The Legal 500 U.S. Recognizes Several Thompson Hine Practices, Lawyers

Firm's Construction, Corporate, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Real Estate and Business Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practices Receive National Acclaim

Date: July 06, 2015

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

CLEVELAND – July 6, 2015Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce its inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 United States, a directory of client- and peer-recommended firms, practices and lawyers used by clients throughout the country to guide their selection of lawyers and law firms. Published for more than 20 years, The Legal 500 series provides information and opinions about firms and lawyers across the globe based on interviews with lawyers and representatives from client companies. Five of the firm’s practices and 15 lawyers are recommended as listed below.

In addition, the publication’s “Leading Lawyers” listings, which recognize outstanding lawyers nationwide in each practice category, hail Construction practice chair Jeffrey R. Appelbaum and Frank D. Chaiken, chair of the firm’s Corporate practice, among the country’s 24 leading lawyers for construction and middle-market M&A work, respectively.

The firm’s Construction practice is ranked in the top tier, placing it among the top five firms in the United States. The practice earns acclaim for its “substantial expertise in new stadia work,” cited as “outstanding.” Of special note, clients and peers who provided feedback consider practice chair Appelbaum “a unique national resource for large or complicated construction projects.” In addition Patrick J. Sweeney is recommended by name.

The firm’s Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy practice is called a “go-to firm for difficult and complex issues” and “attracts glowing praise for its ‘clear and considered strategy’ and ‘very deep bench.’” Practice chair Alan R. Lepene is referred to as “creative and quick on his feet.”

Praise for the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice indicates that the team offers “great value and expertise” regarding qualified retirement plans, health and welfare, executive compensation, ERISA litigation and fiduciary matters. Partner Timothy R. Brown is called “exceptional” and practice chair Laura A. Ryan is also singled out.

Clients commenting on the firm’s middle-market M&A practice say its “M&A lawyers are true professionals when it comes to mid-market transactions, and consistently provide responsive, expert and cost-effective advice. They will also provide whatever resources are necessary to get the deal done on the client’s timeline.” Practice chair Chaiken is noted for combining “extensive deal experience with in-house expertise.” Other partners singled out for sophisticated deal work include Thomas A. Aldrich, Jim Balthaser, Corby J. Baumann, Garrett D. Evers, Tony Kuhel and David A. Neuhardt.

The firm’s Real Estate practice is noted for its successful completion of a wide variety of transactions across the United States in 2014, including major portfolio property acquisitions and development deals. Clients praise the 15-partner team for achieving consistent results and note that “the team leadership and supporting subject matter experts work seamlessly.” Partner James B. Aronoff is deemed to be “brilliant” and partner Robyn Minter Smyers is praised for being “knowledgeable.” Recent practice additions Stephen B. Schrock and Christine Schneider are also mentioned.

In addition to the practice rankings, 15 Thompson Hine lawyers are recommended by name:



About Thompson Hine LLP. Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service business law firm with approximately 400 lawyers in 7 offices, is ranked among the top 4 U.S. firms for Value for the Dollar and Commitment to Help and named a Top 5 firm for Client Service Excellence in independent surveys of more than 300 in-house counsel. For 3 straight years, Thompson Hine has distinguished itself in all areas of Service Delivery Innovation and is one of only 5 firms noted in the BTI Brand Elite for “making changes to improve the client experience.” The firm’s commitment to innovation is embodied in Thompson Hine SmartPaTHSM – a smarter way to work – predictable, efficient and aligned with client goals. Key components of SmartPaTH include Legal Project Management, Value-Based Pricing, Flexible Staffing and Process Efficiency. For more information, please visit and