Taft Stettinius & Hollister is pleased to announce the opening of an office in Delaware, Ohio. The office will be led by Steven R. Cuckler, who is joining Taft from Rinehart, Rishel & Cuckler, LTD.
The Taft Delaware office will provide a strong platform for Taft to build upon the deep experience and knowledge Cuckler gained at his previous firm by working with the late Dana “Buck” Rinehart, who served as a long-time mentor to Cuckler.
“I have known Steve for many years, and he is widely regarded as the ‘go-to’ attorney to put together business development initiatives in Delaware County. Taft is the first large law firm to plant a flag in Delaware County, which is one of the fastest growing counties in Ohio,” said Taft Columbus Partner-in-Charge Dave Butler.
Three key factors were taken into consideration during the firm’s strategic planning process to open a Delaware office. First, many of Taft’s clients are doing or want to do business in Delaware County, and secondly, the growth rate in Delaware County. Cuckler’s interest in leading this office was a critical component of Taft’s expansion. The new office is located at 94 N. Sandusky St., Suite 101.
“Taft provides a broader platform for me to serve my clients with an impressive array of services. Having more resources is important to keep pace with the growth in Delaware County. Taft’s larger toolkit is an ideal fit for the next chapter of my career,” said Taft Partner Cuckler.
As part of Taft’s government relations practice and its business and finance practice, Cuckler will also work out of the Columbus office.
Cuckler concentrates his practice on real estate, land use, government relations, election law, municipal law, township law, and economic development initiatives. He represents corporate, public and non-public clients at the state and local levels. He is an Army veteran and currently serves as a Major in the United States Army Reserves, where he is the International Law Officer for the 412th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) in Whitehall, Ohio. He worked in the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives for then-Speaker Larry Householder.
For the City of Delaware, he served as a city councilman and as vice-mayor. He also chaired the executive committee of the Delaware County Republican Party. He earned his law degree from Capital University Law School and graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. degree.