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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP


  • 255 East Fifth Street
  • Cincinnati
  • USA
  • OH 45202

Environment - Kentucky

THE FIRM Dinsmore & Shohl is best known for the strength of its natural resources transactional practice. Its team counsels clients on all aspects of sale and purchase, financing, extraction and transportation, with a focus on the region's signature mining industry. The group is also well placed to advise on compliance and liability issues and represents businesses in a variety of civil actions, including contractual, environmental, safety and employment disputes. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Chair of the firm's natural resources practice group Chauncey Curtz handles both corporate and contentious matters. Clients report that he is "a really strong negotiator" and "very attuned to the business of coal mining."

John Rhorer focuses on transactional and financing undertakings, primarily within the coal sector.

Intellectual Property - Kentucky

THE FIRM Dinsmore & Shohl's IP team is particularly well known for its work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical areas. Its attorneys have specialist expertise in the Hatch-Waxman Act and FDA regulatory compliance, as well as considerable experience of internet-based business paradigms, Kentucky's bourbon industry and the restaurant business. In the past year, the firm has acted for Roche Diagnostics, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Advanced Cancer Therapeutics.

Sources say: "I'm exceptionally pleased. They worked really hard and overcame some big obstacles."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients applaud Denise Everett's "deep and thorough scientific insight," and appreciate her personable and involving manner. She is noted for her patent prosecution work for national and international pharmaceutical companies.

Labor & Employment - Kentucky

THE FIRM This firm provides both labor and employment counsel to clients from a number of different sectors, including healthcare, media and governmental agencies. Its labor expertise spans union avoidance, strike planning and unfair labor practice charges and, within the sphere of employment litigation, it is distinguished by its experience of taking discrimination cases to trial.

Sources say: "They are very knowledgeable in what they do and are very effective litigators."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Donna Perry is regarded as a "leading expert" in labor and employment litigation. Clients describe her as an "extremely well-rounded attorney with a broad base of knowledge" and an "effective negotiator."

The "excellent" Kathryn Quesenberry handles employment litigation defense, with a specialization in EEOC class action cases.

Litigation - Kentucky

THE FIRM Dinsmore & Shohl's litigation department handles a variety of commercial matters, and is particularly well known for its natural resources and energy expertise. The group also deals with shareholder disputes and fiduciary issues, as well as medical malpractice, product liability and insurance coverage litigation. Louisville Gas and Electric, the University of Kentucky and Anheuser-Busch are among its key clients.

Sources say: "They do a superb job at trial."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "One of the most distinguished litigators in the state," Barbara Edelman has an excellent reputation in the complex commercial arena. Clients value her experience, responsiveness and ability to communicate. 

Richard Clay handles general business litigation, with a strong focus on representing banks and trust companies in fiduciary issues.

"Phenomenal lawyer" Jon Fleischaker is a highly respected appellate attorney and an expert in First Amendment law.

David Monohan is another notable practitioner. He has a broad practice encompassing commercial litigation, railroad defense, hospital defense and professional malpractice cases.

Colin Lindsay represents clients in commercial and intellectual property litigation. He is particularly noted for dealing with contractual disputes.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Ohio

THE FIRM This firm fields a number of skilled bankruptcy lawyers, with a strong core in Cincinnati and additional strength in Columbus and Dayton. It has built a respected profile for its involvement in midmarket matters in the local area and beyond, including acting for debtors on Chapter 11 and bankruptcy litigation defense. The team also represents creditors in formal bankruptcy proceedings and out-of-court workouts.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Kim Martin Lewis is regarded as the "driving force" behind the practice. Sources describe her as a "very high-level practitioner - she works very hard and has a good reputation." Deemed a "tough opponent," she is also widely seen as a "deal-maker" and a "first-rate debtor's lawyer."

Tim Robinson wins plaudits in the central Ohio market for being "very bright" and "in his own right a strong first-chair lawyer." He advises entities across the debtor, lender and unsecured creditor spectrum.

Corporate/M&A - Ohio

THE FIRM This firm's business, acquisitions and securities practice has garnered a high degree of attention, particularly via the recognized lawyers in its Cincinnati office. It boasts long and mutually productive relationships with leading household name clients including Procter & Gamble as well as Lexmark. It continues to proffer expedient and practical advice on high-value acquisitions and disposals, and recently assisted Lexmark on acquisition of software interests.

Sources say: "They know what they're doing and are professional to work with."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very smart" George Vincent is managing partner and chairman of the firm, and maintains an active presence in the market. He continues to be held in high regard as a top performer in this area. Clients are quick to describe him as "extraordinarily attentive; he knows our company and culture, and is very responsive." He recently advised on the purchase of assets of an online business.

Calvin Buford is a key Cincinnati partner. Sources speak of his "strong community connections" and note his command of private company transactional work in particular. Other interviewees speak of his well-developed interpersonal skills, describing him as a "good guy to deal with." His broad skill set enables him to advise on associated financing work, as well.

Cincinnati partner Charles Hertlein enjoys a rising market profile for his securities work in particular, including SEC regulatory matters. Sources paint a picture of a well-trained professional and a clear, polite communicator.

Clifford Roe is one of the more senior lawyers in the Cincinnati office and remains engaged with the team. He gains high praise for his long commitment and substantial successes in areas including public company matters and banking.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Ohio

THE FIRM The practice has a strong showing in the Cincinnati market, and frequently acts on matters such as ESOP and plan compliance, as well as institutional trustee work. It advises entities across an array of sectors, including in the healthcare and restaurant industries. Key clients include Husky Energy and Health Services of the Virginias.

Sources say: "Well-regarded benefits lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Ben Wells divides his time between the firm's DC and Cincinnati offices. He is a transactional partner who chairs the entire tax, benefits and wealth planning practice at the firm. He acts as the lead benefits lawyer for Husky Energy, and clients speak of him as a well-trained and adept practitioner: "He is very professional and knows the subject matter."

The up-and-coming David Whaley is recommended as a "very capable" professional for benefits work. He is an expert in ESOP matters, and also has a broader practice encompassing health and welfare plans as well as defined benefit matters.

Intellectual Property - Ohio

THE FIRM This IP team is noted for its handling of IP portfolios for high-profile clients in a range of industries, including automotive, manufacturing and publishing. It is particularly prominent in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very well-respected" Lynda Roesch is one of the most prominent IP practitioners in Ohio, and is noted for her high-level trademark prosecution work. She is equally comfortable in contentious and noncontentious matters, and has substantial experience of trial and appellate work.

Karen Gaunt is respected by the market for her broad skill set, which includes trademarks, branding and advertising work. She has experience in both transactional and contentious work, and has acted for household names such as Procter & Gamble.

Labor & Employment - Ohio

THE FIRM This firm is considered one of the stronger practices in the market, and is praised for its thought leadership and willingness to participate in sate Bar activities. Its Cincinnati office in particular fields some exceptional talent. The team advises a number of household names, including Procter & Gamble and Husky Energy. Highlights include leading the defense of Golden Living and GGNSC Equity Holdings in respective and hotly contested putative wage and hour actions under the FLSA.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Hawkins has an excellent reputation in the Cincinnati market. His extensive experience allows him to advise on a number of areas, including traditional labor and appellate matters. He recently advised Paritec on an alleged wrongful termination claim.

Key Cincinnati partner Michael Glassman heads up the firm's employment law practice. His key clients include Procter & Gamble, which he recently assisted in a dispute concerning alleged disability and national origin discrimination. Sources agree he is a sound choice for high-quality labor and employment work.

Jan Hensel is known in the market for her employment counseling work as well as for her litigation skills. Sources deem her "a good employment lawyer" and a "very experienced litigator." She is no stranger to the trial process, having represented client interests in state and federal courts as well as the Supreme Court. She recently advised Kanji Japanese Restaurant on a collective wage and hour matter.

The tremendously experienced Charles Roesch heads up the firm's labor and employment group. His extensive skill set includes advising on ADA, ERISA and wage and hour matters. His highlights include acting as lead counsel on the Golden Living class action matter.

Litigation - Ohio

THE FIRM This respected firm continues to win plaudits for the strength of its litigation team. The group is particularly noted for work with the financial services and pharmaceutical sectors, while it continues to be known for its historic ties to Procter & Gamble.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly experienced Mark Vander Laan chairs the litigation practice and is described as "a fine lawyer" by market sources. His clients have included Procter & Gamble and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Jeffrey Hinebaugh is a key litigation partner in the practice, regularly acting in mass tort claims and product liability cases. Clients are often drawn from the automotive sector, and have included industry giants such as GM, Mazda and American Suzuki.

Frank Woodside handles product liability trial work and professional malpractice litigation. Clients include pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

Of counsel Patrick Lane's broad practice straddles litigation and IP matters, with sources praising him as a "very talented trial lawyer." His prior experience as an in-house counsel with Procter & Gamble lends him an invaluable level of commercial awareness.

Corporate/Commercial - West Virginia

THE FIRM This growing firm has developed a strong presence in West Virginia with three offices in the state. The team offers a full range of commercial transactional and tax expertise with a particular focus on the healthcare sector; it includes Health Services of the Virginias among its clients. It is also highly regarded for its solid tax background, and is becoming increasingly active in the natural gas and coal industries. A key highlight in the past year saw the team represent BCBank, the creditor, on a commercial collection and foreclosure matter valued at $5 million. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Hussell is the well-regarded managing partner of the firm. His corporate commercial practice includes particular expertise in family wealth planning, trust and state tax planning and trust administration work.

Morgantown-based David Thomas enjoys a fine reputation for his solid banking work, representing banks in commercial deals, loan structuring, collections and bankruptcy cases. His notable work includes representing Citizens Bank of West Virginia in a collection action, bankruptcy and foreclosure matter.

Labor & Employment - West Virginia

THE FIRM This firm is recognized as a real force in the West Virginia market. It is known for its strong traditional labor law practice in addition to handling employment and benefits matters. The practice has been further strengthened by the expansion of the team at the Charleston office, continuing to serve labor-intense clients, especially in the coal industry, in respect of both counseling and litigation. Its diverse client roster includes Sysco Corporation, Chesapeake Energy, Essar Minerals and Frontier Communications.

Sources say: "Strategically they gave us the best results we have ever had." "The judges are always pleased to know that they are in the courtroom, because judges know that they will be reasonable and prepared, with reasonable expectations. They will not waste the judge's and courtroom's valuable time."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Mark Carter is recognized as a leading labor law practitioner in the state. His skill set encompasses negotiating union contracts, advising on collective bargaining, general labor law and arbitrations. One commentator remarked: "He is knowledgeable, a good communicator and strategically minded." Work highlights include acting for Frontier West Virginia in connection with a claim of breach of a collective bargaining agreement.

With some 40 years' experience, Forrest Roles continues to serve clients on a range of labor and employment matters. He is also highly regarded for his mediation skills, with one source commenting: "He is brilliant at bringing people together" and "he is the calmest person in the world and the one you would want to be with in a storm."

Anna Dailey brings a wealth of experience to clients across a range of industries on the labor and employment fronts and is also a highly regarded litigator. Her busy year included successfully representing Frasure Creek Mining with regard to UMWA election proceedings and subsequent unfair labor practice cases filed by UMWA.

Litigation - West Virginia

THE FIRM With a strong business background, commercial litigation is a core practice area for this firm. Its client base includes leading banks and healthcare providers and over the past year the team has been especially active with healthcare and pharmaceutical-related work. Additionally, the practice is handling increasing levels of oil and gas-related disputes. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Henry Jernigan is a principal litigator whose practice serves banks, healthcare providers and the pharmaceutical industries. Most recently, he has been occupied with cases involving the pricing of drugs and regulatory disputes.

Natural Resources - West Virginia

THE FIRM The Dinsmore & Shohl team is widely recognized as one of the most impressive in this field, particularly in the coal industry and increasingly also in the natural gas sector. It also provides advice on the full gamut of environmental issues including the many regulatory and safety regimes. It represents a range of companies, including producers and developers, with a client roster including Alpha Natural Resources, Coal River Energy and Consol Energy.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Senior partner Christopher Power specializes in the natural gas and coal industries, assisting clients on a range of environmental matters including litigation. Offering 27 years of experience, he enjoys an excellent reputation with key work including assisting a group of coal companies in appeals related to compliance orders issued by the Department of Environmental Protection, involving water quality-based effluent limits and enforcement actions.

Senior partner, Donna Kelly is particularly sought after for her mine health and safety work for coal companies. Her recent highlights include representing a number of mining companies in challenging unwarrantable failure orders, and other matters under the Mine Act.

Thomas Rubenstein is the "well-respected" managing partner of the firm's Morgantown office and his previous experience as in-house counsel with a coal company is an additional attraction for clients. Of late, he has been heavily engaged in a range of issues arising under the Mine Act as well as handling general corporate issues for coal and natural gas clients, including investment transactions and leasing issues. 

Young natural resources lawyer Robert Stonestreet was made partner in 2012 and is building a profile, particularly representing clients in civil litigation and environmental defense cases. Recently, he was part of the team representing a group of coal companies in appeals in relation to compliance orders issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.