CLEVELAND– LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire –According to a recent surve…

CLEVELAND– LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire –According to a recent survey of lateral partners, Thompson Hine ranks fourth in the country (among firms of 500 lawyers or less) both in general satisfaction and in integration effectiveness. The survey, Lateral Partner Satisfaction: A Decade of Perspective, was conducted by Major, Lindsey & Africa, one of the world’s largest legal search firms, specializing in the recruitment of attorneys for law firms and corporate legal departments. The survey was sent to more than 5,000 lateral partners in more than 600 law firms and measures factors such as expectations vs. reality after joining a firm, success in integration and the direct relationship between that success and laterals’ satisfaction.

“We have devoted a lot of time and effort to our lateral integration program at Thompson Hine. Our program has two primary objectives – allowing lateral partners to make a seamless transition to our firm in terms of service delivery to their clients and creating greater opportunities for lateral partners to expand their practice with us.” says Deborah Z. Read, hiring partner and chair of lateral recruiting and a member of Thompson Hine’s Executive Committee. “The rankings in this survey are evidence that our efforts are paying off. We continue to look for ways to differentiate our firm with lateral recruits, and we find that immediate practice and cultural integration are the key to lateral partner satisfaction.”

Thompson Hine’s lateral process is customized to each lawyer and includes three key components: 1) logistical integration, making sure the lateral has everything necessary to deliver seamless service to his/her clients the day he/she walks in the door; 2) practice integration, which involves identifying synergies between the lateral and the firm’s clients and developing a plan to capitalize on these opportunities; and 3) cultural integration, which allows the lateral to quickly build internal relationships.

For more information about the survey, go to To find out more about lateral opportunities at Thompson Hine, contact Lori Oppedisano, Director of Practice Services, at [email protected] or 216-566-8273.

About Thompson Hine LLP: Established in 1911, Thompson Hine today is among the largest business law firms in the United States. For the last several years, the firm has been named one of the Best Corporate Law Firms in America (in an annual survey of corporate directors conducted by Corporate Board Member magazine). With more than 370 lawyers, Thompson Hine serves premier businesses worldwide. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Brussels, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, D.C. For more information, go to

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