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, Kraft Foods Group, and Bank of America, 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 LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2009
  • selection as a Benchmark Litigation “Future Star”
  • selection as an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2012
    • Super Lawyer “Top 50 Lawyer in Cincinnati” since 2014

Mr. Combs actively participates in a number of community and professional organizations. He is President-Elect of the Cincinnati Bar Association and Chairman of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation Board. He also serves on the Boards of Trustees of ArtsWave, the May Festival, and the Cincinnati Law and Leadership Institute. Mr. Combs serves on the Miami University Pre-Law Advisory Board, the Hamilton County Republican Party Judicial Selection Committee and Dinsmore’s Recruiting Committee. He also teaches Sports Law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Mr. Combs 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.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Cincinnati Bar Association
    President, 2015
    Member, Board of Trustees, 2010-present, 2004-2006
    Admissions Committee, 2008-Present
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Poor Foundation
    Chairman, 2014-current, President, 2011-2014
    Member, Board of Trustees, 2006-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
    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 Benchmark Litigation “Future Star," 2014
  • Selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List since 2012
  • Forty Under 40 Award, Cincinnati 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®