Roman Arce


Four Seagate
Eighth Floor
Toledo, Ohio 43604


Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist Labor & Employment Law 

Roman "Ray" Arce is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law practice group. He has over 25 years of experience in labor and employment law, including construction industry labor law, OSHA matters, and litigation in state and federal courts. 

Roman's experience includes litigating FMLA and employment discrimination cases, FLSA collective actions and Ohio Prevailing Wage Law and ERISA cases. Roman also represents employers in collective bargaining and in labor arbitrations proceedings. Roman also practices before the following agencies: the NLRB, the EEOC, the OCRC, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the U.S. Dept. of Labor, OFCCP and the wage and hour division, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB), the Ohio Industrial Commission, and the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission.

Roman also conducts employment-related investigations and prepares post-investigation reports on behalf of private and public sector clients, including multiple employee fatality investigations over the past 25 years.

Roman’s strength lies in his breadth of experience effectively handling a variety of labor and employment law matters. Most law firms would have to deploy attorneys from their litigation and their labor and employment law practice groups to do what Roman does.


News / Events

on May 2021
November 7, 2018
Roman Arce speaks at Human Resource Law From Start to Finish Seminar

Professional / Community

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation and Labor and Employment Law Sections
  • Member, Minority Trial Lawyer Committee and EEO Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Committee

Community Affiliations

  • Past Commissioner, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Past Member and President, Board of Trustees, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE)
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, Toledo Children’s Hospital
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio
  • Past Member, ProMedica Health System Audit and Compliance Committee
  • Member, ProMedica Health System Governance Committee
  • Member, Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Historic South Initiative
  • Chairperson, Toledo Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee

Representative Matters

The following are representative court cases Mr. Arce handled:

  • Spitulski v. Toledo School Dist. Bd. of Education, 6th Dist. App. No. L-17-1300, 2018-Ohio-3984
  • Dickinson v. Spieldenner, et al., Lucas County App. No. L-16-1041, 2017-Ohio-667
  • Speller v. Toledo Public School Dist. Bd. of Educ., Lucas App. No. L-14-1149, 2015-Ohio-2672, Ohio Supreme Court jurisdiction declined, 2015-Ohio-5468
  • Trustees of the Northwestern Ohio Plumbers and Pipefitters Pension Plan v. Helm & Associates, Inc., N.D. Ohio No. 3:10-CV-739, 2012 WL 2681375
  • Trustees of the Northwestern Ohio Plumbers and Pipefitters Pension Plan v. Helm & Associates, Inc., 191 LRRM 3025, 2011 WL 4688784
  • Bennett v. Goodremont’s, Inc., et al., Lucas County App. No. L-08-1193, 2009-Ohio-2920
  • Bill Perron v. Hood Industries, Inc. d/b/a Atlas Roofing Corp., Lucas County App. No. L-06-1396, 2007-Ohio-4478
  • Chester v. Quadco Rehabilitation Center, 484 F.Supp.2d 735 (N.D. Ohio 2007)
  • LIUNA Local 500 and Helm & Associates, Inc., 347 NLRB No. 68 (July 31, 2006)
  • Rollison v. Ball, Third Dist. App. No. 9-05-48, 2006-Ohio-5153
  • Edgar v. JAC Products, Inc., 443 F.3d 501 (6th Cir. 2006)
  • Persichillo v. Motor Carrier Service, Inc., 156 Ohio App.3d 383, 806 N.E.2d 181 (2004)
  • Rocha v. Sauder Woodworking Co., 221 F.Supp.2d 818 (N.D. Ohio 2002)
  • Lambert v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., Unpublished Disposition, App. No. 98-3498, 178 F.3d 1295 (Table) (6th Cir. 1999)
  • Moore v. Baron Drawn Steel Corp. (Lucas C.P. 1998), 118 Ohio Misc.2d 112, 1998-Ohio-719
  • Yoder v. Ingersoll-Rand Co., 31 F.Supp.2d 565 (N.D. Ohio 1997), aff'd without opinion, 172 F.3d 51 (6th Cir. 1998)




  • Contributor, The Developing Labor Law, 2001 & 2002 Supplements, published by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Books
  • Contributor, Employment Discrimination Law, 1998 Supplement, published by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and BNA Books


J.D., 1992, University of Michigan Law School
B.A., 1989, with honors, University of Notre Dame


Supreme Court Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio