Overview

Doug focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling on human resource issues. His employment litigation experience includes representing employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in Ohio and throughout the region in wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination matters arising under the Ohio Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Doug is also experienced in litigating matters involving employment and non-compete agreements. Doug also served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Stephen R. Shaw in the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Third Appellate District.

Practices

    • Represented numerous employers in a wide variety of single-employee disputes in state and federal courts, before administrative agencies and before arbitration panels
    • Represented franchisee of national restaurant chain in defense of FLSA collective action
    • Defended Fortune 100 retailer in FLSA collective action
    • Defended national pizza chain in wide variety of employment disputes in state and federal courts
    • Represented numerous employers in prosecution and defense of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and trade secret litigation
    • Represented regional franchisee of national window and door manufacturer in numerous employment disputes
    • Represented world’s largest food and beverage company in numerous employment matters in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies
    • Successfully defended hundreds of administrative charges on behalf of retail, manufacturing, health care and educational institutions before state and federal agencies
    • Routinely counsel employers on matters involving employee discipline, leave and internal investigations
  • Education

    • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1994
    • Tulane University, B.A., 1991

    Admissions

    • State of Ohio 
    • State of Pennsylvania 
    • Ohio Supreme Court 
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit 
    • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Eastern District of Michigan, Northern District of Indiana, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Cleveland Employment Inn of Court
    • Ohio State Bar Association 
    • Ohio Judicial College—Faculty Member (2005)
    • National Arbitration and Mediation
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars List (2005-2007; 2010)
    • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated—Martindale-Hubbell
    • “’Senior Moment’ Comment Leads to Age Discrimination Claim,” RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest (June 2013)