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Thomas J.Kirkwood


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Thomas J.Kirkwood

  • Contributor, Baldwin’s Ohio Construction Law Manual, 2009
  • “Owner Claims for Building Code Violations,” Ohio Code News, March/April 2006
  • “Partnering Can Resolve Construction Conflicts,” Cincinnati Business Courier, 2004
  • “Construction Partnering,” 9th Biennial Midwest/Midsouth Construction Law Institute, January 2003
  • “Private Mediation Can Save Time and Money,” Cincinnati Business Courier, 1997
  • “Records Retention & The Ten Year Statute,” The Cincinnati Constructor, 1994
  • “Principles of Dispute Avoidance,” University of Cincinnati Construction Management Senior Capstone Program, 2012-2016
  • “Economic Loss & Indemnity,” Columbus Builders Exchange Leadership, 2012
  • “Project Delivery Methods: Which is Right for You?”, Lorman Education Services, 2008
  • “Construction Claims and Dispute Resolution,” Allied Construction Industries, 2008
  • “Managing Risk for Profit,” Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, 2007
  • “Calculus of Risk,” Cincinnati Chapter AIA, February 2006
  • “Regional Development: Land Mines and Gold Mines,” Thompson Hine Roundtable Series, October 2005
  • “Partnering Contractor Claims: A Track Record Second to None,” Ohio BASA, May 2004
  • “Project Close Out,” Ohio Builds Symposium, 2002
  • “Can this Project be Saved? Delay Damages and Differing Site Conditions,” Cleveland Construction Contracting Community, 1998 to 2001
  • “Construction Law,” Cincinnati Bar Association, 2000
  • “The Cost Effective Solution of Dispute Resolution,” Allied Construction Industries
  • “Designer-Led Design Build Project Delivery,” Cincinnati Large A-E Firms, 1999
  • “Risk Management,” Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, 1998
  • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2012 to 2022 for Construction Law and Litigation-Construction; named the Best Lawyers® Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2015 and 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction, Ohio, 2010 to 2022
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine 2007-2009, 2014 to 2018

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Trustee of the Freestore Foodbank
  • Facilities Committee Member, Cincinnati Nature Center
  • Interim chair, Episcopal Retirement Services Affordable Living


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1974,

    University of Cincinnati Law Review, editor, 1973 to 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit