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Thompson Hine names seven lawyers as partners

Thompson Hine has elected seven lawyers to the firm’s partnership representing a broad range of practices, including business litigation, business restructuring, credits’ rights and bankruptcy, corporate transactions and securities, international trade and customs and labor and employment. The new partners are located in the firm’s Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, New York and Washington, D.C. offices.

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Thompson Hine LLP has elected seven lawyers to the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2014. The new partners, located in the firm’s Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, New York and Washington, D.C. offices, represent a broad range of practice areas including Business Litigation; Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy; Corporate Transactions & Securities; International Trade & Customs; and Labor & Employment.

“Each of these lawyers has exceptional legal acumen and has demonstrated our firm’s commitment to client service excellence by continually delivering high value to clients. We welcome them to our partnership and look forward to their assistance, as future firm leaders, in shaping our initiatives for innovative service delivery”

“Each of these lawyers has exceptional legal acumen and has demonstrated our firm’s commitment to client service excellence by continually delivering high value to clients. We welcome them to our partnership and look forward to their assistance, as future firm leaders, in shaping our initiatives for innovative service delivery,” said Deborah Z. Read, Thompson Hine’s managing partner.

The new partners are:

Corby J. Baumann, a member of the Corporate Transactions & Securities group in the New York office, counsels high-growth and emerging companies in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, chemicals, technology, insurance, pharmaceuticals, biotech and retail. She provides guidance on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, securities transactions, and private equity and venture capital investments, and advises boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance matters. Baumann received her J.D., with high distinction, from The University of Iowa College of Law in 2003 and her A.B., summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College in 2000.

J. Christopher Fox, II, a member of the Business Litigation group in the Atlanta office, represents clients in contractual and commercial disputes, restrictive covenant and unfair competition claims, the litigation of patent and trademark issues, and the defense of personal injury allegations such as strict liability, breach of warranty and failure to warn. Fox is also a registered mediator and arbitrator with the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. He was selected by Georgia Super Lawyers® magazine as a 2013 Rising Star. Fox received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2005 and his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Tennessee in 2002.

Staci M. Jenkins, a member of the Labor & Employment group in the Cincinnati office, focuses her practice on employment-based immigration and affirmative action compliance issues. Her immigration practice concentrates on health care organizations, global companies and Fortune 500 companies, while her affirmative action work is for federal contractors. Jenkins serves as Cincinnati office vice chair of the firm’s women’s initiative, Spotlight on Women®. In 2012, she was named a Rising Star by the YWCA Academy of Career Women of Achievement. Jenkins received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2005 and her B.A. from Hanover College in 2002.

Scott B. Lepene, a member of the Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy group in the Cleveland office, represents creditors, many of them secured, and debtors in Chapter 11 proceedings, out-of-court workouts and business reorganization litigation. He also represents businesses in a wide range of industries, including financial services, banking, manufacturing, automotive, restaurant and real estate. In addition, he has experience representing clients in connection with assignments for the benefit of creditors. He has been selected for repeated inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® magazine as a Rising Star, most recently in 2013. Lepene received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 2003 and his B.S., summa cum laude, from Ohio University in 1997.

Brendan J. McCarthy, a member of the Corporate Transactions & Securities group in the Cleveland office, counsels clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, commercial transactions, restructurings and reorganizations, joint ventures, securities offerings and general corporate matters. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2004 and his B.S., summa cum laude, from LeMoyne College in 2001.

Thomas Wyatt Palmer, a member of the Business Litigation group in the Columbus office, advises on matters involving commercial contract disputes, consumer finance litigation, oil and gas rights and lease disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, director and officer liability, trademark and copyright infringement, employer intentional tort, CERCLA, construction contract disputes, real property tax appeals, shareholder derivative actions, breach of warranty and product defect, FDA regulations, product liability, premises liability, real property tax appeals and pro bono criminal defense. Palmer received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law in 2000 and his B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1993.

David Michael Schwartz, a member of the International Trade & Customs group in the Washington, D.C. office, advises clients on the risks and opportunities presented by U.S. international trade laws and regulations and international trade agreements. He focuses on antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard litigation; international trade policy; and cross-border compliance issues. Schwartz received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991, his M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1987, and his B.A., with highest honors, from The University of Texas at Austin in 1984.

About Thompson Hine LLP. Established in 1911, Thompson Hine is a business law firm dedicated to providing superior client service. The firm has been recognized for more than ten consecutive years as one of the top law firms in the country for client service excellence in The BTI Client Service A-Team: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance, and for seven years has ranked as one of the top 30 law firms in the United States for client service. With offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, D.C., Thompson Hine serves premier businesses worldwide. For more information, please visit www.ThompsonHine.com.