BakerHostetler Names W. Ashley Hess Partner-in-Charge of the Firm's Cincinnati Office

Press Releases / January 6, 2021

CINCINNATI — Jan. 6, 2020 — BakerHostetler today announced that W. Ashley Hess has been named its next Cincinnati office partner-in-charge, effective Jan. 1. Hess succeeds David G. Holcombe, who served as the office’s partner-in-charge for the past 12 years and was a founding member of the Cincinnati office in 1997.

“Over the past decade, Ashley’s leadership and deep commitment to client service has been exemplary,” said BakerHostetler Chairman Paul Schmidt. “I have no doubt we will see the continued success in our Cincinnati office under his leadership. I’d also like to thank Dave Holcombe for his dedication. Throughout his nearly 40 years at BakerHostetler, he has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the firm and played a key role in building our Cincinnati office.”

A leading corporate and M&A attorney in Ohio, Hess currently serves as the co-chair of the Technology in Manufacturing national industry team, Cincinnati business development leader and Cincinnati Business Practice Group leader. Hess has broad experience representing public and private companies on a variety of matters ranging from mergers, acquisitions and divestitures to joint ventures, corporate governance and complex corporate transactions. Hess has an extensive background in the automotive industry, including advising on issues related to autonomous vehicles, supply chain matters, joint ventures and more.

“It’s an honor to serve as the Cincinnati office’s new partner-in-charge. I look forward to the continued work delivering excellent service and practical solutions to our clients in the region,” said Hess. “Dave set the precedent for what leadership should look like over the past 12 years, and I congratulate him on all that he’s achieved.”

“Ashley’s experience in law and in life have well prepared him to lead as partner-in-charge of our Cincinnati office,” said Holcombe. “He has the integrity, judgment and dedication to continue the Cincinnati’s office commitment to serving our clients, our community, and each other as colleagues. I’m looking forward to seeing him as Cincinnati partner-in-charge and all that will be accomplished by the Cincinnati office in the coming years.”


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