Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

2 Star Rating     20 reviews

Main Office:

Columbus Huntington Center, 41 South High Street | Columbus | OH | 43215-6194

Phone: 614-227-2000 | Fax: 614-227-2100

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Year of establishment 1846 Number of partners 112
Number of offices 8 Partner to associate ratio 2.20
Biggest office Columbus Percentage of women attorneys 24.10
Number of attorneys 195 Percentage of minority attorneys 10.30
Number of associates 51 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.50
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Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on November 13, 2020

Pros: This firm has no morals. They are trying to undermine the United States election. They are filing baseless lawsuits for Donald Trump. Donald Trump is trying to undermine democracy and this law firm is helping him. I would run away from this Law Firm. They have no backbone and would do anything even it is illegal to make a buck.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2016

Job type: Freelance

- Reviewed on November 13, 2020

Advice to law firm management: Are you willing to attack democracy?

Cons: "One partner, Jeremy A. Mercer, spoke at a Trump campaign news conference in Pennsylvania last week. Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, introduced Mr. Mercer as a volunteer election observer who had been “obstructed in a horrible way.” Mr. Mercer added, “We’re there, supposedly observing, but we can’t see.” Neither mentioned that Mr. Mercer was a lawyer at the firm that was representing Mr. Trump’s campaign. Reached on Friday, Mr. Mercer declined to comment."

Partners to Avoid and Why: Jeremy

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2019

Job type: Freelance


As a 21st century law firm, Porter Wright has proven to be a nimble, thoughtful partner evolving to meet the needs of its clients, from new entities to those it has represented for over a century. The diverse professional backgrounds of Porter Wright’s attorneys allow the Firm to provide advice that works in an ever changing business environment. The Firm has developed a portfolio of attorney experience focused on meeting both the business and legal goals of its clients, including former software engineers, former in-house counsel in various industries and experts in the fields of health care, nanotechnology and bioscience. It is this first-hand experience that gives Porter Wright attorneys a big-picture perspective. The Firm annually is recognized as a leader by The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA and U.S. News–Best Lawyers Best Law Firms rankings. Most recently, Porter Wright was selected by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) as one of only 12 ACC Value Champions worldwide in 2012. Tracing its roots to 1846 in London, Ohio, Porter Wright was recently listed as the 'Oldest Central Ohio Business' by Columbus Business First. The firm has represented some of the most successful businesses in Ohio and across the nation. Porter Wright has provided service to its clients for more than a century and a half and is enduringly linked to the history of law in Ohio. The Firm’s founder, Richard Harrison, set up shop at a small desk in the London, Ohio, Courthouse 165 years ago. He traveled to surrounding small towns, assisting clients in resolving disputes and addressing legal issues. Harrison also served Madison County in the House of Representatives and later was a member of the Ohio Senate. As a Congressman during the Civil War, Harrison participated in deliberations that helped shape the country’s future. As the nation expanded, the Firm’s representation of the railroad industry grew to include The Pennsylvania Railroad Co. and American Railway Express Co. By the turn of the century, the Firm had become counsel to P. W. Huntington & Co. Bankers, Columbus Iron and Steel Co., and Columbus Gas Light and Heating Co. The Firm also represented utility industry pioneers including Ohio Bell Telephone Co., The Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric Co., and Postal Telegraph Co. By the 1950s, the Firm’s clientele had grown to include The Klingbeil Company, The Columbus Museum of Art, Max & Erma’s and White Castle. The Firm gained national exposure through “The Harding Papers” case in the mid-1960s. Earl Morris, a Porter Wright partner who later served as Ohio’s first American Bar Association President, was deeply involved in the high profile matter concerning the love letters of former President Warren G. Harding. At the time, the case brought together some of the most preeminent legal minds in the state. As the Firm’s statewide and national reputation grew, it undertook some of the most challenging issues of the times. In the late 1970s, partner Sam Porter defended the Columbus Board of Education in litigation related to desegregation of the Columbus Public Schools. When the Harvard Defense Fund and the NAACP filed suit against the Columbus Board of Education, the Board turned to Porter to lead the defense team. Porter recalls, “During the civil strife of the 1960s and 1970s, the school system became one of the battlegrounds.” Although considerable unrest surrounded these suits elsewhere, “...there was never any violence. All parties and lawyers maintained civility and decorum and the local media was very careful to report the issue objectively.” In 1977, the Firm achieved a significant milestone—merging to form Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur. At the time, it was the largest merger of two law firms in Ohio and one of the earliest of such mergers nationally. It was a successful combination that has stood the test of time. In the years following, the Firm added offices in Washington, D.C.; Cincinnati, Dayton and Cleveland, Ohio; and Naples, Florida. In the early 1980s, Porter Wright had more offices in Ohio than any other law firm. The Firm’s strength proved critical in 1985 when The State of Ohio retained Porter Wright following the collapse of Home State Savings Bank, then the largest bank crisis since the Great Depression. The Firm’s work resulted in significant new legislation and recovery of over $200 million needed to protect Home State’s depositors. The year also marked the date the Firm moved into its current Columbus offices in the Huntington Center at 41 South High Street. Since that time, Porter Wright has served clients in many important cases, including the representation of the Columbus-America Discovery Group in its efforts to win rights to the treasure discovered aboard the sunken ship, SS Central America, in the 1980s and 1990s. Porter Wright has helped entrepreneurial and technology companies to grow and expand their businesses, including Checkfree Corporation (now Fiserve), which grew to become a Fortune 500 financial services company. The firm led the successful defense of a coal mining permit to mine under a National Natural Landmark forest, recovering $4.7 million from the State of Ohio for a regulatory taking of coal property. The Ohio underground mining industry views this as the seminal precedent protecting private property rights against regulation that effectively prevents mining.

Practice Areas

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy Workout & Creditors' Rights
  • Biotech
  • Business Competition Advice & Litigation
  • Business Growth & Operation
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Emerging Business
  • Employee Benefits
  • Energy & Telecommunications
  • Environmental Law
  • Government & Regulatory Affairs
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • International Business & Trade
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Oil & Gas
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Social Media
  • Sustainability Initiatives
  • Tax And Personal Wealth
  • Technology
  • Wireless

Hiring Criteria

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

Academic excellence in law school, plus demonstrated achievement in other activities.

Pro bono

We seek opportunities to put our professional experience to work for individuals and non-profit organizations in need. In 2001 and 2007, the firm received the Columbus Bar Foundation's highest award for outstanding pro bono service to the central Ohio community. More recently, the Columbus Bar Foundation (CBF)/Columbus Bar Association (CBA) honored the firm with its 2013 Pro Bono Award. While we take on a diverse portfolio of pro bono cases each year, much of our work is concentrated on children and family rights, fair housing, bankruptcy proceedings, immigration law and commercial business issues.

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP Awards and Recognitions

Gentry honored with Lloyd O'Hara Public Interest Law Award

Miller honored with G.O.L.D. Award

Kathleen Trafford to receive Distinguished Service Award from American Constitution Society

Kidwell receives URS service award

Of Counsel William Arthur Receives Pace Setter Executive Award

Porter Wright receives 2013 Corporate Caring Award

Porter Wright Receives 2010 GreenSpotLight Award


We know that our strengths lie in our differences. Diversity encompasses an infinite range of individuals' unique characteristics and experiences, including people of different races, genders, national origins, ages, religions, sexual preferences or orientations and disabilities. By promoting diversity, we are stronger allies to our clients and our communities. We have seen this diversity build a more dynamic legal profession, a more inviting workplace and richer communities. We take proactive steps to promote inclusiveness, not only within the firm, but within the legal profession as a whole.

Summer associate program

You are a second- or first-year law student looking for an opportunity to work with lawyers in a variety of practice areas. You want to experience the practice of law, including depositions, client meetings, trials and closings with attorneys who want to mentor you. You want to be exposed to pro bono matters and a long tradition of service to the profession and the community. And, you want to work in an environment where you are encouraged to be a thinker, a doer, a learner, and a leader. Porter Wright is dedicated to fostering new, talented legal professionals.

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