Sarah C. Flannery - Cleveland - Partner

I joined Thompson Hine as a summer law clerk after my second year of law school and have happily remained since. I chose the firm and its Labor & Employment group because it was clear to me that I would be given a high level of responsibility even at junior stages in my career. As a mid-level associate, I was entrusted with many responsibilities that are carried out by junior partners at other firms.

What I did not necessarily expect when joining a large firm was the opportunity for flexibility, but Thompson Hine allowed me to choose a flex arrangement in which I work at a full-time capacity, but I work remotely from home two days per week. The firm genuinely supports this arrangement, as evidenced by the fact that neither my compensation nor my partnership track has been altered, and I continue to receive great work, business development opportunities and professional mentoring. Like many lawyers, I am occasionally contacted by legal recruiters, but I don't even consider returning their calls because I appreciate Thompson Hine's inclusion of associates in high-level experiences such as strategic planning and client development and the firm's meaningful support of flex arrangements.

 

Beverly Lyman, Ph.D. - Atlanta - Partner

I was recruited to Thompson Hine as a lateral partner in the Intellectual Property and Life Sciences practice groups after practicing with a boutique firm for over a decade.

My interest in the firm was piqued by its culture of recognizing women, without any "cute" or "smarmy" overtones. Thompson Hine fit the bill for me. In other work environments, I was definitely singled out as a woman - labeled a "lady lawyer." At Thompson Hine, being a woman is not just about gender, it is an advantage in mentoring, networking, integrating my practice, pitching to clients, etc. I work with my female colleagues on women-focused issues, but these issues are core business issues (e.g., negotiation strategies). Thompson Hine fosters an atmosphere in which women are recognized as business professionals - a dynamic culture in which one can grow a practice.

 

 

Sharen Swartz Neuhardt - Dayton - Partner

We value our women attorneys, first and foremost, because they are great lawyers. What sets Thompson Hine apart from many other large law firms is that it recognizes the leadership potential in its women attorneys and gives us the opportunity to demonstrate that we can be great attorneys and strong leaders as well.

 

 

Jennifer S. Roach - Cleveland - Partner

There are tremendous opportunities available to lawyers at Thompson Hine for professional and personal growth. Associates are encouraged to become involved in their communities, participate in pro bono projects and take advantage of the numerous professional development opportunities made available by the firm. Significant responsibility and the opportunity for direct client contact is given to associates early in their careers, with assignments increasing in complexity in a supportive environment where partners place an emphasis on learning by doing while taking the time to provide instruction and guidance. Thompson Hine offers the resources of a large firm while maintaining a culture in which personal relationships between colleagues in other practice groups and other offices are cultivated and valued.