Thompson Hine Continues Lateral Growth; Adds Corporate Partner David Watson in Cleveland

Watson Joins as Fourth Lateral Partner in 2016

Hine LLP
is pleased to announce that David D. Watson has joined the
firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice as a partner in
Cleveland. Watson comes from McDonald Hopkins LLC, where he has served
as the co-chair of the business transactions practice group.

Watson is the fourth lateral partner to join Thompson Hine this year,
following last month’s expansion of its New York office with the
addition of Timothy
J. McCarthy and Louis M. Solomon
to the Business Litigation practice
and Jonathan
A. Olick
to the Real Estate practice.

Watson has substantial experience in transactional and general corporate
law, including acquisition and disposition of businesses, both in the
ordinary course and in bankruptcy; organization, operation and
disposition of partnerships, limited liability companies and joint
ventures; private company planning and counseling; resolution of private
shareholder disputes; and counseling clients on day-to-day business

“I was drawn to Thompson Hine’s innovation in service delivery and its
commitment to providing clients with exceptional value,” said Watson. “I
am impressed by the firm’s culture and forward-thinking approach to the
practice of law, in particular its award-winning SmartPaTH®
program, and I know my clients will benefit from its extensive
capabilities in areas such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate,
intellectual property, real estate, finance and litigation.”

“David is a great fit for our Cleveland office and the firm’s corporate
practice,” said Robyn Minter Smyers, Cleveland office partner-in-charge.
“He has a proven track record of successfully representing clients
ranging from individual entrepreneurs to Fortune 50 corporations in
major transactions in Ohio and nationally. We are excited to bring him
on board as a resource for our existing clients.”

Watson received his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University in
1986 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1993.

About Thompson Hine LLP. Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service
business law firm with approximately 400 lawyers in 7 offices is ranked
number 1 in the category “Most innovative North American law firms 2015:
New working models” by The Financial Times. The firm also is one
of the top 4 U.S. firms for Client Focus and among the top 15 firms for
Client Service Excellence in an independent survey of more than 300
in-house counsel. For 3 straight years, Thompson Hine has distinguished
itself in all areas of Service Delivery Innovation and is one of only 5
firms noted in the BTI Brand Elite for “making changes to improve
the client experience.” The firm’s commitment to innovation is embodied
in Thompson Hine SmartPaTH® – a smarter way to work –
predictable, efficient and aligned with client goals. Key components of
SmartPaTH include Legal Project Management, Value-Based Pricing,
Flexible Staffing and Process Efficiency. For more information, please


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