Attorney Profiles

Thomas R. Yocum, Esq.

Thomas R. Yocum (Tom) is a 1979 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Tom also attended California Western University College of Law in San Diego. He received his B.A. degree summa cum laude in 1975 from Ohio State University. Through Ohio State, he also studied at New College, Oxford University, England, and was with one of the first student groups from the U.S. to visit the People’s Republic of China in 1975.

Bar admissions include:
  • Ohio - 1979
  • Kentucky and Florida - 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court - 1986

Tom is a member of the Cincinnati, Kentucky and Ohio State Bar Associations, as well as the Florida Bar. Tom is the managing attorney of Benjamin, Yocum & Heather and heads the firm’s Business and Construction Law Group. Tom’s practice in the business and construction law areas covers a broad spectrum, including business formation, arbitrations, mediations and litigation, contract negotiation, drafting and interpretation, claims, mechanic’s liens and bond claims.

Tom is a member of the American Arbitration Association panel of arbitrators and mediators for the construction industry and he is a member of the AAA Construction Advisory Council.  Tom has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court to serve as a referee in construction cases pending in the Ohio Court of Claims.

He is chapter attorney of the American Subcontractors Association of Cincinnati. He is Chairman of the Construction Specifications Institute of Cincinnati legal committee, and has chaired the committee that publishes the Constructor Magazine for Allied Construction Industries in Cincinnati.  Tom is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Practice Areas

Business and Construction Law
  • Business Formation
  • Arbitration and Litigation
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Drafting and Interpretation
  • Claims
  • Mechanic's Liens and Bond Claims
Insurance Law

Tom has published approximately 200 articles on business and construction law topics. He has published in the American Business Law Journal, Northern Kentucky Law Review, Salmon P. Chase College of Law and regularly contributes articles to publications of the American Subcontractors Association and the Construction Specifications Institute.

In addition, Tom has been an instructor of business law at the University of Cincinnati, is a visiting speaker at the University of Cincinnati College of Business, and has spoken extensively at construction law seminars.

Tom also has extensive experience in insurance law matters, particularly as it relates to the construction industry.

Tom and his family reside in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. He has actively participated on various committees of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools. Tom and his family attend the Highland United Methodist Church, where Tom has served as a trustee, chairman of the administrative board, and chairman of the finance committee. Tom has been active in working with charities providing medical relief in Africa and is a founding board member of the European non-governmental organization, Education Without Borders.

Contact Thomas R. Yocum at (513) 721-5672 or at