Thompson Hine Repeats 100 Percent Ranking on 2016 HRC Corporate Equality Index

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For the fourth year in a row, Thompson Hine LLP earned the top rating of
100 percent and recognition as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality on
the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The CEI measures an employer’s
commitment to policies, practices and protections pertinent to lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Thompson Hine joins the
ranks of major U.S. businesses that also earned the top mark this year.

“At Thompson Hine, our focus on diversity and inclusion contributes to a
better workplace, enriching our service to clients, and enabling us to
provide greater creativity and innovation,” emphasized Deborah Z. Read,
the firm’s managing partner. “We strive to create an inclusive culture
that allows us to attract and retain great lawyers and staff, and, in
turn, offer the best talent to our clients. The benefits of respecting
the differences in our workforce are critical to our success.”

The 2016 CEI rated 851 businesses, evaluating their LGBT-related
policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace
protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health
care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT
community. Thompson Hine’s success in satisfying all of the CEI’s
criteria resulted in the 100 percent ranking and designation as a Best
Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

Thompson Hine, through the efforts of its Diversity & Inclusion
Initiative and its Spotlight on Women® program, is committed
to attracting, retaining and supporting a diverse workforce. The
strength of that commitment is most evident in the makeup of the firm’s
leadership, with a woman serving as its managing partner and 50 percent
of its Executive Committee comprised of women and minorities. Women and
minorities also serve as practice group leaders and office

The HRC is America’s largest civil rights organization working to
achieve LGBT equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC
strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation
that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

About Thompson Hine LLP. Thompson Hine LLP, a full-service
business law firm with approximately 400 lawyers in 7 offices, is ranked
among the top 4 U.S. firms for Value for the Dollar and Commitment to
Help and named a Top 5 firm for Client Service Excellence in independent
surveys 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
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