Thomas L. Gabelman

T 513.651.6142
F 513.651.6981
301 East Fourth Street
Great American Tower, Suite 3300
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Thomas is a member in the firm's construction practice group.  Gabelman joined the firm in 2012 from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease where he served as legal counsel in the commercial and real estate practice group. 

In his 28-year career, Gabelman has developed substantial expertise in the public-private partnership arena, with a focus on developing large, complex projects throughout the region.

Gabelman has served as Project Counsel to Hamilton County, Ohio on one of the largest P3 projects undertaken in Ohio. Since 1997, Gabelman has been involved in the negotiation and implementation of multiple funding, financing, development and construction agreements pertaining to the $2.5 billion redevelopment of Ohio’s Southern Gateway. These projects include the modification and demolition of Cinergy Field, the design and construction of the Great American Ball Park, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Paul Brown Stadium, U.S. Bank Arena, and the implementation of the $800 million Banks Project. The Banks Project includes major public transportation improvements totaling over $500 million, combined with up to 3 million square feet of private development.

Gabelman also serves as Special Project Counsel to Butler County, Ohio on the $400 million Liberty Town Square mixed-use development project.

Mr. Gabelman also serves as counsel to ODOT with respect to $2.7 billion Brent Spence Bridge Corridor Project between Ohio and Kentucky. The $2.7 billion project involves the rehabilitation of the existing Bent Spence Bridge, construction of a new bridge that will double the capacity of the current bridge and the rehabilitation of approximately 8 miles of highway that currently carries both I-75 and I-71 traffic through the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area which connects the region to eight other states as far north as Michigan and as far south as Florida. The Brent Spence Bridge has been classified as "functionally obsolete" based on Federal Highway Administration criteria set for the National Bridge Inventory.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, 2007-2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Construction, 2013 - 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year 2016 - Construction Law
  • Chambers USA, Construction, 2012-2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® - Construction/Surety 2004-2014
  • Cincinnati Magazine, Leading Lawyer Corporate Counsel, 2005-2008
  • Leadership Cincinnati Class XXIII/Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2000; Steering Committee Member, 2001-2006
  • Hamilton County Distinguished Citizen Award, 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • AV-Peer Review Rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary
  • Commencement Orator, University of Cincinnati
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society/Scholarship Honorary

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Kelly-Carol Foundation for Children with Cancer, Board President, 2001-present
  • Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services, Trustee and Board Chair, 2000-present
  • Hamilton County/City of Cincinnati Banks Working Group - Cincinnati Riverfront Development
  • Joint Banks Steering Committee, Member, 2006-present
  • Children's Hospital Leadership Council, 1996-2002
  • Cincinnati Zoo, Legal Committee, 1996-2001
  • American Arbitration Association, Regional Advisory Council, 1991-1996
  • Hamilton County Association for Retarded Citizens, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1990-1993; President 1987-1990; Board Member 1985-1994
  • Allied Construction Industries
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Leadership Council
  • St. Mary Athletic Association, President, 1992-1995

Other Contact Info

Alternate Office

Florence Office
7310 Turfway Road
Suite 210
Florence, Kentucky 41042-1374
T: 859.817.5900
F: 859.283.5902


Michelle L. Burchfield
T 513.651.6897