Corporate Law / Business Organizations

Shumaker has broad capabilities to assist clients ranging from small, closely held businesses to Fortune 500 companies. We provide advice  on choosing the appropriate form of business entity – corporation, general or limited partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or individual proprietorship – for maximum operational and tax efficiency. Our attorneys give guidance on structuring efficient sales, supply or licensing agreements, consulting or similar business arrangements, and other essential contracts and relationships, so that your business interests are protected, counseling on the fiduciary duties of officers and directors, including the proper powers of board members, their interaction with management and their responsibilities to shareholders and assistance with transfer of business control, whether through development of succession plans, responding to recapitalization offers or handling business sale or dissolution arrangements.


Shumaker has maintained an extensive health law practice for almost half a century. Our lawyers are familiar with all aspects of the industry and work as a team, enabling us to not just advise on matters as they arise, but proactively help our clients identify opportunities and avoid problems. Our clients rely on us not only because of our knowledge and experience, but also because of our responsiveness – we honor our clients’ timetables.

Intellectual Property

Shumaker’s intellectual property practice is broad. We advise clients on the clearance, selection, development, prosecution, registration, protection, enforcement and transactions relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and other proprietary rights. This includes representing clients in a variety of IP disputes, administrative proceedings, arbitrations and litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Because IP is a global business asset, we have built an established network of foreign IP counsel to assist in protecting our clients’ IP rights in other countries. We have a broad base of experience in various arts and industries, including healthcare, biotech, telecommunications, medical devices, solar, fiber optic networks and general mechanical and electromechanical arts.

Labor and Employment

Shumaker labor and employment lawyers advise private and public sector clients on all aspects of workplace relationships. Our goal is to work with clients to ensure compliance with federal and state labor laws, minimize disputes with employees, and maximize strategic advantage if disputes arise. We concentrate on those issues that present the greatest potential concerns for employers located throughout the United States such as proactive workplace policies and procedures that avoid problems and comply with the law, workplace training programs customized for individual clients in particular industries, labor law compliance affecting both unionized and nonunionized workplaces, and many others.

Mergers and Acquisitions and Divestitures

Lawyers in our corporate department regularly handle acquisitions and dispositions of business interests. Our lawyers assist clients in structuring the transaction, taking into consideration legal, tax and practical considerations. We have extensive experience with leveraged buyouts and the purchase and sale of financially troubled companies. We prepare and negotiate letters of intent, definitive agreements, proxy statements, if required for shareholder approval, and ancillary documents such as employment and non-compete agreements.

Trusts and Estates

Shumaker provides clients with a broad range of estate planning and estate administration services. We advise our clients on estate planning strategies such as generation-skipping transfers, charitable giving, insurance planning, business succession planning and wealth transfer planning. We have extensive experience in dealing with high net worth individuals and business owners to organize their income tax, business succession and estate planning affairs in order to maximize wealth preservation and minimize taxes on transfers to family members, charities and other recipients. Our team also has substantial skill at estate and trust administration that carries out the wishes that our clients specify in their estate plans.

Workers’ Compensation

Our workers’ compensation lawyers represent state fund and self-insured employers in Ohio at both the administrative level and on appeal to the various courts of common pleas throughout the state. The primary goal in our representation of Ohio employers is to control their workers’ compensation costs by preventing or eliminating long-term and short-term disability claims. That goal is accomplished by means of the following, as well as other, legal services.