Theodore Esborn
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Ted is co-chair of the firm’s Natural Resources Group. He focuses his practice on all aspects of environmental law including CERCLA and RCRA litigation and Federal Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act issues. Ted also advises clients on environmental issues in acquisition and divestiture transactions and in the remediation of contaminated properties under state authorized “Brownfield” projects. In 2004 Ted was selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers, designated for environmental law. Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins in 1992, Ted served as Commissioner to the City of Cleveland’s Divisions of Environmental Health and Air Pollution Control. He also served eight years in the City of Cleveland Law Department as Assistant Law Director and as Chief Assistant Law Director to the Health and the Environmental Section.

Admissions - Court

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Admissions - State

  • Ohio


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Washington and Jefferson College

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers (2004)
  • Co-produced the award-winning PBS documentary “The Return of the Cuyahoga”

Professional Membership

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association -- Environmental Law Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Public Service and Volunteerism

  • Earth Day Coalition (Advisory Council)
  • Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan (Coordinating and Steering Committee)
  • Cuyahoga River Community Planning Organization (President)
  • America’s River Communities (Vice-Chairman)
  • Ohio Network for the Chemically Injured 

External Publications