For those blessed with the gift of connecting people, building relationships and sharing ideas and resources as pathways to giving back to their communities, the social distancing required during the COVID-19 pandemic produces perplexities aplenty. But that hasn’t prevented Todd Schild — a lifelong “connector” and a member of Thompson Hine’s corporate transactions and securities group — from planning his next steps after being promoted to partner-in-charge of the Cincinnati office’s on May 1.
“My short-term intentions in this role are to help make sure our people are safe, healthy and productive” says Schild. “Most of us in the office have been working remotely for a few months, and I look forward to the chance to have our team back together again soon. I hope our office can play a role in helping repair the damage to our city’s social and civic fabric from COVID-19 and the recent social justice protests. I’d like our firm to play a leading role in the city as it moves forward, helping our clients and the city figure out how to navigate the road ahead.”
Overall, he hopes to lead his office and the M&A team in becoming more intentional about the way they are involved in Cincinnati’s business- and growth-oriented organizations and increasing their community involvement.
“We’ve had the good fortune to be doing alright [during COVID-19] in our firm and in our practice,” Schild says. But, COVID or no COVID, he adds, he is committed to strengthening his team’s brand as the go-to M&A practice in Cincinnati. “We have good traction, but we’re hoping to get more as COVID-19 clears.” He hopes to leverage his leadership position as partner-in-charge to continue to not only grow Thompson Hine’s M&A practice but also cultivate civic leaders within the office, ensuring continued good corporate citizenship.
“The part I like most about my job is being a connector,” Schild says.
“It may be that I know a client who needs something another client can provide. That’s the kind of stuff I like to do in the community, to try to make those connections.” Spoken like a true connector.
“I’m a native Cincinnatian,” Schild continues. “In fact, my family has been here since around 1840 – which may not be that novel in Cincinnati, but it is a pretty long time. My wife and I are at least the fifth generation to be married at our temple. That, in part, forms my interest in giving back to the community, especially the Jewish community. [Cincinnati] has been a good place to grow up for me and my dad and my grandparents. I went away for college and law school, but I came back, as many people do, and I have practiced at Thompson Hine for my entire career.”
After hours, Schild enjoys giving back the community on a volunteer basis. He is a member of Class 43 of Leadership Cincinnati, currently serves on the boards of the European American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Cincinnati and as an executive committee member of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. He formerly served as president and board member of Mayerson Jewish Community Center and as a board member for several other non-profit organizations.
Giving back to the Cincinnati community is part of not only his family’s legacy, but Thompson Hine’s heritage, as well.
“Part of what drew me [to Thompson Hine] were the people here when I first started, and many of them are still here. There has been a series of really committed leaders at this firm involved in the community for a long time.”
Transactions of All Sizes
The Thompson Hine M&A team has worked on some of the largest high-profile corporate transactions in the Cincinnati area. Schild emphasizes, however, that they handle transactions of all sizes expertly.
“We’re flexible. We have a lot of experience structuring the way we work with our clients. We can accommodate any size or complexity of transaction,” he says.
An integral tool the team deploys in managing a variety of transactions comprehensively and efficiently is SmartPaTH®, a suite of tools, technologies and processes Thompson Hine has developed to better align service delivery with client goals and expectations. Schild describes SmartPaTH as the “drum beat” of the law firm. A true differentiator.
“I’m a transactional lawyer because I think it is constructive,” Schild says. “At the end of the day, we’re successful when the buyer and seller both get what they want, the lawyers get paid, and everyone is happy. It feels like we’re building something.
“That’s what we do with our clients, and what we hope to do with our office – build and grow and make more connections.”
Thompson Hine, a full-service business law firm, is located at 312 Walnut St., 14th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, call 513.352.6700 or visit www.thompsonhine.com.