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Year founded: 1844
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About Eastman & Smith Ltd.

Client satisfaction. Reliability. Innovation. Creative approach to problem-solving. These are cornerstone attributes at Eastman & Smith. Its 75+ dedicated attorneys are based in four offices -- Columbus, Detroit, Findlay and Toledo -- and practice law in nearly 20 areas of practice.

Eastman & Smith values each client relationship by being committed to its clients, to understanding their businesses and needs. It values the communities in which its attorneys practice by encouraging civic involvement as well as contributing to worthy causes.

Best Lawyers®, Corporate Counsel, Fortune, Martindale-Hubbell and U.S. News and World Report all rank Eastman & Smith highly in their publications. While awards and recognition are gratifying, it is the positive feedback we get from our clients, peers and friends that keeps us motivated.

Just as when it was founded in 1844, Eastman & Smith is committed to serving its clients to the best of its ability.

The Firm’s principal areas of practice include:

• Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights

• Business Law & Litigation

• Construction Law

• Education

• Employee Benefits

• Environmental

• Estate Planning, Trust & Probate

• Financial Institutions & Creditors’ Rights

• Fire, Casualty and Catastrophic Claims

• Government & Regulatory Affairs

• Health Care

• Immigration & Naturalization

• Intellectual Property

• Labor & Employment

• Litigation

• Medical Malpractice

• Professional Liability Litigation

• Public Law

• Real Estate

• Tax

• Workers’ Compensation

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Eastman & Smith Ltd. is metro ranked in 21 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Tier 1 for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 3 for Employment Law - Management


Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Tier 1 for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 3 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 3 for Environmental Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 3 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Arbitration
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 1 for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Tier 2 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 2 for Employment Law - Individuals
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 2 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Tier 3 for Employment Law - Management

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Economic Development Law
  • Education Law
  • Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Project Finance Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Railroad Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Transportation Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

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Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
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Main Location

Toledo, OH
One Seagate, 27th Floor
550 North Summit Street
Toledo, OH 43604
United States
419-241-6000 Call our Toledo, OH location at 419-241-6000 Get Directions Get directions to our Toledo, OH location

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Management and Personnel

Director of Business Development and Marketing
Mark C. Elliott
Chairman, Executive Committee
Fadi V. Nahhas


Labor & Employment
Heidi N. Hartman
Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate
Mark H. Boss
Joseph R. Durham
Corporate Transactions and Business
Graham A. Bluhm
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