Christopher P. Thorman focuses primarily on discrimination and employee rights litigation. He has successfully tried age, gender, disability and race discrimination claims, as well as sexual harassment, whistleblower and retaliation claims. He has obtained a number of million-dollar judgments on behalf of his clients, including (among others) a $16 million dollar verdict in federal court; a $7.765 million dollar verdict in an age discrimination and unlawful retaliation case; a landmark $6.7 million award in the arbitration of an age and disability case; and in 2010, a $1.88 million verdict in a federal discrimination and retaliation case.

Mr. Thorman has worked to expand the rights of workers throughout Ohio. He represented Michael J. Genaro, Sr., in the case Genaro v. Central Transport Co., et al., in which the Ohio Supreme Court recognized individual liability for discrimination under Ohio Revised Code Section 4112. In 2008, Mr. Thorman served as lead counsel in Dworning v. City of Euclid, et al., in which the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously determined that public employees may forego city civil service commissions and proceed directly to court to pursue their rights not to be discriminated against. He authored the amicus curiae brief in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc., and represented the plaintiff in Hampel v. Food Ingredients Specialties, Inc., in which the United States Supreme Court and the Ohio Supreme Court held that same-sex sexual harassment violates the law. Mr. Thorman also has served as lead counsel in civil rights and voting rights cases, including litigation that resulted in the extension of voting hours at polls and a declaratory judgment prohibiting Secretary of State Blackwell from barring election observers from polling places.

He was a law clerk to Judge Ann Aldrich of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and an associate with the firm Baker & Hostetler. Mr. Thorman was an Assistant Regional Attorney for the Office for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education. He is admitted to practice before the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. Mr. Thorman is a past Officer of the Employment Rights Section and former member of the Executive Board of the Civil Rights Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Mr. Thorman graduated from Kenyon College with High Honors and distinction in History and holds a Masters degree from Columbia University. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University’s law school, cum laude, where he served as the Executive Notes Editor on the Law Review. Mr. Thorman is a former high school social studies teacher. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Environmental Council, a non-profit environmental group. He is listed among the Best Lawyers in America and has been identified by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer.


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