Six BakerHostetler Partners Named 2016 BTI Client Service All-Stars

Press Releases / February 24, 2016

CLEVELAND, Feb. 24, 2016 — The BTI Consulting Group, Inc., of Wellesley, Massachusetts, announced that six BakerHostetler partners have been named as 2016 BTI Client Service All-Stars. Among the 163 U.S. firms that have at least one Client Service All-Star, BakerHostetler is one of just eight firms with six or more attorneys listed. Only 312 attorneys across the country received this distinction. Steven Kestner, Chairman of BakerHostetler, commenting to Law360 on the announcement, said, “We’re pleased to see such a high number of our attorneys counted among BTI’s Client Service All-Star team for 2016, especially representing diverse areas of the firm’s practice, from privacy and litigation to labor and employment and corporate securities. Their selection is a reflection of BakerHostetler’s commitment to service on a daily basis – not only in responding to our clients’ immediate need for counsel but in working together as business partners in anticipating their longer-term concerns and priorities.”

Partners Todd A. Dawson, Suzanne K. Hanselman, Craig A. Hoffman, David G. Holcombe, Amy J. Traub and Jeffrey T. Williams were “identified solely and exclusively by corporate counsel” at leading companies who singled them out for their superior client service. BTI defines six common traits shared by All-Stars: superior client focus, innovative thought leadership, unmatched business understanding, legal skills, outsized value and outstanding results.

Nominated by a leading hospitality company, Todd A. Dawson counsels his clients through all phases of labor relations, wage and hour, and class litigation with a particular focus on negotiating collective bargaining agreements, strike preparation, and defense and prosecution of unfair labor practices. Dawson is a regular contributor to the firm’s Employment Class Action blog and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America©.

A large industrial manufacturer nominated Suzanne K. Hanselman for her work in securities offerings and compliance. As a Chambers-ranked attorney, Hanselman advises clients on corporate and securities law matters, including those relating to disclosure obligations, SEC and market listing compliance and corporate governance, and represents issuers in securities offerings and related matters. Hanselman serves as the Business Group Coordinator and Business Development Leader for BakerHostetler’s Cleveland office and chair of the firm’s Women’s Committee.

Craig A. Hoffman was nominated by a national consumer goods company for his work handling the company’s post-security incident complex litigation. A leading member of the firm’s Chambers-ranked Privacy and Data Protection team, Hoffman has guided clients through hundreds of security incidents and any resulting litigation, regulatory actions, and card network assessments. He also provides proactive counsel on issues that arise from data collection and use, data analytics, technology services, emerging payments, cross-border transfers, and security incident response preparedness.

David G. Holcombe, Partner-in-Charge of BakerHostetler’s Cincinnati office and firmwide Legal Services Partner, was selected for his labor relations work on behalf of a large leading media company. Holcombe provides labor relations advice regarding corporate acquisitions and dispositions, workforce rationalizations, and expense line management. His services also include helping clients in the areas of strategic planning, reductions-in-force, performance management, collective bargaining, employment litigation, and alternate dispute resolution.

As a Chambers-ranked attorney, Amy J. Traub was nominated by a major food company for her work in the field of employment law. Traub advises on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship and litigates discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour matters. This recognition makes Traub one of 28 employment lawyers named by in-house counsel as the best in the nation at client service.

Selected for his work in litigation, Jeffrey T. Williams’ 28-year career as a litigator includes experience across a variety of subject areas – most recently large-scale employment litigation and government investigations, including qui tam actions alleging violations of the False Claims Act. Williams strives to develop creative, cost-effective litigation strategies that achieve client-defined goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.

BTI Consulting Group recognized BakerHostetler in December 2015 for its “high-watermark performance” for advancing 19 places, landing in the top 10 for the first time in BTI’s Client Service 30 Rankings. BTI identified the firm as “best of the best” in four categories: “Commitment to Help Clients,” “Providing Value for the Dollar,” “Helps Advise on Business Issues,” and “Unprompted Communication.” The firm made its debut on the Client Service 30 in 2015 at No. 28, a jump of five spots from 2014, making it one of the fastest-rising firms in the Client Service 30. Described by BTI as the “gold standard (used by law firms and corporate counsel alike) to assess how law firms honestly stack up in client service delivery,” this list is part of a larger client survey, “The BTI Client Service A-Team 2016: Survey of Law Firm Client Service Performance.”


About BakerHostetler
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this year, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, and Tax – the firm has more than 940 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. Recognized for its role as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee in the recovery of billions of dollars in principal lost in the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard L. Madoff, BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice, and an industry-leading business practice. For more information, visit


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