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About Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP


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 Ohio, North and South Carolina, Michigan, and Florida.

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.”

Beer Me

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. 

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604
Phone: (419) 241-9000

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: David F. Waterman
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
250 - 500

Base Salary

Salary not disclose.

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Bloomfield Hills, MI
Charleston, SC
Charlotte, NC
Columbus, OH
Greenville, SC
Sarasota, FL
Tampa, FL
Toledo, OH

Major Departments

Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Creditors' Rights
Broker-Dealer Litigation and Arbitration
Community Associations
Corporate Law / Business Organizations
Employee Compensation and Benefits
Financial Institutions
Financial Services
Intellectual Property
Labor and Employment
Public Law and Public Finance
Real Estate
Sports and Entertainment
Trusts and Estates