Defense Digest, Vol. 30, No. 2, June 2024

On the Pulse…Practicing Law in "The Heart of It All"

The state of Ohio refers to itself as “The Heart of It All” because of its central location—highlighting the fact that approximately half the population of the United States is located within 500 miles of the state capital in Columbus, which is roughly half a day’s drive. In that same vein, the Cincinnati office of Marshall Dennehey offers a geographic advantage to the firm, the ability to provide service to clients in multiple jurisdictions which are just a short distance from a central location.

The Cincinnati office sits in the middle of the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. The physical office is in the business district of downtown Cincinnati, across the street from Paycor Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals), a few blocks from Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds), a few blocks from crossing the Ohio River into Kentucky, and a short drive west to Indiana.

The office is the firm’s westernmost location, our “southern Ohio” office, with Cleveland being the “northern Ohio” office. These two offices are able to service any client’s needs throughout the entire state of Ohio, and we have the ability to defend cases in both state and federal courts throughout the state. 

The Cincinnati office also represents clients on a statewide basis throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. There are multiple lawyers in the office who are able to defend cases in all state and federal courts throughout the entirety of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We are excited about the prospects of our office’s ability to expand our firm’s presence in the Commonwealth as we continue to add lawyers to our roster. And the office also has the ability to handle cases in the state of Indiana. 

Cincinnati is one of the firm’s newer offices, opening in May 2014, and is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year! It was opened by Ray Freudiger and the late Sam Casolari, and our attorneys have represented clients since that time in both casualty and professional liability matters. Although it is one of the firm’s smaller offices, it has seen recent growth, and there are opportunities and aspirations for further growth in both numbers and geographic coverage.

The strength of the Cincinnati office is its diverse ability to handle a wide range of cases across the multiple jurisdictions listed above, including: general liability; professional liability; automobile liability; insurance services (coverage and bad faith litigation); commercial litigation; insurance agent and broker liability; premises liability; product liability; fraud/special investigation; real estate E&O liability; trucking and transportation liability; catastrophic injury; public entity and civil rights litigation; school leaders’ liability; architectural, engineering and construction defect litigation; hospitality and liquor liability; and health care liability. And the list goes on.

The lawyers in Cincinnati take pride in their strong work ethic and willingness to do whatever is necessary to deliver excellent results for our clients. They are well-suited to determine the needs of any particular case, work together to determine the lawyer and staffing who are best-equipped to handle each case, develop a plan for a successful result, and then work to achieve that result. 

The Cincinnati office has been growing and aspires to additional growth. We added a new associate in the professional liability department within the last year, and we are actively looking to add another associate, as our case volume has shown a steady increase. We continue to strive to further grow our office by spreading the word to lawyers in our geographic market that Marshall Dennehey has the best business model for lawyers who do what we do—defend lawsuits. Onward and upward!

We welcome you to visit us if you are in the area. We will be sure to treat you to our local delicacies: Graeter’s ice cream (universally regarded as some of the best there is, if not the best) and Skyline Chili (we will let you make your own assessment). We think they are both worth the drive, if you are lucky enough to be part of the population who can make it here in less than half a day.

*Dave is the managing shareholder of our Cincinnati office. 


Defense Digest, Vol. 30, No. 2, June 2024, is prepared by Marshall Dennehey to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific situation or to create an attorney-client relationship. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING pursuant to New York RPC 7.1. © 2024 Marshall Dennehey. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be reprinted without the express written permission of our firm. For reprints, contact