history

      Robert A. Taft
      John Stettinius
      Cincinnati

J. Mack Swigert
John B. Hollister
Cincinnati

      Robert A. Taft
      Robert A. Taft
      Cincinnati

J. Mack Swigert
J. Mack Swigert
Cincinnati

      Walter Kelley
      Walter Kelley
      Cleveland

Bennet Kleinman
Bennet Kleinman
Cleveland

      David L. Johnson
      David L. Johnson
      Columbus

John J. Chester
John J. Chester
Columbus

      Hugh Wall III
      Hugh Wall III
      Dayton

Robert B. Craig
Robert B. Craig
Northern Kentucky

      James K. Sommer
      James K. Sommer
      Indianapolis

William C. Barnard
William C. Barnard
Indianapolis

      Lloyd Shefsky
      Lloyd E. Shefsky
      Chicago

Cid Froelich
Cezar M. Froelich
Chicago

 

In the Beginning

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP 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 passed away. In the following year, a young firm headed by Robert A. Taft (who later became a U.S. Senator) and Charles P. Taft II, sons of former President William Howard Taft, joined the older firm to become Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

The firm came to have not only local prominence, but also national stature. For example, the firm's labor department, led by J. Mack Swigert, was instrumental in helping Senator Taft draft and pass the groundbreaking Taft-Hartley Act in 1947.

Strategic Growth

Through a series of successful mergers and the establishment of new offices, Taft has become a premier regional law firm.

  • June 1983: Taft Cincinnati partner David Johnson moved to Columbus to launch our Columbus office. As Taft continued to establish itself as a preeminent Ohio firm, it seemed appropriate that the firm should have an office in the state’s capital.
     
  • April 1986: The firm opened an office across the river in Northern Kentucky. Three Taft attorneys, including the current partner-in-charge of our Kentucky office, Robert Craig, relocated from the Cincinnati office to Covington to support our growing clientele throughout Kentucky.
     
  • January 2001: Cleveland-based Kelley, McCann & Livingstone joined the four attorneys in Taft’s Cleveland office. Known for its public law and litigation capabilities, the Kelley McCann lawyers welcomed the opportunity to join the Taft family and expand their services to clients throughout NE Ohio.
     
  • July 2003: Hugh Wall III joined the firm and opened Taft’s Dayton office, which gave Taft a physical presence in a city where it already had many clients. By 2009, the office had more than 30 attorneys, and it has continued to expand client services since then.
     
  • May 2008: Taft merged with Sommer Barnard, a prominent, full-service Indianapolis firm with more than 100 attorneys. The merger gave Taft and Sommer Barnard a regional presence, as well as greater depth in meeting a variety of business and individual legal needs.
     
  • September 2008: Taft’s commitment to the Cleveland region was enhanced with the merger of Kahn Kleinman, a highly respected commercial real estate, corporate and tax firm. The merger was named by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of the “10 Deals That Mattered Most in 2008.”
     
  • January 2012: Taft’s merger with Chester Willcox & Saxbe strengthened its presence in Ohio’s capital city. In addition to litigation, business, labor & employment and private client practices, CWS attorneys provided a sophisticated energy practice.
     
  • January 2014: Taft merged with Shefsky & Froelich, a Chicago law firm with 70 attorneys. The merger extended Taft’s footprint to the financial hub of the Midwestern region and enhanced Taft’s offerings to clients in other markets.

Taft Today

With more than 400 attorneys, Taft is more vibrant and engaged in a wider range of work than ever before—with clients, both individual and corporate, whose needs for legal services range from local to international in scope. The firm has nine offices in six states: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Northern Kentucky; Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Phoenix, Ariz. In addition, the firm has an established Japanese practice based in the United States.

Throughout the firm's history, our focus has remained constant: to provide clients, both large and small, with sound legal guidance driven by a collaborative approach to gain optimal results.