Thompson Hine Adds Corporate Partner Pingshan Li

Li Joins as Second Corporate Lateral in Cleveland in 2016

Date: August 16, 2016

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Pingshan Li has joined the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice as a partner in Cleveland. Li comes from Ulmer & Berne LLP, where he was the head of that firm’s China practice.

Li is the second lateral partner to join the Cleveland office’s Corporate practice in 2016, following the addition of David D. Watson earlier this year. With Li’s addition, Thompson Hine continues the firmwide growth of its Corporate Practice Group, now at 85 lawyers.

Li represents Asian companies in direct investment and expansion-related matters in North America, as well as U.S. companies doing business in Asia. Li’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, corporate governance, public company compliance, international business transactions, and managing cross-border commercial litigation. He also represents clients in technology transactions and intellectual property rights protections. Li has substantial corporate and legal experience in China. He currently acts as outside general counsel for several large multinational companies and he also serves as corporate secretary for several clients’ boards of directors.

“Thompson Hine offers an ideal platform for my clients,” said Li. “My clients will benefit from the firm’s innovation in service delivery and its SmartPaTH® program. I know that my clients will appreciate access to the excellent lawyers in the firm’s International Trade, Transportation, Labor & Employment, Immigration and Business Litigation practice groups.”

Li previously worked as a claim manager at China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association located in Beijing, where he represented shipowners and P&I clubs in maritime matters in both Chinese and U.S. international ports. Li is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and was born and raised in the Liaoning province of China.

“We are very pleased to welcome Ping to the Cleveland office,” said Robyn Minter Smyers, Cleveland office partner-in-charge. “His extensive experience in working with Asian entities operating in the United States will benefit our clients tremendously.”

Li received a J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2008, an LL.M. from University College London in 2000, an LL.M. from Dalian Maritime University in 1998, and a B.S. from Dalian Maritime University in 1995.