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Thompson Hine LLP


6 ranked lawyersBand 1OhioUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Acclaimed for its broad practice and ability to manage sophisticated and high-value projects across Ohio and nationwide. Routinely involved in development of major sports venues and community impact projects. Brings additional benefit to clients with its subsidiary, Project Management Consultants. Also renowned for its capabilities in construction-related disputes, acting for a range of contractors, design professionals and owners in jury trials, as well as mediations and arbitrations.


Sources say that the firm has "a dedicated construction group that is able to leverage its considerable experience to help us out."

Interviewees praise the firm for its "ability to manage client deals and industry knowledge."

Another commentator remarks: "The team is effective due to its understanding of both clients and transactions. They are easy to deal with, smart and made a good impression at the senior level of the company."

Work highlights

Represented Haslam Sports Group as project counsel in relation to the preparation and negotiation of construction documents for the development of a new 20,000-seat MLS soccer stadium and training facility.

Notable practitioners

Alan Ritchie is well regarded for his handling of construction projects across a number of sectors, including manufacturing and sports. He frequently assists a range of clients, including both developers and contractors, with the preparation and negotiation of construction contracts.
"He is a very deal-oriented and practical attorney.""He understands the business of construction."

Daniel Haymond is frequently called upon to act on behalf of owners, contractors and professionals. He is known for his range of expertise across litigation and arbitration proceedings involving design and defect issues.

Erin Luke is increasingly regarded as a solicitor with strong capabilities in relation to complex construction transactions. She is particularly adept at assisting with capital improvement projects, including those in the sport, manufacturing and utilities sectors.
"Erin is amazing. She has complete command of our contract, knows the legal issues and is both tough with opposing counsel and prepared to compromise at the right times. She is very responsive and I trust her implicitly." "She has good knowledge and is both diligent and a good communicator."

Jeffrey Appelbaum is widely respected at the state Bar for his vast experience handling sophisticated construction mandates. He is particularly strong at assisting clients with major sports facility developments, as well as matters involving mixed-use and social infrastructure projects.
"He is a very intelligent lawyer with a strong grasp of the industry." "He is a very strong lawyer who understands all sides of a dispute and is both practical and pragmatic." "Jeff’s strengths are his experience in the field and the practicality of his advice."

Patrick Sweeney assists with all aspects of large-scale construction projects, typically including urban redevelopment and sports facilities. His expertise includes the development of construction and design agreements, negotiations with contractors and advice on risk management.

Thomas Kirkwood is renowned in the market for his solid construction practice, which sees him handling both contentious and noncontentious mandates. He acts for owners, developers and contractors.

Department Information

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Our Construction practice is the largest in Ohio and one of the most experienced in North America. We represent owners, design professionals, construction managers, contractors and sureties in connection with all facets of the building industry.

Nationally recognized for skill in resolving claims, our transactional construction group has served as project counsel for billions of dollars of construction at sites across the United States. Among these are many significant stadium and arena projects for the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, and university and minor league teams. Equally extensive is our experience with hotels, hospitals, multifamily housing, transportation, manufacturing facilities, schools and universities, corporate headquarters and campuses, processing plants and pipelines, and other commercial, industrial and institutional developments.

In tandem with Project Management Consultants (PMC), a wholly owned ancillary consulting practice, our construction consulting group includes professionals with extensive experience in design, finance and construction. PMC works seamlessly with Thompson Hine to provide four primary services to the real estate, design and construction industry: owner’s representation, public and private financing consulting, project and risk management consulting, and design and construction partnering facilitation and mediation.


Design and Construction Contracts

Government Contracts and Procurement

Insurance and Risk Management

Litigation/Alternative Dispute Resolution

Partnering Facilitation

Project Delivery selection and Counseling

Project Management/Owner Representation

Pubilc and Private Financing

Public-Private Partnership (P3) Transactions

Real Estate Development

Transportation and Port Transactions


Thompson Hine LLP


3900 Key Center

127 Public Square



OH 44114-1291

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.



Alan Ritchie
Band 4
Daniel M Haymond
Band 4
Erin Luke
Up and Coming
Jeffrey R Appelbaum
Star Individuals
Patrick J Sweeney
Band 4
Thomas J Kirkwood
Senior Statespeople