Taft Law continues to strengthen its transactional, merger and acquisition, and tax capabilities with the addition of three rising practice leaders: Benjamin Hager, Jeremy Hayden, and Benjamin Helwig. They join Taft’s Cincinnati office as partners within the firm’s Business and Tax practice groups.
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the legal industry, Taft has maintained its strategic approach to recruiting exceptional legal talent who embody key traits that are crucial to providing the very best legal services to clients: attorneys who are exceptional in their practice areas, regarded as trusted advisors by clients, and who are innovative in their approach to complex legal and business matters. With the increased demand of Taft’s middle-market clients to navigate challenges and opportunities in the marketplace, the group will provide expanded services and knowledge.
“Jeremy, Ben, and Ben are outstanding lawyers and business advisors with more than 40 years of collective legal experience. The skills and experience they bring to Taft allow us to provide even better service to clients going forward,” shares Taft Cincinnati Partner-in-Charge James Zimmerman.
Hayden brings extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, estate and succession planning, and state and local tax law to the firm. As the current president of the Association for Corporate Growth Cincinnati chapter, Hayden is known for driving growth for middle-market clients in the greater Cincinnati area. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law; his master’s degree in taxation from the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Linder College of Business; and his bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University in marketing and economics.
“Taft’s outstanding team and forward-looking strategy make it a great place to practice law and serve our clients for years to come,” comments Hayden. “We look forward to continuing to serve our clients with the depth of resources represented by Taft’s 600+ attorneys across the Midwest.”
Helwig brings private equity and mergers and acquisitions experience to Taft. Businesses seek his counsel on matters relating to active buy and sell transactional matters, succession planning, and other legal matters. Helwig also serves as outside general counsel for closely-held and family-owned businesses to advise on strategic business matters and day-to-day operations. A Taft alumnus who began his career with the firm, Helwig earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Miami University.
Another Taft alumnus, Hager joined Taft upon law school graduation in 2011 and focuses his practice on income tax and corporate law matters. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, business entity formation, business restructuring, and tax matters including operational issues, Internal Revenues Service (IRS) investigations, tax controversies, and exit strategies. Hager obtained his J.D. and L.L.M. in taxation from the University of Denver-Sturm College of Law and his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Transylvania University.