Jeffrey R. Appelbaum

USA: Ohio

Thompson Hine LLP
3900 Key Center
127 Public Square
Cleveland, Ohio

Tel: 216.566.5548
Fax: 216.566.5800


For over 30 years, Jeff has served the construction industry in the varying roles of trial and transactional attorney, project counsel, project management consultant, mediator and partnering facilitator. Jeff has provided distinguished service to public and private owners, design professionals, construction managers and contractors on important projects throughout the United States and Canada.

He has served as project management consultant or project counsel for over 75 projects involving billions of dollars of construction. He has served as lead trial lawyer for dozens of cases involving hundreds of millions of dollars of disputed claims.

During the past five years, he has facilitated over 150 partnering sessions and served as mediator for successful resolution of more than 100 major construction claims.

Our Construction practice is the largest in Ohio and one of the most experienced in North America. We represent owners, design professionals, construction managers, contractors and sureties in connection with all facets of the building industry.

Nationally recognized for skill in resolving claims, our transactional construction group has served as project counsel for billions of dollars of construction at sites across the United States. Among these are many significant stadium and arena projects for the National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, and university and minor league teams. Equally extensive is our experience with hospitals, pipelines, processing plants, schools and universities, office towers, hotels, and other commercial, industrial and institutional developments.

In tandem with Project Management Consultants (PMC), a wholly owned ancillary consulting practice, our construction consulting group includes professionals with extensive experience in design and construction management. We provide unique consulting services such as partnering facilitation and mediation, project and risk management, financial strategizing and owner’s representative services for projects throughout the United States.

With the experience and resources to handle the most challenging legal issues, Thompson Hine strives to deliver consistently exceptional guidance, value and service, and to fulfill our Client Service Pledge from the inception of each matter to its close, and beyond. In fact, our goal is to be the best law firm our clients have ever dealt with.

For more than a century, Thompson Hine has been committed to excellence on behalf of our clients, our people and the communities in which we live and work. Clients rank us among the top firms in the United States for client service year after year, and we are proud of the accolades we have earned in recognition of our capabilities and leadership.

Perhaps the greatest measure of our success is the high number of ongoing client relationships we are proud to have, including major public and private corporations, financial institutions, governments, nonprofit organizations, venture capitalists and individual entrepreneurs.

We invite you to learn more about the firm and what makes us different, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss how we may be able to support your needs.

“Practice head Jeffrey Appelbaum has a “big national footprint” and “dominates the big projects in Cleveland” according to sources. He has over 30 years of experience with both construction disputes and transactional work, advising a range of clients including public entities, private companies and design professionals. Clients praise him as “a great resource to work with.”
Chambers & Partners, 2016