Eric K. Combs

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Eric K. Combs is a partner in the Commercial Litigation practice group at Dinsmore & Shohl. Mr. Combs 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. Mr. Combs has secured significant results for clients before juries, judges and arbitrators, and has successfully negotiated multi-million dollar settlements in matters ranging from consumer class actions to complex real estate and construction cases. He has represented in court and counseled companies large and small, including multiple professional sports franchises, Fortune 500 companies such as The Procter & Gamble Company and Merrill Lynch, and closely-held companies and individuals in various industries.

In addition to his trial practice, Mr. Combs 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 consulting 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.

Mr. Combs’ work on behalf of his clients has been recognized by several publications, including:

    • an “AV” Peer-Rating by LexisNexisMartindale-Hubbell
    • inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2009
    • selection as a Benchmark Litigation “Future Star” for 2014
    • selection as an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2012
Mr. Combs actively participates in a number of community and professional organizations. He is the Vice President of the Cincinnati Bar Association and President of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation, serving on the boards of both organizations. He also serves on the Boards of Trustees of ArtsWave (fka the Fine Arts Fund), the May Festival, the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, and the Cincinnati Law and Leadership Institute. Mr. Combs serves on the Miami University Pre-Law Advisory Board and the Hamilton County Republican Party Judicial Selection Committee. He also teaches Sports Law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He serves on Dinsmore’s Recruiting Committee and co-chairs the firm’s Summer Associate Program.

In 2009, Mr. Combs received 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. 

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
         Vice President, 2013-2014
         Member, Board of Trustees, 2010-present, 2004-2006
         Admissions Committee, 2008-Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation
         President, 2011-present
         Member, Board of Trustees, 2006-present
  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation
         Member, Board of Trustees, 2005-present
         Chair, Events and PR Committee
  • ArtsWave, fka Fine Arts Fund
         Member, Board of Trustees, 2010-present
         Chair, Tier 1B Allocation Committee, 2011-present
         ArtsWave Allocation Task Force, 2009-2011
         Graduate of FAF’s inaugural “Business on Board” Program, 2004
  • Cincinnati May Festival
         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 Insitute
         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 Benchmark Litigation “Future Star," 2014
  • Selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List since 2012
  • Forty Under 40 Award, Cinicinnati Business Courier, 2009
  • Leadership Cincinnati Graduate, Class XXXII
  • UC Law Alumni Board’s “Adjunct Professor Teaching Excellence Award," 2013
  • Selected as a Top 50 lawyer in Cincinnati for Super Lawyers®