SmartPaTH Innovation

About SmartPaTH™

It’s easy to talk about providing effective and efficient counsel. At Thompson Hine, we prefer to deliver.

Clients tell us their world has changed and they need well-defined work plans and budgets that provide a clear view of what their lawyers are doing and when they are doing it. They want predictable billing with no surprises. So we examined our processes and improved them to meet these challenges. We invested in developing SmartPaTH, a new approach that combines the disciplines of legal project management (LPM), process efficiency, flexible staffing and value-based pricing to better align our services with clients' needs.

SmartPaTH is more than a set of tools. It’s a mindset. A new strategy for providing legal services that our lawyers embrace and our firm supports with enhanced resources and technology. Now we’re more flexible, transparent and efficient – and just as committed to quality.

How We Deliver
  • Employing a formal, disciplined LPM process to effectively scope, plan, execute and monitor engagements.
  • Building process efficiencies around the characteristics shared by similar matters to streamline our work and reduce costs.
  • Planning engagements systematically to efficiently utilize resources and assign lower-cost staff when appropriate.
  • Analyzing historical data and using proprietary financial tools to implement “win/win” alternatives to standard hourly rates.

By working smarter, we develop stronger partnerships with our clients and earn their trust on every engagement, every day. They value us not only as skilled practitioners, but also as strategic business advisers.

We invite you to learn more about SmartPaTH’s components in the accompanying subsections.  Also, for questions or additional information, email us at at

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