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Thompson Hine

2022 Vault Rankings

At a Glance


“Interesting and challenging work.”

“I have great colleagues and feel valued by the partners I work with.”



“The hours are often unpredictable.”

About Thompson Hine

Thompson Hine is a Cleveland-based firm with around 400 lawyers. Though the bulk of the firm's legal team and practice is in Ohio, it also has bustling offices in Atlanta; Chicago; New York; and Washington, DC.

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. In its nascent 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.

From the Air to the Construction Site

Though it has branched out with offices in Chicago; New York; Washington, DC; and Atlanta, Thompson Hine 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.

Thompson Hine has national strength in numerous practice areas, including construction, transportation, environmental law, real estate, banking and finance, bankruptcy, corporate law, intellectual property, and litigation. The firm sets itself apart with its strong transportation practice, which covers such areas as air transportation, motor carrier, rail and intermodal, supply chain management, and water transportation. Another stand-out practice at the firm is its Construction practice. Lawyers in this practice work with a range of clients in the building industry. The group also works together with the construction consulting group Project Management Consultants to provide clients with advice on such areas as design and construction management, owner’s representation, project and risk management, and public and private financing.

Venture Forth, Young Companies

Thompson Hine has played a role in giving a boost to emerging companies, both in corporate organization and 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. The firm has also focused on expanding its intellectual property practice, which handles bioscience, energy, and technology issues, among others.

COVID-19 Update

The firm maintained normal levels of recruiting activity for both summer associates and lateral candidates during the pandemic and continues to actively seek strong candidates at all levels to join the firm. We welcome virtual or in-person interviews depending on a candidate's level of comfort and interest in meeting in person. Please contact our recruiting team with any questions.

Thompson Hine

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

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Deborah Z. Read
Hiring Partner: Anthony White
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2021:
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1,900, including 50 hours of pro bono

Base Salary

All offices:
First year: $135,000 - $180,000 (varies by location)
Summer Associate: $2,400/$2,600 per week (varies by location)

Employment Contact

Carrie Milliken
Director of Legal Talent
Chicago, Cincinnati, and Dayton:
Alex Schoultheis
Manager of Legal Talent
Cleveland and Washington, DC:
Julia Zerman
Senior Manager of Legal Talent
Columbus and New York:
Lauren Gould
Manager of Legal Talent

No. of U.S. Offices: 8

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments

Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation
Business Litigation
Business Restructuring, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
Climate Change & Sustainable Business Solutions
Commercial & Public Finance
Corporate Transactions & Securities
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Labor & Employment
Privacy & Cybersecurity
Product Liability Litigation
Real Estate
White Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.