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Thomas O. Crist

Co-Chair, Construction Group
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 "Very diligent and attentive to detail. He has a solutions-oriented approach to matters." - Benesch client, Chambers USA 2017

Tom Crist chairs Benesch’s Energy, Infrastructure and Government Contracting Team and is Co-Chairman of Benesch’s Construction Law Practice Group. Tom specializes in intervention on and completion of construction projects that encounter problems and obstacles, including claims and disputes. He also helps clients avoid those circumstances. Tom’s daily practice includes emphasis on natural resource projects, including those in the energy, petro-chemical and infrastructure arenas, as well as work performed by contractors for the federal government. This includes vertical construction, EPC, IPD, traditional design-build, Turn-Key, and fast-track projects such as coal-fired power plants, oil and gas (“O&G”), and those involving complicated mechanical systems, process piping, and renewable energy. He has successfully applied his experience in these areas of concentration to projects around the globe, including in developing regions.


    • The Ohio State University, B.A., Sociology and Political Science
      • cum laude
    • Capital University Law School, J.D.
      • Order of the Curia
      • Accelerated Graduate

    • American Bar Association, Member, Forum on the Construction Industry; ADR Committee
    • Ohio State Bar Association, Construction Law Committee
    • Construction Manager's Associated of America ("CMAA"); Legal Affairs Committee
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    • American Arbitration Association (AAA); National Roster of Neutrals (Arbitrator and Mediator)
    • Member, Ohio Contractor’s Association (OCA)
    • Member, Associated General Contractors (AGC)
    • Member, Construction Employer’s Association (CEA)
    • Terrelax; Construction Group, International Law Section