Thompson Hine’s Cincinnati office is one of the region’s largest law firms, representing approximately two-thirds of the Fortune 1000 companies based in Ohio, as well as more than half of all public companies in the region and one-third of the region’s top private companies.
Thompson Hine focuses on thoroughly understanding their clients’ businesses. They constantly monitor the latest trends so they can provide practical solutions to help overcome challenges and uncover new opportunities. Their national reach and regional focus give them significant breadth and depth of experience. Their clients depend on them for advice on their most important issues.
Beyond legal matters, Thompson Hine places a high value on diversity and inclusion. The firm initiated the Spotlight on Women® Program and a firmwide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative. Both programs offer opportunities for mentoring, professional development, networking opportunities and interaction with community leaders, serving the needs of individuals within and outside the firm.
“As individuals and collectively, we strive to give back to our community by volunteering and serving in leadership positions for civic and charitable organizations and contributing hundreds of hours to pro bono matters,” says Gary Glass, who is a partner in the firm’s Product Liability Litigation and Business Litigation practice groups.
To that end, Glass is heavily involved in the community, specifically through local theater and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where he has served as a board member since 2012, supporting their mission and strategic initiatives, including the opening of their new theater in 2018. The connection to community theater runs deep for Glass and Thompson Hine, as both are longtime supporters of local theaters and sponsors of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
“We have made a wonderful mark in Cincinnati and the Over-the-Rhine community. It’s been great to be involved as I have a strong passion for theater and the community. Thompson Hine’s connection with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company just makes sense due to our shared commitment to diversity. Their resident ensemble has become even more diverse recently to include more representation from people of color. This year, their theme is “The Year of the Woman,” another shared value, as our firm also sponsors many women’s and diversity events. It’s an honor to be a part of two organizations so deeply invested in promoting diversity, while also fueling my passion for theater and Shakespeare,” says Glass.
Glass traces his passion for theater and Shakespeare back to his parents, both of whom were involved in theater when he was a child. His parents participated in community theater and were involved in Shakespeare in the Park in New Jersey, where he grew up. He has fond memories of his father directing Macbeth when he was 12 years old. Glass began acting shortly after in high school productions and then later in college theater. He majored in English and Shakespeare, continuing to pursue his passion. Glass took time off from the theater while he was starting his legal career until 12 years ago when he began performing again, this time in local community theaters in Cincinnati. His involvement includes several productions with the Mariemont Players, Beechmont Players, Mason Community Players, Center Stage and the Loveland Stage Company.
As a thespian and English major, Glass appreciates the timeless quality of Shakespeare. He notes that studying Shakespeare helps sharpen children’s minds and develop their deeper comprehension of language. Glass applauds the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for performing the bard’s plays in our schools and teaching Shakespeare and acting in summer camps and classes. He finds meaning in creating experiences for others to enjoy and cultivate a love for Shakespeare.
Glass is grateful that Thompson Hine shares his appreciation for community theater and a commitment to supporting the local arts, such as the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.
“I’m passionate about Thompson Hine and our mission and dedication to the community,” Glass says. I’m also grateful to my Cincinnati Shakespeare family. So many members in our ensemble have stayed with the company for years and years to help develop it and have become an integral part of the community. I’m proud of them and their investment in the community. It’s wonderful that the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has vaulted to the top of the professional theater world and increased its visibility and impact thanks to our donors, board and our strong leadership.”
Thompson Hine is located at 312 Walnut Street, 14th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, call 513.352.6700 or visit www.thompsonhine.com.