Eric K. Combs


Eric K. Combs is a partner in the Commercial Litigation practice group at Dinsmore & Shohl. Eric is an experienced trial lawyer and trusted advisor to businesses. He practices commercial litigation in federal and state courts and has extensive first-chair trial experience, bringing numerous jury trials to successful verdicts. Eric has secured significant results for clients before juries, judges and arbitrators, and has successfully negotiated settlements in matters including or involving class action consumer and securities claims, intellectual property, consumer protection, corporate control, real estate, employee restrictive covenants and construction. He has represented and counseled companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, Wendy’s, Kraft Foods Group, Dolce & Gabbana and Bank of America, multiple professional sports franchises, the University of Cincinnati, and closely-held companies and individuals in various industries.

In addition to his trial practice, Eric has unique experience in advising and representing sports franchise, facility management, facility owner and amateur athlete clients on issues presented in the business and regulation of sports. His experience includes counseling and representation of clients across the broad range of areas in which the law applies to the business of sports, including matters ranging from defense of class action suits brought by NFL season ticket holders to eligibility disputes involving high school athletes.

Eric’s work on behalf of his clients has been recognized by several publications, including:

  • an “AV” Peer-Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2009
  • selection as an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2012
  • selection as a Benchmark Litigation “Future Star”

Eric actively participates in a number of community and professional organizations. He recently completed his term as the 124th President of the Cincinnati Bar Association. Eric was recently appointed by the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners to the Hamilton County Public Defender Commission. He also serves on the Boards of Trustees of Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation; ArtsWave; the May Festival; the Cincinnati Law and Leadership Institute; the Miami University Pre-Law Advisory Program, and the Hamilton County Republican Party Judicial Selection Committee. He is Vice-Chair of Dinsmore’s Recruiting Committee. Eric also teaches Sports Law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Eric is a past recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award presented by the Business Courier, and completed the Leadership Cincinnati program as part of Class XXXII. In 2013, he received the Teaching Excellence Award from the UC Law Alumni Association for his work as an Adjunct Professor.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School  (J.D., cum laude, 1996)
  • Miami University  (B.S., magna cum laude, 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Eastern District of Michigan


  • Cincinnati Bar Association
    President, 2015-2016
    Member, Board of Trustees, 2010-2017, 2004-2006
    Admissions Committee, 2008-Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation
    Chairman, 2014-2016, President, 2011-2014
    Member, Board of Trustees, 2006-present
  • Hamilton County Public Defender Commission
    Member, 2017-present
  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation
    Member, Board of Trustees, 2005-2014
  • ArtsWave
    Executive Committee, 2014-present
    Member, Board of Trustees, 2010-present
    Chair, Tier 1B Allocation Committee, 2011-2014
    ArtsWave Allocation Task Force, 2009-2011
    Graduate of FAF’s inaugural “Business on Board” Program, 2004
  • Cincinnati May Festival
    Treasurer, 2015-Present
    Member, Board of Trustees, 2011-present
  • Miami University Pre-Law Program
    Member, Advisory Board, 2011-present
  • University of Cincinnati School of Law
    Adjunct Professor, Sports Law, Spring 2010-present
  • Hamilton County Republican Party
    Judicial Selection Committee, 2009-present
  • Cincinnati Law & Leadership Institute
    Member, Board of Directors, 2012-present
  • Potter Stewart Inn of Court
    Member & Presenter, 2003-2008, 2011-present


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation since 2009
  • Selected as a Super Lawyers® Top 50 lawyer in Cincinnati (2014-2015)
  • Selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List since 2012
  • Selected as a Benchmark Litigation “Future Star," 2014
  • Forty Under 40 Award, Cincinnati Business Courier, 2009
  • Leadership Cincinnati Graduate, Class XXXII
  • UC Law Alumni Board’s “Adjunct Professor Teaching Excellence Award," 2013