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About Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Taft Stettinius & Hollister is a large firm with around 600 lawyers working in 11 domestic offices across the Midwest and Arizona. The firm operates in just about every practice area, including business and finance, business restructurings, environmental, health and life sciences, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, private client, real estate, and tax, among many others.

19th Century Origins

Taft traces its roots back to 1885, when Judge William Worthington and Edward W. Strong founded Worthington & Strong. A few years and a name change later, John L. Stettinius and John B. Hollister joined the firm’s ranks. In 1924, a year after Worthington’s death, former President William Howard Taft’s sons joined the firm, and Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP was born. Within a couple of decades, the firm made a name for itself with groundbreaking work—most prominently the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947.

Practice Quartet

The firm has four main practice departments: employment and labor relations, litigation, real estate, and transactional. The firm’s transactional lawyers advise on a range of areas, including capital markets, corporate governance, environmental law, IP, M&A, private equity, venture capital, and more. The firm’s litigators stay busy, working across dozens of subpractices, such as class action, creditors rights, ERISA, energy, IP, pharmaceuticals, securities, and white collar.

Taft’s Employment Law group has been recognized by such publications as Best Lawyers, Chambers, and Super Lawyers. Matters include employment litigation, regulatory and compliance issues, workplace safety and health, immigration matters, and benefits. 

Resources & Connections

Taft attorneys often partner with members of the firm’s affiliated businesses to provide comprehensive service to clients. These partnerships allow clients to access business consulting across a variety of disciplines, from general planning and forecasting to government relations and public policy. Taft’s affiliated businesses include Focused Capitol Solutions LLC, Ginovus LLC, Ingardus LLC, Taft Business Consulting LLC, and Taft HR Solutions LLC.

In a move to stay connected with clients on a global scale, Taft has a membership with both the Interlex Group and Lexwork International. The Interlex Group is an association of leading law firms around the world that collaborate to provide a complete range of international legal and business services to clients. Through its affiliation with The Interlex Group, Taft is able to identify and develop new ways of assisting businesses engaged in cross-border transactions.

Similarly, Lexwork International is a strategic alliance of midsized law firms based in major cities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, with additional offices in Asia. Each member firm supplies the legal services required by corporate clients, within its own jurisdiction. Together, these firms also provide support for cross-border and cross-jurisdiction transactions, as needed.

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

425 Walnut Street
Suite 1800
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 381-2838

Firm Stats

Chairman and Managing Partner: Robert J. Hicks
Total No. Attorneys (2020):
500 - 750

Employment Contact

Lisa Watson
Director of Recruiting, Development and Administration
(317) 713-3502

No. of U.S. Offices: 11

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Chicago, IL
Cincinnati, OH (HQ)
Cleveland, OH
Columbus, OH
Covington, KY
Dayton, OH
Delaware, OH
Denver, CO
Indianapolis, IN
Minneapolis, MN
Phoenix, AZ

Major Departments

Business & Finance
Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy, & Creditor Rights
Domestic Relations
Government Contracts
Health & Life Sciences
Higher Education
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences Litigation
Private Client
Public Finance
Real Estate
Technology Services
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.