Columbus, OH 43215
United States of America
Our Columbus office is a driving force behind the firm, both in Ohio and on a global scale. Our team can support you, whatever your ambitions and legal needs - from bankruptcy to e-commerce to intellectual property, insurance, pharmaceuticals, retail, and sports and entertainment law.
We have a highly skilled and growing team, with more than 80 lawyers and paralegals in Columbus. Collaborating on your behalf, we can share insights gained from our longstanding practices in corporate, environmental, financial services, healthcare, labor and employment, legislative counseling, litigation, public finance, real estate, tax and estate planning.
Why Choose Us
We draw on our experience of representing a diverse mix of clients – including all six Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Columbus, as well as a range of nationally known, privately held enterprises, emerging entities and local, regional and national governments.
Our accomplished, straight talking lawyers have been involved in the region’s most significant public-private partnership projects, including development of the JPMorgan Chase Operations Center, the Easton/New Albany mixed use development led by Limited Brands, expansion of the Port Columbus International Airport, the Cardinal Health/Emerald Parkway headquarters development, the Gateway mixed use development at The Ohio State University and the Grandview Development led by Nationwide Realty Investors.
Highly experienced in representing both publicly traded and privately held domestic and international corporate clients in all areas of corporate activities. These include mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, complex multijurisdictional transactions, debt and equity offerings, venture capital and private equity financing, public finance transactions, corporate governance and compliance, and preparation of various types of commercial agreements.
Environmental, Safety & Health
We can aid you in the management of large-scale environmental liability and compliance issues, complex project siting and land development, and public advocacy. Our team has worked with US federal, state and local government agencies to defend against governmental enforcement actions and citizen suits, response cost litigation, indemnification claims, toxic tort class actions, imminent and substantial endangerment litigation, and criminal environmental claims.
Experts in securities law reporting and compliance issues, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions. Our lawyers represent US and international clients in the full spectrum of corporate and commercial matters. We also preside over corporate governance matters, including structuring and implementing public offerings and private placements of equity, debt and hybrid securities. Furthermore, our team is well versed in the acquisition of troubled financial institutions and managing exposure to troubled financial institutions.
Negotiation of legal, regulatory and legislative issues in the healthcare industry across the US. This includes mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, joint ventures, financing, network formation, managed care contracting, contract analysis, insurance regulation, managed care negotiations, Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement matters, fraud and abuse issues, confidentiality and privacy issues, and professional and business licensure matters.
Labor & Employment
We counsel US and international companies in all aspects of the employment provider relationship, including compliance with state and federal employment and labor laws to minimize the risk of litigation. Our lawyers draft employment contracts and restrictive covenants, audit for compliance with wage and hour regulations, investigate complaints of workplace harassment and illegality, as well as provide in-house training for employers, including EEO and diversity, project management and risk management. We can share significant jury trial experience in employment discrimination, breach of contract and fraud cases, employee benefits, trade secrets and restrictive covenants, unfair labor practices, personal injury and wrongful death.
Successful representation of businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental units and trade associations before the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio’s administrative and regulatory agencies. Our legislative counseling experience includes preparing and drafting legislation and amendments, providing analyses of pending legislation, preparing testimony and client position papers, as well as monitoring and evaluating committee hearings at state and federal level. We can help you build relationships with government officials and develop advocacy strategies that can be integrated into government relations plans.
Our dedicated team can resolve disputes before federal and state courts, administrative bodies, and both domestic and international alternative dispute resolution tribunals. We assist in a wide range of controversies, including complex commercial litigation and international arbitration, insurance coverage disputes, product liability, trade secret misappropriation, commercial contract disputes, antitrust claims, intellectual property rights, professional liability claims and products litigation.
Consistent ranking as one of the leading US bond and underwriters’ counsel firms for tax-exempt finance by Thomson Reuters. Our Ohio team has years of experience forging and implementing public-private partnerships, incentive, development and infrastructure agreements, economic development incentive and tax increment financing programs, and serving as bond counsel to a wide array of local and state government entities.
Represent developers, investors, operators and financial institutions in matters ranging from simple transactions to complex local, regional and national real estate transactions. These cover community development, partnerships, joint ventures, leasing, financing, low income housing tax credit, historic tax credit and new markets tax credit, and tax exempt bond financings.
Tax Strategy & Benefits
We focus on succession planning for business owners, estate planning, charitable giving, and estate and trust administration including designing personal estate plans and business succession plans for business owners, and designing trusts and administering estates for US and non-US families.
Devoted to the Columbus community, many of our lawyers serve in leadership capacities in the city’s most prominent development, philanthropic and non-profit organizations. Alex Shumate, our Columbus office managing partner, is a former chair of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce and an inductee in the Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame. He was appointed by Ohio’s governor to The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.
The lawyers in our Columbus office have often been recognized for their community and charitable contributions.
Our office has also been a three-time Corporate Caring Award honoree in recent years.
The Columbus office is LEED Gold Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.