Thompson Hine Elects Six New Partners

Date: January 13, 2022

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP has elected six new partners, effective January 1, 2022. The new partners, located across four of the firm’s offices, represent a broad range of practice areas, including Business Litigation, Environmental, International TradeLabor & Employment and Transportation.

“These future leaders of our firm exhibit outstanding skill in their practice areas and embrace the innovative ideas that drive our commitment to providing enhanced value to clients. Each of them is dedicated to helping clients achieve their business goals by delivering exceptional legal services while affording clients greater efficiency, predictability and transparency. We are proud to welcome these attorneys to our partnership,” said Deborah Z. Read, Thompson Hine’s managing partner.

The new partners are:

Mark R. Butscha, Jr., a member of the Business Litigation practice in Cleveland. He focuses his practice on antitrust matters, particularly merger control issues and filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and he has represented clients in merger investigations by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission. Butscha is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, arbitration tribunals, and administrative proceedings involving antitrust, competition and other complex claims, including class actions. He also has represented companies and individuals facing criminal inquiries and investigations. Butscha received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.S. from Ohio University.

Matthew R. Kissling, a member of the Labor & Employment practice in Cleveland. He focuses his practice on counseling management clients on all areas of labor and employment law, as well representing clients in employment-related disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Kissling also has significant experience advising government contractors and subcontractors on all aspects of their employment-related obligations under federal, state and local laws and regulations. He regularly represents contractors in compliance audits by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and counsels them on fulfilling their federal and state affirmative action obligations. Kissling also frequently provides strategic advice to contractors on wage and hour issues under the Service Contract Act, Davis-Bacon Act and state prevailing wage laws. Kissling received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Allegheny College.

Michelle Li, a member of the International Trade practice in Washington, D.C. She focuses her practice on assisting clients in a wide range of industries with trade remedy proceedings. Li’s experience includes drafting and filing petitions, comments, case and rebuttal briefs, and presenting oral arguments to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She also advises clients on Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission and on trade enforcement, anti-circumvention and FDA-related import issues before U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Li received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center; her Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (China) and University of Missouri-Kansas City; and her LL.B. from the Southwest University of Political Science and Law.

Sean P. McCormick, a member of the Business Litigation practice in Dayton. His practice focuses on insurance and coverage-related disputes with an emphasis on insurance policy interpretation, dispute resolution and coverage litigation. McCormick advocates for policyholders in state and federal courts nationwide in policy construction and insurance coverage lawsuits. He also represents business clients in a wide range of other matters, including complex commercial contract disputes. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law and his B.A. from Centre College.

Heather A. (Austin) Richardson, a member of the Environmental practice in New York. Richardson focuses her practice on environmental risk allocation in business transactions and advising clients on environmental, health and safety regulatory matters and compliance with environmental regulations for a variety of industries. She is proficient in handling complex national and international environmental issues in mergers and acquisitions, real estate, financing and brownfield redevelopment projects. Richardson also has substantial experience with obtaining environmental insurance, obtaining closure under state regulatory programs and resolving environmental issues in distressed M&A transactions. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from Allegheny College.

Jason D. Tutrone, a member of the Transportation practice in Washington, D.C. Tutrone’s practice involves cargo-transportation transactions and disputes, aircraft transactions and a wide range of cargo- and air-transportation regulatory matters, including the representation of shippers and trade associations in high-profile rulemaking proceedings before the Surface Transportation Board and Federal Maritime Commission. His practice also encompasses air, ocean, rail and truck transportation. Tutrone’s clients are shippers, including chemical, fertilizer and automotive manufacturers; retailers and food producers; trade associations representing shippers; transportation intermediaries; aircraft owners and purchasers; and businesses that use or are affected by unmanned aircraft systems. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.S., summa cum laude, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.