Forty-three Taft Attorneys and 17 Taft Practices Recognized by Chambers USA 2019

Forty-three Taft attorneys and 17 Taft practices were recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA. Rankings are based on factors such as technical legal ability, industry and business acumen, client service and client value.

Taft’s Indiana Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions practice is ranked among the elite in band one, as are six attorneys firm-wide.

Band one Taft attorneys in Indiana include:

  • Jeffrey A. Abrams, Real Estate
  • Jackie M. Bennett Jr., Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Frank J. Deveau, Environment
  • Robert J. Hicks, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Jonathan G. Polak, Intellectual Property

Band one Taft attorneys in Ohio include:

  • Timothy J. Hurley, Bankruptcy/Restructuring

Taft attorneys who were also recognized by Chambers USA as leaders in their field include:


  • Paul T. Jenson, Gaming & Licensing
  • Kimberly M. Copp, Gaming & Licensing (Recognized Practitioner)

In Illinois:

  • Stephen R. Auten, Intellectual Property
  • Edward J. Kus, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
  • Eugene F. Zelek Jr., Antitrust

In Indiana:

  • Ralph A. Caruso, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Kiamesha-Sylvia G. Colom, Real Estate (Up & Coming)
  • David L. Guevara, Environment
  • Richard A. Kempf, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Andrew A. Kleiman, Real Estate
  • Erick D. Ponader, Real Estate
  • Marci A. Reddick, Real Estate
  • James H. Schwarz, Real Estate
  • Brad Schwer, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
  • James A. Strain, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (Senior Statesman)
  • Michael C. Terrell, Labor & Employment

In Ohio:

  • Edward D. Diller, Real Estate
  • Jack Donson Jr., Litigation: Antitrust (Senior Statesman)
  • Stuart Dornette, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Gerald S. Greenberg, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Stephen M. Griffith Jr., Real Estate
  • Ralph W. Kohnen, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations
  • Michael A. Laing, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Margaret A. Lawson, Intellectual Property
  • Bruce J.L. Lowe, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • Earl K. Messer, Construction
  • Timothy Miller, Bankruptcy/Restructuring
  • George D. Molinsky, Corporate/ Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Craig B. Paynter, Construction
  • Gregory Parker Rogers, Labor & Employment
  • Russell S. Sayre, Litigation: General Commercial
  • Jeffrey S. Schloemer, Banking & Finance
  • Lynn M. Schulte, Banking & Finance
  • Mark J. Stepaniak, Labor & Employment
  • Thomas Terp, Natural Resources & Environment (Senior Statesman)
  • David H. Wallace, Litigation: General Commercial
  • James M. Zimmerman, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions

In addition, Taft was named a leading law firm in 17 practice areas:

  • Banking & Finance (Ohio)
  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Ohio)
  • Construction (Ohio)
  • Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions (Indiana, Ohio)
  • Environment (Indiana)
  • Intellectual Property (Recognized Practitioner: Illinois, Indiana)
  • Labor & Employment (Indiana, Ohio)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Indiana, Ohio)
  • Natural Resources & Environment (Ohio)
  • Real Estate (Indiana, Ohio)
  • Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Illinois)
  • Gaming & Licensing (Recognized Practitioner: Nationwide)

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