David Skidmore practices exclusively in the area of employment law. He has spent his career advising on high-stakes employee issues and has successfully tried multi-million dollar cases before judges and juries. His clients range from small family businesses to Fortune 500 companies. He previously served as the head of the Labor & Employment practice group, but he has returned to the full-time practice of law.
David divides his time in three primary areas:
David believes that it is an honor to represent a client. He desires to become a partner with the client and to solve problems jointly. He listens to the client’s needs, advises on practical risks, and strives to meet that particular client’s goals. David’s reputation for being fair-minded is reflected in the fact that he serves as an arbitrator through the American Arbitration Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association.
Northwestern University, J.D., 1991, cum laude
Associate Editor, Northwestern Law Review
University of Kent at Canterbury, M.A., 1988
Masters Degree in Modern Literature
Duke University, B.A., 1987, magna cum laude, with distinction in history
Phi Beta Kappa
Harry S. Truman Scholar
Phi Eta Sigma (political science honorary)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 1991-93 (Judge S. Arthur Spiegel)
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
United States Supreme Court
Benchmark Litigation, Midwest Star in Labor & Employment
The Best Lawyers in America® (recognized since 2005)
Employment Law – Management, 2011-2023; Cincinnati Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year,” 2018
Labor Law – Management, 2011-2023; Cincinnati Labor Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year,” 2021
Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2011-2023; Cincinnati Litigation – Labor and Employment Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2016
Top 50 Ohio Super Lawyers® in Cincinnati for 2011-2012
Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2007-2022 and Rising Stars® 2005
40 Under 40, Cincinnati Business Courier
Arbitrator – American Arbitration Association and Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio Management Lawyers Association
Ohio State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Board of Governors
Cincinnati Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee; Common Pleas Court Committee
Cincinnati Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
The Federal Lawyer, Editorial Board, 1995-1999
Speech, Hearing +Deaf Center, Board of Trustees
Cincinnati Nature Center, Board of Trustees (past member)
Ronald McDonald House (past member)
Bethany House, Board of Trustees (past member)
Stepping Stones, Board of Trustees (past member)
Federal Bar Association of Cincinnati, Executive Committee (past member)
Cincinnati Academy for Leadership for Lawyers, Class IV
David is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law topics to such organizations as The Midwest Labor Law Conference, The University of Cincinnati School of Law, The Employers’ Resource Association, Chase School of Law, National Business Institute, Cincinnati Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Lorman, Ohio CLE Institute, Sterling Educational Service, The Seminar Group, and the CEO Round Table.
He has also commented on labor and employment law issues for The Cincinnati Enquirer, Fortune Magazine, WLWT-TV5, The Cincinnati Business Courier, and WXIX-Channel 19.
Finally, David has testified before the Ohio State Senate about revisions to Ohio discrimination law. He has been involved with trying to improve the Ohio statutes impacting employers and employees.
David has published on various employment law topics in The Cincinnati Business Courier, The National Law Journal, The Labor Law Journal, The Federal Lawyer, The Ohio Labor Letter, Personnel Law Update, and The Ohio State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law News.
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January 15, 2021
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November 27, 2019