Labor & Employment


A cornerstone of Marshall Melhorn for more than 100 years is representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

We represent large and small businesses, public-sector entities and non-profit organizations. Through the years, we have dedicated ourselves to providing cost-effective service and to achieving successful outcomes. 

Our lawyers include Ohio State Bar Association certified specialists, special counsel to state Attorneys General and frequent speakers and publishers.  

We represent clients in the following sectors:

  • Agricultural operations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals, health systems and health care providers
  • Manufacturers
  • Municipalities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Private businesses
  • Private schools
  • Public libraries
  • Publicly-held businesses
  • Public school districts
  • Transportation and logistics


Jennifer Dawson listed in Best Lawyers ® in America
Margaret Lockhart awarded 2019 Lawyer of the Year
Marshall Melhorn Ohio Super Lawyers
March 1, 2021
on May 2022
November 7, 2018
Roman Arce speaks at Human Resource Law From Start to Finish Seminar

Employment Law

We have a proven track record of providing cost-effective counsel and solutions for employers dealing with the ever-changing field of employment law. Our lawyers devote considerable time to counseling clients and conducting training on the latest developments in federal and state employment laws. We are also skilled and experienced in defending employers in state and federal courts and before state and federal government agencies.

Labor Law

In unionized workplaces, we work with employers to build mutually beneficial labor relations, while advancing management’s right to direct the workplace. In non-union settings, we have extensive experience assisting clients in maintaining non-union status.

Workers' Compensation

We represent self-insured and state fund insured employers before the Ohio Industrial Commission and Ohio courts. Our primary goal is to reduce the cost of the employer’s workers’ compensation program.

Practice Areas

Our lawyers have extensive experience and are regularly engaged in the following areas:

  • ADA and FMLA compliance and defense;
  • Affirmative action compliance and litigation (Dept. of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs);
  • Agriculture labor and employment matters;
  • Construction industry labor law;
  • Disputed liability under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act;
  • Employee benefits plans, pension, profit sharing and deferred compensation plans;
  • Employee handbook and policy review and development;
  • Employment contracts;
  • Employment discrimination (EEOC, state civil rights commissions, state and federal courts);
  • ERISA litigation. 
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (wage and hour) (Dept. of Labor and federal courts);
  • Grievance/Arbitration hearings;
  • Internal investigations;
  • Labor and employment matters related to schools;
  • Labor negotiations;
  • Maintaining a non-union workforce;
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB);
  • Non-competition and trade secret enforcement;
  • Ohio Prevailing Wage Law compliance and litigation;
  • OSHA compliance and litigation;
  • Separation agreements;
  • State Employment Relations Board (SERB);
  • Unemployment Compensation;
  • Website accessibility;
  • Workers’ Compensation;
  • Wrongful discharge and other employment-related tort claims.

Publications and Presentations

Because the world of labor and employment law is constantly changing, we regularly publish legal updates for our clients. Additionally, our lawyers frequently serve as presenters before employer groups and at bar association seminars and meetings.