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There is truth to the saying that the three things that matter with respect to property are “location, location, location.” Finding the best location, however, involves the analysis of multiple factors such as available federal, state and local incentives, ability to build key relationships with state and local agencies, zoning and real estate issues, labor and construction markets, and other classic public and private transactional issues. Joint multidisciplinary teams of professionals from Thompson Hine LLP and its wholly owned subsidiary, Project Management Consultants LLC (PMC), routinely help clients understand, access and balance all of these factors and, as a result, find the right locations for new manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, corporate headquarters and other projects, and serve as legal and consulting partners through all phases of the site selection and development process.

Located within a day’s drive of nearly half the U.S. population and headquarters operations, the Columbus Region is home to the North American International Freight Center, a multimodal logistics hub and a top 10 Foreign Trade Zone, and Rickenbacker International Airport, a cargo-dedicated airport offering U.S. importers and exporters connections to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Coast-to-coast service provided by Norfolk Southern and CSX, two of the nation’s largest rail providers, allow double-stacked freight trains from the Columbus Region access to east coast ports via the Heartland and Gateway corridors, and four intermodal terminals in the Columbus Region that handle 800,000 container lifts annually provide access to world markets and seaports. It’s easy to see why Central Ohio is home to more than 4,000 logistics companies, sixteen Fortune 1000 companies, five Fortune 500 companies, over 300 foreign-owned businesses, and a large concentration of science, technology and research organizations.[1]

Our Columbus office provides a convenient point of access to our comprehensive legal services for manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers and others in the supply chain who import or export products and must contend with a host of transportation, trade, workforce, intellectual property and other regulatory issues.

Supply Chain Management

Thompson Hine’s Supply Chain Management team is focused on addressing complex supply chain issues and disputes across numerous industries. We help our clients implement their supply chain strategies and address problems that arise in these multifaceted economic relationships. Our lawyers have the experience and judgment to guide clients through the constantly evolving technological, economic and regulatory environments and to overcome the ongoing challenges in managing and participating in supply chain networks.

International Trade

Clients turn to our International Trade lawyers for guidance on taking advantage of global market opportunities and avoiding liability under international trade rules. We advise domestic and foreign clients on compliance with a broad range of U.S. laws, regulations and programs affecting the import and export of goods, technology, services and investment. We represent clients in trade remedy (antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard) cases and international trade negotiations and disputes, and assist them with trade policy matters.

Transportation

Our Transportation group is nationally ranked by Chambers USA as a top practice representing shippers in rail and motor carrier matters, based on interviews with clients and peers. We provide a broad range of services to clients in the logistics industry and handle a variety of matters involving commercial, regulatory, litigation, legislative and policy issues affecting the transportation of goods by rail, truck, vessel, aircraft and pipeline. We also counsel clients on matters of homeland security and transportation of hazardous materials as those issues continue to have an increasing impact on their businesses.

Immigration

Our Immigration group advises employers across the globe, including a number of Fortune 500 companies, on global talent management and cross-border employment issues. Our practice has three primary focuses: developing strategic immigration policies for employers consistent with their global talent acquisition and retention goals, supporting our clients’ immigration sponsorship for their employees, and advising on compliance with immigration-based regulations.

International

Our multidisciplinary International practice provides comprehensive counsel to companies with multinational operations, helping them prioritize, structure, document and achieve their global business objectives. We help our clients overcome the challenges posed by cross-border business dealings, including unfamiliar laws, alternative business practices, cultural differences, bureaucratic red tape and foreign language issues. Our practice includes lawyers who are fluent in many languages and licensed or admitted to practice in key foreign jurisdictions.

International Arbitration

Arbitration is swiftly becoming the method of choice for resolving cross-border business disputes because of its efficiency and economy, its confidentiality and the relative ease of enforcing arbitral awards throughout the world. Our International Arbitration team represents U.S., foreign and multinational corporations; closely held concerns; NGOs; and individuals in arbitrations and related court proceedings. We have deep experience handling arbitrations seated and heard in the United States, the UK, Europe, Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Bermuda, the Caribbean and other offshore jurisdictions. We act in commercial and investment arbitration proceedings for clients doing business in a wide range of sectors, including finance and banking, manufacturing and trade, construction and infrastructure, investment management, life sciences, oil and gas, technology and real estate.

Intellectual Property

Our Intellectual Property group counsels global companies of all sizes in a broad range of industries on diverse IP needs ranging from day-to-day counseling and prosecution to litigation. Our group consists of attorneys with broad-ranging disciplines and experience, including a former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trademark examining attorney and USPTO-registered patent attorneys, with one-third having advanced scientific degrees. We work closely with foreign associates to secure trademark, copyright and patent rights and enforce those rights against third-party infringers. We maintain extensive international patent and trademark portfolios for our clients and assist them with developing complex global application protection strategies that include utilizing filing systems such as the Madrid Protocol, Community Trademarks (EU), national filings, ARIPO (African) and OAPI (African) for their trademarks. As part of Thompson Hine’s innovative SmartPaTH® approach to service delivery, we proactively offer customized domestic and international IP portfolio management procedures and strategies designed to increase internal efficiencies and reduce outside legal expenses.

Corporate Transactions & Securities

Our Corporate Transactions & Securities practice advises multinational companies on international corporate and trade matters, including international mergers and acquisitions, agency and distribution issues, know-how licensing and joint venture transactions, as well as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and related suspect payment issues. We work closely with foreign counsel around the world to address local labor and employment, commercial and other contractual issues. We also work extensively with foreign companies expanding and investing in the United States.

[1] The Columbus Region Factbook 2016

Our highly regarded automotive and mobility practice combines legal and technical resources with problem-solving in a unique approach that sets us apart from other law firms serving clients in this sector. Our team includes national trial attorneys experienced in representing automotive industry clients as well as former government officials and seasoned environmental counsel.

We actively participate in a broad range of community organizations including:

  • Amethyst Incorporated
  • Battelle for Kids
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Ohio
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Children’s Hunger Alliance
  • City Year Columbus
  • Columbus 2020
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
  • Community Shelter Board
  • Conway Center for Family Business
  • Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio
  • Dublin Food Pantry
  • Franklinton Gardens
  • Jazz Arts Group
  • Jimmy Crum Labor of Love
  • Lincoln Theatre
  • Make-a-Wish
  • Men’s Varsity O Alumni Association
  • Music Loves Ohio
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Pelotonia
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • TechColumbus
  • United Way of Central Ohio
  • The Women’s Fund

Columbus is the seat of Ohio’s state government and home to The Ohio State University. With more than 1.75 million metropolitan area residents, Columbus is at the heart of the largest concentration of population and economic activity in North America. Already the second-fastest growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest, the entire community is seizing new opportunities to propel Greater Columbus into the ranks of the nation’s most innovative, attractive and business-friendly communities.

The city offers a wide variety of options for sports fans. The Arena District boasts the 18,500-seat Nationwide Arena, home ice for the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, along with Huntington Park, home to the Columbus Clippers, the triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. In addition, Columbus hosts the OSU Buckeyes, Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew and the PGA Memorial Tournament.

Columbus provides many avenues for cultural enrichment, including The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, ranked the #1 zoo in the United States, and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), named the #1 science center in the country by Parents magazine. Columbus is also home to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet, Columbus Museum of Art, Opera Columbus and Wexner Center for the Arts.

From Northwest

  • From 33, take 270 South, Grove City
  • From 270 South, Take 70 East, Columbus
  • 70 East to Front Street Exit – stay in left lane and it will turn into Front Street
  • Follow Front Street approximately 5 blocks while staying in the far right lane
  • DoubleTree Suites Hotel has green awnings and will be on the right side of Front Street
  • Capital Street Alley is the first right after the hotel. (If you reach Broad Street, you have gone too far)
  • Huntington Center Parking is the first immediate right off of Capital Street Alley. The garage is marked by large gold letters that read PARK
  • Take Huntington Center elevator bank (east side of garage) to Level 5
  • Go through revolving door; elevator banks are straight ahead
  • Take elevator to Thompson Hine offices on the 17th floor

From North (I-71)

  • 71 South to Broad Street exit
  • Turn right at the stop light onto Broad Street
  • Go straight on Broad Street past the High Street intersection
  • Turn left at the next alley (Wall Street)
  • Turn right at the first alley (Capital Street)
  • Parking is on your immediate left
  • Take Huntington Center elevator bank (east side of garage) to Level 5
  • Go through revolving door; elevator banks are straight ahead
  • Take elevator to Thompson Hine on the 17th floor

From North (State Route 315)

  • 315 South to 670 East
  • From 670 East exit on 3rd Street
  • Follow 3rd Street for about 7 blocks
  • Turn right onto State Street (after you pass the State House)
  • State Street dead ends into Front Street
  • Turn right onto Front Street
  • DoubleTree Suites Hotel has green awnings and will be on the right side of Front Street
  • Capital Street Alley is the first right after the hotel. (If you reach Broad Street, you have gone too far)
  • Huntington Center Parking is the first immediate right off of Capital Street Alley. The garage is marked by large gold letters that read PARK
  • Take Huntington Center elevator bank (east side of garage) to Level 5
  • Go through revolving door; elevator banks are straight ahead
  • Take elevator to Thompson Hine on the 17th floor.

From East

  • 70 West to the 4th Street exit
  • Do not turn right onto 4th Street
  • Continue straight to Fulton Street
  • Fulton dead ends into Front Street
  • Turn right onto Front Street
  • DoubleTree Suites Hotel has green awnings and will be on the right side of Front Street
  • Capital Street Alley is the first right after the hotel. (If you reach Broad Street, you have gone too far)
  • Huntington Center Parking is the first immediate right off of Capital Street Alley. The garage is marked by large gold letters that read “PARK”
  • Take Huntington Center elevator bank (east side of garage) to Level 5
  • Go through revolving door; elevator banks are straight ahead
  • Take elevator to Thompson Hine offices on the 17th floor

From South

  • Take 71 North to 70 East.
  • Exit at the Front Street exit – stay in the left lane and it will turn into Front Street
  • Follow Front Street approximately 5 blocks while staying in the far right lane
  • DoubleTree Suites Hotel has green awnings and will be on the right side of Front Street
  • Capital Street Alley is the first right after the hotel. (If you reach Broad Street, you have gone too far)
  • Huntington Center Parking is the first immediate right off of Capital Street Alley. The garage is marked by large gold letters that read PARK
  • Take Huntington Center elevator bank (east side of garage) to Level 5
  • Go through revolving door; elevator banks are straight ahead
  • Take elevator to Thompson Hine offices on the 17th floor.

From Airport

  • Take 670 to Downtown
  • Exit on 3rd Street
  • Follow 3rd Street for about 7 blocks
  • Turn right onto State Street (after you pass the State House)
  • State Street dead ends into Front Street
  • Turn right onto Front Street
  • DoubleTree Suites Hotel has green awnings and will be on the right side of Front Street
  • Capital Street Alley is the first right after the hotel. (If you reach Broad Street, you have gone too far)
  • Huntington Center Parking is the first immediate right off of Capital Street Alley. The garage is marked by large gold letters that read PARK
  • Take Huntington Center elevator bank (east side of garage) to Level 5
  • Go through revolving door; elevator banks are straight ahead
  • Take elevator to Thompson Hine offices on the 17th floor.