About The Firm

Overview

Roetzel is a full-service law firm with offices located throughout Ohio, Florida, and Chicago. The firm provides comprehensive legal services to national and international corporations, closely held and family-run businesses, institutions, organizations and individuals.

Since 1876, our firm has been guided by the core values of innovation, client service, integrity, and excellence in practice. Over the years, the firm has strategically grown in breadth, depth, and strength of legal services offered, and its geographical reach in response to an ever-expanding client base and scope of legal needs.

Successful partnerships require mutual respect, a shared understanding of expectations, and a steadfast commitment to achieving the goal. Our commitment to excellence in client service includes investing the time to listen to our clients and thoroughly understand not just their legal issues, but also their organizational structure and business goals. This, in turn, allows us to provide better counsel and offer our clients practical insight in matters that may affect their business. Roetzel's entrepreneurial philosophy encourages our attorneys to think like our clients - with business minds, ready to embrace new challenges and implement innovative approaches.

As Roetzel has evolved over the years, one thing remains consistent... we are a dynamic law firm that adapts to change and continues to look towards the future as both entrepreneurial owners of our firm and trusted advisors to our clients. We remain dedicated to maintaining a focus on meeting our clients' legal needs and delivering the superior service they expect.

Firm Facts

Best Law Firms

  • Roetzel received premier distinctions in six national categories and was recognized regionally in 35 additional areas of practice in the 2017 Best Law Firms list, published by U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with Best Lawyers
    • National rankings were awarded in Commercial Litigation, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation – Construction, Real Estate Law, Transportation Law, and Land Use & Zoning Law

Chambers USA

  • Highlighted by Chambers USA as a "Leading Environmental Law Firm" (2003-2018)
  • Four Roetzel partners were individually cited by Chambers USA as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas

National Law Journal

  • Ranked #218 in The National Law Journal's "2016 NLJ 500" list of the nation's largest law firms
  • Ranked #191 in The National Law Journal's "2016 NLJ 500 Women in Law" list of the nation's largest law firms

Regional & Local Recognition

  • Ranked #11 on the 2016 Crain's Cleveland Largest Law Firms list
  • Ranked #20 in the Columbus Business First Book of Lists of the largest law firms in central Ohio
  • Recognized as a member of the Attorneys' Title Fund Services' “President’s Circle” for work throughout 2014 by The Fund, one of the largest title underwriters in the State of Florida, and consistently recognized as a "Fund Top 25" agent in Florida - of the 6,500 title agents, we are in the Top 25 for gross dollar volume in deals
  • Our Real Estate Group was recognized by Midwest Real Estate News as one of the "2016 Best of the Best" law firms in the Midwest for the 12th consecutive year

Best Lawyers

  • 56 attorneys recognized in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
  • 8 attorneys selected as "Lawyer of the Year" in their municipality and practice area by The Best Lawyers in America® for 2017

Super Lawyers

  • 30 attorneys selected as 2017 "Ohio Super Lawyers" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine
  • 5 attorneys recognized as 2017 "Florida Super Lawyers" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine
  • 11 attorneys selected as 2017 "Ohio Rising Stars" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine as up-and-coming attorneys under the age 40 or in practice 10 years or less
  • 2 attorneys selected as 2017 "Florida Rising Stars" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine as up-and-coming attorneys under the age 40 or in practice 10 years or less

Memberships

  • Member of USLAW Network, a legal network of more than 100 independent, defense-based member law firms with nearly 6,000 attorneys covering the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Africa - affiliation promotes sharing of information between member firms in order to enhance the speed, breadth and geographic reach of legal services provided to each member's clients
  • Exclusive Ohio member of Mackrell International, one of the world’s premier networks of independent legal firms with more than 4,500 lawyers in over 60 countries

Miscellaneous

  • A Roetzel attorney has achieved U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professionals status, demonstrating a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles
  • Nationally recognized bond counsel firm listed in The Bond Buyer's "Red Book"
  • Many of our attorneys are Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Many attorneys are Ohio State Bar Association Board Certified Specialists in the areas of Workers' Compensation and Labor and Employment Law
  • Many attorneys are certified by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization in City, County and Local Government Law; in Wills, Trusts and Estates Law; in Business Litigation; or in Real Estate Law
  • Workers' Compensation attorneys bring knowledge from former posts held within the Industrial Commission and Workers' Compensation Divisions of the Attorney General's Offices, and have served as expert witnesses in state and federal courts on workers' compensation matters
  • Medical Defense attorneys have handled more than 50 trials over the past five years with a winning percentage of more than 90%
  • Government relations capabilities are strengthened by our presence in the state capital of Ohio.
  • A number of our attorneys are agents for title insurance companies
  • Roetzel serves as national and regional coordinating counsel for a variety of clients in product liability, risk management and toxic tort cases, and successfully managed litigation portfolios involving more than 50,000 claims and lawsuits in more than 15 states

Technology & Practice Support

Our clients, our business partners, and our firm count on technology as a critical component of conducting business. Roetzel is committed to using such technology to strengthen and build our business relationships. We use "best of breed" technology to ensure that our systems are secure, stable, and available when needed. Our offices are linked together via a high-speed data and telecommunications network, providing secure and high speed remote access to our systems at any time, from nearly anywhere. This integration is a key asset to our clients for communication both within our offices and with outside parties. We use sophisticated document management technology to manage client information and create documents efficiently and accurately. Wireless-ready laptops and smart phone technology are utilized to stay connected when our attorneys are not in the office. Roetzel uses industry-standard technologies to ensure a problem-free exchange of information.

Practice Support

The effective use of technology also allows the firm to offer alternative and creative solutions to issues and to enhance our client partnerships. Some of the services offered include:

Trial Support

Roetzel employs highly trained analysts who provide both in-trial and pre-trial technology support. Our personnel have extensive courtroom experience, attending more than 50 trials per year. This effective use of technology to visually communicate information helps educate juries and enhance attorney arguments.

Graphic Illustrations, Medical Illustrations, and PowerPoint Design

Roetzel employs graphic artists and a Medical Illustrator for demonstrative exhibits, charts, graphs, timelines, and PowerPoint presentations that are used in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and other client engagements. They specialize in synthesizing complex ideas into easy-to-understand, professionally illustrated graphics. Many times this leads to juries' increased understanding of the information presented and reduced trial times.

Document Management

The firm utilizes state-of-the-art technology to electronically capture, manage, and share the vast amounts of case-related information. Attorneys can share documents with other parties without increased copy expenses. Documents are also portable, allowing attorneys 24/7 access to important files for better service and reduced costs.

Electronic Discovery and Computer Forensics

In addition to the traditional paper format, Roetzel is equipped to deal with electronically formatted data. Our attorneys know the best industry practices for the handling of E-Discovery.

Extranets / Electronic Data Rooms / Virtual Binders

The firm makes use of extranets to provide clients and third parties real-time access to confidential data via the web. This can be a cost-effective and versatile solution for collaboration between several remote locations, providing a secure means to capture and manage information.

Diversity Statement

Roetzel maintains a policy of non-discrimination and inclusion with respect to all employees and applicants for employment. All decisions as to employment with the Firm are governed solely on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications, and are not influenced or informed in any manner by the employee’s or applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

All decisions made with respect to recruiting, hiring, and promotions for all job classifications are based solely on individual qualifications related to the requirements of the position. Likewise, all other personnel matters such as compensation, benefits, transfers, reduction-in-force, recall, discipline, evaluation, training, education, and social and recreational programs are administered according to the principles set forth in this Diversity Statement.

Roetzel also strives to maintain an atmosphere of inclusion and fairness for all employees and applicants, with the goal that all employees are made to feel welcomed, valued, and rewarded for their abilities and accomplishments according to the principles set forth in this Diversity Statement. The Firm holds all employees responsible for adherence to the letter and spirit of this Diversity Statement.

In The Community

Roetzel is known for its commitment to the communities we serve. Our attorneys and staff actively contribute to philanthropic causes by serving on professional, community, and nonprofit boards, and as community volunteers. Whether this means chairing a fundraiser for a local charity, buying and wrapping gifts for less fortunate families during the holiday season, or refurbishing an inner-city house, our people are dedicated to investing their time and talents to these endeavors. Many of our attorneys and staff are actively involved in leadership roles in various professional and community organizations.

The firm also supports various charitable campaigns in our offices throughout the year, and several offices have "adopted" organizations to which they volunteer time on a regular basis. Roetzel feels a strong sense of pride when we look at the contributions our group has made to the growth and success of the communities, businesses, and individuals we affect.

Women's Initiative

Roetzel is committed to the success of our female attorneys, and aspires to lead by example in developing skills and talents of our professionals and the female executives within our communities. Our Women’s Initiative works to obtain, retain, develop, promote, and nurture exceptional female attorneys, as they are a key component to our firm’s success. Roetzel’s female leadership includes three city managing partners, one practice group manager, one board member, the director of the firm-wide Diversity Committee, and others from various committees and leadership positions within our firm.

Overview

Roetzel is a full-service law firm with offices located throughout Ohio, Florida, and Chicago. The firm provides comprehensive legal services to national and international corporations, closely held and family-run businesses, institutions, organizations and individuals.

Since 1876, our firm has been guided by the core values of innovation, client service, integrity, and excellence in practice. Over the years, the firm has strategically grown in breadth, depth, and strength of legal services offered, and its geographical reach in response to an ever-expanding client base and scope of legal needs.

Successful partnerships require mutual respect, a shared understanding of expectations, and a steadfast commitment to achieving the goal. Our commitment to excellence in client service includes investing the time to listen to our clients and thoroughly understand not just their legal issues, but also their organizational structure and business goals. This, in turn, allows us to provide better counsel and offer our clients practical insight in matters that may affect their business. Roetzel's entrepreneurial philosophy encourages our attorneys to think like our clients - with business minds, ready to embrace new challenges and implement innovative approaches.

As Roetzel has evolved over the years, one thing remains consistent... we are a dynamic law firm that adapts to change and continues to look towards the future as both entrepreneurial owners of our firm and trusted advisors to our clients. We remain dedicated to maintaining a focus on meeting our clients' legal needs and delivering the superior service they expect.

Firm Facts

Best Law Firms

  • Roetzel received premier distinctions in six national categories and was recognized regionally in 35 additional areas of practice in the 2017 Best Law Firms list, published by U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with Best Lawyers
    • National rankings were awarded in Commercial Litigation, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation – Construction, Real Estate Law, Transportation Law, and Land Use & Zoning Law

Chambers USA

  • Highlighted by Chambers USA as a "Leading Environmental Law Firm" (2003-2018)
  • Four Roetzel partners were individually cited by Chambers USA as leading lawyers in their respective practice areas

National Law Journal

  • Ranked #218 in The National Law Journal's "2016 NLJ 500" list of the nation's largest law firms
  • Ranked #191 in The National Law Journal's "2016 NLJ 500 Women in Law" list of the nation's largest law firms

Regional & Local Recognition

  • Ranked #11 on the 2016 Crain's Cleveland Largest Law Firms list
  • Ranked #20 in the Columbus Business First Book of Lists of the largest law firms in central Ohio
  • Recognized as a member of the Attorneys' Title Fund Services' “President’s Circle” for work throughout 2014 by The Fund, one of the largest title underwriters in the State of Florida, and consistently recognized as a "Fund Top 25" agent in Florida - of the 6,500 title agents, we are in the Top 25 for gross dollar volume in deals
  • Our Real Estate Group was recognized by Midwest Real Estate News as one of the "2016 Best of the Best" law firms in the Midwest for the 12th consecutive year

Best Lawyers

  • 56 attorneys recognized in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
  • 8 attorneys selected as "Lawyer of the Year" in their municipality and practice area by The Best Lawyers in America® for 2017

Super Lawyers

  • 30 attorneys selected as 2017 "Ohio Super Lawyers" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine
  • 5 attorneys recognized as 2017 "Florida Super Lawyers" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine
  • 11 attorneys selected as 2017 "Ohio Rising Stars" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine as up-and-coming attorneys under the age 40 or in practice 10 years or less
  • 2 attorneys selected as 2017 "Florida Rising Stars" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine as up-and-coming attorneys under the age 40 or in practice 10 years or less

Memberships

  • Member of USLAW Network, a legal network of more than 100 independent, defense-based member law firms with nearly 6,000 attorneys covering the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Africa - affiliation promotes sharing of information between member firms in order to enhance the speed, breadth and geographic reach of legal services provided to each member's clients
  • Exclusive Ohio member of Mackrell International, one of the world’s premier networks of independent legal firms with more than 4,500 lawyers in over 60 countries

Miscellaneous

  • A Roetzel attorney has achieved U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professionals status, demonstrating a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles
  • Nationally recognized bond counsel firm listed in The Bond Buyer's "Red Book"
  • Many of our attorneys are Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Many attorneys are Ohio State Bar Association Board Certified Specialists in the areas of Workers' Compensation and Labor and Employment Law
  • Many attorneys are certified by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization in City, County and Local Government Law; in Wills, Trusts and Estates Law; in Business Litigation; or in Real Estate Law
  • Workers' Compensation attorneys bring knowledge from former posts held within the Industrial Commission and Workers' Compensation Divisions of the Attorney General's Offices, and have served as expert witnesses in state and federal courts on workers' compensation matters
  • Medical Defense attorneys have handled more than 50 trials over the past five years with a winning percentage of more than 90%
  • Government relations capabilities are strengthened by our presence in the state capital of Ohio.
  • A number of our attorneys are agents for title insurance companies
  • Roetzel serves as national and regional coordinating counsel for a variety of clients in product liability, risk management and toxic tort cases, and successfully managed litigation portfolios involving more than 50,000 claims and lawsuits in more than 15 states

Technology & Practice Support

Our clients, our business partners, and our firm count on technology as a critical component of conducting business. Roetzel is committed to using such technology to strengthen and build our business relationships. We use "best of breed" technology to ensure that our systems are secure, stable, and available when needed. Our offices are linked together via a high-speed data and telecommunications network, providing secure and high speed remote access to our systems at any time, from nearly anywhere. This integration is a key asset to our clients for communication both within our offices and with outside parties. We use sophisticated document management technology to manage client information and create documents efficiently and accurately. Wireless-ready laptops and smart phone technology are utilized to stay connected when our attorneys are not in the office. Roetzel uses industry-standard technologies to ensure a problem-free exchange of information.

Practice Support

The effective use of technology also allows the firm to offer alternative and creative solutions to issues and to enhance our client partnerships. Some of the services offered include:

Trial Support

Roetzel employs highly trained analysts who provide both in-trial and pre-trial technology support. Our personnel have extensive courtroom experience, attending more than 50 trials per year. This effective use of technology to visually communicate information helps educate juries and enhance attorney arguments.

Graphic Illustrations, Medical Illustrations, and PowerPoint Design

Roetzel employs graphic artists and a Medical Illustrator for demonstrative exhibits, charts, graphs, timelines, and PowerPoint presentations that are used in trials, arbitrations, mediations, and other client engagements. They specialize in synthesizing complex ideas into easy-to-understand, professionally illustrated graphics. Many times this leads to juries' increased understanding of the information presented and reduced trial times.

Document Management

The firm utilizes state-of-the-art technology to electronically capture, manage, and share the vast amounts of case-related information. Attorneys can share documents with other parties without increased copy expenses. Documents are also portable, allowing attorneys 24/7 access to important files for better service and reduced costs.

Electronic Discovery and Computer Forensics

In addition to the traditional paper format, Roetzel is equipped to deal with electronically formatted data. Our attorneys know the best industry practices for the handling of E-Discovery.

Extranets / Electronic Data Rooms / Virtual Binders

The firm makes use of extranets to provide clients and third parties real-time access to confidential data via the web. This can be a cost-effective and versatile solution for collaboration between several remote locations, providing a secure means to capture and manage information.

Diversity Statement

Roetzel maintains a policy of non-discrimination and inclusion with respect to all employees and applicants for employment. All decisions as to employment with the Firm are governed solely on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications, and are not influenced or informed in any manner by the employee’s or applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

All decisions made with respect to recruiting, hiring, and promotions for all job classifications are based solely on individual qualifications related to the requirements of the position. Likewise, all other personnel matters such as compensation, benefits, transfers, reduction-in-force, recall, discipline, evaluation, training, education, and social and recreational programs are administered according to the principles set forth in this Diversity Statement.

Roetzel also strives to maintain an atmosphere of inclusion and fairness for all employees and applicants, with the goal that all employees are made to feel welcomed, valued, and rewarded for their abilities and accomplishments according to the principles set forth in this Diversity Statement. The Firm holds all employees responsible for adherence to the letter and spirit of this Diversity Statement.

In The Community

Roetzel is known for its commitment to the communities we serve. Our attorneys and staff actively contribute to philanthropic causes by serving on professional, community, and nonprofit boards, and as community volunteers. Whether this means chairing a fundraiser for a local charity, buying and wrapping gifts for less fortunate families during the holiday season, or refurbishing an inner-city house, our people are dedicated to investing their time and talents to these endeavors. Many of our attorneys and staff are actively involved in leadership roles in various professional and community organizations.

The firm also supports various charitable campaigns in our offices throughout the year, and several offices have "adopted" organizations to which they volunteer time on a regular basis. Roetzel feels a strong sense of pride when we look at the contributions our group has made to the growth and success of the communities, businesses, and individuals we affect.

Women's Initiative

Roetzel is committed to the success of our female attorneys, and aspires to lead by example in developing skills and talents of our professionals and the female executives within our communities. Our Women’s Initiative works to obtain, retain, develop, promote, and nurture exceptional female attorneys, as they are a key component to our firm’s success. Roetzel’s female leadership includes three city managing partners, one practice group manager, one board member, the director of the firm-wide Diversity Committee, and others from various committees and leadership positions within our firm.