Firm Profile

Trial Practice | Advocacy | Client Relationships | Mediation

Thorman Petrov Group advocates on behalf of employees, executives, individuals, consumers, investors, and victims of civil rights abuses. The firm’s clients include victims of wrongful termination, workplace discrimination and harassment, as well as whistleblowers and other victims of illegal retaliation. It has significant experience assisting employees who are victims of age, race, sex and disability discrimination, denials of accommodations, and retaliation for illness or using medical leave. It also focuses on illegal pay and compensation practices, successfully representing victims of overtime violations, minimum wage violations, and discriminatory pay practices. Finally, the firm maintains a diverse class-action practice, representing groups of individuals, investors, benefit plan participants, and consumers in addressing large-scale harms.

Thorman Petrov Group is recognized as a Tier 1 law firm in U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms. The principals of the firm possess significant experience in broad areas of the law, including obtaining multiple multi-million dollar trial judgments, serving as a Group General Counsel for a multi-billion dollar international business and a Professor of Law, enforcing civil rights laws as attorneys within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Education, and working within nationally-renowned law firms before joining Thorman Petrov Group. The firm’s principals have received the highest-possible rating of "AV" from their peers in the legal community, are annually recognized as Super Lawyers, and are listed as Best Lawyers in America. In addition to their trial work, the firm's attorneys are regular lecturers and speakers to employee and management groups on workplace rights. They have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and numerous legal publications and trade magazines for their work in law and on behalf of employees.

The firm is known for aggressive trial work, effective and noteworthy advocacy, and caring and attentive representation of its clients.

Trial Practice

The attorneys at Thorman Petrov Group aggressively advocate on behalf of their clients. The firm has obtained numerous seven- and eight-figure verdicts on behalf of its clients in discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases. The firm’s lawyers have obtained some of the largest verdicts and judgments on behalf of employees, executives, and groups of workers in Ohio:

  • In November 2011, the firm obtained a $3 million judgment on behalf of a corporate whistleblower;
  • In May 2011, the firm won a confirmation of a $14.4 million judgment on behalf of railway workers who were denied benefits owed to them by their employer;
  • in March 2010, the firm won a $1.88 million verdict in a race discrimination and medical leave retaliation case;
  • in September 2009, the firm won a $3.675 million judgment on behalf of a terminated executive alleging breach of fiduciary duty;
  • in September, 2006, the firm obtained a $16 million verdict in an age discrimination case;
  • in May 2005 the firm received a verdict in a gender discrimination, defamation, and retaliation case in excess of $500,000;
  • in June 2004 the firm obtained a judgment of $900,000 against a corporate employer and an individual supervisor for disability discrimination and retaliation;
  • in February 2004, the firm secured an age discrimination and retaliation verdict against a school district;
  • in September 2003, the firm obtained a seven-figure judgment in a gender discrimination claim against the City of Ashtabula; and
  • in March 2003, the firm obtained a $7.765 million verdict in an age discrimination case and retaliation case on behalf of an older worker terminated in a supposed layoff.

In short, Thorman Petrov Group maintains an active, aggressive, and mature trial practice.


Effective advocacy may require an attorney to challenge established precedent in order to broaden individual rights. The attorneys at Thorman Petrov Group embrace that responsibility. The firm represented Michael J. Genaro, Sr., the lead Plaintiff in the case Genaro v. Central Transport Co., et al., in which the Ohio Supreme Court recognized individual liability for discrimination under Ohio law. The firm also represented Michael Dworning in the case Dworning v. City of Euclid, Ohio, in which the Ohio Supreme Court recognized that public employees do not need to exhaust administrative remedies prior to filing discrimination lawsuits. The firm’s attorneys authored the amicus curiae brief of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc., in which the United States Supreme Court unanimously recognized that same-sex sexual harassment is actionable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The firm’s attorneys also authored the lead brief on behalf of a victim of sexual harassment in a case in which the Ohio Supreme Court first announced the standards for a claim of sexual harassment under Ohio law.

Client Relationships

At Thorman Petrov Group, we understand that we meet many clients on their worst days. Clients come to us for assistance with legal problems, and we recognize that the best representation often starts with an ability to listen to people and understand the needs that they and their families have. Thorman Petrov Group will evaluate your situation based on the facts, the law, and your preferences. While our practice is based on and often includes litigation, we often work on behalf of clients whose first choice is to negotiate resolution of their claims successfully, confidentially, and without the stress of open litigation. We pride ourselves on our ability to creatively craft a solution to each client’s problem based on his or her own situation.


The attorneys at Thorman Petrov Group mediate employment-related and discrimination disputes. The firm has been retained by management law firms and employee representatives to conduct confidential mediations to facilitate informal resolution of disputes. The firm has also mediated numerous private disputes for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Please contact us if you believe that our experience and expertise in our field may be useful in resolving your pending dispute.