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Trotter, Thomas R.
106 South Main Street Suite 1100 Akron, OH
Phone: (330) 208-1126
Fax: (330) 208-1081


Current Employment Position(s)

Of Counsel

Lawyer Overview

Mr. Trotter is of counsel in the Vorys Akron office and a member of the corporate and finance group. He practices in municipal finance and represents issuers and underwriters of tax-exempt bonds. He also assists public bodies in connection with their debt issues and assists private health-care providers, manufacturers, and developers in publicly assisted debt issues.

Career highlights include:

  • Serving as bond counsel for a state university on a $500 million project that altered the campus of the university and included two new classroom buildings, a new student union, a student recreation center, a football stadium, new dorms and parking decks
  • Serving as bond counsel for a public library's $80 million project that transformed the main library and replaced and renovated branch libraries throughout the city
  • Serving as bond counsel for a city zoo's $18 million project, transforming the zoo from a children's zoo to a major zoological park

Mr. Trotter is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association, and the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association.

Mr. Trotter has spoken at seminars and classes sponsored by a variety of organizations and universities, including Kent State University, the University of Akron Law School, the Ohio Department of Development, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and the Ohio School Boards Association. His topics have included public finance, federal taxation of public securities, industrial development bonds, second-lien financing, school district finance, and tax-increment financing.

Mr. Trotter received his J.D. from Tulane University Law School where he received the Alumni Medal and was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Tulane Law Review. He received his A.B. from Ohio University.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate and Business Organizations
  • Government Relations
  • Real Estate and Commercial
  • Taxation

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Member)
  • Akron Bar Association (Member)
  • Ohio Government Finance Officers Association (Member)
  • Akron Bar Association, 1988 - 1992 (Chair, Local Government Law Committee)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 1986 - 1990 (Chair, Local Government Law Committee)
  • Greater Akron Chamber Taxation and Legislation Committee, 1984 - 1988 (Chair)

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Financial Institutions and Transactions Law, 1995 - 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Bonds/Government Finance, 2008
  • Inside Business, Northeastern Ohio's Leading Lawyers, 2008

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, Kent State University
  • Speaker, University of Akron Law School
  • Speaker, Ohio Department of Development
  • Speaker, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Speaker, Ohio School Boards Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chair, Greater Akron Chamber Taxation and Legislation Committee, 1984 - 1988


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1975
    Honors: Member, Order of the Coif
    Honors: Alumni Medal

    Law Review: Tulane Law Review, Member, 1973 - 1975
  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1971