BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, represents clients around the globe. With offices coast to coast, Baker has more than 900 lawyers litigate cases and resolve disputes that potentially threaten clients’ competitiveness, navigate the laws and regulations that shape the global economy, and help clients develop and close deals that fuel their strategic growth.
Partner Ron Linville answered our member spotlight questions below.
What motivates you to jump out of bed in the morning?
Although for a number of years I have been a practicing management labor and employment lawyer, several years ago I was fortunate to be elected by our Partners as the Managing Partner of the Columbus office. That was, and continues to be, an exciting and challenging role that gets me up and moving every morning.
Tell us about your company culture
This year, BakerHostetler is celebrating its 100th year as a firm with the Columbus office is in its 36th year. We talk a lot about our office culture. We treat each other with civility, we demand a strong work ethic and discipline, we value and embrace diversity, and we like to have fun.
What are three things you use every day in your job?
Computer, telephone, brain.
What trends/insights are you finding in your field/market?
Over the past decade or so, the practice of law has become increasingly competitive which has required increased specialization by lawyers in Am Law 100 firms. That has allowed BakerHostetler, and our Columbus office, to provide a competitive advantage. Additionally, we distinguish ourselves through our commitment to the highest standard of client care. By emphasizing an approach to service delivery as exacting as our legal work, we are determined to surpass our clients’ expectations.
What advice do you have to give to emerging talent in your field?
I have been lucky enough to work with many of the best young lawyers in the Columbus market. My advice has always been to pay attention to our culture, take good care of the lawyers who feed you work and, most importantly, become a partner with our clients – understand their industry and their needs.
What benefit(s) attracted you to the Columbus Chamber?
Although we have been a member of the chamber for a number of years, until a few years ago, we weren’t truly leveraging the benefits of our membership. Several clients recommended reengaging and since our office has become more active, I am particularly pleased with the offerings that have benefitted our young lawyers.
Tell us about organizations/charities that you are passionate about.
Our office supports dozens of charities in the central Ohio area each year. Personally, I feel passionate about the Columbus Metropolitan Library and all of its new exciting programming, as well as both The James and the Spielman Breast Center.
If you could choose any song to represent your company, what song would it be?
What Columbus business person do you most admire?
Mike Crane of the Crane Group. I have always been impressed with how Mike and his family have successfully managed their business through multiple generations, but he does it personally with tremendous warmth, class and humor.
When you are not working, where in Columbus do you like to spend your time?
Golf course (Columbus Country Club), Buckeye games, walking our dogs.
About Ron Linville:
A management-side labor and employment attorney for more than 33 years, Ron Linville is driven to achieve lasting results for his clients. He has developed one of the largest public sector practices in Ohio and works with high-profile entities such as airports, cities, and transit systems in the negotiation of their labor contracts and labor arbitration litigation. His private sector work includes the defense of several Fortune 100 companies in employment related litigation and the day-to-day counseling of major corporations, advising them on how best to avoid litigation and the resolution of issues quickly and efficiently should any occur. Ron ensures that matters are resolved in a way that satisfies his clients’ immediate goals while also supporting long-term business strategies. Through treating all involved parties with respect, Ron is able to directly discern the facts of a matter and collaborate to determine the most practical way to solve workplace issues.
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