Taft Stettinius & Hollister

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
No. of offices 10
No. of attorneys More than 400
No. of employees More than 700
Key people Robert J. Hicks, Chairman and Managing Partner
Date founded 1885
Founder Worthington, Strong, Stettinius & Hollister; Taft & Taft
Company type Limited Liability Partnership
Website www.taftlaw.com

Taft Stettinius & Hollister, commonly known as "Taft", is a major law firm with offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Delaware, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Phoenix, Arizona.[1]


Taft traces its roots back to 1885, when Worthington & Strong was founded by Judge William Worthington and Edward W. Strong. John L. Stettinius and John B. Hollister joined the firm after its founding, at which point the firm became known as Worthington, Strong, Stettinius & Hollister. In January 1923, Judge Worthington died. In the following year, a young firm headed by Robert A. Taft and Charles P. Taft II, sons of former President William Howard Taft, joined the older firm to become Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.[2]

The firm's labor department, led by J. Mack Swigert, was instrumental in helping Senator Robert Taft draft and pass the groundbreaking Taft-Hartley Act in 1947.[3]

Since the 1980s, the firm's expansion beyond Cincinnati has been accomplished with the aid of strategic mergers with local firms with its various branch offices, including Kelley, McCann, and Livingston of Cleveland in 2001,[4] Sommer Barnard of Indianapolis in 2008,[5] Kahn Kleinman of Cleveland in 2008,[6] Chester, Wilcox, and Saxbe of Columbus in 2012,[7] and Shefsky and Froehlich of Chicago in 2014.[8]

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The firm's practice areas include business and finance, business restructuring, bankruptcy and creditor rights, domestic relations, employment, environmental, gaming, government contracts, health and life sciences, higher education, intellectual property, labor relations, litigation, pharmaceutical and life sciences litigation, private client, public finance, real estate, tax, technology services and more.[9] Taft employs more than 400 attorneys.

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