- Labor and Employment
- University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1995, with Honors
University of Cincinnati Law Review, Lead Articles Editor, 1994-1995
- University of Minnesota, M.A., 1972
- Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A., 1970, magna cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
- U.S. Supreme Court
Rosemary is of counsel in the Vorys Cincinnati office and a member of the litigation group. Her practice encompasses a broad range of workplace issues, including workers’ compensation, premises liability, retaliatory discharge, and toxic torts. She represents clients in the trial court, the courts of appeal, and in the Supreme Courts of Ohio and Kentucky. A former broadcast journalist, her practice reflects a significant focus on oral and written appellate advocacy. She was named a Best Lawyer in America for product liability defense in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Rosemary's practice also includes matters involving professional responsibility and the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct. She defends attorneys facing ethics complaints before the Board of Professional Conduct and was formerly chairman of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Grievance Committee. Rosemary has investigated and prosecuted numerous grievance cases and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Ohio on behalf of the Bar Association. She was recently named as special disciplinary counsel.
Career highlights include:
- Defending manufacturers and premises owners in hundreds of asbestos cases in Ohio and Kentucky arising from workplace exposures.
- Defending Ohio employers against claims for intentional torts and violation of specific safety requirements.
- Winning an appeal in the Ohio Supreme Court that challenged an erroneous interpretation of Ohio Workers' Compensation law.
- Successfully representing the Cincinnati Bar Association in a case that focused on lawyers’ surrendering their professional judgment to others and failing to seek the client’s lawful objectives in the context of foreclosure proceedings. The Supreme Court of Ohio’s opinion in the matter quoted five paragraphs of Rosemary's closing argument and has been cited as authority nearly a dozen times.
- Defending large flavoring and chemical manufacturers against product liability claims.
- Representing employers before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and in court on a variety of workers' compensation matters.
- Defending lender liability claims in the context of foreclosure litigation and complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Rosemary is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Cincinnati Bar Association. She is a past chairman of the the Cincinnati Bar Association's Grievance Committee and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
Rosemary has presented seminars on Ohio workers’ compensation law, the impact of new legislation on asbestos premises liability claims, and on water rights and lease agreements for agricultural property.
Rosemary received her J.D. with honors from the University of Cincinnati, where she was the lead articles editor of the University of Cincinnati Law Review. She received her M.A. in mass communications from the University of Minnesota and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Gustavus Adolphus College.
Professional and Community Activities
- Junior League of Cincinnati Endowment Trust Fund, Trustee, 2014-present
- Indian Hill Historical Society Board of Trustees, Vice President, 2003-present
- University of Cincinnati Alumni Board of Trustees, 1999-2005
- Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, 2005
- Leadership Cincinnati, Class XV, 1991-1992
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2014-2019
- The Lawrence Maxwell Memorial Advocacy Prize
- The International Academy of Trial Lawyers Prize for Trial Practice
- The Ernest Karam Book Award
- 8/15/2018One hundred and thirteen lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.
- 8/17/2017One hundred and eight lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.
- 12/13/2016Welsh Quoted in WorkCompCentral.com Story Titled “Worker Can't Get PTD and PPD Benefits for Different Injuries in Same Claim”Rosemary Welsh, an attorney in the Vorys Cincinnati office, was quoted in a WorkCompCentral.com story titled “Worker Can't Get PTD and PPD Benefits for Different Injuries in Same Claim.”
- 8/15/2016One-hundred and eleven lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017.
- 8/17/2015One-hundred and eighteen lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.
- 8/18/2014One-hundred and ten lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.
- 8/14/2013One hundred and eleven lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.
- 9/7/2018On September 7, 2018, Vorys hosted the annual Workers’ Compensation Client Briefing in Columbus, Ohio.
- 9/9/2016Vorys attorneys Dan Balmert, Corrine Carman, Margaret Everett, Scott Jamieson, Andrew Kaplan, Ted Mattis, Buz Minor, Brad Sinnott, Carl Smallwood, Elizabeth Smith, Ken Stump, Jerry Webbs and Rosemary Welsh were speakers at the annual Vorys Workers' Compensation Annual Client Briefing on September 9, 2016.
- 4/11/2013Vorys partner Dave Campbell and of counsel Rosemary Welsh spoke at the 2013 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo that took place April 9-11, 2013.
- 9/21/2012Several Vorys attorneys presented at the invitation-only Best Practices in Ohio Workers' Compensation Client Briefing on September 21.
- 9/19/2012Vorys attorney Rosemary Welsh spoke at the National Business Institute’s Complex Workers' Compensation Issues seminar on September 19.
- 1/11/2018Labor and Employment Alert: New Rule Designed To Improve Outcomes Following Low Back Injuries Effective on January 1, 2018The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will no longer reimburse spinal fusion surgery unless the injured worker first satisfies a protocol, which among other things requires at least 60 days of conservative care for low back pain.
- 8/10/2017The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is considering a new rule to discourage the use of opioid medication and surgery for low back injuries in favor of conservative treatment.
- 5/23/2017The Ohio Workers’ Compensation system is a part of the opioid crisis in Ohio because injured workers have a very high level of opioid use.
- 12/20/2012Ohio Governor John Kasich today signed the Amended Substitute House Bill 380, which requires the full disclosure of all asbestos bankruptcy trust claims made by plaintiffs with asbestos lawsuits in Ohio. The law will go into effect 90 days from today.
- 12/14/2012The Ohio General Assembly this week passed Amended Substitute House Bill 380, which requires the full disclosure of all asbestos bankruptcy trust claims made by plaintiffs with asbestos lawsuits in Ohio. The bill is headed to Governor John Kasich’s desk; he is expected to sign the bill.
- 5/17/2012Rosemary Welsh, of counsel in the Vorys Cincinnati office, outlined the steps employers can take to reduce the longevity of workers’ compensation claims in the May/June 2012 edition of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce’s Ohio Matters magazine.
- 3/6/2012Rosemary Welsh, of counsel in the firm’s Cincinnati office, authored an article for the March 2012 edition of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s CBA Report about the new prescription controls that were passed into law by Ohio H.B. 93.