Thompson Hine Recognized by Corporate Counsel as Top Law Firm for Value

Among Top 22 of 650 Firms Nationally as Best at Alternative Fee

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thompson Hine LLP announced today that it was named as one of the
top 22 law firms from 650 nationally as the best at developing and
implementing alternative fee arrangements. The survey, BTI State of
Alternative Fee Arrangements 2016,
presents an analysis of firms’
efforts to help clients control costs based on in-depth telephone
interviews with leading legal decision makers. “We congratulate the 22
law firms named by corporate counsel – in an unprompted manner…. These
are the firms – out of the 650 core law firms serving large and Fortune
1000 clients – corporate counsel find best at making AFAs the successful
cost control tool they were intended to be,” notes the report. The
report elaborates that these firms successfully bring improved client
focus, budget predictability, a more streamlined approach to work and
double-digit savings.

Corporate counsel surveyed identified six primary reasons these 22 firms
stand out: focus and efficiency, enthusiasm and commitment to AFAs,
flexibility, willingness to take risk, sticking to the agreement without
complaint, and providing the authority to enter into AFAs quickly
without extensive meetings or reviews.

“Top legal decision makers identify Thompson Hine as a leading law firm
at Alternative Fee Arrangements,” said Michael B. Rynowecer, president
of The BTI Consulting Group. “Corporate counsel note the firm’s
commitment to offering predictability and value to support their core

This recognition is a significant reflection of clients’ desire for
fundamental changes in how law firms render their services. Thompson
Hine has responded by making noteworthy modifications to its service
delivery model through its innovative SmartPaTH® initiative,
adding experienced personnel, proprietary software and infrastructure
that enable the firm to offer efficient and managed processes,
value-based pricing and flexible staffing.

“We listened to our clients and made substantial investments in service
enhancements, including value-based billing, legal project management,
and process improvement,” said Deborah Z. Read, the firm’s Managing
Partner. “Our goal is to exceed our clients’ expectations for service
delivery by further aligning our approach with clients’ needs for
efficiency, predictability, and adherence to budget. We added
sophisticated talent to ensure that our lawyers are trained and
proficient in all aspects of our SmartPaTH program. We also created
proprietary software that enables us to develop credible estimates and
then manage and monitor projects according to those estimates. It is
rewarding to be acknowledged by clients for the value we provide.”

This is the latest BTI client service distinction Thompson Hine has
earned. Last month, the firm was recognized for the fourth consecutive
year in every category for game-changing innovation in the report BTI
Brand Elite: Client Perceptions of the Best-Branded Law Firms.
Hine was positioned as one of the top seven “Client Service Strategists”
– firms innovating by making changes others are not to improve the
client experience. The firm also was among the top innovative “Value
Drivers” – those making changes in process or the client experience to
add value, and one of the leading firms considered “Movers & Shakers” –
firms delivering new and valuable services that others are not. Thompson
Hine was one of only 29 firms nationwide recognized in all innovation
categories. In December 2015, the BTI Client Service 30 ranked
the firm 15th in the nation for overall client service, marking the
firm’s ninth consecutive year on the list. Among other top rankings in
subcategories, the firm scored in the top four nationwide for “Client
Focus.” BTI also has hailed Thompson Hine as a top U.S. law firm for
client service excellence for 14 consecutive years in its annual BTI
Client Service A-Team: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance

In addition, Thompson Hine recently was ranked first in the category
“Most innovative North American law firms 2015: New working models” by The
Financial Times
for its innovation in developing the SmartPaTH
service delivery model. Read was also recognized in the report as one of
the nation’s top 10 “Innovative Lawyers.”

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: New
working models” by The Financial Times. For 4 straight years,
Thompson Hine has distinguished itself in all areas of Service Delivery
Innovation and is one of only 7 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. For more information, please visit


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