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Press release:

Thompson Hine’s Employee Benefits Practice Earns First-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA

Issued by: Thompson Hine LLP

Date: July 21, 2020

Five Partners Recognized

CLEVELAND – July 21, 2020 – Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that its Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice has again been recognized in the top band as a leading law firm in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which ranks lawyers according to technical legal ability, professional conduct, customer service, commercial awareness, diligence and commitment based on interviews with clients and peers. The practice is one of 12 Thompson Hine practices recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA.

Of the 40 Thompson Hine lawyers recognized as leading lawyers in their practices, the following five are in the Employee Benefits practice.

  • Timothy R. Brown (Cincinnati)
  • Julia Ann Love (Cleveland)
  • J. Shane Starkey (Cincinnati)
  • David Whaley (Cincinnati)
  • Kim Wilcoxon (Cincinnati)

According to Chambers USA:

What the team is known for: Go-to practice for significant national and international clients, as well as Ohio-based companies. In demand for handling ACA compliance and the benefit and compensation components of transactions, as well as advising on plan structuring. Notable for its capabilities in ESOP counseling and its work in fiduciary governance. Sector expertise covers health care, financial services and energy, among others.

Strengths: “They’re very knowledgeable, experts in their field, and very responsive,” interviewees say, adding that “they deliver very good client service and high-quality work, and they’re willing to be collaborative on the billing.”

“The firm truly does work as a team, as they complement each other’s strengths and aren’t afraid to consult one another as needed. The firm as a whole has depth in employee benefits,” sources report.

Notable practitioners

Julia Ann Love “takes a very hands-on, practical approach,” one interviewee notes, adding: “She’s super responsive and pragmatic, and she’s able to speak understandably about employee benefits topics.” She is adept in tackling regulatory issues relating to group health plans, and is experienced in healthcare reform.

Sources observe that Timothy Brown’s “strength lies in his proactive approach to legal and regulatory matters,” and note: “He has a forward-thinking nature and is a wonderful problem solver.” His work encompasses everything from retirement, health and welfare plans to fiduciary compliance.

J. Shane Starkey has “an excellent reputation in the area of executive compensation as a good client relationship person,” peers observe. Benefiting from a strong parallel tax practice, he is well equipped to advise public corporations on a comprehensive array of executive compensation procedures.

David Whaley has “deep knowledge of retirement and nonqualified plans,” is “very consultative and responsive, and consistently demonstrates deep expertise,” clients report. His work for businesses and nonprofit entities includes the formation and implementation of ESOPs and deferred compensation arrangements.

Kim Wilcoxon’s “strength is her ability to keep clients on track with project management,” one source comments, adding: “Her attention to detail is fantastic and her follow-through is always timely and complete” She is particularly well versed in Affordable Care Act issues and other group health plan regulations.

About Thompson Hine LLP
Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service business law firm with approximately 400 lawyers in 8 offices, was ranked number 1 in the category “Most innovative North American law firms: New working models” by The Financial Times and was 1 of 7 firms shortlisted for The American Lawyer’s inaugural Legal Services Innovation Award. Thompson Hine has distinguished itself in all areas of Service Delivery Innovation in the BTI Brand Elite, where it has been recognized as one of the top 4 firms for “Value for the Dollar” and “Commitment to Help” and among the top 5 firms “making changes to improve the client experience.” The firm’s commitment to innovation is embodied in Thompson Hine SmartPaTHTM – a smarter way to work – predictable, efficient and aligned with client goals. For more information, please visit and


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