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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP


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

Environment - Kentucky

What the team is known for Experience in natural resources transactions, particularly within the mining sector. The team works with clients across the full range of sale and purchase, financing, extraction and transportation issues.

Notable practitioners  

Chauncey Curtz works with coal industry clients on a range of commercial matters, litigation and sales agreements.

John Rhorer is noted for his expertise in minerals transactions, and is regularly called upon to advise clients on buying, selling and leasing reserves in the mineral industry. 

Intellectual Property - Kentucky

What the team is known for Respected representation of clients in a range of IP matters, notably in connection with the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Notable practitioners  

Denise Everett has experience of a range of IP matters, notably patent drafting and prosecution. Everett is particularly noted for her work in connection with the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical sectors.

Labor & Employment - Kentucky

What the team is known for A well-regarded labor law practice undertaking work in areas such as union avoidance campaigns, strike planning and preparations, and employment discrimination. Clients include healthcare providers and governmental enforcement agencies.

Notable practitioners  

Kathryn Quesenberry focuses on employment litigation, defending employers in a range of matters such as age and race discrimination and EEOC class action cases.  

The knowledgeable Donna Perry has been described by commentators as a standout lawyer and is greatly respected, particularly for her litigation and negotiation skills. 

Significant clients Valvoline, Fergus Enterprises, Pittston Coal Group.

Litigation - Kentucky

What the team is known for Respected for its prominence in the energy sector, often handling supply-side disputes. Possesses a highly successful medical malpractice group. Counsels clients more broadly on commercial matters, including contract and fiduciary claims.

Notable practitioners  

Esteemed practitioner Barbara Edelman concentrates on commercial litigation, guiding her clients through a variety of disputes in areas such as fraud, trade secrets and lender liability. She has considerable trial experience and has worked on a number of class action cases. In addition, she also handles employment disputes.

Jon Fleischaker is commended for his expertise on First Amendment law. He has over 40 years' experience representing broadcasters and newspapers in such matters.

Richard Clay counsels corporate clients on fiduciary and regulatory issues and is also knowledgeable on matters including defamation and trademark infringement.

David Monohan has a wide-ranging practice which covers areas such as product liability and public utility defense.

Colin Lindsay is praised by commentators for his practical and results-oriented approach. He works in the commercial litigation and IP spaces and has product liability and mass tort expertise.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Ohio

What the team is known for Enjoys an impressive presence in Cincinnati and also active in Columbus and Dayton. Offers particular expertise in midmarket matters. Acts for both debtors and creditors.  

Notable practitioners  

Department head Kim Martin Lewis represents very high-profile clients including Procter & Gamble, The Wornick Company and Milacron. Her practice encompasses bankruptcy law, corporate reorganization and financing.

Tim Robinson impresses peers with his practical and results-oriented approach. He has expertise in a range of matters, including out-of-court workouts, debtors' and creditors' rights and insolvency.

Significant clients The Huntington National Bank.

Corporate/M&A - Ohio

What the team is known for Impressive bench strength enabling it to handle complex work at regional rates. Houses particular expertise in healthcare and technology M&A, and corporate governance. Increasingly focused on international work.

Work highlights Represented Space Computer Corporation on its sale to Exelis in a transaction valued at $20.8 million.

Advised LCNB Corp on its stock and cash deal that allowed it to purchase First Capital Bancshares and Citizens National Bank in acquisitions worth $19 million.  

Notable practitioners  

George Vincent impressed sources who note his impressive representation of clients and energetic approach to deals. He advises numerous high-profile clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Ashland Oil Company and Lam Research Corporation.

Calvin Buford advises on the full range of corporate law, including M&A and debt and equity financings. He is held in high regard by major clients across a range of industries.

Charles Hertlein has extensive experience in transactional matters as well as in compliance issues and general counseling. He also maintains an impressive securities practice.

Clifford Roe has a very sophisticated practice which focuses on healthcare, banking matters and securities work. He is respected for his longstanding experience in the corporate arena.

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Lexmark International, Chemed, Prasco, Ashland.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - Ohio

What the team is known for Areas of focus include ESOPs and healthcare reform work. Client base includes a broad range of government entities, public and private companies, tax-exempt organizations and private individuals.


Work highlights Advised Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a publicly traded owner of family restaurants, on the health and retirement plans for over 20,000 employees.

Represents Lexmark International, a multinational provider of document management systems, in connection with a range of benefit issues, including incorporating its benefit programs and counseling on defined contribution plans.

Notable practitioners  

Ben Wells is credited by sources for deep knowledge and skill in negotiation. He has an extensive practice, advising Fortune 500s, healthcare providers and nonprofits on ESOPS, benefits and executive compensation matters.

David Whaley is held in high regard as a confident and knowledgeable practitioner. Sources appreciate his sound grasp of the Affordable Care Act as well as his impressive expertise in ESOPs.

Significant clients Ashland, Halma, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Golden Living, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Intellectual Property - Ohio

What the team is known for Growing practice with extensive expertise in the full range of patent issues. Acts for clients from across a variety of industries including chemical companies, automotive manufacturers and sports franchises.

Work highlights Represented Toyota in its patent applications concerning multiple technologies in its IP portfolio.

Acted for technology client Reed Elsevier in patent preparation and prosecution in relation to a number of its IP portfolio technologies. 

Notable practitioners  

Lynda Roesch is known among sources as a talented intellectual property practitioner. She is an expert on trademark clearance and registrations and has had substantial experience as an IP litigator.

Karen Kreider Gaunt has both a transactional and litigious practice and is highly regarded for her work on trademark, internet and trade secret law matters.

Joshua Lorentz's practice encompasses electrical engineering and computer arts. Clients praise his impressive communication ability.

Significant clients Cincinnati Reds.

Labor & Employment - Ohio

What the team is known for A solid choice in Cincinnati for labor and employment. Advises a variety of both public and private sector clients across a wide range of industries, including hospitality, retail and mining.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Hawkins advises on all aspects of labor and employment law, including ERISA litigation and appellate matters.

Jan Hensel is known to be a strong litigator in the Ohio market. She has a strong grasp of employment law legislation including the FLSA, FMLA and ADA.

Charles Roesch earns market recognition for his knowledge, judgment and negotiating skills. As chair of the labor and employment department, he frequently advises on matters across the country.

Michael Glassman represents regional and national clients in relation to union matters, collective bargaining and discrimination issues.

Litigation - Ohio

What the team is known for Engages in high-value commercial disputes on behalf of clients including Fortune 500 companies. The team advises on risk management and alternatives to costly litigation.

Work highlights Successfully defended Psychiatric Professional Services at district court and then on appeal against allegations of discrimination, FMLA retaliation and wrongful discharge.

Representing Hope Academy and Life Skills Center charter schools in a suit requesting access to their management company's financial records. The case is a potential precedent-setter in the state regarding for-profit management companies' obligations to disclose financial data to the schools they run.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Vander Laan brings 38 years' experience to bear when litigating business disputes and white-collar crime and government investigations. He is held in high regard by market commentators.

Cincinnati-based partner Jeffrey Hinebaugh represents clients such as financial institutions and motor manufacturers in a variety of complex litigation. Sources praise his expertise in handling disputes.

Patrick Lane has a strong reputation for product liability and intellectual property litigation. He has successfully handled many cases in trial and arbitration.  

The hugely experienced Frank Woodside has a special focus on product liability and malpractice suits. His clients include pharmaceutical and chemical companies.

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Corporate/Commercial - West Virginia

What the team is known for Noted practice for tax, bankruptcy and financing. Broad geographical coverage, with four offices across the state.

Notable practitioners  

John Hussell is the managing partner of the firm's Charleston office. He maintains a strong reputation for tax and estate planning and asset protection.

David Thomas is a key member of the corporate group. He works with banks and corporates on banking issues, loans and bankruptcy proceedings.

Labor & Employment - West Virginia

What the team is known for Respected team, particularly well known for its expertise on traditional labor issues. Also active on employment litigation and counseling.

Notable practitioners  

Forrest Roles continues to receive high praise from clients and peers, drawing upon over 40 years of experience in the field. He is particularly noted for his sound advice relating to potential labor disputes and union action. 

Mark Carter is a go-to name for labor law in West Virginia. He litigates at trial and appellate level, with a focus on collective bargaining, corporate campaigns and employment law. 

Anna Dailey has a strong focus on preventative counseling advice, acting for a range of employers in the manufacturing, energy and healthcare sectors. She is also experienced in defending clients in employment disputes, including noncompete and discrimination cases.

Litigation - West Virginia

What the team is known for Continues to have a strong focus on commercial litigation. Also active on disputes in the financial, healthcare, and oil and gas sectors.  

Notable practitioners  

Henry Jernigan continues to be well respected in the market. He handles a wide range of commercial disputes, health litigation and liability claims on behalf of energy companies and corporate defendants.

Natural Resources - West Virginia

What the team is known for Highly respected practice in the coal and natural gas sectors. Experienced in government regulation compliance, dispute resolution and litigation, including toxic torts.

Notable practitioners  

Chair of the firm's mine safety and health group, Donna Kelly is considered by sources to be a high-caliber lawyer. Her practice focuses on advising energy corporations, particularly coal companies, on health and safety in the workplace. She represents clients in court at both federal and state level.  

Thomas Rubenstein is managing partner of the Morgantown office. He primarily acts for coal corporations on financing, M&A, mine safety and health, disputes and operating agreements.