Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf LLC
announces merger with McDonald Hopkins law firm

As of February 1, 2014, Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf LLC has agreed to merge with McDonald Hopkins LLC, a business advisory and advocacy law firm with a more than 80-year history. Peter D. Welin now serves as the managing member of McDonald Hopkins’ Columbus office. Christopher T. O’Shaughnessy and O. Judson Scheaf are joining the firm as members, Andrew R. Fredelake and Jason R. Harley join as associates, and Michael D. Tarullo joins as of counsel.

McDonald Hopkins has offices in Cleveland, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach, as well as a subsidiary, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, which is based in Washington, D.C. and led by former Congressman Steven LaTourette.

"We are delighted to merge with McDonald Hopkins. We can now leverage our success as a boutique law firm by merging with a large firm and use our experience to enhance that relationship. We look forward to supporting and expanding our national footprint with the deeper resources of McDonald Hopkins.”
- Peter D Welin

"There are considerable synergies between the two firms that will allow us to serve our clients with exceptional resources, efficiency and responsiveness.”
- Christopher T. O’Shaughnessy.

"This merger not only enhances our commitment to serving the Columbus business community, it strengthens our national litigation presence with a team of attorneys who are perfectly aligned with us.”
- Carl J. Grassi, President, McDonald Hopkins

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LATEST NEWS: Peter D. Welin, Michael D. Tarullo and O. Judson Scheaf, III selected to the list of Top 50 attorneys in Columbus, Ohio by Super Lawyers Magazine® in 2014.

Andrew R. Fredelake and Jason R. Harley selected to the list of Rising Stars for Construction Litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine® in 2014.

Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf LLC has been named a Tier 1 law firm in Columbus, Ohio for Construction Law Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2014. Click on the "Legal News" tab above to read more.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Welin, O'Shaughnessy + Scheaf LLC is comprised of former Am Law 200 law firm lawyers whose singular focus is providing superior services with small, boutique-firm efficiencies. We are well known and respected by our peers and we offer years of large-firm experience and expertise to create unique, cost-efficient solutions for complex issues. Our founding members held management positions at a Midwestern-based Am Law 200 firm, serving as vice-chairs of the construction and business litigation practice groups.

We focus on construction litigation, construction contracts, transactional construction work, complex and general business litigation, and oil and gas work.

On the construction side, the firm has vast experience with public and private construction projects, transportation, heavy/highway, tunneling and infrastructure projects, water and wastewater treatment plant projects, lump sum, guaranteed maximum price, construction management, EPC and design build contracts. Our lawyers are routinely recognized for their accomplishments in their areas of the law.

The firm's business litigation practice includes all manner of commercial disputes, including theft of trade secrets, non-competition litigation, commercial torts, fiduciary litigation, and contract disputes. Our oil-and-gas experience allows us to represent developers, producers, and operators in a wide range of areas, including oil-and-gas litigation.

The small-firm platform allows us to create new and cost-efficient solutions to resolve complex issues. Alternative-fee arrangements and competitive rates, combined with experience and knowledge in specialized areas of the law, create opportunities for clients to resolve their issues at the earliest possible time with maximum efficiency. The same dedication and experience that creates the ability to resolve disputes also provides clients with knowledge that even when disputes cannot be resolved at the earliest stage, they will be represented at the highest level of professionalism by lawyers who are committed and willing to take on any challenge. We are proud to be at the cutting edge of providing superior legal services at the small, boutique-firm level to meet all of our clients' needs.

  • Baldwin's Ohio Construction Law ManualCo-authors of Baldwin's Ohio Construction Law Manual (2009)
  • The Best Lawyers in America2012 Columbus - Ohio Construction Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers of America, 2003 - 2012
  • Ranked in Chambers USA 2011 Leading FirmAmerica’s Leading Business Lawyers 2003 - 2011
  • Columbus Business FirstColumbus’ Top Lawyers
    2004 - 2012
  • Super LawyersSelected for inclusion in Super Lawyers by Ohio Super Lawyer magazine in 2004 - 2012