|No. of offices||11|
|No. of attorneys||600+|
|No. of employees||More than 1,000|
|Key people||Robert J. Hicks, Chairman and Managing Partner|
|Founder||Worthington, Strong, Stettinius & Hollister; Taft & Taft|
|Company type||Limited Liability Partnership|
Taft Stettinius & Hollister, commonly known as "Taft", is an American, white-shoe law firm founded in Cincinnati, with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Delaware, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; Minneapolis, Minnesota and Phoenix, Arizona. Taft has been referred to as Cincinnati's most prestigious law firm.
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.
In 1947, the firm's labor department, led by J. Mack Swigert, was instrumental in helping Robert Taft, who had become a United States Senator, draft and pass the groundbreaking Taft–Hartley Act that regulated labor unions.
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, Sommer Barnard of Indianapolis in 2008, Kahn Kleinman of Cleveland in 2008, Chester, Wilcox, and Saxbe of Columbus in 2012, and Shefsky and Froehlich of Chicago in 2014. On August 29, 2019, partners at Briggs & Morgan of Minneapolis voted to merge with Taft. The merger became effective January 1, 2020.
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. Taft employs more than 600 attorneys following its 2020 merger with Briggs & Morgan.
- Robert Bilott, environmental lawyer
- John Cranley, Mayor of Cincinnati (2013-present)
- John B. Nalbandian, U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit
- Caleb Nelson, Emerson G. Spies Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law
- J. Mack Swigert, labor lawyer instrumental in drafting the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act
- Charles Phelps Taft II, Mayor of Cincinnati (1955-1957)
- Robert A. Taft, U.S. Senator from Ohio (1939-1953)
- Robert Taft Jr., U.S. Senator from Ohio (1971-1976), U.S. Representative from Ohio (1963-1965; 1967-1971)
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