Our Team



Our legal team is comprised of more than 100 industry practitioners with hands-on experience.  Our team includes:

To see a listing our entire financial services team, click here.

Attorney Spotlight

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Lisa Forbes
Partner - Cleveland

As a business litigator, Lisa handles disputes involving claims of breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, mortgage fraud, lender liability, employment discrimination, torts, intellectual property matters and claims under the False Claims Act.  In addition to discovery, motion practice and trials in state and federal courts throughout Ohio and across the country, her practice includes alternative dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration.  Lisa recently oversaw litigation in 28 states defending against lender liability claims and defeated 13 claims of breach of fiduciary duty against a trustee of an irrevocable trust by securing a defense verdict following a bench trial and protecting that judgment on appeal. To learn more about her practice, click here.

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Jeff Smith
Partner - Columbus

Jeff  has more than 30 years experience in financial institution regulatory and corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, regulatory compliance, capital raising, securities matters, corporate governance matters, “troubled institution” issues and de novo bank and holding company formation. Throughout his career, Jeff has represented multinational financial services holding companies as well as community bank organizations. He represents public and private clients in extensive Ohio, Indiana and multi-state M&A, regulatory, governance, capital raising and securities activities, from large national institutions to smaller community banks and has worked on acquisitions and divestitures of more than 250 subsidiary branch banking operations in 13 states. To learn more about Jeff, click here.