Carl focuses his practice on the representation of public and private employers in all phases of labor relations and employment matters. He routinely advises employers on all aspects of their relationships with employees, as well as with respect to matters concerning litigation prevention and human resources management. Carl has significant trial experience in federal and state courts in various jurisdictions on claims arising under the various federal and state labor and employment laws. He additionally represents employers with respect to complaints and charges filed with the EEOC and OCRC, NLRB and SERB, OSHA and the DOL. Carl also has significant experience in union avoidance techniques, strike disputes, collective bargaining and collective bargaining administration. Carl is also a frequent presenter at seminars and management training programs on a wide variety of topics including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities, harassment, and supervisor training.


    • Successfully tried a Fair Labor Standards Act case in the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida in which the jury returned a verdict in favor of the employer who allegedly misclassified employees.
    • Secured verdicts for employers in federal court in hybrid §301 actions in which employees claimed their union violated the duty of fair representation and the employers violated the collective bargaining agreements.
    • Secured jury verdict in favor the employer in the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas in which the plaintiff alleged that he was discharged unlawfully on account of his age.
    • Successfully obtained injunctions preventing ex-employees from working in the insurance, horticultural and the construction industries.
    • Secured summary judgment for an employer association in which one of its members sought $750 million in damages and successfully defended that decision on appeal.
    • Have repeatedly secured summary judgments in cases involving disability discrimination, race discrimination and violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
    • Have tried many successful arbitrations involving discharges for, amongst other reasons, sleeping on the job, theft, fighting, and safety violations.
    • Have throughout the years successfully assisted dozens of clients during union organizing campaigns and in proceedings before the NLRB and SERB. 
    • Have extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, being the employers' chief negotiator in collective bargaining. 
    • Negotiated collective bargaining agreements in which the employers needed relief in terms of flexibility and reduced labor costs.
    • Successfully assisted employers in reducing withdrawal liability under ERISA and defended clients in federal court regarding allegations that the employers failed to properly make employee benefit contributions.
  • Education

    • Case Western Reserve University College of Law J.D., Order of the Coif, 1985
    • Colby College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1982


    • U.S. District Court, Western Division of Michigan 
    • Supreme Court of Ohio
    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Eighth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section—Member
    • Ohio Bar Association—Member
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section—Member
    • Ohio Management Labor Association – Member
    • American Staffing Association—Member

    Community Involvement

    • The Children’s Aid Society, Personnel Committee—Past Board Member and Past Chair

    Firm Involvement

    • Founding Partner—Frantz Ward LLP
    • Named Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year" in Labor Law-Management in Cleveland (2022)
    • Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Employment Law-Management (2016-2022); Labor Law-Management (2019-2022); and Litigation-Labor and Employment (2019-2022)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2019-2022)
    • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated—Martindale-Hubbell
    • "Administrative Updates as it Relates to the NLRB, EEOC, and DOL," (Co-Presenter) Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Seminar (July 2022)
    • "Evaluating Your Handbook and Workplace in the Post-COVID World," The Road Ahead Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Webinar Series (June 2021) 
    • "Wage & Hour Update: Untangling the DOL’s Spider Web of New Regulations," Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Webinar Series (October 2020) 
    • "Employee Misuse of Workplace Technology: Policies and Responses," National Business Institute (NBI) Webinar (March 2020) 
    • "Revising and Updating Your Employee Handbook," Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Cleveland, OH (May 2019) 
    • "Mammoth Complications in Compensation," Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Cleveland, OH (May 2018)
    • "Employee Handbooks-The Key Ingredients," Ohio Staffing & Search Association, Webinar (November 2017)
    • “Employee Handbooks—The Key Ingredients,” HR Academy Ohio Chamber, Webinar (November 2017)
    • "Hot Topics in NEO Workplaces: Medical Marijuana; LGBT Issues; and Myths/Realities," ERC "Ask the Expert," Cleveland, OH (September 2017)
    • "Employee Handbooks - The Key Ingredients," Youngstown Business Incubator, Youngstown, OH (August 2017)
    • “Watch Out for Hidden Traps When Investigating Your Workforce,” Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Cleveland, OH (May 2017)
    • “Potential Impact of the Incoming Administration on the Staffing Industry,” Ohio Staffing & Search Association, Webinar (December 2016)
    • “EEO and Harassment Training,” Towlift, Columbus, OH (July 2016)