Founded in 1925, Shumaker is a premier provider of legal and legislative services with a team of more than 300 lawyers and advisors, 60 paralegals, and 555 employees in its eleven offices located in Toledo, Columbus, and Akron, Ohio; Tampa, Sarasota, Tallahassee, and Dade City, Florida; Charleston and Greenville, South Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Bloomington, Minnesota.
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Shumaker provides quality legal counsel to our core constituency: individuals, small businesses, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, 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. One hundred thirty-five of our lawyers are listed in the prestigious publication, Best Lawyers in America.
Shumaker is focused on being a positive and impactful difference maker for our clients and in the communities we serve.
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 and remains our constant goal. This is what sets us apart.
Shumaker is thrilled to announce the launch of its forward-thinking Make a Difference through Literacy Initiative, dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals through the power of words. Committed to fostering positive change, Shumaker aims to improve literacy for more than 100,000 individuals by 2025 as part of the firm’s centennial celebration.
In a world where literacy is a vital tool for success and confidence, Shumaker recognizes the need to address literacy gaps and ensure that everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. According to the 2022 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) – the “Nation’s Report Card” – in Reading, only 32 percent of fourth graders in the U.S. are reading at a proficient level, and only 29 percent of eighth graders in the U.S. are reading at or above a proficient level.
"We believe that harnessing the power of words through literacy is the cornerstone of positive change," stated Jennifer Compton, Chair of Shumaker’s Management Committee and Sarasota Managing Partner. "Our literacy initiative is a concerted effort to break down barriers, ignite curiosity, stop cycles of dysfunction and empower individuals to shape their own destinies. By delivering the power of words to more than 100,000 lives, we are sowing the seeds of a brighter future for all of our communities."
The foundation of this initiative is structured around Shumaker’s commitment to making a difference in our communities since 1925, aligning with the firm’s core mission to be a positive and impactful difference maker for clients and in the communities it serves.
Through community partnerships, employee engagement, and the gift of time, Shumaker will implement a multifaceted approach to promote literacy within the communities it serves. The program will offer tailored learning resources, mentorship, and engaging activities designed to make reading and learning a captivating experience for participants of all ages.
As part of the program launch, Shumaker welcomes individuals, businesses, and institutions to us and have a hand in creating a lasting impact.
“Volunteers, donors, and advocates are crucial partners with Shumaker in the journey to transform lives and build a stronger, better-educated community. The sky is the limit, and the only limit is our own imagination,” Jennifer said.
- 11.01.2023 Shumaker Firm Gives $5K Donation to Tutoring Organization, The Blade
- 11.01.2023 Local Law Firm Partners with TutorSmart to Offer Free Tutoring, Fox29 WFLX
- 11.01.2023 . . .Shumaker Law and TutorSmart are Partnering Together. . .13abc
- 10.10.2023 Shumaker Supports Community as Part of Its Literacy Campaign; Gifts Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Funds for Great Futures Academy Initiatives, Legal Reader
- 10.06.2023 Shumaker Empowering Change: Launch of Literacy Initiative Aims to Impact 100,000+ Lives, Legal Reader
- 10.04.2023 Law firm aims to increase youth literacy rates in Tampa Bay, Bay News 9
- 09.14.2023 Shumaker Supports Community As Part Of Its Literacy Campaign; Gifts Boys & Girls Clubs Of Sarasota And DeSoto Counties Funds For Great Futures Academy Initiatives, Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties
- 09.14.2023 Shumaker's Launch of Literacy Initiative Aims to Impact More Than 100,000 Lives, SRQ Magazine
- 09.08.2023 Shumaker Empowering Change: Launch of Literacy Initiative Aims to Impact More Than 100,000 Lives, Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Shumaker Literacy News Releases
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: Charleston, South Carolina
2019: Tallahassee, Florida
2021: Greenville, South Carolina
2022: Dade City, Florida
2023: Akron, Ohio
2023: Bloomington, Minnesota