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About Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP has seven offices located in Ohio; Texas; Pennsylvania; and Washington, DC. The full-service firm operates with the goal of achieving “excellence” through its motto, “excellent work for excellent clients, by attorneys who are excellent people.”
Same Name, New Look
Vorys was established in Columbus, Ohio, in 1909 by the same four named partners on today’s letterhead. Rare for a century-plus-old firm, Vorys has not changed its name since opening its doors—though the firm itself looks entirely different nowadays. Over the years, Vorys has grown from a four-person office in Columbus to one of the largest Ohio-based law firms, with nearly 375 attorneys.
Jack of All Trades
Representing some of the world's largest companies as well as individuals and small businesses, Vorys represents just about every industry: insurance, food service, construction, engineering, pharmaceutical, automotive, banking, manufacturing, higher education, and many more. In addition, a significant portion of the firm's work is on behalf of federal, state, and local governments. Vorys counsels business clients on all types of corporate matters, such as governance, structured and financial transactions, real estate acquisitions and franchise arrangements, employment law policies and practices, compliance with health care regulatory requirements, and even environmental problems.
Vorys’ team of litigation attorneys makes up the largest practice group at the firm. They have tried matters in federal and state courts across the country, including all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Vorys’ litigators have experience in a range of areas, including toxic tort issues, claims of employment discrimination, allegations of criminal activity, claimed violations of the securities laws, claimed violations of state insurance laws, or large-scale computer data breaches.
Vorys also has a government relations team that focuses on such areas as alcohol and beverage law, elections and campaign finance, public contracting and procurement, and public finance. With its heavy presence in Ohio, the firm frequently represents clients on high-profile state issues. The firm’s recent work in Ohio includes implementing Ohio’s minimum wage constitutional amendment, drafting and lobbying for the state’s first civil and criminal SPAM statutes, and providing legislative counsel to assist in the enactment of the first asbestos and silica tort reform legislation in the country.
Take It Under Advisement
Vorys offers guidance to business clients looking for more than legal advice through its two affiliates: Vorys Advisors LLC and Vorys Health Care Advisors LLC. Vorys Advisors provides government relations and strategic counsel to clients in a variety of industries. Four former Ohio state senators are at the helm of Vorys Advisors. Narrower in scope, Vorys Health Care Advisors assists health care providers, business decision makers, and professional associations looking for guidance in the heavily regulated and rapidly changing health care industry.
52 East Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 464-6400
Managing Partner: Michael Martz
Hiring Partners: Thomas McCormick and Natalie McLaughlin
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
250 - 500
1st year: $140,000
Summer Associate: $2,692/week Ohio
1st year: $130,000
Summer Associate: $2,500/week Pittsburgh
1st year: $130,000 Washington, DC
1st year: $140,000
Bobbi J. Shoemaker
Legal Recruiting Coordinator
No. of U.S. Offices: 7
No. of International Offices: 0
Columbus, OH (HQ)
Finance, Energy and Real Estate
Labor and Employment
Probate and Tax
Technology and IP
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.