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Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

Dancing with Emma Janus

  • Cathryn Greenwald is a partner in the real estate practice group at Thompson Hine LLP. She focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including construction and permanent financing, development, public-private partnerships, acquisition and sale of real estate, ground, retail, industrial, and office leasing, and other general real estate matters. Cathryn is admitted to practice in the state of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Her degrees include a 2005 B.S. (magna cum laude) from Miami University, a 2009 M. A. from Cleveland State University, and a 2009 J.D. (magna cum laude) from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She was also associate and research editor of the Cleveland State Law Review from 2006 to 2008. Her accolades include being selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2024), being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2024 for Real Estate Law, being selected for Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 Class of 2021, being listed in Legal 500 for Real Estate in 2021, being selected to the Ohio Rising Stars list from 2019-2022, and receiving the YWCA Greater Cleveland Woman of Professional Excellence Award in 2018.

  • Why did you become an It Takes Two! celebrity dancer?

    First and foremost, I really respect the work that GroundWorks does and I want to support it. I love that they provide a forum for new choreographers to have original works performed as well as their engagement with local students and communities that might not otherwise have access to dance. I have also attended the ITT program the last couple years and all the dancers just seemed to have such a wonderful time – I was excited to join such an enthusiastic network of alumni.

    How has it been working with your GroundWorks dance partner?

    I have really enjoyed working with Emma. She is new to GroundWorks so we have been figuring this out together. Putting together choreography is definitely not part of my day job, but I have really had fun finding a new way to express myself and Emma is really enthusiastic about the collaborative process.

    What has surprised you about the creative process?

    That I actually had some ideas to contribute to this! Going into the process I really thought I had no idea what I would want to do, but I’ve actually gotten into it and helped pick out the genre, music and some of the steps.

    What about dance in general connects with you?

    It’s just so very different from what I do on a daily basis! I don’t have any particular talent, but every year I attend the ITT event, I find I can barely stay in my seat. The enthusiasm of the dancers is contagious and I love that! I am excited to hopefully be part of generating that same feeling for the audience this year.

    Why should people vote for you?

    If I’m going to convince my husband to support my career change from the practice of law to dance, I really need your support :)

  • Favorite TV Show or Movie: I am a Bravo addict and am embarrassed to name all the shows on that network that I love.

    Favorite Book or Author: I love the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, and as a bonus, the books are big enough to serve as excellent paperweights!

    Favorite genre of music: Alternative Rock

    Favorite dessert: The Peanut Butter Bomb and Ken Stewarts

    Name one thing on your bucket list: Visiting Asia

    As a child, I wanted to be a: Lawyer (I’m not kidding)

    When I am not working, I like to: Cook and eat

  • My husband and favorite dance partner – Greg Thompson

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