- Financial Institutions
- Labor and Employment
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Appellate Practice
- Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Litigation
- Business and Commercial
- Consumer Finance
- Consumer Lending and Lender Liability
- E-Discovery and Electronic Information Management (EIM)
- Financial Institutions Litigation
- Government Enforcement Investigations
- Products Liability
- Public Records and Open Meetings
- Securities, Shareholder Disputes, and Corporate Governance
- Toxic Torts
- The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 1997, with Honors, Order of the Coif
- Miami University, B.S., 1994
Bar & Court Admissions
- The United States 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.
Rodney is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the litigation group. He focuses on business litigation and Vorys eControl.
Within his business litigation work, Rodney has substantial experience in consumer financial services defending banking, mortgage lending and other financial institutions in lender liability actions, consumer protection actions, unfair, deceptive & abusive practices matters, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulatory inquiries.
As part of the Vorys eControl team, Rodney counsels businesses on issues related to e-commerce and online brand protection, combatting illegal online sales and developing legal claims against unauthorized online sellers. He leads enforcement and litigation efforts against sellers who sell illegally, including trademark, Lanham Act, and related claims.
Rodney also has significant expertise with sophisticated electronic discovery and information management matters, including the use of technology-assisted review tools. The information management side of his practice includes records management and retention policies, public records requests and public meetings governed by Ohio’s Sunshine Laws (Open Meetings Act and Public Records Act) and the Freedom of Information Act.
His recent experience includes:
- Defending several Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in complex litigation in state and federal appellate courts;
- Successful federal jury trials on behalf of retail clients for business disputes and employment litigation;
- Negotiating a multi-billion dollar asset transfer on behalf of a state agency;
- Substantive cost and vendor management, application of technology-assisted review analytics to litigation investigation matters, and motion practice in e-discovery in federal and state courts; and
- Public records and open meetings policies and application of policies on behalf of public institutions, including public records litigation.
Rodney currently chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and is member of the Litigation Training Group. In his role as Pro Bono Committee Chair, he helps empower Vorys attorneys for pro bono opportunities to serve those in need without access to the justice system.
Rodney has presented on numerous topics including: collection and evidentiary issues regarding social media & other electronically-stored information; the rules of evidence; ethics, sanctions and electronic discovery; the Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure; and e-discovery best practices. He recently presented at the 2017 International Legal Technology Association state-wide conference on e-discovery project management.
Rodney received his J.D. with honors from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He received his B.S. from Miami University.
Honors & Awards
- Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2010
- 7/8/2019The rapid growth of Amazon and other online marketplaces has created a new ecosystem in which brands struggle to control their product sales. Brands now find their products sold by anonymous online sellers and face new challenges on an unprecedented scale. The eControl360 Summit is a first-of-its-kind event that will bring together thought leaders in each of the disciplines necessary to tackle these challenges and allow brands to retake control of their online sales.
- 1/4/2012Vorys announced that David A. Froling, Thomas H. Fusonie, Jolie N. Havens, Rodney A. Holaday, Jill S. Tangeman and Thomas R. Trotter have been named partners of the firm.
- 11/6/2019The rapid growth of Amazon and other online marketplaces has created a new ecosystem in which brands struggle to control their product sales. Brands now find their products sold by anonymous online sellers and face new challenges on an unprecedented scale. The eControl360 Summit was a first-of-its-kind event that brought together thought leaders in each of the disciplines necessary to tackle these challenges and allow brands to retake control of their online sales.
- 11/14/2018Vorys hosted a webinar series highlighting important topics in the consumer finance industry on November 14, 2018.
- 10/23/2018Vorys hosted a webinar series highlighting important topics in the consumer finance industry on October 23, 2018.
- 5/8/2018Vorys is proud to have host a webinar series highlighting important topics in the consumer finance industry. Webinar dates included March 15, April 10 and May 8, 2018.
- 5/3/2018William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute 2018: It’s Time For Our Commercial BreakOn May 3, 2018 four Vorys attorneys spoke at the William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute 2018: It’s Time For Our Commercial Break.
- 10/26/2017The Vorys Consumer Financial Services Summit was held on October 26, 2017, in Vorys' Cincinnati office.
- 9/21/2017Vorys Partner Rodney Holaday presented at the International Legal Technology Association's Ohio Statewide Meeting on September 21, 2017. He spoke about legal project management skills and lesson learned fro litigation support personnel.
- 6/15/2017Several Vorys attorneys were speakers at the 2017 Consumer Financial Services Summit on June 15, 2017.
- 5/7/2017Vorys partner Rodney Holaday presented at the Mortgage Bankers Association Legal Issues & Regulatory Compliance Conference on May 7, 2017.
- 1/20/2017Vorys Partners Angela Gibson, Rodney Holaday and Jeff Smith co-presented the ADA Website Compliance Lawsuits Webinar hosted by the Ohio Banker's League on January 20, 2017.
- 12/7/2016Vorys Partners Rodney Holaday and Elizabeth Smith were speakers at the OAPCS 10th Annual Ohio Charter Schools Conference on December 7, 2016.
- 8/29/2016Vorys Partners Rodney Holaday and Phil Downey were speakers at the ILTACON 2016 Annual Educational Conference from August 28 - September 1, 2016.
- 6/22/2016Several Vorys attorneys were speakers at the 2016 Consumer Financial Services Summit on June 22, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.
- 2/25/2016Several Vorys attorneys were speakers at the Vorys Consumer Financial Services Summit on February 25, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- 11/11/2015Vorys Partner Rodney Holaday was a speaker at the Ohio Litigation Support Statewide Conference hosted by the International Legal Technology Association on November 11, 2015.
- 10/28/2015Vorys presented a Consumer Financial Services Summit on October 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.
- 9/1/2015Vorys attorneys Rodney Holaday and Doug Matthews were speakers at the 2015 International Legal Technology Association Conference on September 1, 2015.
- 10/31/2014Vorys attorneys Rodney Holaday and Angelyne Lisinski presented Everything You Don’t Know about E-Discovery (But Wish You Did), hosted by the National Business Institute on October 31, 2014.
- 10/2014Vorys Partner Rodney Holaday was a presenter at the International Legal Technology Association's State of Ohio annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, with topics that included: social media discoverability, acquisition and authentication, various uses in litigation, and case law updates.
- 9/2014Vorys Partner Rodney Holaday presented "Ethics, Sanctions and E-discovery; Staying Out of Trouble Despite Increased Risks."
- 12/13/2013Vorys Partner Rodney Holaday presented Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know on December 13, 2013; a seminar hosted by the National Business Institute.
- 4/20/2011Vorys attorney Rodney Holaday spoke at the National Business Institute’s The Mechanics of Ohio Civil Procedure seminar on April 20.
- Winter 2020Businesses Now Being Sued in Latest Class Action Wave for ADA Claimed Violations for Gift Card and Expanded Web/App AccessibilityBeginning in October 2019, more than a dozen individuals through at least four law firms have filed hundreds of new lawsuits against businesses alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990’s Title III (starting at 42 USC §12101), as well as local New York state (N.Y. Exec. Law Article 15) and New York City Human Rights Laws (starting at N.Y.C. Admin. Code §8-101).
- Winter 2020By 6-1 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled that under Ohio criminal law, a bank that cashes a forged check and then recredits a depositor’s account is a “victim” such that the person who forged the check may be required to pay restitution to the bank.
- Winter 2018While the prohibition on unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce (UDAPs) by financial institutions is not new, we have observed a noticeable uptick over the past few years in the number of alleged UDAPs cited by federal banking regulators in the course of examinations.
- 1/4/2018Financial Services Alert: Key Updates: Financial Institutions, Websites and the Application of the Americans with Disabilities ActOver the past year, various plaintiff-side law firms sent aggressive demand letters on behalf of activist organizations and individuals to financial institutions – typically community banks – asserting that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites.
- 6/15/2017Client Alert: Historic Win for Plaintiff in First Ever ADA Public Accommodations Website Accessibility TrialThis week a federal judge in Florida passed down one of the most historic ADA website accessibility decisions to date, finding that Winn-Dixie was liable under Title III of the ADA because its website was inaccessible.
- 5/2/2017The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that cities have standing under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to sue banks based on allegations of discriminatory lending practices that purportedly led to economic losses for the cities through lower tax revenues and increased demand for city services.
- 11/21/2016Client Alert: Banks and Thrifts: Please do NOT Ignore the Latest Wave of Website Inaccessibility Demand LettersSeveral law firms nationally are in the process of issuing demand letters to banks, thrifts and various other businesses alleging website access barriers. The most recent wave of demand letters specifically target the banking industry. The letters demand changes to banks’ web pages and payment of substantial legal fees based on alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA).
- 5/25/2016The first wave of attacks on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recently proposed rules prohibiting class action waivers in pre-dispute arbitration agreements occurred during the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration.
- 5/25/2016Financial Services Alert: Regulations Prohibiting Class Action Waivers Published in Federal RegisterOn May 24, 2016 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed arbitration rule was published in the Federal Register.
- 5/16/2016Client Alert: Ohio Supreme Court Rules That Board Communication of Any Kind -- Even Email, Texts, or Tweets -- May Constitute a Meeting, Which Could Violate Ohio Open Meetings ActThe Supreme Court of Ohio recently released its opinion in White v. King,expressly expanding the definition of a “meeting” under Ohio’s Open Meetings Act to include discussions that occur “telephonically, by video conference, or electronically by email, text, or other form of communication.”
- 5/6/2016Financial Services Alert: CFPB Invites Comment on Newly Proposed Regulations Banning Class Action WaiversThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) yesterday released a widely anticipated proposed rule that would: (1) prohibit class action waivers in pre-dispute arbitration agreements, and (2) require a provider to submit records from individual arbitrations to the CFPB.
- 1/4/2016Rodney Holaday, a partner in the Vorys Columbus office, and Paige Kohn, an associate in the Columbus office, co-authored an article for the Winter 2016 edition of the Columbus Bar Association’s Lawyers Quarterly. The article was titled “The Duty of Competence and Trends in E-Discovery.”
- 5/22/2015On May 21, 2015, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that private entities, even sub-parts of private universities, can quality as public bodies with duties to comply with Ohio’s Public Records Act.
- 3/16/2015The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a study on March 10, 2015 that concludes that pre-dispute arbitration agreements restrict a consumers’ relief. This study is the latest step in the CFPB’s analysis of lenders’ arbitration practices and is widely regarded as a precursor to new regulations.
- 1/20/2015Client Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Borrowers Need Only Give Notice of Intent to Rescind Under TILA within Three Years of ClosingOn January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of homeowners seeking to rescind their loans and mortgages with written notice to lenders within three years of completion of a real estate transaction, where lenders allegedly failed to comply with the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Based on this decision in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., it is not necessary that a homeowner actually file a court action within those three years.
- 7/29/2014Client Alert: Brown v. Tellermate Holdings, Ltd.; Confirming that Candor and Communication are Keys to DiscoveryAs reflected in the recent decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in Brown v. Tellermate Holdings, Ltd., communication and candor are key components of modern discovery. Indeed, the Brown decision emphasizes that, not only do attorneys have an affirmative obligation to speak to the key players related to the matter being litigated so that counsel and client together can identify, preserve, and search the sources of discoverable information, but doing so is necessary for effective advocacy.