Thompson Hine LLP has elected nine new partners, effective January 1, 2020. The new partners, located across four of the firm’s offices, represent a broad range of practice areas, including Business Litigation, Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy, Commercial & Public Finance, Corporate Transactions & Securities, Government Contracts, Privacy & Cybersecurity and Real Estate.
“These future leaders of our firm exhibit outstanding skill in their practice areas and embrace the innovative ideas that drive our commitment to providing enhanced value to clients. Each of them is dedicated to helping clients achieve their business goals by efficiently and transparently delivering exceptional legal services. We are proud to welcome these attorneys to our partnership,” said Deborah Z. Read, Thompson Hine’s managing partner.
The new partners are:
Thomas R. Butchko is a member of the Commercial & Public Finance practice group in Cleveland. He focuses his practice on the development, negotiation and documentation of senior and subordinated credit facilities, asset-based loans, senior and mezzanine debt placements, acquisition financing, structured finance transactions and other complex financing transactions involving banks and other financial institutions, as well as public and private companies. He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020. Butchko earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Cincinnati.
Angela Ceccarelli Daniele is a member of the Real Estate practice group in Dayton. She focuses her practice on a wide range of real estate matters, including commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, and industrial, retail and office leasing. Daniele received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton School of Law and her B.S., magna cum laude, from Eastern Kentucky University.
Jim Henderson is a member of the Business Restructuring, Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy practice group in Cleveland. He focuses his practice on representing secured lenders in workouts, Uniform Commercial Code issues, and other bankruptcy, finance and commercial law matters. Henderson received his J.D., cum laude, from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and his B.A. from College of the Holy Cross.
Andrea R. McCarthy is a member of the Corporate Transactions & Securities practice group in Cleveland. Her practice focuses on advising public companies on securities and general corporate matters, including federal and state securities law filings and compliance. She has experience with a variety of transactions, including follow-on and secondary offerings, initial public offerings, private placements, venture capital financings and public and private company mergers and acquisitions. McCarthy earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her B.A. from John Carroll University.
George B. Musekamp is a member of the Business Litigation practice group in Cincinnati. He has experience in a wide range of substantive litigation matters, with a focus on commercial contract disputes, real estate and construction disputes, defense of employers in claims of discrimination and retaliation, enforcement of employment agreements, and protection of trade secret information. He has been included on the Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list from 2018-2020. Musekamp received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his B.S. from Miami University.
Alexandra Chanin Nelson is a member of the Business Litigation practice in Atlanta. She also serves as the Atlanta chair of Thompson Hine’s Spotlight on Women program. Nelson works extensively with small privately held companies and large publicly held companies on a variety of product liability and business matters. She has significant experience handling complex business litigation matters, including securities and shareholder litigation, real estate matters, matters involving post-employment obligations and product liability litigation in connection with claims related to large tort matters involving fuel gas. She was included on the Georgia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list in 2018 and 2019. Nelson received her J.D., with honors, from the Emory University School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from Tulane University.
Emma Off is a member of the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice in Cincinnati. Off is an experienced transactional attorney with a broad-based general corporate and securities background. Off counsels U.S. and international public and private companies across various industries on matters involving complex commercial arrangements, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures, entity formation and corporate governance, fiduciary matters, and capital raising and investment. She was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 and included on the Ohio Super Lawyers® list of Rising Stars from 2018-2020. Off received her J.D., with honors, from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Kentucky.
Thomas M. Ritzert is a member of the Business Litigation practice in Cleveland. His practice focuses on complex business litigation and dispute resolution. Ritzert has represented clients in cases involving fiduciary relationships; shareholder disputes; business torts; trade secret, non-compete, copyright and Lanham Act controversies; commercial and contract disputes; and property matters, including condemnation proceedings and disputes regarding use of commercial real estate. He also has significant experience defending corporations and directors in class and derivative shareholder actions challenging mergers, acquisitions and tender offers. He was included on the Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list from 2016-2019. Ritzert earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and his B.A. from Bluffton University.
Steven G. Stransky is a member of the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group. He is based in Cleveland and Washington, D.C., and advises clients on complex national and international privacy and information security issues. He assists clients in devising strategies to assess and mitigate cybersecurity risks and in maintaining compliance with federal, state and foreign laws and regulations governing data privacy and security. In addition, Stransky defends clients’ interests in litigation and government enforcement actions in the areas of data privacy and cybersecurity and assists defense contractors and other private sector businesses with satisfying federal cybersecurity standards. Prior to joining Thompson Hine, Stransky spent 10 years serving in the federal government, including as deputy legal adviser on the President’s National Security Council and an attorney at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he oversaw the department’s foreign intelligence, counterintelligence and cybersecurity intelligence activities. Stransky received his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law and his B.A. from The Ohio State University.
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