Benton B. Bodamer

Benton Bodamer has represented a wide range of public and private companies, as well as many of the leading international private equity sponsors.

He regularly advises clients on complex domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures, minority investments, divestitures, and restructurings. Mr. Bodamer also routinely counsels privately held businesses (including sponsor portfolio companies) on general corporate matters, governance, corporate best practices, and commercial transactions.

Education & Credentials


Harvard College

A.B., 2002
  • magna cum laude with highest departmental honors
  • Phi Beta Kappa

University of Cambridge, St. Edmund’s College

M.Phil., 2003

The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

J.D., 2006
  • cum laude; Moritz Merit Scholar

Bar Admission

  • Massachusetts
  • Ohio
  • Texas


  • Columbus Business First “40 Under 40” Honoree in 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in The Business Journals’ National Influencers: Law List
  • Named in 2014 as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 
  • One of 14 participants selected for the Boston Bar Association’s 2012 Public Interest Leadership Program

Prominent Assignments

Mr. Bodamer has advised clients on domestic and cross-border transactions of all sizes and complexity.  His experience includes advising:

Advent International in various investments, including its acquisitions of Noosa Yoghurt and Morrison Supply Company, and its joint venture (with Warburg Pincus) in Brazilian clothing company Dudalina S.A., and subsequent sale of Dudalina to Restoque;

Berkshire Partners in its acquisition of SRS Distribution and in its divestiture of an investment in premium toy company Melissa & Doug;

BioLite Energy in capital raising transactions and various commercial arrangements, including acquisition of an EU certified emission reduction platform for future development of carbon offsets from high-efficiency stoves;

Charlesbank Capital Partners in the acquisition of L&L Foods by Charlesbank portfolio company Peacock Foods, and subsequent sale of Peacock Foods to UK public company Greencore, and its sale of portfolio company United Road Services to Carlyle; 

Connolly Holdings (now Cotiviti) in its merger with iHealth;

Iron Mountain in the $380 million carve-out sale of its digital business unit to Autonomy Corporation, including simultaneous asset and stock sales in the U.S. and nine foreign jurisdictions;

Leeds Equity Partners in the acquisition of the Fusion Education Group;

Oaktree Capital Management in the strategic combination of its portfolio company Bioplan with (KKR and DLJ Merchant Banking-owned) Visant’s Arcade;

Providence Equity Partners in connection with its acquisitions of Miller Heiman, IPS Learning Systems and VitalSmarts, and its carve-out cross-border acquisition of assets from UK public company Informa plc;

SpeedCast International in its carve-out acquisition of the Caprock division of Harris Corporation and in its CFIUS-approved acquisition of satellite communications firm UltiSat, Inc.;

TA Associates in its investments in Gamma Technologies, CCRM, Flexera, and PetPeople;

Thomas H. Lee Partners in various investments including the acquisition of an upscale churrascaria-style restaurant; and

Velos Partners in a comprehensive restructuring of and new investment in Surf Airlines Inc.

* - Includes matters prior to joining Dickinson Wright.

Community Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, working with the College’s Drug Enforcement & Policy Center    
  • Board member for Besa Community, a Columbus-based non-profit that pairs volunteers with worthy organizations 
  • Board member for NoticeAbility, which designs e-based curricula catering to the neurological strengths of the dyslexic mind
  • Advisory Board member of Calmer Choice, a universal prevention program that promotes mindful awareness for children as a means to manage stress and reduce conflict
  • Lead pro bono counsel to the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley in a groundbreaking multi-year social innovation financing project fighting chronic homelessness with permanent supportive housing


  • Listen to Mitch McConnell - CBD is Not Marijuana | The Columbus Dispatch (September 2018) 
  • Achieving Earnouts Without Fallout | Buyouts (November 2015) (with Michael Kendall)
  • The New Frontier of Agreements to Negotiate | Law 360 (June 2013)
  • CYA on that LOI: Avoiding Liability Under Preliminary Agreements | Metropolitan Corp. Couns. (February 2012) (with Kevin Sullivan)
  • Renewed Clarity After Clear Channel: Recent Cases Reaffirm the Finality of Section 363 Asset Sales | Pratt’s J. Bankr. L., Vol. 6, No. 7 (October 2010) (with Joe Basile)
  • Parsing Piccadilly: A New York ruling may bring back Section 1146(a) transfer tax exemptions for Section 363 Sales | M&A Journal, Vol. 9, No. 5 (2009) (with Joe Basile)
  • Psychoactive Substances, Dietary Supplements and the War on “Drugs”: Law, Myth and Tradition as the Social Control of Consciousness | 66 Ohio St. L.J. 1311 (2005)
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