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[December 04, 2013]

Peter D. Coffman and Aaron Watson Join Thompson Hine in Atlanta

ATLANTA --(Business Wire)--

Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Peter D. Coffman and Aaron Watson have joined the Atlanta office in the Business Litigation and Corporate Transactions & Securities practices, respectively.

The recent additions continue a strategic lateral hiring trend in the firm's Atlanta office, which over the past year also has welcomed Michael V. Coleman, Tara N. Evans, Roy E. Hadley Jr., John L. Watkins, Gregory D. Chafee and Erin L. Brooks. In the last 12 months, the office has grown by 32 percent.

"We enthusiastically welcome Peter and Aaron to the Atlanta office," said Russell J. Rogers, office partner-in-charge. "Both of these lawyers are fixtures in the Atlanta market and extremely well regarded by both peers and clients. Peter's impressive courtroom track record complements our existing litigation practice, while Aaron's corporate and government practice brings added depth to our capabilities. Both lawyers have considerable skills and experience that will benefit our clients significantly."

Joining as a partner, Coffman, a trial lawyer, represents corporations and individuals in disputes involving business torts, commercial contracts, fiduciary obligations, and creditors' rights. Peter has worked extensively in the automotive, real estate, higher education, communications and media industries. Prior to entering private practice, he was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division. He recently won a groundbreaking bench trial on behalf of a bankruptcy trustee, which established that a national accrediting agency had made false statements to the Department of Education resulting in the bankruptcy of a thriving institution. He also recently won a substantial jury verdict against a casualty insurer that failed to pay an apartment developer for damage from the 2008 tornado in downtown Atlanta, and he prevailed in a bench trial concerning public access rights across private land.

"Thompson Hine has a superb litigation group and an excellent platform for my practice," said Coffman. "I was attracted to the size and sophistication of the litigation practice and high level of experience in the office, as well as the firm's professionalism, collegiality and devotion to client service and value."

Watson has practiced law in Atlanta for nearly 30 years and joins as senior counsel. His practice encompasses corporate and business law, extending to inside counsel, strategic planning and assistance on a wide range of legal matters for a diverse clientele of businesses, individuals and organizations. Prior to attending law school, Watson was an accountant at Deloitte (News - Alert) & Touche. Active in the Atlanta community for many years, he has focused on issues involving education, transportation, housing and public safety. Watson currently serves as Post 2 At-Large Councilmember for the Atlanta City Council and has held leadership positions on civic boards and with public sector and nonprofit organizations. In addition, he was an elected member of the Atlanta Board of Education for eight years, five of which he served as president.

Regarding his decision to join the firm, Watson stated, "It is exciting to be a part of a neat constellation of talented lawyers that I have worked closely with for many years, and I am very much looking forward to working with them again. Additionally, I was impressed by the breadth and depth of the practice areas based in Atlanta and the overall energy of the office."

About Thompson Hine LLP. Established in 1911, Thompson Hine is a business law firm dedicated to providing superior client service. The firm has been recognized for more than ten consecutive years as one of the top law firms in the country for client service excellence in The BTI Client Service A-Team: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance, and for seven years has ranked as one of the top 30 law firms in the United States for client service. With offices in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, New York and Washington, D.C., Thompson Hine serves premier businesses worldwide. For more information, please visit

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