Christopher P. Thorman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Thorman Petrov Group Co., LPA
 | 50 E. Washington St., Cleveland, OH 44022
Phone: 855-337-3500
Fax: 216-621-3422
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (30%),
  • Civil Rights (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a principal and shareholder with the Thorman Petrov Group Co., LPA, in Cleveland, Ohio, attorney Christopher P. Thorman has achieved unprecedented success advocating on behalf of clients throughout the state and across the country who face serious and complex legal challenges involving alleged violations of their basic rights as workers. In addition to representing the rights and entitlements of aggrieved employees, Mr. Thorman also advises business owners, managers and executives on all areas of employment law, particularly contracts and severance negotiations.

During his accomplished career spanning more than 26 years, Mr. Thorman has secured over $150 million in total settlements and awards on behalf of his plaintiff clients, obtaining numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and judgments for individual claims and class actions involving all types of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower and retaliation claims, wage and hour disputes, FMLA disputes, and other related matters.

After receiving his bachelor's degree with high honors from Kenyon College in 1986, Mr. Thorman earned his master's degree from Columbia University that same year. He then attended Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1991. Along with practicing before all state and superior courts in Ohio, Mr. Thorman is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Thorman serves on the executive board for the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, and he is a past officer and former executive board member of the civil rights and employee rights sections of the American Association for Justice. He also volunteers his services with Public Justice, a nonprofit law firm where he serves on the board of trustees, and he serves as trustee for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

For his professionalism and service, Mr. Thorman has earned recognition from The Best Lawyers in America each year from 2005 to 2013, and he received the Craig T. Spangenberg Distinguished Advocate Award from the Ohio Association for Justice in 2016. He also holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (30%): Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment

Civil Rights (30%): Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination

Employment Litigation (30%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Class Action/Mass Torts (10%): Class Actions

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Class Actions


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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

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About Christopher Thorman

Admitted: 1991, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Ohio Super Lawyer
  • Top 100 list for Ohio
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Ohio Association of Justice’s Craig T. Spangenberg Distinguished Advocate Award

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Executive Board of the Civil Rights Section of the American Association of Justice, Fast Officer of the Employment Rights Section and former member
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Executive Board of the Ohio Employment Lawyers Association, Current member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Ohio Environmental Council, Former member of the Board of Directors 
  • Mr. Thorman currently serves on the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a national non-profit law firm.
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation, Trustee 
  • Board of Trustees for Public Justice

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Executive Notes Editor on the Western Reserve Law Review, Western Reserve University


  • Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc.
  • Dworning v. City of Euclid, et al.
  • Genaro v. Central Transport Co., et al.
  • Hampel v. Food Ingredients Specialties, Inc.

Educational Background:

  • Columbia University, Masters degree
  • Kenyon College, High Honors and Distinction in History
Office Location for Christopher P. Thorman

50 E. Washington St.
Cleveland, OH 44022

Phone: 855-337-3500

Fax: 216-621-3422

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Last Updated: 5/6/2019

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