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Thompson Hine

2020 Vault Rankings

At a Glance


“Relaxed but professional environment.”

“Understanding and supportive partners.”


“Compensation could be a little better”

“The hours”

About Thompson Hine

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 1907, he entered into a partnership with Charles B. Hine, and in 1911, the duo teamed up with Walter Flory (Thompson Hine dropped "Flory" from its name in 2001). 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. The firm maintains a strong Midwestern presence, with four offices and hundreds of attorneys in Ohio. It 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.

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. Recently, the firm has focused on expanding its intellectual property practice, which has dealt with bioscience, energy, and technology issues, among others.

Thompson Hine

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

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Deborah Z. Read
Hiring Partners: Anthony White; William Hubbard

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 Program

Summer Associate Offers:
8 out of 8 (2Ls only) (2018)

Employment Contact

Andy Colón, JD
Chief Talent Officer
(202) 973-2725

Major Office Locations

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

Major Departments

Admiralty & Maritime
Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation
Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
Business Litigation
Business Restructuring, Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
Climate Change & Sustainable Business Solutions
Commercial & Public Finance
Corporate Transactions & Securities
Emerging Technologies
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
ERISA Litigation
FCPA & Other Antibribery Laws
Government Contracts
Health Care
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
International Trade
Investment Management
Labor & Employment
Life Sciences
Personal & Succession Planning
Privacy & Cybersecurity
Product Liability Litigation
Qualified Opportunity Zones
Real Estate
Shale Energy & Infrastructure
Supply Chain Management
Water Technology, Finance & Regulation
White Collar Criminal Practice, Internal Investigations & Government Enforcement