Tom represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, with a focus on collective bargaining, arbitrations and litigation of disputes involving collective bargaining agreements in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He has extensive experience in evaluating plant closings and work relocations in the union environment and handling decisions and effects bargaining in such plant closings.
Tom also has extensive experience as lead trial counsel in employment and labor litigation, and regularly counsels employers on a wide variety of labor and employment matters to avoid employment liability. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for many years. Tom served as the Member-in-Charge of the Columbus office for more than 10 years.
Served as lead negotiator and spokesperson for Fortune 1000 corporations in collective bargaining negotiations for several industries and facilities involving international representatives of USW, UAW, UFCW, IBEW, and IAM. Negotiations included plant closings and relocation of work, modification in pay systems and fringe benefits programs and implementation of drug and alcohol testing programs. Tom has also handled several times the negotiations of union contracts during bankruptcy proceedings.
Represented employers in unfair labor practice and representational proceedings, including trials and appeals before the National Labor Relations Board. Tom has successfully represented numerous employers in work stoppage situations involving strikes and lock-outs and has obtained injunctive relief and enforcement of injunctive relief on behalf of employers due to unlawful or violent strike activity.
Represented employers in various labor arbitration cases involving a wide variety of issues including discipline, discharge, promotion, subcontracting, work relocation, overtime requirements, incentive pay programs and contract interpretation issues. Tom has successfully defended employers in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge cases in both state and federal courts.
Tom routinely provides advice to employers in the areas of administration of collective bargaining agreements, union avoidance, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, affirmative action compliance issues, FLSA, FMLA compliance issues, and other compliance issues in connection with labor and employment statutes and regulations.
University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 1977, cum laude
University of Cincinnati, B.B.A., 1974, magna cum laude
Ohio Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits
U.S. District Courts – Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
The Best Lawyers in America®, 2006-2022
AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2009-2020
Columbus Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Former Member-in-Charge, Columbus office
December 9, 2020
November 27, 2019
December 5, 2018
December 6, 2017
December 2, 2016
November 22, 2016
December 2, 2015
October 30, 2012