The Financial Times Ranks Thompson Hine #1 for Innovation in “New Working Model”

Managing Partner Deborah Read Also Recognized as Innovative Individual

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thompson Hine LLP announced today that it was ranked as the top firm in
the category “Most innovative North American law firms 2015: New working
models” by The Financial Times. The firm is recognized for its
innovation in developing SmartPaTH®, a service delivery model
that incorporates project management, value-based billing, flexible
staffing and process efficiency. Thompson Hine created SmartPaTH to
respond to clients seeking significant changes in the way their law
firms work with them.

The report, Financial
Times North America Innovative Lawyers 2015
, cites Thompson Hine
as a firm refocusing its efforts on innovation to increase efficiency,
budget more accurately, and manage matters more effectively, noting that
“this year, we see firms such as Thompson Hine make smart models of
delivering legal services central to their business.” SmartPaTH’s budget
and work plan tool is highlighted in the report as an advance in
technology that “integrates everything from billing costs to staffing”
and “helps clients improve decision-making.”

Managing Partner Deborah Z. Read is also recognized in the report as one
of the top 10 “Innovative Lawyers” in North America for being the
driving force behind the development of SmartPaTH. The publication
attributes Thompson Hine’s status as a top firm for client service to
SmartPaTH, noting that it “forces a fundamental shift in the way lawyers
think about the practice of law” and “not only maximizes the value the
firm provides, but also fosters innovation within.”

Read said, “Our priority at Thompson Hine is aligning our service
delivery with our clients’ business goals, and we are pleased that our
efforts have been recognized by The Financial Times. Our
significant investments in talent, proprietary tools, and infrastructure
enable us to deliver excellent legal service predictably, efficiently
and with transparency. We seek continually to provide greater value and
better solutions that support clients’ business objectives.”

This announcement follows the recent news that Thompson Hine has been
named one of the top 15 U.S. law firms for excellent client service in
the 2016 BTI Client Service 30. Ranking in all 17 activities that
drive superior client relationships, the firm is recognized specifically
for its “Innovative Approach.” In addition, the firm was among the top
four law firms nationally for “Client Focus” and in the top 20 in the
categories “Provides Value for the Dollar,” “Commitment to Help” and
“Helps Advise on Business Issues.”

For its report, The Financial Times reviewed 275 submissions and
nominations from 60 law firms, and RSG Consulting interviewed and sought
feedback from clients, lawyers and experts between August and November

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 2015:
New working models” by The Financial Times. The firm also is one
of the top 4 U.S. firms for Client Focus and among the top 15 firms for
Client Service Excellence in an independent survey of more than 300
in-house counsel. For 3 straight years, Thompson Hine has distinguished
itself in all areas of Service Delivery Innovation and is one of only 5
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. Key components of
SmartPaTH include Legal Project Management, Value-Based Pricing,
Flexible Staffing and Process Efficiency. For more information, please


Thompson Hine LLP
Sheila Turner, 202-263-4132