Frantz Ward is pleased to share that labor and employment partner, Brian J. Kelly, is elected to the Board of Directors of Towards Employment, a nonprofit dedicated to workforce development.
Towards Employment, a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization, connects people to careers. With a mission to empower individuals to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through employment, Towards Employment helps people prepare for jobs, get jobs, keep jobs and advance into careers. Using a proven career pathway model and strong partnerships, Towards Employment builds skills and confidence, removes barriers to employment and helps individuals meet employers’ workforce needs. When we connect people to careers, we change people's lives, advance businesses, and strengthen community in Northeast Ohio. Towards Employment has served more than 203,000 in its 44 year history.
Brian is Chair of the firm’s nationally-recognized Labor & Employment Practice. He focuses his practice on the representation of management in all phases of labor relations and employment litigation. Brian regularly represents employers in litigation before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators involving employment discrimination and harassment, wrongful discharge, theft of trade secrets, breaches of non-compete agreements and other employment contract topics. He also has extensive experience counseling employers on employment topics ranging from FMLA and ADA compliance to reduction in workforce planning and implementation. In the labor relations area, Brian has significant experience in collective bargaining negotiation, union avoidance techniques and strike disputes. He has also developed and implemented personnel policies and in-house training programs on a variety of labor and employment law topics.
Brian is named to the prestigious Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, and the Ohio Super Lawyers list. He is named the 2020 Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” in Labor Law-Management in Cleveland and a Fellow in the invitation-only College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Brian earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A., with High Distinction, from the University of Michigan.