Best Law FirmBest Law Firm 2016

At Taft, we work as one team, driven and committed to helping you succeed. Our attorneys understand that innovative, value-creating solutions help our clients reach their goals. Our collaborative approach, advanced technological resources and depth of services can transform what you expect from your legal team.

With more than 400 attorneys, Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Covington, Ky.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Phoenix, Ariz., and maintains a presence in Florida. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including:

- Business & Finance
- Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights
- Environmental
- Health & Life Sciences
- Intellectual Property
- Labor & Employment
- Litigation
- Private Client
- Real Estate
- Tax

Since 1885, Taft has maintained a constant focus: to provide clients, both large and small, with legal advice and services that meet the highest possible standards.

Affiliated Businesses

As an additional service to our clients, Taft attorneys often partner with members of our affiliated businesses to provide comprehensive service to our clients. Our affiliated businesses include:

- Focused Capitol Solutions LLC
- Ginovus LLC
- Ingardus LLC
- Taft Business Consulting LLC
- Taft HR Solutions LLC
- The Mid-American Regional Center

Through these businesses, clients can access business consulting across a variety of disciplines, from general planning and forecasting to government relations and public policy.

Awards and Honors

Taft has received numerous awards and honors:

- 44 Taft attorneys and 11 practice areas are listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

- Taft is ranked among the U.S. News Media Group "Best Law Firms." Taft received eight National Tier 1 rankings and 83 Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings.

- 155 Taft attorneys were honored with inclusion in the most recent edition of Best Lawyers in America.

- 102 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine.

- 27 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine.

- Taft is rated a Highly Recommended Firm in Ohio and Indiana by Benchmark Litigation, and 17 Taft attorneys are recognized by Benchmark Litigation as Local Litigation Stars.

Taft Practice Group Descriptions

Business & Finance: We provide legal services to public, private and non-profit clients in a wide variety of industries, including banking, construction, distribution, finance, health care, housing, insurance, manufacturing, private equity, professional sports, real estate, retail and utilities. Members of the group represent clients of different sizes, from emerging companies to Fortune 500 companies, on issues ranging from local matters to transactions with national and international implications.

Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights: We represent debtors, lenders, committees, suppliers, real estate owners and developers, equipment lessors, receivers, trustees, buyers and sellers, and other parties in connection with a wide assortment of transactions and litigation. We have extensive experience in the automotive, steel, telecommunications, basic manufacturing, retail and wholesale goods, and distressed-debt trading industries.

Environmental: We provide services in the areas of trial practice, Superfund defense and negotiation, enforcement defense, cost-recovery for plaintiffs and defendants, criminal environmental defense, environmental insurance and toxic tort litigation, mold and sick building litigation, lawsuits involving environmental problems discovered as a result of real property transfers or mergers and acquisitions, Brownfields redevelopment, defense of claims of occupational exposures, and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies.

Health & Life Sciences: We advise individual and institutional healthcare providers, research institutions, and pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology clients in multiple areas of law, including business and finance, employment and labor relations, malpractice litigation, insurance, regulatory and administrative law, ERISA, third-party reimbursement (Medicare, Medicaid and private payers) and hospital financing (tax-exempt bond financing).

Intellectual Property: We counsel and assist clients with patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, computer software, Internet-related issues and IP litigation.

Labor & Employment: We represent clients in the wide range of legal services to manage the complex relationship between employers and employees, including labor management relations, employment litigation, day-to-day counseling, benefit plans and ERISA compliance, workplace safety and health, immigration and citizenship and workers’ compensation.

Litigation: We represent clients in pretrial, trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts, before regulatory agencies and arbitration panels, and in alternative dispute resolution in a full range of matters, including antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, construction, ERISA, education, estates, trusts and fiduciary, environmental, FCPA and international anti-corruption, First Amendment and media law, government contracts, insurance, intellectual property, pharmaceutical and life sciences, product liability and personal injury, securities, sports, and corporate compliance and white collar criminal defense.

Private Client: We counsel owners of family businesses in establishing organizational structures to satisfy current and long-term needs, to plan for the transfer of the business to the next generation (whether during the owner's lifetime or upon death), and to implement strategies. We also represent clients on personal planning, taking into account estate and income tax issues, closely-held businesses, second marriages, and planning for special needs of children and other heirs.

Real Estate: We represent clients in all services related to the acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, management, and use of real estate, including lease, financing agreement, construction contract, and purchase and sale agreement negotiations, land use representation and litigation, and tax valuation representation and litigation.

Tax: We represent public corporations, financial institutions, domestic joint ventures, new business ventures, non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, and individuals in tax matters such as business transactions, employee benefits and executive compensation, international taxation, mergers and acquisitions, state and local tax, and tax controversy and litigation.

Main Location

425 Walnut Street, Suite 1800
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3957
Phone: 513-381-2838
8 offices

Firm Attorneys

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Eric M. Simon Eric M. Simon Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Practicing in: Health Care Law, Administrative / Regulatory Law
Practicing in: Health Care Law, Administrative / Regulatory Law
Donald C. Brey Donald C. Brey Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation, Administrative / Regulatory Law, Litigation - First Amendment
Practicing in: Commercial Litigation, Administrative / Regulatory Law, Litigation - First Amendment

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    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio with 107 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Indiana in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Indiana in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Venture Capital Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Real Estate Law with 11 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in International Trade and Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Commercial Litigation with 28 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Indianapolis, Indiana in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Indianapolis, Indiana in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Indianapolis, Indiana in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Cincinnati, Ohio in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Columbus, Ohio in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Cincinnati, Ohio in Venture Capital Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Cincinnati, Ohio in International Trade and Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Cincinnati, Ohio in Banking and Finance Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Cincinnati, Ohio in Appellate Practice with 2 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio with 107 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Indiana in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Indiana in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ohio in Venture Capital Law with 4 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "Mr. Thompson has done an excellent job on cases in which he represents the authority. He is a very knowledgeable attorney who works hard for his clients. The best way of describing him is as a professional no-nonsense attorney who gets results."
    - Jeffery Patterson
    Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
    "Adrian has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is great to work with and is very responsive to his clients' needs."
    "Mr. Lowe is one of the most professional, responsive, and effective attorneys I deal with, both for day-to-day legal advice and for litigation. He consistently demonstrates a thorough understanding of my business and its products, and delivers practical advice to help solve the commercial disputes and other legal issues presented to him. I would strongly recommend Mr. Lowe to others without qualification."
    "Cathy knows the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback laws as well as anyone in the country. She understands a hospital's practical issues and is adept at finding solutions. "
    "Craig is exceptionally well-qualified in construction law as well as several other areas of law. While serving as our General Counsel, he has saved us money and heartburn by providing sound legal advice and has appropriate, insightful business commentary to help us avoid potential problems."
    - Dave Anderson
    Liberty Township
    "Dave loves the practice of law and works extremely hard to make sure he is providing the best legal representation for his clients. Dave is a great communicator and a skilled trial attorney, which was recognized by his peers at the firm when he was elected to the management committee and asked to chair the firm's litigation group. Dave handles both routine and complex matters efficiently and I have never questioned the work he has done or the advice he has provided. At the same time, he knows when he needs to pull in someone with expertise in certain areas. He works well with outside counsel and witnesses alike, and is a valuable resource to my law department."
    - Joseph C. Blasko
    Liebert Corporation
    "David Johnson has a unique understanding of our business matters and has been a trusted advisor and confidant in the progression of our business. He is intelligent yet practical in his approach. He is decisive and offers viable solutions. There is no finer corporate attorney."
    - Bill Economus
    Riverside Radiology Associates, Inc., & Premier Imaging Ventures, Inc
    "David Johnson is intelligent, responsive, and practical. He is a trusted advisor to our business and understands how to apply practical solutions to business matters. He has a keen understanding of our unique business needs and provides advice that is spot on. When you consult with David, you know you will be provided with a thorough and decisive opinion."
    - Bill Economus
    Riverside Radiology Associates, Inc., & Premier Imaging Ventures, Inc
    "David Johnson's strengths go beyond being a great attorney. There are a lot of attorneys out there who can craft the most eloquently worded documents, yet miss the substance of the transaction. David is not one of those attorneys. He brings a wealth of understanding about strategy and business functionality, as well as the importance of relationships. He uses these skills to provide exceptional counsel to our firm, so much so that he is not viewed as "outside counsel"; he is viewed as an integral member of our team."
    - Robert Underhill
    NexTech Materials, Ltd.
    "David is a very competent corporate attorney. He has complete knowledge of pertinent law, is an accomplished negotiator, and is very thorough in contract drafting. In addition to his legal expertise, David has a great deal of common sense and business sense, making him a valued business advisor."
    - Philip Fullenkamp
    Celina Insurance Group
    "It has been a pleasure to work with David Johnson over the past 16 years. He has been instrumental in the development of our organization to become one of the top ten radiology practices in the nation. His sage advice transcends all aspects of our organization, and he is integral to our continued growth."
    "My company has been working with David for about the last five years. I have found his guidance and counsel to be outstanding. We have used other lawyers from large firms from time to time but I have found none that provide the quality, timeliness, or cost effectiveness of David. He also serves as our Corporate Secretary for our Board meetings. In that role, he has provided excellent advice to me and our other Board members. I could not recommend anyone higher."
    "Dave Tavolier has developed into my "go-to" attorney for structuring our joint venture partnerships. Dave is responsive, creative, and a pleasure to work with."
    - Chris Salata
    Fairmount Properties
    "If Dave Tavolier is working your issue, you will sleep well. His due diligence, sense of fair play and preparation at the "front end" of an issue that he is working has provided a favorable outcome for me 100% of the time!"
    - Chip Gear
    The Technology House, Ltd.
    "Betty Stanton is the "go-to" person for those complex, confusing, multifaceted labor and employment questions."
    - Robin L. Parker
    Miami University
    "Eric is a great health care attorney with vast knowledge and expertise in all matters related to transactions, health care law, and Medicare/Medicaid compliance issues. His ability to quickly and efficiently facilitate the sale or leasing of healthcare facilities is impressive. Eric always represents the best interest of his client and is a deal maker, not a deal breaker. Despite his busy schedule, Eric always returns phone calls, acts with a sense of urgency, and gets the job done. He is a pleasure to work with."
    - Aaron Handler
    Oakwood Healthcare Services Inc.
    "With years of public and private sector experience, including serving as the City of Chicago's Commissioner of Zoning, Graham Grady is a zoning and land use expert with an appreciation for all the nuances of what it takes to keep a city working. His first-hand knowledge of zoning law, and personal bent on providing good service, has earned him much respect. He is sought out as a professional who can open doors and get things done correctly the first time around. Well respected by elected officials and public employees for accurate thorough work, to the advantage of his clients, projects he works on in Chicago advance expeditiously through the land use and zoning process. "
    - Marcia Jimenez
    Swedish Covenant Hospital
    "Graham is a terrific land use attorney and a pleasure to work with. His mastery of the, at times, byzantine rules of Chicago zoning law makes him a key partner in land use matters."
    - Eli Ungar
    Antheus Capital LLC
    "Graham Grady is a superb zoning attorney who combines a detailed understanding of the law with a sophisticated understanding of what can be achieved, and how."
    - Eli Ungar
    Antheus Capital LLC
    "Graham Grady is extremely knowledgeable in governmental policies and procedures. He gets to the meat of the matter and resolves related problems efficiently. He explains matters in terms any layperson can understand. He is articulate and a gentlemen."
    - Robin T. Wold
    Randolph-Racine Management
    "Greg Rogers has been advising us in employment law and labor contract negotiations for over 10 years. He is friendly to deal with, very responsive, and most importantly, furnishes very sound counsel."
    - Steve Lippert
    Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.
    "Mr. Greg Rogers is an extraordinary lawyer who possesses excellent judgment. Greg manifests meticulous attention to detail and tactics. Greg is prompt in his responses. Greg is warm, reassuring, and sensitive in demeanor, but a prizefighter on your behalf. It was wonderful having Greg on our side. His word proved to be as good as gold. We won in a landslide. I cannot recommend him more highly."
    - James O'Neill
    Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio
    "I have known and worked with Greg for at least 10 years. He is an excellent attorney who provides prompt counsel and brings practical, yet creative, solutions to complex labor relations issues. His broad-based knowledge of labor contract administration and employment law in general are superior assets for problems that cross all Human Resources functions. His succesful conclusion rate to formal employee complaints and grievance arbitration attest to his skill as discussed. He is an attorney who I would want to represent me in any major labor/employment practices case."
    - Dale Gerber
    EMD Chemicals - former Manager- Industrial Relations AK Steel
    "Mr. Rogers has consistently provided excellent counsel on labor and employment matters."
    - John Kuzman
    AK Steel Corporation
    "The qualities in Greg Rogers from which I feel I've most benefited are his people instincts that translate into an uncanny ability to assess both friend and foe, and the thoroughness of his analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a case."
    - Bernie Schaeffer
    Schaeffer's Investment Research, Inc.
    "Greg is the consummate professional - poised, well-prepared, and persuasive. He is one of the best employer advocates with whom I have worked in my over 25 years in Labor Relations. Greg grasps issues quickly, minimizes preparation time for arbitrations, and provides sage counsel on labor and employment issues."
    - Michael Seyler
    AK Steel Corporation
    "Greg Rogers is a skilled lawyer who provides thoughtful and knowledgeable advice. He is efficient and pragmatic, and he focuses on the best way to achieve a client's objectives. In addition to his excellent skills, he is responsive and a pleasure to work with."
    - Anastasia Katinas
    Sears Holdings
    "I have worked closely with Mr. Rogers for a number of years and believe him to be a "lawyers' lawyer" in every positive way this expression conveys. Greg is highly professional in everything he does. He has the ability to make quick assessments of each client's problem, as well as the unique skill and talent to identify the primary legal issues and focus on an appropriate course of action to maximize, protect, and advance the client's legal interests. No matter what the issue, Greg will handle it with the goal in mind to achieve the best result possible, fairly, and honorably. He is a credit to the profession and a truly fine lawyer in every sense of the word."
    - Milan Chestovich
    AK Steel Corporation
    "Greg is an extremely bright, dedicated attorney. His attention to clients is unsurpassed. He is always available and responsive. He has excellent business sense and is a solid partner. His ability to strategize, manage, and create results in complex benefits litigation is phenomenal. I trust him completely. He genuinely cares about his clients."
    - Jennie Carlson
    U.S. Bank
    "My roles at AK Steel of Labor Counsel (in-house counsel for labor and employment matters) and Manager of Human Resources have allowed me the opportunity to work with a good number of outside attorneys. Greg has stood out in this group, as he has repeatedly and consistently found a way to get the result needed by the Company. When you - as an in-house attorney or human resources manager - are judged by results, you want to have Greg in your corner."
    "Greg did an excellent job preparing a brief and arguing a motion for summary judgment in an employment discrimination case in federal district court. He won, and the plaintiff appealed. Greg successfully argued and won on appeal. The issue was one of first impression. Greg was also a delight to work with. He is an excellent employment lawyer."
    "I appreciate Greg's knowledge of our business and ability to apply the law in a very practical way. He is an active partner in giving us advice and keeps in mind the big picture. His timeliness in responding is unequaled and much appreciated."
    "In dealing with Mr. Rogers I found him to be very honest and incredibly straightforward. In working with various other counsels in the past, I have found that when you ask questions you normally receive very "non-committing" answers. This is not so with Mr. Rogers. His answers were ALWAYS very direct and to the point. He did not try to "sugar-coat" anything and told me exactly what I was against and the probable and possible repercussions to any action we would take. His straightforwardness allowed me to perfectly understand my position, both legally and financially, and give me a firm basis for the decisions I had to make going forward. This was very refreshing when dealing in a world with a lot of typical unknowns. The other aspect I enjoyed in my dealings with Mr. Rogers was his ability to keep me informed of the process and the level of communication he maintained. Being in different parts of the country, updates and information flow can become difficult. He did a wonderful job of keeping me up to date on the information and whenever I had a question he was always quick to respond - and, again, his responses were very much on point. Although I never want to be involved in litigation in Ohio again, should it happen, I would make only one call - to Greg Rogers. "
    "Howard Bobrow has built the premier venture capital law practice in Northeast Ohio. He has breadth of experience and access to national resources. He is at the forefront of trends in the profession. He is both a good attorney and a wise business advisor."
    - Jonathan Murray
    Early Stage Partners, LP
    "Howard is the most practical, business-minded, and client-focused attorney I have ever known. He truly provides counsel to his clients, helping them choose and navigate the simplest and most appropriate course of action. I use Howard for my own Venture Capital Law needs, and I refer him to all of my clients. "
    - Amy Fulford
    "As a result of his experience, Howard has a strong understanding of complex transaction issues and works diligently to remove deal impasses with creative solutions."
    "Tony Kington is one of those rare attorneys that is able to grasp the needs of the business and move things in the legal system."
    - Scott White
    Interstate Gas Supply, Inc.
    "Tony Kington manages our account using his legal and business expertise. He understands the resources necessary to get our requests accomplished. We trust Tony because we know he cares and makes sure that we are getting value for what expertise that we are receiving. Tony does not bring attorneys into our projects that do not provide the necessary skill levels to bring us value before our projects even start. Tony Kington is in the legal business to satisfy long-term client relationships."
    - Kenneth Anders
    Kenneth's Hair Salons and Day Spas
    "In over 25 years as legal counsel for our company, we have never lost or had an occasion where language was not unambiguous with John Anthony Kington."
    - Charles D. Hill
    Hill Distributing
    "Jeff Schloemer has provided our company with strong corporate and commercial advice for many years. Jeff maintains a real breadth of experience by working with many clients, yet he also keeps an active practice that keeps him current with legal issues and developments. As a result, Jeff is able to assist clients with all their corporate needs."
    - Troy Blackburn
    Cincinnati Bengals
    "Jeff has provided our company with strong corporate and commercial advice for many years. Jeff maintains a real breadth of experience by working with many clients, yet he also keeps an active practice that keeps him current with legal issues and developments. As a result, Jeff is able to assist clients with all their corporate needs."
    - Troy Blackburn
    Cincinnati Bengals
    "Jeff Schloemer has provided competent and thoughtful counsel during the entire tenure of the 24 years where we have interfaced. He has always gone above and beyond what is typically expected of the relationship with legal counsel. Our clients have been completely satisfied with his partnership. If it is possible, I should qualify myself as being beyond completely satisfied. "
    - Frank Bodwell
    J. Walter Thompson/Team Retail First
    "It is a given that Jeff is extremely knowledgeable and competent in his profession. He handles all situations with ethical professionalism and is truly a pleasure to work with. He is responsive, patient, and takes the time to understand the company and who he is working with."
    - Diana Herold
    Derby Industries, LLC
    "I have known Jeff for over eight years and have worked with him on transactions at Fifth Third Bank. He is a very solid attorney and I hold him in high regard to represent our financial institution."
    - Steven Kuhn
    Fifth Third Bank
    "Jeff is a very experienced attorney enjoying an excellent reputation in the Cincinnati market. Jeff is very easy to work with and does an excellent job outlining risks and mitigating to his clients. He is extremely thorough and responsive, and he does an excellent job representing the Bank in various commercial transactions."
    - David Fuller
    Fifth Third Bank
    "Mr. Schloemer's broad and technical expertise in corporate matters has benefited the organization for many years. In addition to his legal skills, Mr. Schloemer's uncommon character makes us fortunate to count him as legal counsel."
    "Jeff Schloemer is a very bright attorney who gets things done effectively and in a timely manner."
    "I am in the Industrial Manufacturing Business. Manufacturers' needs from lawyers are very diverse. I have worked with Jerry for more than 20 years. Jerry is quick to grasp the issues and understand your goals and strategy; therefore, he has always been helpful to both me and my team."
    - Randy Cowart
    The William Powell Company
    "Julia Meister is an excellent practitioner, with experience both in trust and estate administration, as well as probate and trust litigation. She is very understanding and responsive to her clients. However, when circumstances require, she represents her clients' interests with the appropriate zeal."
    - Steven Dauterman
    Fifth Third Bank
    "Julia is an outstanding attorney with good interpersonal skills."
    - Joseph Newton, M.D.
    Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic
    "Ms. Julia Meister of Taft has provided our corporation with exceedingly insightful and thoughtful recommendations, well-structured arguments to support the advised legal position(s), and has proved to be masterful in her handling of litigation issues in our firm's association with her. She has our highest recommendation in all areas of evaluation solicited."
    - Wayne Derkac, M.D.
    Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic
    "As an in-house attorney, I have been working with Julia for several years. Julia's legal skills are excellent, but what has most impressed me as a client is simply her understanding of what a business client requires in his or her outside counsel. Julia understands that prompt responses are not only a benefit, but a requirement in a fast-paced business environment - and her responses take into account business decisions. Her first response is "let's make this happens," as opposed to finding ways to not make something happen like too many lawyers are prone to do. For our company to succeed, we require an outside counsel who has superior legal skills, a mind for business, and excellent client service. Julia is that attorney!"
    - Marc Harris
    Encore Funding, LLC
    "Julia Meister is one of the most diligent, hardworking attorneys that I know. No one surpasses her responsiveness. It gives me peace of mind to know that she is available to handle our most urgent issues."
    "Julia Meister is one of the most responsive and effective attorneys with whom we work. She is extremely knowledgeable about both Trusts & Estates and the associated litigation that arises occasionally. She takes on the toughest issues we face and does so with apparent ease. She is comfortable helping us make difficult decisions and uses her outstanding communication skills to our advantage. I would recommend Julia to anyone at any time without reservation."
    "Julia Meister has the highest personal integrity and values. She is very responsive to client's emergent needs in every case. She is very involved in the community and lives up to her values every day."
    "Ms. Meister assisted the University in a difficult employment case that involved complex statistical analysis. She performed at a very high level of competence, both in her mastery of the relevant statistics and in her ability as an advocate to express our view of what the statistics proved in a clear and persuasive manner. She was also very pleasant to work with, and has continued as a personal friend to this day."
    "I am still very pleased with the work and professionalism of Kim. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of an environmental lawyer."
    - Donald J. McConnell
    The Sherwin-Williams Company
    "Kim is a very knowledgeable and effective lawyer. He is always available and quick to respond to any given emergency issue. He is always a pleasure to work with and is a pro who knows the law and can obtain results. I highly recommend Kim to anyone in need of an environmental lawyer."
    - Donald J. McConnell
    The Sherwin-Williams Company
    "We have worked with Kim Burke for many years on some very complex issues and projects. His timely, responsive, effective, and deep and thorough understanding of the issues is a given; however, his consistency, loyalty, and steadfast commitment to what is best for us and our organization makes him invaluable. His respect for our mission and his commitment to protect that is at the root of all decision making and action on our behalf."
    - Mason Rummel
    James Graham Brown Foundation, Inc.
    "Helena Chemical Company is very pleased with the work Kim has done. The best evidence of this is the duration of the relationship -- 20 years (plus). Kim is responsive, efficient, and oriented to business as well as legal solutions. I would recommend Kim and his firm to any business seeking environmental counsel."
    "Kim Burke is excellent with regard to all work that we send his way. He is efficient and works very well with our business folks and legal department staff. We have used Kim and his staff for over 20 years, and we are looking forward to 20 more."
    "In the years I have worked with Mr. Burke, he has always been quick to respond and extremely well prepared. He is always well versed on the Law and places the client's best interest in highest priority. I consult with Mr. Burke on a regular basis for complex environmental cases throughout the United States. "
    "Margaret is responsive, knowledgeable, and well-spoken, listens well, remembers well, and is trustworthy. We have used Margaret since we started the business. She has helped us immensely as we have grown and faced numerous legal issues. We trust her and she is always looking out for our best interest. "
    - James Stegeman
    CostQuest Associates, Inc.
    "Margaret is always very accommodating when we need her legal expertise. She is accessible and extremely competent; I have a great level of confidence in her. One of the things that I have appreciated about Margaret is that she explains complex legal issues to me in a language that I can understand (without making me feel incompetent). She's a pleasure to work with."
    - Cindi Flick
    Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
    "There is always a prompt response when a question, concern, contract/agreement, or anything is submitted to Margaret Lawson. Everything is handled in a timely manner with very constructive feedback regardless of the subject. If there is a question that cannot be answered from the firm's own knowledge, they always go out and find the answer for us. I can always count on them to get us where we need to be in negotiations and protect us from liabilities. Margaret always expresses her feedback in legal language and then provides more detail if I am unfamiliar with the legal concepts. She is very proactive and always has everything under control no matter how much is on her plate at a given time."
    - Katie Schaeffer
    Schaeffer's Investment Research
    "Mel is an experienced and effective bank lawyer. He has been our "go-to" guy for a number of years, especially when we had a complex deal that needed to be done quickly. His sense of humor helps get us through some of the most difficult situations, as we negotiate terms that are important to the bank."
    - James Schwab
    U.S. Bank National Association
    "Michael Diamant's legal expertise and the manner in which he explains the various issues of a legal matter are clear and concise. Michael Diamant is the consummate professional and is excellent when working and collaborating with opposing counsel to reach an amicable conclusion to legal matters."
    - Kay Stephenson
    Datamaxx Group, Inc.
    "Michael Diamant is a highly skilled and experienced attorney. Michael and his firm have provided our company with invaluable legal advice and are working hard to resolve our complex and valuable legal litigation matters."
    "Mike Zavatsky is top in the immigration area. He is always responsive and always on top of matters. He is highly recommended."
    - Steve Herzog
    Cincom Systems
    "I have unfortunately had the need for Mr. Parker's assistance on two occasions. In both cases I/we have been very satisfied with both the approach and the results Mr. Parker was able to obtain on our behalf. I would not and have not hesitated referring Mr. Parker to others."
    - John Keighley
    CWM, LLC
    "As leader of the legal team, Joe Parker was singularly the best lawyer who has represented me, either here in Ireland or the U.S. His experience, knowledge and leadership of the project were impressive. Joe was the most influential person in the courtroom."
    "Doreen Canton has and continues to be the best employment law attorney that I have worked with during my 33 year career in Human Resources. Her response time, organizational skills, legal expertise, and sound practical advice has been invaluable to us at TriHealth. She is a true professional and legal advocate. We have successfully avoided and defended employment related claims because of her expertise which has resulted in a stellar record for an organization of our size. I would provide a reference and a recommendation for her anytime without hesitation!"
    - Susan Jaeschke
    "Doreen Canton is an exceptional attorney. She listens well, is very conscientious in developing responses in lay person terms, and follows up in a timely manner (even when on vacation). I have worked with her for 12 years and have experienced no disappointments with any of her work and advice. "
    "Ross has consistently shown a commitment to, and an understanding of, what dunnhumby has been trying to achieve in the U.S. since we started working together in 2002. He has been a great partner and just the type of guy a business needs as it enters into a new market. I would recommend him and Taft to anyone entering the U.S. market for the first time."
    - Oliver Hansard
    dunnhumby limited
    "Russell Sayre represented me and my team in a very complicated and difficult employment litigation matter that lasted for over two years. He was diligent and dedicated to working for and with us until the job was done. Russell was easy to work with, patient, kind, resourceful, professional, thorough, organized, responsive, and successful! Over this time period, there were many instances where his personal life was disrupted, and we all appreciated the fact that he sacrificed as he did. We know that our case was time-consuming and at times very frustrating for him and the other attorneys with his firm, but they maintained composure and did their job very well. Aside from the obvious reasons for not being upset when things resolved, we were all sorry to say goodbye to Russell and our almost daily communications with him. We respect and truly like Russell and are so appreciative of what he did."
    - Mary Arena Hagan
    Merrill Lynch
    "Russell Sayre was focused on what I as the client defined as a win; he was not focused on beating the other attorney. He spent significant time helping me understand the law, the facts, and how the judge would view the facts in context of the law. He guided me in making my decision and argued for my value, he did not make decisions for me."
    - James Dennedy
    Hamilton-Madison, LLC
    "Mr. Sayre handled a matter for our team that was significantly complicated and contentious. In this effort, he was able to accomplish objectives that we could not have imagined possible when we first came together. He did this with a calm and steady demeanor in all situations. His experience, intelligence, and intuition, particularly in matters of strategy, paid off in a big way for us. Working with Russell was made easier by his honest and open communication style. We just trusted him. This was helpful in our dealings with the new firm, the broader legal team, and also opposing counsel. He is smart, genuine, and intellectually curious -- all good attributes in any person, but particularly in counsel. As someone who works closely with many outstanding litigators, Russell stands out among them for all of the aforementioned reasons. Based on his skill, engaging style, and (importantly) result, he is deserving of my strongest recommendation. "
    - Michael Duckworth
    Merrill Lynch
    "I have known and worked with Russell and his firm for approximately five years now and find him to be one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. Russell is extremely bright, hardworking, conscientious, and creative. He is able to comprehend and synthesize extremely complex information and to present such information in a comprehensible and effective manner. He is a zealous advocate for his clients, an aggressive litigator, and a formidable adversary. He's an excellent and effective writer and communicator, is extremely responsive, and works harder than anyone I know. To top it all off, he is a great person and extremely easy to work with. In short, Russell has it all."
    - Imogene Hughes
    Rubin Fortunato & Harbison
    "Russell is truly one of the best I have worked with in my time. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and has the client's best interest in mind. I would recommend him every time."
    - Tim Sutherland
    Merrill Lynch
    "Russell is an intelligent lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of the law. He has an innate ability to communicate complex concepts and ideas into winning strategies. He is trustworthy and is timely in responding to requests and inquiries. I am glad he is my lawyer."
    - William Hillenbrand
    WPE Holdings & WashPro Express
    "Russell offers very practical and solid advice in a timely fashion. He is not your typical lawyer who only thinks about the legal perspective of the issue at hand. The opinions he offers are based on solid legal thinking and also reflect the business aspect of the matter under review."
    - Michael Rice
    American Heritage Insurance Group, LLC
    "I have found Mr. Sayre to be very knowledgeable and accessible. I have used him three times in the past year and all were very good working experiences. He has always been honest about where we stand and our chances to prevail. I highly recommend Mr. Sayre and the Taft Law firm. "
    - Ron Williams
    Palisades Holdings, Inc.
    "I have worked with Russell as co-counsel on numerous matters over the years. He is a smart and highly experienced litigator, who is an absolute pleasure to work with. Russell has an excellent reputation among members of the bench and bar in his community. He is a pragmatic strategist, who understands the need to chart a course that balances pure strategic preferences against business and financial realities. Russell has the interpersonal skills and litigation capabilities that allow him to segue smoothly from a pure local counsel role into a more substantial lead counsel role, and then back again to a less active role, as the demands of the case and client require. He interacts constructively and collaboratively with both co-counsel and clients in formulating and implementing case strategy. I unqualifiedly recommend Russell to anyone having needs in his area."
    - Christopher Stief
    Fisher & Phillips LLP
    "I have worked with Russell Sayre for over three years and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking an aggressive, thoughtful, and determined litigation attorney. Russell is not only responsive and pro-active, but he is also personable, funny, and a good dinner companion. In other words, he combines excellent legal skills with good people skills. He is particularly effective in sensitive legal matters that require finesse, imagination, and business acumen."
    - Timothy Games
    Rubin Fortunato, P.C.
    "Over the years, I have found Mr. Sayre to be an extremely capable litigator, one who grasps the business strategies involved in any litigation, with whom it is easy to work, and who is responsive to requests for information. He has never disappointed. I would gladly recommend him."
    - Mark Hanket
    Eastman Outdoors, Inc.
    "Russell Sayre is a superb attorney who works tirelessly on behalf of Local 12. In the news business, our first amendment needs are frequent. Russell is always there."
    - Elbert Tucker
    Local 12 WKRC-TV
    "Mr. Sayre takes the time to get to know us as a client and how we like to work. He also invests in learning our business and the legal matters we encounter. As a result, he is able to marshal the right resources within his firm to deliver the most efficient guidance and work product we need in a highly responsive manner. We need and he delivers on an exceptional knowledge of the law. Moreover, his keen insight on the business impact of legal decisions helps guide our decision making. This allows us to address and act on more opportunities. We consider Mr. Sayre and his firm a valuable partner in our business success."
    - James Dennedy
    Engyro Corporation
    "Russell is a very thorough, very responsive attorney who expresses his views and arguments with clarity and persuasiveness. He also has the gift of being able to master complex facts quickly and effectively."
    "Russell is a very thorough lawyer. He understands the client's overall business objectives in litigation and never loses sight of the business goal."
    "Russell is my first and only choice when I need counsel anywhere in the state of Ohio. Not only is he a pleasure to work with, but when I work with him, I can rest assured that I am receiving timely, accurate, and first-rate advice and representation. I have also benefited from the respected reputation he has earned in front of the judges before whom he practices. Simply put, Russell knows how to get the job done, and he does so efficiently and effectively."
    "It has been a great pleasure to work with Mr. Duran over the past nine years. In my position, I work with attorneys in all states throughout the U.S. and I can honestly say that Sam provides inimitable legal advisement, maintains excellent relationships with the management in our various manufacturing locations, is accessible for questions or issues that arise (even those questions that are not specific to Ohio workers' comp), and is an overall pleasure to work with. I have to admit some of our claims are challenging, so I appreciate Sam's desire to be creative and achieve the best outcome possible. As I travel around the country talking with attorneys and claims administration professionals, I set the standard of great work based on that of Mr. Duran. "
    - Laura Higginbotham
    Owens Corning
    "Sam is a very effective attorney."
    "Steven Weeks understands the client's perspective and project issues. He creates well-crafted legal documents that are easy to read and understand."
    - Randy Cooper
    The Myers Y. Cooper Company
    "Thomas Terp is a well known veteran of environmental law. He has the respect of his peers and is able to save time by having others know where he is coming from. He can cut through others posturing."
    - Peter Ramaley
    Brenntag North America, Inc.
    "Mr. Zix has been paramount in conducting our legal issues to a positive end. His professionalism and knowledge have been key to the successful representation of our corporation."
    "Tim Nagy is very responsive to our needs and makes himself very available. He understands the business issues for our organization and works hard to present us with alternatives and options rather than just one prescribed approach to issues. Our Board of Directors also has great confidence in him."
    - Kamilla Sigafoos
    OSU Physicians, Inc.
    "Timothy Nagy is extremely wise and unfailingly reasonable. He manages to combine expertise and experience with pragmatism in a way that is always focused on a solution that will work for all parties. For our business, in which working relationships can last for decades and parties involved in the deal you do today are very likely to return in the near or far future on another deal, that commitment to avoid "scorched earth" scenarios and find common ground, common-sense (but sophisticated when necessary) solutions pays immediate and long-term dividends."
    - Donald Von Hagen
    Laboratory Corporation of America
    "Tim is very responsive to the needs of our businesses. He has earned the confidence of a diverse and demanding group of clients within our business. Collectively, we have come to rely on Tim over the years for both legal and business opinions."
    "I have had the pleasure of working with Tim for over seven years and I can say he is one of the best labor lawyers in the business! He takes the time to understand your business and gets the desired results."
    - Robert McKinzie
    Leggett & Platt, Inc.
    "Toshio Nakao is the most reliable attorney. He listens to our speaking well, understands our situation correctly, and gives us valuable advice quickly. We trust him 100%."
    - Ryuichi Sakamoto
    Nippon Tungsten USA, Inc.
    "His attitude toward clients is always appropriate and he delivers quick responses. When receiving advice from a legal point of view, he includes the decisions and occurrences of the past and without using technical language. He explains in a way that even amateurs of law can understand. He has been of great assistance to us. From now on, when Japanese companies come to America, I will give my No. 1 recommendation to Mr. Nakao of the Taft Law firm."
    - Takahiro Iwaki
    Nippon Thermostat of America Corporation
    "Toshio Nakao's advice is always appropriate and easy to understand for us. He thinks seriously about our requests. I have great confidence in him, so I can recommend Mr. Nakao as a great lawyer."
    - Akira¬† Mori¬†
    Nippon Thermostat of America Corporation
    "Stuart Dornette possesses a top legal mind that he combines with great financial and practical experiences to provide clients with outstanding service in business litigation areas. His skills make him an outstanding resource for corporate planning and strategic matters, on top of traditional litigation."
    - Troy Blackburn
    Cincinnati Bengals
    "Stuart Dornette possesses a top legal mind that he combines with great financial and practical experiences to provide clients with outstanding service in business litigation areas. His skills make him an outstanding resource for corporate planning and strategic matters, on top of traditional litigation."
    - Troy Blackburn
    Cincinnati Bengals
    "Tim is an outstanding lawyer with deep experience and knowledge. I would refer him to anybody with confidence and know that he will execute and resolve their issues."
    - Joseph Geraghty
    Conway MacKenzie, Inc.
    "I have worked with Tim Miller for the past 10 years in variety of situations, some very large and complex that were successful because of Tim's involvement. He is a trusted advisor both in and outside of his practice area."
    - James Lynch
    Thermo Capital Partners LLC
    "Mr. Thompson has done an excellent job on cases in which he represents the authority. He is a very knowledgeable attorney who works hard for his clients. The best way of describing him is as a professional no-nonsense attorney who gets results."
    - Jeffery Patterson
    Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
    "Adrian has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is great to work with and is very responsive to his clients' needs."
    "Mr. Lowe is one of the most professional, responsive, and effective attorneys I deal with, both for day-to-day legal advice and for litigation. He consistently demonstrates a thorough understanding of my business and its products, and delivers practical advice to help solve the commercial disputes and other legal issues presented to him. I would strongly recommend Mr. Lowe to others without qualification."
    "Cathy knows the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback laws as well as anyone in the country. She understands a hospital's practical issues and is adept at finding solutions. "

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