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
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
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,