Frantz Ward is pleased to share that Brian J. Kelly
, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, has been appointed the Chair of the Bar Admissions Committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Brian has been a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and its predecessor associations since 1994. The Bar Admissions Committee is responsible for conducting the character and fitness interviews of candidates who have applied for admission to practice law in Ohio.
Brian 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 is 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.