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Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Labor & Employment

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What the team is known for

Calfee, Halter & Griswold is proficient in the handling of a wide range of labor and employment matters. The law firm's areas of strength include defending clients against allegations of discrimination, plant closures, the misappropriation of trade secrets and retaliation claims. The team additionally advises on breach of contract matters, wrongful dismissal claims and non-solicit agreements.

Strengths

"Calfee is consistently responsive, thorough and knowledgeable."

"The attorneys we work with at Calfee are able to quickly distill and interpret the relevant information pertaining to a matter, cut past the emotional and subjective factors, and focus on the law."

"Calfee, Halter & Griswold is very thorough and concentrates on the details. They are experts in the law and how it applies to the issues while understanding the business needs."

Notable practitioners

John Cernelich 's experience includes representing employers in allegations of discrimination and breach of contract disputes, as well as advising on workforce reductions and claims of harassment.
"John Cernelich's combination of legal expertise and calm, advisory demeanor makes him a tremendous resource for my company." "He is consistently responsive, thorough and knowledgeable. John Cernelich is a go-to resource for our HR initiatives. He is an asset and knows our company well."

Todd Palmer is well regarded for his expertise in traditional labor issues. He also acts on behalf of employers on discrimination litigation, breach of contract cases and the dismissal of employees, as well as advising on the labor and employment aspects of corporate transactions.
"Todd Palmer is a very good lawyer and litigator."

Department Information

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Overview

Calfee’s Labor and Employment attorneys represent public and private corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships, unionized and non-union employers and public-sector entities. Our trial lawyers defend companies and management representatives in administrative proceedings and in court.

Employment Counseling

  • ​Employment at-will
  • Personnel policies/employee handbooks
  • Employment agreements
  • Discipline, discharge, personnel actions
  • Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures
  • Workforce restructurings, downsizings, force reductions
  • Post-employment covenants
  • Employment law compliance training

Workplace Discrimination 

  • ​Title VII/state discrimination laws
  • Age Discrimination and Employment Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Sexual/workplace harassment
  • EEOC and state agency proceedings
  • Discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation
  • Affirmative action plans, programs, compliance

Labor Management

  • ​Union avoidance and defense
  • Employee relations counseling
  • Collective bargaining agreement negotiation
  • Proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board
  • Grievance counseling, arbitration
  • Strike contingency planning/security operations
  • Strike injunction litigation
  • Ohio Public Employers' Collective Bargaining Act
  • Union decertification/deauthorization 

Employment Laws

  • Fair labor standards act (wage/hour)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Whistleblower Acts
  • Federal mass layoff/plant closing laws (WARN Act)
  • Trade secret laws
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act
  • Drug testing
  • Immigration Reform & Control Act

Members

Cernelich, John R (Head of Department)

Palmer, Todd (Head of Department)

Bowen, Michael

Brown, Abbey Kinson

Callam, Kelly

Colvin, Jennifer

Dejelo, P. Jason

Kaufman, David

McMillan, Ronald

Mongelluzzo, John

O'Neil, Colleen

Palmer, Todd F

Shanahan, Madeline

Tarasuck, Raymond

Ward, Christopher

Industries

Aviation

Banking, Financial Services and Insurance

Construction

Education

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)

Energy and Utilities

Entertainment, Media and the Arts

Entrepreneurs and Emerging Companies

Food and Beverage

Gaming and Hospitality

Government

Health Care

International

Manufacturing and Industrial

Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Partnerships, LLCs and Joint Ventures

Private and Family-Owned Businesses

Private Equity

Public Companies

Real Estate

Retail and Consumer Products

Software and Information Technology

Trade Associations

Labor & Employment

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

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Location

The Calfee Building

1405 East Sixth Street

Cleveland

Ohio

USA

OH 44114

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Ohio

Labor & Employment


John R Cernelich
Band 3
Todd F Palmer
Band 4