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Biography

Don’s work is focused on the labor and employment and governmental law areas. He regularly represents numerous clients in a wide array of matters, with emphasis on Ohio township, municipal and school law, public and private sector labor and employment law, arbitrations, labor contract negotiations and administration and litigation. He has negotiated over 460 labor agreements for public employers since 1984, including over 250 in the area of public safety.

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Experience

Legal Work Experience

Acted as Chief Negotiator for major City Police and Fire negotiations where public safety budget exceeded $400 million.

Primary trial counsel in over 40 unfair labor practice trials in NLRB proceedings.

Serves as Law Director – West Chester, Ohio, and for 33 years was General Counsel for the Middletown City Schools and Solicitor for Indian Hill, Ohio for 20 years.

Education

Bar Membership

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, Litigation – Labor and Employment 2011-2019

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2005-2019, Ohio Law and Politics/Cincinnati Magazine

Award of Excellence, Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association

2018 John Dolibois Awardee, Miami University Development and Alumni Association

Who’s Who in Cincinnati Law, Cincinnati Business Courier

West Chester/Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Community Support Honoree

AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® since 1997

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Butler County Bar Association, Past President

Middletown Bar Association, Past President

Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, Past Chairman of Board of Directors

Ohio and National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Member

Ohio and International Municipal Lawyers Association, Member

Miami University School of Business, Previously Adjunct Professor for course work in Labor Relations and Negotiations, undergraduate and graduate studies

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Miami University Board of Trustees – member 2006-2015 and past Chairman of the Board; Miami – Middletown Citizens Advisory Board, 1983-1993; 1995-2006

Miami University Foundation Board of Trustees, Chair Development Committee

Fairfield Civil Service Commission, 1981-2003, Seven times past-Chairman

Miami University Red & White Club, Past-President, Volunteer of the Year 1995, 2009

Middletown Branch American Heart Association, Past President and Founding Board Member

Dan Beard Council of Boy Scouts of America, Past District Chairman – Fort Hamilton (Butler County) District; Member, Council Board of Directors

Presentations

Don was invited to speak at the following events:

FMCS Annual Seminar – Effect of Economy on Negotiations Budgets – May 17, 2016

Ohio Township Association – “Ohio Fact-Finding and Conciliation” – July 7, 2015

Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association – “Hard on the Issues, Soft on the People” – February 2, 2015

Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association – “Negotiations Do’s and Don’ts” – February 3, 2014

Miami Valley Communications Council – NLRB/SERB Update, November 5, 2013.

“BGD Legislative Conference,” December 2012

“Where Angels Fear to Tread? – Navigating the Waters of Subcontracting” – FBT School Law Seminar, November, 2012

“Grievance and Arbitration – Leading You to Victory” Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2012

“Taking Care of Unfinished Business:  Midterm Bargaining and Reopeners” Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2011

“Recent Developments – Fact-Finding and Conciliation in Ohio” Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2010

“Fact-Finder as Mediator” SERB Fact-Finding Conference, Columbus, Ohio, August, 2009

“Binding Arbitration in the Brave New World of EFCA and Federal Public Safety Act” American Arbitration Association/Northern Kentucky University, July, 2009

“The Evolution of Collective Bargaining in Ohio – Over 25 Years” Ohio SERB Conference, April, 2009

“Mid-Term Bargaining Law in Ohio” Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2009

“Retire/Rehire Considerations for Ohio Public Employers” Ohio Township Administrators Network Columbus, Ohio, October, 2008

“Retention of Jurisdiction by the Arbitrator” Arbitration and Mediation Service of Cincinnati, Ohio, May, 2008

“Effective Witness Interviews and Preparation” Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2008

Major Publications

Don is an author of the following publication:

“Rays of Hope” (Negotiations after SB5) Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association Newsletter, Winter 2011 Edition

Firm Committees

Don serves on the following committees at Frost Brown Todd:

PAC Committee, Co-Chair and Member

Government Services Practice Group, former Team Leader

Compensation Committee, former Member and Team Leader