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Biography

Jeff represents employers in all aspects of private and public sector employment and labor relations matters. He has served as lead counsel in state and federal court litigation, as well as before various state and federal administrative agencies and boards. Jeff also has represented clients in collective bargaining negotiations, ULP proceedings, and arbitration proceedings.

Additionally, he has provided in-depth counseling and training on a wide array of employment law topics (e.g., FMLA, ADA, wage/hour, discrimination, harassment, effective discipline discharge) and has assisted clients in drafting employee handbooks, employment forms, and restrictive covenant, employment and separation agreements. Jeff is also a frequent lecturer on various employment law topics for local, state, and national seminar groups.

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Experience

Legal Work  Highlights

Successfully defended numerous employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, FMLA, and wage/hour lawsuits locally and nationally

Successfully defended numerous employment discrimination charges locally and nationally

Successfully negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements

Education

Law School

Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1983, cum laude

Undergraduate School 

Grove City College, B.A., 1980, magna cum laude

Bar Membership

Jeff is licensed to practice in the following state:

Ohio, 1983

Courts

Jeff is admitted to practice before the following courts:

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

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America® 2009-2019

The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year,”Litigation-Labor & Employment, 2013

AV® Pre-Eminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2004, 2006-2019

Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (limited to one-third of 1% of all lawyers in America)

Strathmore’s Who’s Who®, Lifetime Member

Marquis Who’s Who®, Member

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section

Ohio State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Council (2019-2021)

Cincinnati Bar Association, President, 2007-2008; Past Chair of Labor and Employment Law Committee; Past Chair of the Young Lawyers Section

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Member of Inaugural Class, 1997

Potter Stewart American Inns of Court, Member of Executive Committee and Master of the Bench

Cincinnati Management Lawyers Association, Founder

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, Finance Committee

HR Partners International

Summit Elementary School Basketball Program, Administrator

Presentations

Jeff has been invited to speak at the following events:

HR Partners International, monthly meetings

Major Publications

Jeff is an author of the following publications:

Co-Author: “Defenses to Wrongful Termination Claims” chapter entitled Litigation Wrongful Discharge Claims, Clark Boardman Callaghan

Numerous articles for local and national newsletters