Matthew Palmer is a leader in the firm’s Columbus office, where he serves both as head of the office’s Corporate Practice Group and the chair of the Hiring Committee.

Companies in the manufacturing, private equity, healthcare, financial services, insurance, mining and waste management industries benefit from Matt’s precise approach to assessing risk and devising strategies for achieving clients’ business goals. He advises clients on completing all varieties of M&A transactions on the buy side and on the sell side, including mergers, joint ventures, asset and stock acquisitions and sale transactions, controlled auctions and equity investments. His practice also involves general corporate matters, including corporate governance and drafting and negotiating various commercial contracts (including supply and licensing agreements, distribution agreements and sales agent agreements).

In his spare time, Matt serves as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Additionally, Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of The Columbus Marathon where he also holds the offices of Secretary and Chief Legal Officer.

Matt was the recipient of The Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his article, “Where Have You Gone, Law and Economics Judges? Economic Analysis Advice to Courts Considering the Enforceability of Covenants Not to Compete Signed After At-Will Employment Has Commenced,” published in Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 66:1105. He is also the author of articles in other areas of study, including Eastern Economic Journal.

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  • Lead buy-side counsel in the acquisition by a publicly-traded manufacturer of water management products and solutions of a manufacturer of wastewater treatment solutions, a transaction involving consideration in excess of US$1 billion.
  • Lead buy-side counsel in publicly-traded bank holding company’s acquisition of fintech company.
  • Co-lead buy-side counsel in representing a publicly-traded manufacturer in its acquisition of a manufacturer of thermoplastic products and resin technologies.
  • Lead counsel in the sale of a custom packaging manufacturer and distributor of packaging supplies to a subsidiary of an international buyer.
  • Lead counsel in the sale of one of a waste management company’s regional operating divisions.
  • Co-lead counsel in representing a publicly-traded mining company in a sell-side change of control M&A transaction
  • Lead counsel for a publicly-traded insurance company in the acquisition of a multistate insurance company.
  • Co-lead counsel for a manufacturing company in its acquisition of a manufacturer of electron beam systems and custom machine designs created for manufacturers.
  • Representing a US-based manufacturer in the formation of a global manufacturing joint venture in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia.
  • Representing a publicly-traded manufacturing company in drafting and negotiating services agreements and in creating a template sales representative agreement.
  • Representing a US-based technology company in connection with various licensing agreements.
  • Representing large regional hospital systems in various reorganization transactions.
  • Representing a healthcare technology company in the merger with a large publicly traded company.
  • Representing franchisees in asset sale transactions with the franchisor, a publicly-traded US corporation.
  • Representing a private equity firm in various acquisition transactions.
  • Representing a US-based health insurer in selling the assets of one of its operating subsidiaries to Canada-based organizations.
  • Representing a nonprofit organization devoted to hospice care in its reorganization.
  • Negotiating medical professional employment agreements and related compensation matters.
  • Providing corporate governance advice and serving as legal counsel for a nonprofit organization.


  • The Ohio State University, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Note & Comment Editor, Ohio State Law Journal, 2006
  • The University of Akron, M.A., 2002
  • The University of Akron, B.S., summa cum laude, 2001


  • Ohio, 2006


  • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit, 2006
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2023 for Corporate Governance Law.
  • Honoree, Columbus Business First’s “Forty under 40” Class of 2017.
  • Leadership Columbus, 2017 Graduate.
  • Chief Legal Officer and member of the Board of Directors, The Columbus Marathon, 2015-present.

  • Panelist, “Anticipating Risks and Challenges to Business in the Changing Political Environment,” The Ohio State University Office of International and Graduate Affairs and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, March 2, 2017.
  • Speaker, “The Presidents’ Forum,” The Entrepreneurship Institute, March 9, 2017.

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