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At Taft, we work as one team, driven and committed to helping you succeed. Our attorneys understand that innovative, value-creating solutions help our clients reach their goals. Our collaborative approach, advanced technological resources and depth of services can transform what you expect from your legal team.
With more than 470 attorneys, Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, and Delaware, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Covington, Ky.; and Phoenix, Ariz. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, Taft will combine with Briggs and Morgan, a 135-attorney Minneapolis/St. Paul firm with roots dating back to 1882. Once completed, Taft’s more than 600 lawyers will span 12 U.S. offices.
The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including:
- Business & Finance
- Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights
- Health Care
- Intellectual Property
- Labor & Employment
- Private Client
- Real Estate
Since 1885, Taft has maintained a constant focus: to provide clients, both large and small, with legal advice and services that meet the highest possible standards.
As an additional service to our clients, Taft attorneys often partner with members of our affiliated businesses to provide comprehensive service to our clients. Our affiliated businesses include:
- Focused Capitol Solutions LLC
- Ginovus LLC
- Ingardus LLC
- Taft Business Consulting LLC
- Taft HR Solutions LLC
Through these businesses, clients can access business consulting across a variety of disciplines, from general planning and forecasting to government relations and public policy.
Awards and Honors
Taft has received numerous awards and honors:
- 43 Taft attorneys and 17 practice areas are listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
- Taft is ranked among the U.S. News Media Group "Best Law Firms." Taft received 13 National Tier 1 rankings and 99 Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings.
- 168 Taft attorneys were honored with inclusion in the most recent edition of Best Lawyers in America.
- 84 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers magazine.
- 44 Taft attorneys were named to the most recent list of Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine.
- Taft is rated a Highly Recommended Firm in Ohio and Indiana by Benchmark Litigation, and 11 Taft attorneys are recognized by Benchmark Litigation as Local Litigation Stars.
Taft Practice Group Descriptions
Business & Finance: We provide legal services to public, private and non-profit clients in a wide variety of industries, including banking, construction, distribution, finance, health care, housing, insurance, manufacturing, private equity, professional sports, real estate, retail and utilities. Members of the group represent clients of different sizes, from emerging companies to Fortune 500 companies, on issues ranging from local matters to transactions with national and international implications.
Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights: We represent debtors, lenders, committees, suppliers, real estate owners and developers, equipment lessors, receivers, trustees, buyers and sellers, and other parties in connection with a wide assortment of transactions and litigation. We have extensive experience in the automotive, steel, telecommunications, basic manufacturing, retail and wholesale goods, and distressed-debt trading industries.
Environmental: We provide services in the areas of trial practice, Superfund defense and negotiation, enforcement defense, cost-recovery for plaintiffs and defendants, criminal environmental defense, environmental insurance and toxic tort litigation, mold and sick building litigation, lawsuits involving environmental problems discovered as a result of real property transfers or mergers and acquisitions, Brownfields redevelopment, defense of claims of occupational exposures, and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies.
Health Care: We advise individual and institutional healthcare providers, research institutions, and pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology clients in multiple areas of law, including business and finance, employment and labor relations, malpractice litigation, insurance, regulatory and administrative law, ERISA, third-party reimbursement (Medicare, Medicaid and private payers) and hospital financing (tax-exempt bond financing).
Intellectual Property: We counsel and assist clients with patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, computer software, Internet-related issues and IP litigation.
Labor & Employment: We represent clients in the wide range of legal services to manage the complex relationship between employers and employees, including labor management relations, employment litigation, day-to-day counseling, benefit plans and ERISA compliance, workplace safety and health, immigration and citizenship and workers’ compensation.
Litigation: We represent clients in pretrial, trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts, before regulatory agencies and arbitration panels, and in alternative dispute resolution in a full range of matters, including antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, construction, ERISA, education, estates, trusts and fiduciary, environmental, FCPA and international anti-corruption, First Amendment and media law, government contracts, insurance, intellectual property, pharmaceutical and life sciences, product liability and personal injury, securities, sports, and corporate compliance and white collar criminal defense.
Private Client: We counsel owners of family businesses in establishing organizational structures to satisfy current and long-term needs, to plan for the transfer of the business to the next generation (whether during the owner's lifetime or upon death), and to implement strategies. We also represent clients on personal planning, taking into account estate and income tax issues, closely-held businesses, second marriages, and planning for special needs of children and other heirs.
Real Estate: We represent clients in all services related to the acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, management, and use of real estate, including lease, financing agreement, construction contract, and purchase and sale agreement negotiations, land use representation and litigation, and tax valuation representation and litigation.
Tax: We represent public corporations, financial institutions, domestic joint ventures, new business ventures, non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, and individuals in tax matters such as business transactions, employee benefits and executive compensation, international taxation, mergers and acquisitions, state and local tax, and tax controversy and litigation.