- University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 2008, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
- Wittenberg University, B.A., 2003
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
Cory is a partner in the Vorys Orange County office and a member of the labor and employment group. He represents employers in a variety of industries on a wide range of employment matters, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the Family and Medical Act Leave, Title VII, state anti-discrimination and retaliation laws, as well as noncompetition, Trade Secret Law and other restrictive covenants.
Cory also provides training and counseling on daily workplace issues, including hiring decisions and disciplinary issues, employment agreements, handbooks, workplace policies and noncompetition, nonsolicitation and confidentiality agreements.
His notable experience includes:
- Decertification of conditionally certified class in a nationwide collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Obtaining summary judgment for healthcare provider on former employee’s FMLA interference and retaliation claims
- Obtaining dismissal of due process, equal protection, disability discrimination, wrongful termination, and defamation claims against hospital
- Obtaining preliminary injunction for regional bank against former employee for violating noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements
- Counseling employers on compliance with FLSA and state wage and hour laws, including auditing job descriptions to determine proper classifications
- Assisting an insurance company in replacement of their CEO, including review of executive employment agreement
- Negotiating resolution of numerous disputes arising from former employees’ violations of noncompetition, nonsolicitation and nondisclosure agreements
- Representing a government entity in the removal of a police officer and advising the client during investigation and removal process, as well as successfully defending governmental entity during the former officer’s administrative appeal and subsequent appeal
Cory is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law section, the Columbus Bar Association and the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio.
Cory received his J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He received his B.A. from Wittenberg University.
Professional and Community Activities
- Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Board Member
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers In America, Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2022
- 8/19/2021116 Vorys Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers in America List; 34 Vorys Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers’ “Ones to Watch” ListOne hundred and sixteen lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® 2022 edition. In addition, 34 Vorys attorneys were named to the 2022 Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” list.
- 2/16/2021Vorys, an AMLaw 200 law firm, has opened an office in California. The office, which is the firm’s eighth, expands Vorys’ physical footprint from coast-to-coast.
- 1/2/2020Vorys is pleased to announce that Cory Catignani, Brent Craft, Blake Finney, Liam Gruzs, Rex Miller II, Sachiyo Peterson and Anthony Spina became partners on January 1, 2020.
- 7/19/2021On July 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court answered Alice’s question with respect to paying employees for missed meals and rest breaks – employers must pay meal and break premiums at the employee’s higher “regular rate” rather than the employee’s base hourly rate.
- 6/14/2021California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Amends COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary StandardsThe California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA, recently changed the COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS). These changes will go into effect on June 15, 2021 and will continue to apply to nearly all California employers. The proposed changes revise several prior proposals, but still distinguish between (and expand upon) vaccinated and unvaccinated employees.
- 3/29/2021Beginning March 29, 2021, California employers with 25 or more employees must provide supplemental sick leave to employees affected by COVID-19. This is a new bank of leave, which means that employers with 500 or more employees that already provided paid supplemental sick leave in 2020 also have to provide this new leave. The law is retroactive to January 1, 2021. And while the law expires on September 30, 2021, an employee taking leave at that time can still take the full amount of leave.
- 3/25/2021California employers are familiar with the complexities of the state’s wage-hour laws, as well as the Draconian penalties for noncompliance.
- 1/29/2021The New Year brings new reporting obligations for California employers. Under California Senate Bill 973, employers with 100 or more employees (anywhere in the country) must report pay and hours-worked data by establishment, job category, sex, race, and ethnicity to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) by March 31, 2021, and annually thereafter.
- 12/4/2020On November 3, 2020, California voters passed Proposition 22, allowing certain app-based rideshare and delivery drivers to be classified as independent contractors.
- 12/2/2020The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board recently approved emergency, temporary COVID-19 regulations.
- 9/25/2020On September 9, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1867, which requires private employers with 500 or more employees nationwide to provide COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave benefits to qualifying employees.
- 6/13/2019The Paid Family Leave Law (PFLL) becomes effective on July 1, 2019, with paid leave benefits beginning on January 1, 2021.
- 6/27/2016Labor and Employment Alert: Federal Court Blocks Enforcement of Department of Labor’s 'Persuader Rule'A federal district judge in Texas today issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting enforcement of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) persuader rule, saying it threatens employers’ rights to secure legal advice about union organization.