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What Sets Us Apart?

Our team at Niehaus Kalas Hinshaw, Ltd. offers confident and capable legal representation to clients across the Midwest. Whether you need to build a robust litigation strategy or get answers on a matter of employment law, we are prepared to help.

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For more than 30 years we’ve been invited into the board rooms, C suites and off-site meetings of our clients. We provide our legal analysis to our business clients. And we learn and experience the business and strategic issues and opportunities of our clients. We represent public companies; private closely held companies; family multi-generational businesses. Industries include distribution, technology, chemical, insurance, banking, and telecommunications.

Big firms have business and commercial departments. We are that department, but nimble, attentive, personal. Your file stays in our office, not down the hall or a floor away. Our clients can choose any firm of any size. They choose us because we know them – deeply, personally, strategically.

We pride ourselves on having long-term client relationships. We represent second generation, even into third generations of highly successful and growing businesses. That may be the greatest satisfaction of our profession and something we greatly enjoy here.

Our attorneys have at least 20 years of experience, with some as much as 35 years. We all work together on matters, projects, issues. We have a collegial professional workplace, meaning the water cooler is not for refreshments as much as it becomes a think tank, your think tank.

Business challenges are, well, challenging! We know and recognize this every day we speak to our clients. But there is a bit of joy in every challenge, so let's find that together. And let’s enjoy the satisfaction of meeting the challenges of our business lives.

Business Law & Litigation Attorneys in the Midwest

Charles D. Niehaus

Managing Partner

A graduate of the University of Toledo Law School, Chuck has been representing corporate and business clients since 1986. Whether you need to prepare an LLC agreement or raise capital for a start-up venture, he is ready to advise you during every step.
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Brian C. Kalas

Partner

As an attorney licensed in both Ohio and Michigan, Brian advises clients not only in Toledo, but also residents of Detroit and Ann Arbor. His diverse experience includes contract drafting and reviewing, as well as commercial real estate transactions.
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Laurie Schoonmaker

Senior Associate

Attorney Laurie Schoonmaker provides knowledgeable legal counsel to clients facing issues of business law and estate planning. In her free time, she stays active at her alma mater—the University of Toledo—working with its men’s tennis, basketball, and football teams.

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Working Toward the Results You Need


You’ll Always Have a Seat at the Table

We understand that the outcome of your business dispute will directly impact your professional future. You deserve to be involved in every decision made throughout the litigation process.

PUT A SKILLED TEAM OF
LITIGATORS IN YOUR CORNER.

It can be difficult to anticipate when business disputes will arise. We’ll be here when they do. Our attorneys are prepared to examine the details, conduct interviews, and determine the best path forward for all parties involved. Let’s put your legal problem behind you so you can focus on successfully running your business.
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Put Our Experience to Work for You

Since 1987, our firm has represented business owners and
decision-makers in a variety of industries.

As a business professional, few things are more overwhelming than a strategic or legal issue affecting your company. Having a calm hand on the wheel helps every person in the boardroom. This is where we shine. And the issue of the day will likely not be a negative one, but one that offers a great opportunity. Let us help you navigate those opportunities.

Looking at legal and business challenges from your seat, not just ours is when successful outcomes happen. Thinking like a lawyer is a given for us; thinking like a business owner is a difference maker.