John M. Stephen - Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
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John M. Stephen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 614-227-2193

The Ohio State UniversityJ.D. 1979DePauw UniversityBA 1976
Columbus Urban League

Client Comments

"I find Mr. Stephen to be very professional and, at the same time, easy to work with. He is very knowledgeable in his field. I feel John does an excellent job at protecting the company's best interest."

"John is a very skilled attorney. He distinguishes himself from other outside counsel with his ability to provide pragmatic advice, his down-to-earth personality, and his ability to focus on his client's needs and interests. I highly recommend John without reservation."

"I met John when he jumped in on a mediation at the 11th hour. John, without any knowledge of our business or the issues at hand, quickly brought himself up to speed on not only our company, but on all the various players in the mediation. He was honest and thorough and, most importantly, he was realistic in terms of setting our expectations on what the outcome would likely be. In the end, although I thought we had the "winning" position, based on a very well briefed position statement by John, we had to split the amount in dispute but I believe we would have ended up in a far worse position had we not had John by our side. He never lost his cool in a situation that a lesser lawyer might have contemplated "fisticuffs." I am grateful to John for having gotten us through the "eye of the storm". "

-Andrea Balogh
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Prodigy Health Group, Inc.

"John has consistently provided timely, well-reasoned and cost-effective guidance on a broad range of labor and employment issues to me and my company over the last 16 years. While I value his advice to keep us out of court, I value his skills as an advocate all the more in court. John is rightly counted among the Best Lawyers in America."

-John Moriarty
Vice President - General Counsel
Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations

"John has proven himself to be extremely professional, skilled, knowledgeable, and highly competent in his representation of our company. He is very personable and easy to communicate with on all matters. He returns calls and responds to questions in a timely manner. He makes time to meet with us, even on short notice. Clearly, he has the respect of other lawyers, notably those adverse to him. Moreover, we are confident in the advice he provides and trust his judgment. "

-Charles Gaskill
Vice President - Corporate Counsel
Motorists Mutual Insurance Company

"John M. Stephen is a labor and employment attorney with more than 20 years of experience. In the more than five years I have worked with him, first as a colleague and now as a client, I have found him to be thoughtful, responsive, effective, and wise. He keeps the needs of the client first and looks for ways to provide additional assistance where appropriate. He stays abreast of legal developments and provides timely and thorough advice. John staffs matters in an efficient and effective manner. Also, he maintains good working relationships within and outside his firm, values diversity, and is well respected within his community. In sum, John is an outstanding attorney, and I would trust him to oversee and/or handle any labor and employment matter I had. "

-Myra L. McKenzie
Assistant General Counsel
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

"John is very personable and has the ability to understand his clients' problems and offer solutions that are easily implemented. John does not complicate matters with terminology that is difficult to understand. He asks pertinent questions regarding one's matter that enables him to render one advice in an expedient manner. He is readily accessible and follows up quite proficiently."

-Karl Martin
District Labor Relations Manager
United Parcel Service

"John provided all employee relations support for a 12,000-employee based regional bank doing business in seven states with assets over 60 billion dollars. He and I teamed up to create a proactive risk-management approach to avoid employee relations litigation. Through his advice and counsel the strategy was very effective. I would not hesitate to recommend John to anyone in this regard. "

-George Bourgon
Chief Administrative Officer
Charter One Bank (now known as Citizens Bank)

"John Stephen is an excellent Labor and Employment attorney. John manages a team of attorneys who provide quality, cost-efficient representation for UPS. John has the ability to integrate business realities with legal advice. He has a good relationship with our operations personnel, and that allows him and his team to be proactive in their representation. John is extremely responsive and client focused, as is the rest of the client service team. "

"Working with John has actually made our process a lot easier. He is a pleasure to work with and always communicates to me exactly what he needs and when he needs it. John seems to really know his field and has been a great help to me when I have questions. Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to let you know how wonderful John is to work with!"

-Kristy Valleroy
HR Manager
Xanterra Parks & Resorts - Maumee Bay

Office Location

Huntington Center
41 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6194
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management