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Thompson Hine Expands Employee Benefits Practice with Three-Lawyer Team

Issued by Thompson Hine LLP

Oct. 26, 2016

Leading Employee Benefits Partner David A. Whaley Joins Firm

CINCINNATI – October 26, 2016 –– Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that leading employee benefits lawyer David A. Whaley has joined the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (EBEC) practice as a partner in Cincinnati. Joining Whaley are associates Nicole M. Hanna and Beth A. Mandel. The group joins from Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, where Whaley was a partner.  Whaley’s practice focuses on all areas of employee benefits, including ERISA litigation and administrative proceedings. He assists private and public companies and nonprofit organizations in all areas of employee benefits, including design, implementation and compliance in providing tax qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, health and welfare arrangements and employee fringe benefits. Whaley also assists employers with complying with the mandates of the Affordable Care Act.

Whaley has particular expertise in handling employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and executive and equity compensation. His extensive experience in the area of ESOPs includes representing both companies sponsoring ESOPs and ESOP trustees and fiduciaries in transactions between the sponsors, selling shareholders and the ESOP.

“Thompson Hine offers an ideal platform for my clients. I was initially attracted to the firm’s robust, 25-person EBEC practice with bench depth in every area of employee benefits law, including the Affordable Care Act,” said Whaley. “In addition, the firm’s Corporate and Commercial & Public Finance practices and extensive experience in representing both lending institutions and companies obtaining financing to facilitate corporate succession planning will be of great value to my ESOP clients. I was also impressed with the firm’s innovation in service delivery and its SmartPaTH® program.”

“We are very pleased to welcome David, Nicole and Beth to the Cincinnati office,” said J. Shane Starkey, Cincinnati office partner-in-charge. “David is well-known locally and in the industry generally and the team will be an excellent asset to the firm’s clients.”

“David is a strong general EBEC practitioner and his focus on ESOPs will further strengthen our depth in this area,” added Laura A. Ryan, practice group leader of the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice. “Nicole and Beth bring solid experience in the employee benefits and executive compensation areas which will enable us to meet client needs as our practice continues to grow. We are thrilled that these lawyers have chosen Thompson Hine.”

Whaley is listed in Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is noted to be “extremely knowledgeable and very efficient.” He is currently the chair of the ESOP Subcommittee of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee of the ESOP Association.

Whaley received a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2003 with high honors, and a B.S. in finance from the University of Dayton. Hanna earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2012, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Law and Social Thought and Political Science from the University of Toledo in 2007. Mandel received a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2005, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2002 with highest distinction.

With approximately 25 professionals, Thompson Hine’s EBEC practice has focused on efficiently delivering exceptional employee benefits and executive compensation advice to clients for decades. Ranked by Chambers USA and the Legal 500 as a top Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice, the group is known for its experienced team and cost-effective legal services.

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: New working models” by The Financial Times. For 4 straight years, Thompson Hine has distinguished itself in all areas of Service Delivery Innovation and is one of only 7 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. For more information, please visit and


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