August 2008

U.S. News & World Report - Outlook Columbus
Roetzel & Andress Has an Optimistic Outlook for Its Business Clients


Roetzel & Andress is impressively positioned to serve the needs of its business clients. With 35 attorneys in its Columbus office, the firm offers deep knowledge and an extensive array of talent in the field. "The attorneys in our business services group not only understand the law, but they also understand how businesses work," says Thomas A. Dillon, partner-in-charge of the Columbus office. "We know how to close. We get the deals done. We're a lot more than just lawyers doing technical work."

Knowledge of Business Services
The types of business services that Roetzel & Andress offers to clients include private equity issues, venture capital deals, development of exit strategies for closely held businesses, franchising, mergers and acquisitions, securities, buying and selling of corporate entities, employee stock options, tax planning, wealth management, and healthcare services. Our attorneys provide a full range of real estate services, which include helping developers with deal structuring and financing. "We have considerable breadth and depth of experience and expertise in the Columbus office," Dillon says. "Our lawyers have taken major companies public and private. We've handled an extensive number of matters internationally in China, Europe, South America and the Middle East. "We handle high-level franchising work, and we are extremely well-versed in federal taxation as it relates to business entities," Dillon adds. "We have four lawyers in Columbus with 30-40 years of experience in business services, and we also have an impressive team of carefully trained younger attorneys to support the practice." Of the 35 Columbus attorneys, 16 are Ohio Super Lawyers -- an impressive percentage. Several are listed in Best Lawyers in America. Overall, the firm has 230 attorneys in 10 offices in Ohio, Florida and Washington, D.C.

Columbus Has Strong Business Climate
Columbus, in particular, -- and Ohio, in general -- has a strong, healthy business climate, Dillon says. "Although we hear the negatives regarding the Ohio marketplace, the state is still one of the major engines of the U.S. economy," he explains. "And in central Ohio, we have some very distinct advantages. Columbus is the home of state government and one of the largest universities in the world. It is a logistical powerhouse with the capacity to service 80 percent of the population of the United States. It has been a highly respected research center for many years. And Columbus is emerging as a tech center. Its strong entrepreneurial culture ensures that there will continue to be significant business opportunity in Central Ohio." Founded in 1876, Roetzel & Andress attorneys provide comprehensive, integrated legal counsel in more than 40 areas of law to help clients achieve their business goals.


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