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Douglas B. Schnee
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.
Employment Arbitration and Mediation
Labor & Employment
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 & Admissions
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.,
Tulane University, B.A., 1991
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
Ohio State Bar Association—Member
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member
Cleveland Employment Inn of Court—Member
Ohio Judicial College—Faculty Member (2005)
National Arbitration and Mediation—Member
Awards & Honors
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation- Labor & Employment (2021-2023)
Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2020-2022)
Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2005-2007; 2010)
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated—Martindale-Hubbell
Editor and Author,
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator
“CROWN Act Banning Hairstyle Discrimination Passes in U.S. House of Representatives,”
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator (March 2022)
"The NLRB Takes Another Look At The Trump Administration Independent Contractor Standard,"
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator (December 2021)
"Guidance Issued for Covid-19 White House Federal Contractor Mandate,"
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator (October 2021)
"U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Tip Theft Rule,"
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator (September 2021)
"Congress Repeals EEOC Conciliation Rule,"
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator (June 2021)
"Wage Lawsuits Begin to Arise Over COVID-19 Screening Time,"
Frantz Ward Labor & Employer Navigator (March 2021)
"EEOC Proposes New Rules Regarding Conciliation,"
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator (October 2020)
"The McDonald’s Investigation – Hold the Fries, but Don’t Forget to Check the Emails,"
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator (August 2020)
"EEOC Modifies and Expands Mediation Program,"
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator (July 2020)
"Construction Company Ordered to Pay for Former Employee's Medical Cannabis,"
Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Navigator (January 2020)
“’Senior Moment’ Comment Leads to Age Discrimination Claim,” RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest (June 2013)
Presentations & Lectures
"Top 10 HR Mistakes from the Perspective of In-House and Outside Counsel," (Co-Presenter) Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Seminar (July 2022)
"Avoiding the Long, Drawn Out Jury Trial Through Arbitration Agreements, Jury Waiver Agreements, and Agreements for Shortened Statues of Limitations,"
The Road Ahead
Frantz Ward's Labor & Employment Webinar Series (July 2021)
"Internal Investigations: Dos/Don’ts and Tips to Minimize Risk in the Ever-Changing Workplace," Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Webinar (October 2020)
Super Lawyers Profile
Cleveland Jewish News
"Lawyers, Firms Receive Recognition,"
Cleveland Jewish News
EEOC Modifies and Expands Mediation Program
Forty-Seven Frantz Ward Attorneys Recognized by The Best Law...
The McDonald’s Investigation – Hold the Fries, but Don’t For...
Federal Trade Commission Moves to Ban Non-Compete Agreements
January 5, 2023
Forty-one Frantz Ward Attorneys Named to the 2023 Ohio Super Lawyers List
December 27, 2022
EEOC Revises Mandatory Workplace Poster
October 25, 2022
Forty-Six Frantz Ward Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America
August 19, 2022
CROWN Act Banning Hairstyle Discrimination Passes in U.S. House of Representatives
March 21, 2022
Forty-Six Frantz Ward Attorneys Named to the 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers List
December 30, 2021
The NLRB Takes Another Look At The Trump Administration Independent Contractor Standard
December 28, 2021
Guidance Issued for Covid-19 White House Federal Contractor Mandate
October 5, 2021
U.S. Department of Labor Finalizes Tip Theft Rule
September 23, 2021
Fifty Frantz Ward Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America
August 19, 2021
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