Founded in 1925, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a full-service business law firm with more than 265 lawyers, 50 paralegals, and 500 employees in its seven offices located in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa and Sarasota, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina, and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Shumaker is a premier provider of quality legal services to our core constituency: individuals, small businesses, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 and international corporations. Our mission is to work on our clients' timetable and budget, focus on results, and keep our clients ahead of the curve.
Shumaker recruits and retains top graduates from leading law schools and provides young lawyers with specialized training in the areas in which they practice.
Many of our lawyers have advanced degrees in disciplines related to their practices and a number have clerked for federal and state trial and appellate court judges. Ninety-three of our lawyers are listed in the prestigious publication, Best Lawyers in America.
Focused on Involvement with our Clients
Whether it's our commitment to our clients, or to our work in the community, involvement lies at the core of everything we do.
Shumaker has a long history of community support. The firm is a strong supporter of nonprofit organizations in each of its locations and firmly believes in giving back to the communities it serves.
The Leadership Shumaker program enables and encourages lawyers and staff to contribute both time and money to various public, private, and not-for-profit organizations that promote the general improvement of our neighborhoods and communities, benefit our most economically disadvantaged citizens, and promote the arts and other sources of economic development. We hope to make a positive difference in the communities in which we work and live.
We understand that when selecting a law firm, most clients are primarily looking for four things:
- A high level of quality, sophistication, and experience
- A creative and imaginative approach that focuses on finding solutions, not problems
- Accessible lawyers who give their clients priority treatment and extraordinary service
- A fair, cost-effective price
Shumaker has met the expectations of business clients that require this level of service. For today's sophisticated clients, Shumaker offers a total package of quality, experience, value, responsiveness, and an uncompromising commitment to servicing the legal needs of every client.
That's been the tradition of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and remains our constant goal. This is what sets us apart.
Supporting our Work through Affiliations
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is an active member of a network of independent law firms that extend our ability to exchange professional information among members and serve our clients' needs, both nationally and internationally.
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is a member of Globaladvocaten, an international network of leading law firms providing high-quality legal advice across the world.
The network, formed in 1990 under the name Euroadvocaten, included independent law firms across Europe. Recognizing the global reach of its clients, the network changed its name to Globaladvocaten in 2017 and provides access to in-depth experience of over 800 lawyers working in 25+ countries.
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The Toledo Group
We are a charter member of The Toledo Group, a national network of independent law firms that seeks to share experiences and best practices in law firm administration, practice management, technology deployment, and service delivery. Member firms are available to provide legal advice to clients in their respective jurisdictions around the country.
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Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Firm History
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick was founded in 1925 by Harold W. Fraser (1872-1945), a native of Canada, who came to Toledo, Ohio in 1891 and entered the law office of E.W. Tollerton. Mr. Fraser was admitted to Ohio practice in 1894, although he did not become a United States citizen until 1897.
In 1896 Marshall and Fraser (the order of names chosen by the flip of a coin) was formed and became the first tenant in the Spitzer Building, located in downtown Toledo, occupying one large room on the fifth floor.
Marshall and Fraser was dissolved on January 31, 1925, and Mr. Fraser formed Fraser, Hiett & Wall consisting of three partners and four associates from the old firm: Harold W. Fraser, Stanley J. Hiett, Hampton G. Wall, Alonzo C. Ruihley, George R. Effler, John W. Winn, Jr. and Roscoe W. Shumaker. The firm practiced at 710 Home Bank Building.
In 1952 the current firm name was adopted. In 1960, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick became the second tenant in the newly-constructed Libbey-Owens Ford Building at Madison and Michigan Avenues.
In 1981 the firm moved to a renovated warehouse, formerly known as the American Plumbers Supply Company Building. A new entrance was constructed and a new address assigned: 1000 Jackson.
In 1985 the ABA Journal awarded Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick First Prize for Civic Commitment for the extensive renovation and landscaping of the firm’s new quarters in Toledo. The prize was one of several awarded as part of the Journal’s first Law Office Design competition.
The building sits on three acres and is just northwest of the Lucas County Courthouse. The completed project cost $3.8 million and represents Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick’s commitment to downtown Toledo. A new two-story 15,000 square-foot addition in 1998 raised office space to 83,000 square feet.
Firm Name Changes
1925: Fraser, Hiett & Wall
1925: Fraser, Hiett, Wall & Effler
1935: Fraser, Effler, Shumaker & Winn
1943: Fraser, Shumaker, Kendrick & Winn
1948: Shumaker, Loop, Kendrick & Winn
1952: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
1996: Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
2007: Shumaker (Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP d.b.a. Shumaker)
Office Locations - Year Established
1925: Toledo, Ohio
1985: Tampa, Florida
1988: Charlotte, North Carolina
1998: Columbus, Ohio
2009: Sarasota, Florida
2018: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
2018: Charleston, South Carolina