Overview

Mike is of counsel in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment and government relations practice groups.  He has significant experience with wage and hour law, noncompetition, drug testing, discrimination, wrongful discharge, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), affirmative action and prevailing wage.  In his practice, Mike advises Ohio and national employers on policy development, personnel matters, and litigation avoidance and represents them before government agencies and the courts and through alternative dispute resolution.  He also advises clients on legislative advocacy and strategizes, drafts, and analyzes state and federal legislation.

Career highlights include:

  • Defending and advising employers regarding state and federal wage-hour laws, class actions and collective actions
  • Drafting and advising clients with respect to legislation involving the Ohio Constitution, taxation, insurance, gaming, liquor control, employment (including being the  principle architect of Revised Code section 4111.14, Ohio’s minimum wage law), public notice, education and public utilities
  • Conducting sexual harassment, equal employment opportunity and general human resources training
  • Counseling employers on proactive legal compliance strategies and employee relations issues
  • Prosecuting and defending lawsuits regarding covenants not to compete, trade secrets and advising employers in connection with the drafting of those agreements
  • Advising clients on affirmative action and federal contractor obligations
  • Preparing multi-state compliant policies and procedures

Honors & Recognitions

American Jurisprudence Award in Research and Writing

Theodore Sindell Award for Best Essay in Tort Law

Professional & Community Activities

CATCO, Board of Directors, January 2016-present

Ohio Humanities Council, Board of Trustees, 2004-2011; Chair, 2007-2011

Actors’ Theatre Company, Board of Directors, First Vice President and Secretary, 2002-2005

Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Board of Trustees, 1998-2004

Community 21 (Columbus Community Cable Access, Inc.), Board of Trustees, First Vice President, 1997-2002

News & Insights

Publications

Education

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993, Order of the Coif

Case Western Review Law Review, Associate and Executive Notes Editor, 1991-1993

Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1990, Phi Beta Kappa, University Honors

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth 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.
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