Thompson Hine



Dispute resolution

Full-service law firm Thompson Hine is equipped with a team of litigators who routinely represent clients in some of the most complex product liability and business disputes. With offices in Georgia, Illinois, DC, and New York, along with a significant footprint in Ohio via four distinct locations, Thompson Hine has developed a reputation of obtaining favorable results throughout the region. 

Cleveland-based product liability litigator Elizabeth ‘Missy’ Wright is national counsel for a major commercial food equipment manufacturer, a major power tool manufacturer, an aviation component manufacturer, and an automotive manufacturer, and also serves as national lead trial counsel for a pharmaceutical manufacturer in hormone replacement therapy litigationTimothy Coughlin is a fellow Cleveland partner who chairs the mass & toxic tort group and leads chemical industry group. He is lead counsel to BASF Corporation in a product liability litigation related to a railcar release of a chemical compound toluene diisocyanate, allegedly causing pulmonary issues in a claim brought by a vendor employee. New to the litigation star list is Jennifer Roach who, along with Robert Ware, make up the lead counsel team representing a manufacturing company in a business litigation originally filed back in November 2020 in Delaware.  

Dayton-based Christine Haaker serves as the vice-chair of the group for the office. Haaker serves as defense counsel to several high-profile entities in numerous business disputes. Fellow Dayton partner Scott King focuses on representing financial corporations and institutions in a wide range of actions. He most recently represents a private investment company in an ongoing consumer finance dispute that has garnered national attention. 

In the group’s DC office, Eric Heyer has emerged as one of that office’s brightest younger stars. Heyer represented Vapor Technology Association, for whom Heyer triumphed in obtaining a temporary restraining order after, in September 2019, New York then-Governor Cuomo directed his Department of Public Health to publish an emergency rule banning the possession and sale of flavored vaping products. The restraining order was granted one day before the ban was due to take effect and was entered in January 2020. 

Labor and employment

Thompson Hine is a full-service firm that maintains a stand-alone labor and employment practice with lawyers spanning several of the firm’s offices. The Ohio offices houses the largest and most-well known collective of lawyers dedicated to the practice area. The firm’s offices in the state include its mainstay in Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton.

Labor and employment practice group leader Nancy Barnes is especially recognized for her wage and hour class action litigation. She successfully resolved separate actions for two clients. One matter was filed in Middlesex Superior Court in Massachusetts. Barnes’ practice also includes single-plaintiff lawsuits involving alleged discrimination claims, as well as many other claims arising from employment disputes. Deborah Brenneman practices out of the Cincinnati and Dayton offices. Her practice mixes labor and employment and business litigation. Brenneman recently represented Lumaware, a start-up company, in a two-day arbitration alleging disability discrimination, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract claims. The plaintiff made a multi-million-dollar demand; however, the arbitrator rejected all claims but awarded the plaintiff backpay for the termination notice error. Cincinnati-based Scott Young also maintains an active labor and employment practice. His recent matters have largely involved defending clients in OSHA investigations and wrongful death lawsuits. He has also defended Nickolas Sayko & Sons in a matter involving whistleblower and wrongful termination claims alleged by a former employee. The Department of Labor acted on behalf of OSHA and both entities found no violation of whistleblower laws and dismissed the matter.