Thompson Hine Partner Kip Bollin Elected President-Elect of Federal Bar Association

Date: September 08, 2016

Publication: Thompson Hine LLP

Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Kip T. Bollin has been elected as president-elect of The Federal Bar Association (FBA) for the 2016-2017 term. Bollin will be sworn in at the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Convention in Cleveland next week. He will become national president of the FBA in 2017.

As the second largest bar association in the country, and with more than 18,000 members nationwide, the FBA’s mission is to strengthen the federal legal system and administration of justice by serving the interests and needs of the federal practitioner, both public and private, the federal judiciary and the public they serve. “We are proud of Kip’s many accomplishments, both for the firm’s clients and the legal community at large,” said Deborah Z. Read, Thompson Hine’s managing partner. “We are honored that one of our partners has been chosen by his peers for this important position, and know that Kip will exceed the expectations for the role.”

A member of the FBA since 2003, Kip’s previous leadership positions include national treasurer and board member, and president of the Northern District of Ohio (NDOH) Chapter. “I’m deeply honored to take on this important responsibility ,” said Bollin. “The Federal Bar Association plays a vital role in our justice system. I look forward to working with attorneys and federal judges from across the country to develop strong professional bonds, and to solidify relationships between the bench and bar.”

Bollin is involved in a broad range of professional and civic activities. He is a member of the Northern District of Ohio Advisory Group, a court-appointed panel charged with providing information on matters of interest to the court, assisting in the implementation of court-adopted programs, and bringing to the court’s attention matters of interest to the bar and the community. He currently is co-chair of the Civil Rules Committee. In addition, he has served as the Advocacy Committee Chair for six years for The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, and on the Board of Directors for the past eight years. He has also been a member of the Free Clinic Associate Board, and previously served as its president.

Bollin is a litigation partner who focuses on the defense of product liability and business claims, including putative class actions.

In the product liability area, he represents corporations in the defense of putative class actions, personal injury, mass torts, toxic torts, warranty claims and premises liability actions. His business litigation practice includes the defense of putative class actions, commercial claims, intellectual property claims (litigation counsel, working with patent counsel), and other state and federal causes of action.

Prior to joining the Thompson Hine, Bollin served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sam H. Bell of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division. Bollin is a 1995 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as the articles editor of Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy. He received his B.A., cum laude, from New York University.

Thompson Hine has historically been active in the FBA. Other lawyers holding leadership positions in the FBA include Christine M. Haaker, president of the Dayton Chapter; Eric S. Daniel, NDOH Chapter board member and Admiralty Law Section board member; and Conor A. McLaughlin and Barbara A. Lum, 2016 Annual Meeting and Convention committee chairs. In addition, Thompson Hine partners William W. Jacobs and Stephen D. Williger are both past presidents of the NDOH Chapter.