Nelson D. Cary

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Offices Columbus, Washington
Phone 614.464.6396
Fax 614.719.4848
Phone 202.467.8800
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Nelson is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group.  He represents management in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including counseling employers on compliance with, and defending employers in litigation arising out of, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and similar state laws.  He also advises employers on union elections and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB), negotiates union contracts, and defends labor contract arbitration proceedings.  Nelson has experience advising clients with government contracts on the Service Contract Act (SCA), Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) and Ohio prevailing wage issues.

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Nelson is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, and is an associate member of the Virginia Bar Association. Nelson is also active in the Columbus Bar Association. 

Nelson has spoken at numerous seminars on many topics, including updates on wage/hour, disability discrimination and FMLA updates; activity at the NLRB; the employment-at-will doctrine; employment agreements; managing difficult employees; and enforcing disciplinary action.  He also has conducted training on union avoidance and positive employee relations, avoiding sexual harassment and other unlawful harassment, and conducting internal investigations.

Nelson is the editor of the blog Vorys on Labor. The blog focuses on traditional labor issues of interest to labor professionals in both the public and private sector. 

Nelson received his J.D. summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.  He received his B.A. summa cum laude from Albion College where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Nelson clerked for the Honorable Jackson L. Kiser, formerly Chief Judge of the Western District of Virginia.

Nelson has served in leadership roles for The Breathing Association, including a term as chair and as a member of the Executive Committee.  Nelson received the 2012 and 2018 Carrie Nelson Black Award in recognition of his service to the Association.  In the past, Nelson has served as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Columbus Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

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