in Toledo, Ohio in 1891. Even before obtaining
U.S. citizenship, Fraser was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1894.
In 1896, Fraser teamed up with Marshall to form the law firm
Marshall and Fraser, they flipped a coin to determine the order of
the names. Fraser evidently lost the coin toss, as Marshall's name
was placed first on the door. The debate over the firm's name did
not end there. After Marshall and Fraser dissolved in 1925, Fraser
formed a new firm, Fraser, Hiett & Wall with three partners and
four associates from the former firm. The new firm's name would
change seven more times until its current moniker, Shumaker, Loop
& Kendrick, LLP, was adopted in 2007.
Keeping Ohio Beautiful
In 1981, Shumaker set up its current headquarters in Toledo,
Ohio in a renovated plumbing supply warehouse. The firm performed
extensive renovations and landscaping to the property, and in 1985,
the ABA Journal awarded the firm First Prize for Civic Commitment
for the firm's regeneration of the warehouse space. Shumaker didn't
stop there; it added a two-story 15,000 square foot addition in
1998. The total cost of revisions totaled $3.8 million.
In addition to the ABA, Shumaker's associates also took notice
of the firm's innovative work space noting, "Our building, which we
own, is a converted warehouse. In addition to being super
cost-effective, there are lots of really interesting and unusual
architectural elements. This also allows us to have a large, fenced
and secured adjacent parking lot."
Shumaker won a landmark victory for beer enthusiasts in Ohio.
When Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company formed a
joint venture, MillerCoors, LLC, it attempted to shut down several
beer distributors in Ohio under the "successor manufacturer"
provisions of the Ohio Alcoholic Beverages Franchise Act. Arguing
on behalf of a beer distributor, Shumaker persuaded the Sixth
Circuit to affirm the District Court's ruling that the teetotaling
joint venture could not shut down the beer distributor because both
Miller and Coors exercised "control" over MillerCoors and was
therefore not a "successor manufacturer" under the law. Let's
celebrate with a cold one.