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  • From our 10 offices, Taft attorneys serve businesses and individuals worldwide.

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  • Our 400+ Taft attorneys practice in virtually every area of law.

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  • 13 Practice Areas listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

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About Us

Who is Taft?
A Message from Our Chairman.

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as the Chairman and Managing Partner of Taft. 

Taft. It is one simple, short word which is the iconic name of an historic political and legal family and represents over 130 years as a venerable law firm. But, today we are a lot more than just a firm with an outstanding heritage and storied national reputation. Taft is a modern, progressive, Midwestern firm which is the trusted advisor to many successful clients and an employer of choice in each of our major markets.

To be the employer of choice in each of our markets, we maintain a highly respectful, transparent workplace culture which fosters talent, creativity, teamwork, inclusion and diversity, and client and community service. We couple our outstanding workplace culture with a pervasive play to win, client-first mindset where we reward lawyers who listen to and understand their clients’ goals and then think creatively and aggressively to advance those goals and the client’s ultimate success.

Deeply embedded in the culture of Taft is the significant investment we make in the communities where we live and practice. Taft lawyers contribute substantial time and resources to many charitable and community organizations and activities. We also do meaningful pro bono work for those in need. As an essential part of our culture, Taft celebrates and provides time and dollars to Taft professionals who support charities, give back to their communities, or do pro bono work. Why? Because Taft and its professionals are blessed to have the means to help others who are less fortunate. Giving back is a concept which is part of the fabric of who we are, and we want to make a meaningful and positive difference in our communities.

Finally, Taft prides itself on being different from other firms. Those differences primarily exist in Taft’s outstanding workplace culture, its obsessive client-first mentality and service, and its approach to leadership. We believe we are the only firm of our size and scale which does not have a physical headquarters or “mothership.” To the contrary, we take pride in having a virtual headquarters with an empowered, geographically dispersed management team composed of leaders from every one of our major markets and practice groups. Taft has a servant leadership model, and we work collaboratively to deliver the full breadth of the Taft toolbox throughout the Taft footprint to obtain the very best and most efficient results for all of our clients.

At Taft, we look forward to delivering results for our clients, communities and each other. After 130 years, our journey has just begun.

Sincerely,


Robert J. Hicks
Taft Chairman and Managing Partner

Robert A. Taft
John Stettinius
Cincinnati

John B. Hollister
John B. Hollister
Cincinnati

Robert A. Taft
Robert A. Taft
Cincinnati

J. Mack Swigert
J. Mack Swigert
Cincinnati

Walter Kelley
Walter Kelley
Cleveland

Bennet Kleinman
Bennet Kleinman
Cleveland

David L. Johnson
David L. Johnson
Columbus

John J. Chester
John J. Chester
Columbus

Hugh Wall III
Hugh Wall III
Dayton

Robert B. Craig
Robert B. Craig
Northern Kentucky

James K. Sommer
James K. Sommer
Indianapolis

William C. Barnard
William C. Barnard
Indianapolis

Lloyd Shefsky
Lloyd E. Shefsky
Chicago

Cid Froelich
Cezar M. Froelich
Chicago

In the Beginning

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP traces its roots back to 1885, when Worthington & Strong was founded by Judge William Worthington and Edward W. Strong. John L. Stettinius and John B. Hollister joined the firm after its founding, at which point the firm became known as Worthington, Strong, Stettinius & Hollister. In January 1923, Judge Worthington passed away. In the following year, a young firm headed by Robert A. Taft (who later became a U.S. Senator) and Charles P. Taft II, sons of former President William Howard Taft, joined the older firm to become Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

The firm came to have not only local prominence, but also national stature. For example, the firm's labor department, led by J. Mack Swigert, was instrumental in helping Senator Taft draft and pass the groundbreaking Taft-Hartley Act in 1947.

Strategic Growth

Through a series of successful mergers and the establishment of new offices, Taft has become a premier regional law firm.

  • June 1983: Taft Cincinnati partner David Johnson moved to Columbus to launch our Columbus office. As Taft continued to establish itself as a preeminent Ohio firm, it seemed appropriate that the firm should have an office in the state’s capital.
     
  • April 1986: The firm opened an office across the river in Northern Kentucky. Three Taft attorneys, including the current partner-in-charge of our Kentucky office, Robert Craig, relocated from the Cincinnati office to Covington to support our growing clientele throughout Kentucky.
     
  • January 2001: Cleveland-based Kelley, McCann & Livingstone joined the four attorneys in Taft’s Cleveland office. Known for its public law and litigation capabilities, the Kelley McCann lawyers welcomed the opportunity to join the Taft family and expand their services to clients throughout NE Ohio.
     
  • July 2003: Hugh Wall III joined the firm and opened Taft’s Dayton office, which gave Taft a physical presence in a city where it already had many clients. By 2009, the office had more than 30 attorneys, and it has continued to expand client services since then.
     
  • May 2008: Taft merged with Sommer Barnard, a prominent, full-service Indianapolis firm with more than 100 attorneys. The merger gave Taft and Sommer Barnard a regional presence, as well as greater depth in meeting a variety of business and individual legal needs.
     
  • September 2008: Taft’s commitment to the Cleveland region was enhanced with the merger of Kahn Kleinman, a highly respected commercial real estate, corporate and tax firm. The merger was named by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of the “10 Deals That Mattered Most in 2008.”
     
  • January 2012: Taft’s merger with Chester Willcox & Saxbe strengthened its presence in Ohio’s capital city. In addition to litigation, business, labor & employment and private client practices, CWS attorneys provided a sophisticated energy practice.
     
  • January 2014: Taft merged with Shefsky & Froelich, a Chicago law firm with 70 attorneys. The merger extended Taft’s footprint to the financial hub of the Midwestern region and enhanced Taft’s offerings to clients in other markets.
     
  • July 2017: Taft opened an office in Delaware, Ohio, due to the growth rate in Delaware County and clients' interest in doing business in Delaware County, among other factors.

Taft Today

With more than 400 attorneys, Taft is more vibrant and engaged in a wider range of work than ever before — with clients, both individual and corporate, whose needs for legal services range from local to international in scope. The firm has 10 offices in six states: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Delaware, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Northern Kentucky; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Phoenix, Ariz. In addition, the firm has an established Japanese practice based in the United States.

Throughout the firm's history, our focus has remained constant: to provide clients, both large and small, with sound legal guidance driven by a collaborative approach to gain optimal results. 

Chambers USA
Best Law Firms

Taft attorneys are consistently recognized for their accomplishments by their peers and by prestigious publications covering the legal profession. Following is a sampling of why Taft is among the most respected law firms in America.

  • 43 Taft attorneys and 13 Practice Areas (Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Environment, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, Natural Resources & Environment, Real Estate, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use) 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 10 national Tier 1 rankings, and Tier 1 rankings by metropolitan area in 90 practice areas.
  • 159 Taft attorneys were honored with inclusion in the most recent edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
  • 97 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine.
  • 24 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine.
  • 36 Taft attorneys in the Cincinnati office were named as Leading Lawyers for 2017 by Cincy magazine.
  • 36 Taft attorneys are listed in the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network.
  • Taft is rated a Highly Recommended Firm in Ohio and Indiana by Benchmark Litigation 2017, and 11 Taft attorneys are recognized by Benchmark 2017 as Local Litigation Stars.

Each year, Taft gives internal awards to deserving recipients. 

Thank you to all the deserving people at Taft – attorneys and staff – who dedicate themselves every day to our clients, the firm, and each other.

Shattered Glass Award

Awarded to a Taft attorney – regardless of gender – who advances inclusiveness, actively works to break down barriers, and elevates the respect, involvement and leadership of women attorneys in the firm.

2017 Recipients: Margaret Lawson and Susan Wheatley

The Robert A. Taft Service and Leadership Award

Awarded to a Taft partner who epitomizes the true ideals of what it means to be a Taft partner through her or his dedicated efforts, service and leadership.

2017 Recipient: Stuart Dornette

Taft Legacy Award

Awarded to a Taft employee who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the firm which will result in an overall positive impact on the legacy of Taft.

2017 Recipient: Adrian Thompson

Congratulations to all of our award recipients. 

Name
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Business Type
Law firm, Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

Year Founded
1885 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Total Offices
10 (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Delaware, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Northern Kentucky; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Phoenix, Ariz.)

Total Number of Lawyers, Paralegals & Staff:
Over 700

Firm Leadership
Robert J. Hicks, Chairman and Managing Partner
Cezar M. Froelich, Chairman, Chicago
Anthony R. Licata, Partner-in-Charge, Chicago
James M. Zimmerman, Partner-in-Charge, Cincinnati
Kevin D. Barnes, Partner-in-Charge, Cleveland
David J. Butler, Partner-in-Charge, Columbus
Fred A. Ungerman, Jr., Partner-in-Charge, Dayton
Steven R. Cuckler, Partner-in-Charge, Delaware
Bradley W. Schwer, Partner-in-Charge, Indianapolis
Robert B. Craig, Partner-in-Charge, Northern Kentucky
Theresa H. Vella, Partner-in-Charge, Phoenix

Key Rankings

  • 43 Taft attorneys and 13 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 10 national Tier 1 rankings, and Tier 1 rankings by metropolitan area in 90 practice areas.
  • Taft has been ranked as a “Go-To” Law Firm by Corporate Counsel in four practice areas.
  • 159 Taft attorneys were honored with inclusion in the most recent edition of Best Lawyers in America.
  • 97 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine.
  • 24 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 2017, and 11 Taft attorneys are recognized by Benchmark 2017 as Local Litigation Stars.
About Us

Who is Taft?
A Message from Our Chairman.

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as the Chairman and Managing Partner of Taft. 

Taft. It is one simple, short word which is the iconic name of an historic political and legal family and represents over 130 years as a venerable law firm. But, today we are a lot more than just a firm with an outstanding heritage and storied national reputation. Taft is a modern, progressive, Midwestern firm which is the trusted advisor to many successful clients and an employer of choice in each of our major markets.

To be the employer of choice in each of our markets, we maintain a highly respectful, transparent workplace culture which fosters talent, creativity, teamwork, inclusion and diversity, and client and community service. We couple our outstanding workplace culture with a pervasive play to win, client-first mindset where we reward lawyers who listen to and understand their clients’ goals and then think creatively and aggressively to advance those goals and the client’s ultimate success.

Deeply embedded in the culture of Taft is the significant investment we make in the communities where we live and practice. Taft lawyers contribute substantial time and resources to many charitable and community organizations and activities. We also do meaningful pro bono work for those in need. As an essential part of our culture, Taft celebrates and provides time and dollars to Taft professionals who support charities, give back to their communities, or do pro bono work. Why? Because Taft and its professionals are blessed to have the means to help others who are less fortunate. Giving back is a concept which is part of the fabric of who we are, and we want to make a meaningful and positive difference in our communities.

Finally, Taft prides itself on being different from other firms. Those differences primarily exist in Taft’s outstanding workplace culture, its obsessive client-first mentality and service, and its approach to leadership. We believe we are the only firm of our size and scale which does not have a physical headquarters or “mothership.” To the contrary, we take pride in having a virtual headquarters with an empowered, geographically dispersed management team composed of leaders from every one of our major markets and practice groups. Taft has a servant leadership model, and we work collaboratively to deliver the full breadth of the Taft toolbox throughout the Taft footprint to obtain the very best and most efficient results for all of our clients.

At Taft, we look forward to delivering results for our clients, communities and each other. After 130 years, our journey has just begun.

Sincerely,


Robert J. Hicks
Taft Chairman and Managing Partner

Robert A. Taft
John Stettinius
Cincinnati

John B. Hollister
John B. Hollister
Cincinnati

Robert A. Taft
Robert A. Taft
Cincinnati

J. Mack Swigert
J. Mack Swigert
Cincinnati

Walter Kelley
Walter Kelley
Cleveland

Bennet Kleinman
Bennet Kleinman
Cleveland

David L. Johnson
David L. Johnson
Columbus

John J. Chester
John J. Chester
Columbus

Hugh Wall III
Hugh Wall III
Dayton

Robert B. Craig
Robert B. Craig
Northern Kentucky

James K. Sommer
James K. Sommer
Indianapolis

William C. Barnard
William C. Barnard
Indianapolis

Lloyd Shefsky
Lloyd E. Shefsky
Chicago

Cid Froelich
Cezar M. Froelich
Chicago

In the Beginning

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP traces its roots back to 1885, when Worthington & Strong was founded by Judge William Worthington and Edward W. Strong. John L. Stettinius and John B. Hollister joined the firm after its founding, at which point the firm became known as Worthington, Strong, Stettinius & Hollister. In January 1923, Judge Worthington passed away. In the following year, a young firm headed by Robert A. Taft (who later became a U.S. Senator) and Charles P. Taft II, sons of former President William Howard Taft, joined the older firm to become Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

The firm came to have not only local prominence, but also national stature. For example, the firm's labor department, led by J. Mack Swigert, was instrumental in helping Senator Taft draft and pass the groundbreaking Taft-Hartley Act in 1947.

Strategic Growth

Through a series of successful mergers and the establishment of new offices, Taft has become a premier regional law firm.

  • June 1983: Taft Cincinnati partner David Johnson moved to Columbus to launch our Columbus office. As Taft continued to establish itself as a preeminent Ohio firm, it seemed appropriate that the firm should have an office in the state’s capital.
     
  • April 1986: The firm opened an office across the river in Northern Kentucky. Three Taft attorneys, including the current partner-in-charge of our Kentucky office, Robert Craig, relocated from the Cincinnati office to Covington to support our growing clientele throughout Kentucky.
     
  • January 2001: Cleveland-based Kelley, McCann & Livingstone joined the four attorneys in Taft’s Cleveland office. Known for its public law and litigation capabilities, the Kelley McCann lawyers welcomed the opportunity to join the Taft family and expand their services to clients throughout NE Ohio.
     
  • July 2003: Hugh Wall III joined the firm and opened Taft’s Dayton office, which gave Taft a physical presence in a city where it already had many clients. By 2009, the office had more than 30 attorneys, and it has continued to expand client services since then.
     
  • May 2008: Taft merged with Sommer Barnard, a prominent, full-service Indianapolis firm with more than 100 attorneys. The merger gave Taft and Sommer Barnard a regional presence, as well as greater depth in meeting a variety of business and individual legal needs.
     
  • September 2008: Taft’s commitment to the Cleveland region was enhanced with the merger of Kahn Kleinman, a highly respected commercial real estate, corporate and tax firm. The merger was named by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of the “10 Deals That Mattered Most in 2008.”
     
  • January 2012: Taft’s merger with Chester Willcox & Saxbe strengthened its presence in Ohio’s capital city. In addition to litigation, business, labor & employment and private client practices, CWS attorneys provided a sophisticated energy practice.
     
  • January 2014: Taft merged with Shefsky & Froelich, a Chicago law firm with 70 attorneys. The merger extended Taft’s footprint to the financial hub of the Midwestern region and enhanced Taft’s offerings to clients in other markets.
     
  • July 2017: Taft opened an office in Delaware, Ohio, due to the growth rate in Delaware County and clients' interest in doing business in Delaware County, among other factors.

Taft Today

With more than 400 attorneys, Taft is more vibrant and engaged in a wider range of work than ever before — with clients, both individual and corporate, whose needs for legal services range from local to international in scope. The firm has 10 offices in six states: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Delaware, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Northern Kentucky; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Phoenix, Ariz. In addition, the firm has an established Japanese practice based in the United States.

Throughout the firm's history, our focus has remained constant: to provide clients, both large and small, with sound legal guidance driven by a collaborative approach to gain optimal results. 

Chambers USA
Best Law Firms

Taft attorneys are consistently recognized for their accomplishments by their peers and by prestigious publications covering the legal profession. Following is a sampling of why Taft is among the most respected law firms in America.

  • 43 Taft attorneys and 13 Practice Areas (Banking & Finance, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Environment, Healthcare, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, Natural Resources & Environment, Real Estate, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use) 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 10 national Tier 1 rankings, and Tier 1 rankings by metropolitan area in 90 practice areas.
  • 159 Taft attorneys were honored with inclusion in the most recent edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
  • 97 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine.
  • 24 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine.
  • 36 Taft attorneys in the Cincinnati office were named as Leading Lawyers for 2017 by Cincy magazine.
  • 36 Taft attorneys are listed in the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network.
  • Taft is rated a Highly Recommended Firm in Ohio and Indiana by Benchmark Litigation 2017, and 11 Taft attorneys are recognized by Benchmark 2017 as Local Litigation Stars.

Each year, Taft gives internal awards to deserving recipients. 

Thank you to all the deserving people at Taft – attorneys and staff – who dedicate themselves every day to our clients, the firm, and each other.

Shattered Glass Award

Awarded to a Taft attorney – regardless of gender – who advances inclusiveness, actively works to break down barriers, and elevates the respect, involvement and leadership of women attorneys in the firm.

2017 Recipients: Margaret Lawson and Susan Wheatley

The Robert A. Taft Service and Leadership Award

Awarded to a Taft partner who epitomizes the true ideals of what it means to be a Taft partner through her or his dedicated efforts, service and leadership.

2017 Recipient: Stuart Dornette

Taft Legacy Award

Awarded to a Taft employee who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the firm which will result in an overall positive impact on the legacy of Taft.

2017 Recipient: Adrian Thompson

Congratulations to all of our award recipients. 

Name
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Business Type
Law firm, Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

Year Founded
1885 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Total Offices
10 (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Delaware, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Northern Kentucky; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Phoenix, Ariz.)

Total Number of Lawyers, Paralegals & Staff:
Over 700

Firm Leadership
Robert J. Hicks, Chairman and Managing Partner
Cezar M. Froelich, Chairman, Chicago
Anthony R. Licata, Partner-in-Charge, Chicago
James M. Zimmerman, Partner-in-Charge, Cincinnati
Kevin D. Barnes, Partner-in-Charge, Cleveland
David J. Butler, Partner-in-Charge, Columbus
Fred A. Ungerman, Jr., Partner-in-Charge, Dayton
Steven R. Cuckler, Partner-in-Charge, Delaware
Bradley W. Schwer, Partner-in-Charge, Indianapolis
Robert B. Craig, Partner-in-Charge, Northern Kentucky
Theresa H. Vella, Partner-in-Charge, Phoenix

Key Rankings

  • 43 Taft attorneys and 13 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 10 national Tier 1 rankings, and Tier 1 rankings by metropolitan area in 90 practice areas.
  • Taft has been ranked as a “Go-To” Law Firm by Corporate Counsel in four practice areas.
  • 159 Taft attorneys were honored with inclusion in the most recent edition of Best Lawyers in America.
  • 97 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine.
  • 24 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 2017, and 11 Taft attorneys are recognized by Benchmark 2017 as Local Litigation Stars.