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Biography

Jeff is the Labor & Employment Practice Group leader. His practice is concentrated on the representation of employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination and wrongful discharge advice and litigation, wage and hour advice and litigation, trade secret and covenant not to compete advice and litigation, ERISA litigation, and collective bargaining agreement negotiations and arbitrations. Much of Jeff’s practice is devoted to working with and advising companies as they work to comply with the wide variety of labor and employment statutes, rules and regulations that come into play in today’s workplace environment. Jeff is a regular speaker before both legal groups and various personnel and labor relations associations.

Jeff has represented a wide range of employers, including several health care institutions and providers, numerous manufacturing entities, and employers in the restaurant and service industry.

 

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Jeff has received favorable decisions on numerous dispositive motions in employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, trade secret/covenant not to compete, ERISA/MPPAA, and employment intentional tort cases. He has also successfully tried cases in these areas on behalf of employers.

He has successfully represented employers before the Department of Labor (which investigates claims under the FLSA, the FMLA, and the OSH Act), the National Labor Relations Board and state and federal administrative agencies that investigate claims of employment discrimination. He has also represented employers in more than 40 arbitrations pursuant to collective bargaining agreements, including withdrawal liability arbitrations under the MPPAA.

Jeff routinely provides advice to employers in areas of wage and hour compliance, FMLA compliance, ADA and Title VII compliance, and claims of workplace harassment, employment discrimination, and employee misconduct.

Education

Law School

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1990, cum laude
National Order of the Coif

Undergraduate School

University of Michigan, B.S., 1987, political science, with highest honors

Bar Membership

Jeff is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio, 1991

Courts

Jeff is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

The Best Lawyers in America©, 2012-2019; Columbus Employment Law – Management “Lawyer of the Year,” 2019

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Columbus Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Firm Committees

Jeff serves on the following committee(s) at Frost Brown Todd.

Labor & Employment Practice Group Leader

Presentations

Jeff was invited to speak at the following events:

“Legal Billing: Is the Meter Broken?” Wall Street Journal (with Bradley A. Smith), January 27, 1997