A former Thompson Hine partner in Washington has opened his own shop, forming a private practice with one other attorney.
Kip Schwartz, formerly vice chair of Thompson Hine’s litigation practice in D.C., is being joined by one of the firm’s former associates, Eric Heyer, to form Schwartz & Associates.
Schwartz, who focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, employment, and fiduciary liability, said he's wanted to open his own shop for a number of years. He added that he'll be looking to add attorneys.
“We offer the talent and experience that other firms have and the flexibility and ultra-competitive rates of boutiques firms,” Schwartz said. “There was anxiety about leaving the safety of a large national law firm practice, but that anxiety was overcome by the desire to get into an environment where I could offer my quality legal service at much more market-compatible rates.”
Schwartz said that he maintains a loyal client base that understands that when “settlement is just not practical,” it requires an experienced trial lawyer. He said there has always been “an inverse relationship" between the robustness of a litigation practice and the state of the economy.