Janay is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group. She focuses her practice on counseling employers in both employment and traditional labor law matters. Janay regularly assists employers in complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. She also has experience defending employers against employment lawsuits that include claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, hostile work environment and harassment, wage and hour violations, breach of contract and violations of non-competition covenants. Janay has represented clients in state and federal court, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and other similar state agencies throughout the country.
Janay also advises on best practices in hiring, firing, and other disciplinary decisions; conducting internal investigations; and maintaining effective and compliant employee policies and regulations. She frequently conducts on-site training for managers and human resources professionals, including drafting employee handbooks, in an effort to keep her clients informed and well positioned to prevent and defend against litigation.
Janay founded and leads the Vorys Initiative for Business Empowerment, an innovative program aimed at making legal services more accessible to racial and ethnic minority owned businesses.
Janay also serves on the Vorys Hiring Committee, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and serves as the chair of the Vorys Diversity Network.
Career highlights include:
- Successful defense of clients in nationwide Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions.
- Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a national employer in age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
- Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a national employer in sex discrimination, hostile work environment, and promissory estoppel lawsuit.
- Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a regional employer in race discrimination and hostile work environment lawsuit.
- Obtaining preliminary injunctions and securing the denial of preliminary injunctions for non-compete agreements in state and federal courts.
Janay is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and currently serves on the Board of Governors. She is also a member of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association.
Janay received her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was the business editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. She received her B.A. from the University of Nevada. While in law school, Janay served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Algenon L. Marbley in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Honors & Recognitions
Leadership Columbus, Signature Program, Class of 2023
Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyer in Labor and Employment, 2022
Columbus Business First, 40 Under 40, 2022
Best Lawyers in America, 'Ones to Watch,' Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2021-2023; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2022-2023
Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Employment Litigation, 2019-2023
The National Black Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 in Ohio, 2020
Hot List, Lawyers of Color, 2020
Professional & Community Activities
Columbus Bar Association, Board of Governors, June 2020 to present
John Mercer Langston Bar Association, President, July 2020-June 2021; Member, September 2013 to present
City of Columbus, Civilian Review Board Working Group, August 2020-December 2020
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Fellow, 2017; City Lead, 2018-2020
American Academy of Pediatrics | Ohio Chapter, Foundation Advisory Board Member, May 2019-May 2021
Women Lawyers of Franklin County, Board Member, June 2019-June2021
YWCA Columbus, Chase Gen Y Leadership Project, Class VI Participant, 2014-2015
Columbus Bar Association, Managing Partners Diversity Initiative, Advisory Committee, 2018-2021
Columbus Bar Association, Minorities in the Law Committee, Member, 2019-2021
Equitas Health, Pro Bono Legal Services Volunteer, 2016-2019
News & Insights
- Conversations with African American Legal Professionals
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2013
Ohio State Law Journal, Business Editor, 2012-2013
University of Nevada, B.A., 2010
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
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.