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Laterals & Recruiting

Eastman & Smith’s historic growth and expansion has occurred, in part, due to its commitment to strategic lateral affiliations. Established lateral attorneys with mature practices have joined us individually and in groups in all four of our offices, helping to provide greater depth of coverage, expertise and efficiencies for our collective clients. We are interested in experienced attorneys at the member/partner and of counsel levels who share a common vision and passion for the practice of law, add new and valuable legal skills and growing practice opportunities to the Firm, and in return benefit from our top-notch facilities, seasoned administrative support, diversified practice coverage and supportive culture. Some examples of lateral opportunities at Eastman & Smith include:

Toledo: We are looking for experienced attorneys (individuals or groups) in a variety of practice areas particularly ERISA/employee benefits, corporate/tax and health care for our Toledo office. Ideal candidates are those attorneys who understand the rapidly changing local legal industry and are excited about becoming a part of a firm that not only has a history of longevity and stability, and a committed vision for the future. As the headquarters of our Firm, our Toledo office provides full service support to attorneys looking to collaborate with us in pursuing a vibrant, sustainable and enjoyable legal practice.

Attorney – Litigation

Eastman & Smith Ltd., is seeking an associate attorney with 0-3 years of experience to join our Litigation Section in our Toledo office.

The candidate will handle a variety of litigation matters, including corresponding with clients and insurers, drafting pleadings and motions, engaging in discovery, taking and defending depositions, and appearances before various courts.

Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be highly attentive to details and organization. 

We offer a collegial and collaborative work environment and an excellent opportunity to continue to develop strong skills and grow with a preeminent regional firm. Please email resume and salary requirements to jobs@eastmansmith.com.

Attorney – Labor & Employment

Eastman & Smith Ltd., is seeking an associate attorney to join our Labor & Employment Section. (Based in Toledo)

Ideal candidates will have 1-3 years of experience in labor and employment law. Candidates must also have excellent writing and communication skills and be highly attentive to details and organization.  Candidates must be licensed to practice law in Ohio.  Admission to the bar in Michigan is helpful but not required.  Immigration law experience will also be favorably considered.

We offer a collegial environment and an excellent opportunity to continue to develop strong skills and grow with a preeminent regional firm. Please email resume and salary requirements to jobs@eastmansmith.com.

Attorney – Estate Planning

Eastman & Smith Ltd., is seeking an associate attorney to join our Estate Planning, Trusts and Probate Section based in the Toledo office. Applicants should have three to five years of experience representing clients in complex trust and estate administration matters.  Candidates must have experience in drafting sophisticated estate/tax plans, knowledge of estate and income tax law, experience in probate and corporate law matters.  Candidates also must have excellent writing and communication skills and be highly attentive to details and organization.  Candidates should be licensed to practice law in Ohio.  Please email resume, salary requirements and writing sample to jobs@eastmansmith.com

Findlay: Our Findlay office currently has five attorneys with broad practices in trusts and estates, business law, commercial law, tax, real estate and litigation. We are interested in adding a member/partner level experienced attorney who currently resides in Findlay and has an independent and compatible practice which would benefit from associating with our Findlay-based attorneys and specialty practitioners in our other offices.

Columbus: Eastman & Smith occupies the 21st floor of the Chase Bank building on Capitol Square in downtown Columbus, where our attorneys engage in administrative, banking, business litigation, collections, construction, corporate, education, employment, environmental, health district, municipal and township, and real estate law. We are looking for member/partner level lateral attorneys with established practices to help us grow by expanding our existing practice areas and bringing new practice areas into our Columbus office.

Detroit: We are looking for lateral attorneys with sustainable practices or an established firm to help us expand our presence in the Southeastern Michigan area. We currently have approximately 16 attorneys licensed in Michigan, but predominantly based in our Toledo office.

We have developed a professional, efficient and confidential process for handling all inquiries and discussions concerning lateral affiliation opportunities with Eastman & Smith. If you are interested in exploring lateral opportunities with our Firm, you should feel free to contact any of our members with whom you are already acquainted, or you may contact:

Heidi N. Hartman, Chair Personnel Committee
One SeaGate, 24th Floor 
P.O. Box 10032 
Toledo, Ohio 43699-0032 
tel: (419) 247-1748
email: hnhartman@eastmansmith.com

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