Thompson Hine LLP at a Glance


  • “Lots of responsibility”
  • “Commitment to mentoring associates”
  • “Relatively low-stress”


  • “Lack of transparency in bonus and compensation”
  • “Below market on compensation”
  • “Our technology is terrible”

The Buzz

  • “Great firm”
  • “9-to-5”
  • “Fratty”
  • “Nice attorneys”

About Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine is a Cleveland-based firm with national strength in numerous practice areas including construction, transportation, environmental law, real estate, banking and finance, bankruptcy, corporate law, intellectual property and litigation. Though the bulk of the firm's legal team and practice is in Ohio, it also has bustling offices in Washington, DC; Atlanta; and New York.

New Beginnings in Old Cleveland

In 1893, Cleveland attorney A.B. Thompson founded a solo practice. In 1910, he entered into a partnership with Charles B. Hine, and the next year the duo teamed up with Walter Flory. (Thompson Hine dropped "Flory" from its name in 2001 as part of the moniker streamlining trend that has hit legal America of late.) In its early years in early 20th century Cleveland--then a manufacturing and banking focal point in the country--the firm's clients included Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Society Bank (which later became KeyCorp).

Thompson Hine made national headlines in 2011 when it elected tax attorney Deborah Z. Read as managing partner of the firm. Read became the first woman to head a large Cleveland firm at a time when only 10 AmLaw 200 firms nationally were helmed by women.

Today, Thompson Hine remains a force in Ohio's legal market and beyond. Chambers has ranked 11 practice areas, including three on the national level: Construction, Transportation: Rail (for Shippers) and Transportation: Road (Carriage/Commercial). Legal 500 has recognized its Corporate Transactions & Securities, Construction, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and Real Estate practices.

Thompson Hine, Stirring Things Up in Ohio Since 1893

Though it has branched out with offices in New York; Washington, DC; and Atlanta, the firm maintains a strong Midwestern presence, with four offices and hundreds of attorneys in Ohio. The firm works with Ohio chapters of banks like Huntington, PNC, Fifth Third and Wells Fargo, and it has played a role in the construction of several of Cleveland's notable downtown structures. The firm is also counsel for the owner of Cleveland's landmark Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2011, Thompson Hine helped secure Cleveland as the host of the 2014 Gay Games, an LGBT spinoff of the Olympics. That was not the firm's first controversial move in the region. According to firm legend, early partner Walter Flory caused a stir when he marched with his wife in a suffragist parade a century earlier. The firm also helped Planned Parenthood launch its first Ohio chapter. 

Venture Forth, Young Companies

Thompson Hine has also played a role giving a boost to emerging companies, both on the corporate organization side and in intellectual property matters. According to firm lore, early Thompson Hine associate James Weeks worked with depression-era industrialist Arthur LaRue Parker to form Parker Hannifin, a motion technology company that would grow to become a global force in technology. Today, the firm gives counsel to emerging tech ventures from wind power companies to stem cell researchers. Recently, the firm has focused on expanding its intellectual property practice, which has dealt with bioscience, energy and technology issues, among others.

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Thompson Hine LLP

3900 Key Center
127 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: (216) 566-5500


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Deborah Z. Read
  • Hiring Partners: Anthony White; William Hubbard
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 377

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $125,000 (Cleveland); $115,000 (Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton); $140,000 (ATL); $145,000 (DC); $160,000 (NY)
    Summer associate: $2,100/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    7 out of 9 (2Ls only) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Admiralty & Maritime • Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation • Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency • Business Litigation • Business Restructuring, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy • Climate Change & Sustainable Business Solutions • 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 • Infrastructure • Insurance • Intellectual Property • International • International Arbitration • International Trade & Customs • Investment Management • Labor & Employment • Life Sciences • Personal & Succession Planning • Privacy & Cybersecurity • Product Liability Litigation • Real Estate • Shale Energy & Infrastructure • Supply Chain Management • Tax • Telecommunications • Transportation • Water Technology, Finance & Regulation • White Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement

Major Office Locations

  • Cleveland, OH (HQ) • Atlanta, GA • Cincinnati, OH • Columbus, OH • Dayton, OH • New York, NY • Washington, DC