Lawrence F. Feheley - Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter, L.P.A

Lawrence F. Feheley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

As an Ohio employment lawyer at Kegler Brown, Feheley practices primarily in the labor and employment law area, focusing on the representation of management in all aspects of labor and employee relations law. Larry chairs the firm’s Labor & Employee Relations practice area; he joined Kegler Brown in 1972.

Employee Relations Advice
Larry advises clients regarding personnel issues, including hiring and firing lawfully, FMLA compliance, drug and alcohol testing, Fair Labor Standards Act compliance, and government contracting.  He also has extensive experience in the development and preparation of employment agreements, employee handbooks, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, affirmative action plans, separation agreements and releases, and independent contractor agreements.

Employment Litigation
Larry also practices in the firm’s litigation area, in which he represents employers with issues such as the defense of all forms of discrimination and wrongful termination claims, OSHA citations, FMLA claims, and individual and collective action wage-hour claims. He also represents clients in initiating non-compete and trade secret litigation and in responding to EEOC, OCRC and state agency discrimination charges.

Another aspect of Larry’s practice - in addition to employment law - is the representation of management as it relates to union-related issues. He is skilled in matters regarding structuring responses to union organizational attempts, collective bargaining negotiations, grievances, arbitration and more.

Cornell UniversityAB 1969Cornell Law SchoolJ.D. 1973
Pilot Dogs, Inc.

Client Comments

"Lawrence Feheley has handled our Labor and Employment issues for 35 years. He not only understands our company culture, he helped create it. Our company is extremely labor intensive and his knowledge in that area has been invaluable. Larry has his fingerprints on every employment agreement, policy, procedure manual, and anything that has to do with employment and labor. He has impeccable character and integrity."

-Charles Penzone
Charles Penzone Inc.

"Mr. Feheley clearly is competent in his field. He is honest and always has his client's interest in mind. He takes his time to assure that all options are considered for the best outcome of Netcare. He is prompt in returning phone calls, e-mails and answering correspondence. He is well respected by our H.R. department, executive staff and board of directors. He has truly been an asset to this company."

-Allen Mosser
Netcare Corporation

"Mr. Feheley is not only an outstanding attorney who has represented the interests of CMHA superbly, but has provided expert general legal advice to the board in a variety of areas, which they greatly appreciate and respect."

-Dennis Guest
Executive Director
Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority

"Larry Feheley is one of Medco's "go-to" lawyers in the labor and employment law area; he is a consummate counselor/advisor/litigator, and can be counted on to deliver extraordinary results, particularly whenever a neck is on the line."

"Larry is a very experienced and seasoned attorney who brings a "business" point of view to issues, and not simply a "legal" perspective."

"I enjoy working with Larry Feheley. Quite often I go to him with an unusual problem or situation. He is always patient, calm, and able to quickly discern the significant issues that we need to address. He is knowledgeable, but he also knows what he does not know. If he doesn't know the answer to a problem, he always has a plan of where to find the answer. If need be, he will put me in touch with a specialist in the area of my concern. Over the years he has given me extremely good advice, yet he also understands that circumstances can intervene where it may be difficult to strictly follow the best practice. When such a situation occurs, he gives me options and he discusses safe alternatives. I always feel that Larry is acting in the best interest of the agency and that he is willing to go the extra mile for us. After I discuss an issue with Larry, no matter how unusual or complicated, I always feel relieved knowing that he is in our corner."

"As senior HR manager, I've worked with Larry for over five years on employment matters. I've always appreciated his realistic perspective, his timeliness in responding to me, the approach and direction we decide on, and, quite frankly, his wit."

-Melissa Buller
WD Partners

"We have used Mr. Feheley for many years and his counsel has always proven to be timely, accurate, practical, and sensible. He informs his clients by newsletter of important changes in this area of the law. I would recommend him to anyone who needs advice in any area of employment law."

-Nick Chilton
President and CEO
Wyandot, Inc.

"Larry has been our counsel for over 15 years. He has come to know our business and our issues very well. Larry does an excellent job of advising us through our Labor and Employment issues."

"Our HR organization has partnered with Larry Feheley for several years. As in most HR organizations, when we identify we need to pull in the advice of outside counsel, we need to do it quickly. Larry is very available and responds with an equal sense of urgency. He also understands he's helping us not just maneuver through people issues, but typically those that conflict with the direction of the business. As we problem-solve together, Larry teaches us versus just giving us an answer, and we land on a resolution. He also helps us understand our risk factor with that course of action. Outside of firefighting, Larry is also a terrific partner when it comes to assisting us in crafting guidelines or policies to match our current operating structure. It's a pleasure to have him as a part of our extended HR team."

-Sheryl Dunsmore
Chief People Officer
WD Partners

"Larry Feheley is our company's labor attorney and I have had the pleasure of working with him for about 20 years. He has been with us through many transitions here at the company. In every situation that Larry has been involved in, he is always concise and confident in his leadership. All of us who have worked with him have grown to really appreciate his abilities to see all sides of any situation and to communicate to all involved on any level required. His knowledge of labor law and his talent and skills for counsel and negotiation have not only improved our bottom line, but also improved our relationships with our employees and overall working environment. "

-Randy Dawson
VP of Operations
Wilson Bohannan Co.

"Larry has provided superb, cost-effective advice to Medco on a host of labor and employment law matters for many years. I have always been impressed not only with the caliber and quality of the work he and his firm deliver, but also with the efficiency, speed, and thoughtfulness of the services. Larry is a consummate professional whose uncanny legal and practical advice have served Medco (and me) well for many years."

"Our company has been associated with Larry for over 25 years. He has assisted with matters ranging from complex union negotiations to providing advice on tasks such as the revision of management contracts or employee handbooks. Larry is a pleasure to work with. He is always available and quick to respond to our needs. The breadth of his experience and knowledge has always given others and myself the feeling that no one else could compare. Always patient and willing to offer counsel in a manner that a mentor would communicate with a mentee, Larry has provided our firm with the best possible service in dealing with labor relations matters. As his practice has grown, we have never felt that we were insignificant. He truly is the BEST LAWYER I have ever dealt with. "

-David Nicely
Chief Executive Officer
Pioneer College Caterers

"As a seasoned HR professional, I have worked with various attorneys and law firms on a myriad of labor issues. Not only does Larry know his "stuff," he is a true partner with his employer clients. Larry has a way of making his clients feel they are valued. I personally appreciate his effort to educate me and my team on areas of the law where our knowledge is lacking. Larry is superb at meeting his clients at their level of understanding. He meets us where we are in our understanding in a manner that is both respectful and caring. I can certainly see why Larry Feheley is being recognized for this honor."

-Debra Rapert
Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Marion General Hospital

"I have worked with Mr. Feheley for over 10 years. He has been my primary contact regarding personnel issues for our schools. His experience has helped significantly since our system of schools varies across the 15 counties where our schools are located. Mr. Feheley is accessible and always responds in a timely manner. He responds even to the most basic issues with interest and advice. I really appreciate how he works with me through the various scenarios giving the pros and cons of each. Both his oral and written communications are clear and to the point. He has also assisted me with our teacher negotiations. In this roll, he has been a great asset to the team. His advice and working relationship with other team members have been excellent. I'm more confident knowing when an issue arises Mr. Feheley is a call away. "

-Lucia McQuaide
Superintendent of Schools
Office of Catholic Schools-Diocese of Columbus

"Larry is an excellent attorney and has been for the nearly 20 years that I have know him professionally. He is what many refer to as a "quick study." He adroitly absorbs and digests facts presented to him, providing a thorough legal analysis with practical application. His ability to articulate reponses with intellectual, pragmatic excellence is quite impressive. He is uncharacteristically accessible for a professional of his caliber. He is a pleasure to work with due to his integrity and desire to do things exceptionally well in a non-condescending fashion."

-Randall Peddicord
Leech, Scherbel & Peddicord Ltd.

"I have had the privilege of consulting with Larry Feheley about labor and employment issues that have arisen in our organization many times over the past eight years. Larry's expertise, advice, and insight have been invaluable in guiding us through some difficult situations. Larry has always responded promptly to my requests for assistance. Fortunately for me, Larry believes there are no dumb questions. In his practical, reassuring, and humorous manner, Larry consistently asks the right questions, educates us about our options, and guides us into an acceptable outcome. Our HR Director and I both consult with Larry frequently and place full confidence in his knowledge and guidance. We're fortunate to have him as a resource."

-Christine Rafeld
Heinzerling Foundation

"I have dealt with Larry Feheley on many issues over the years. He has an excellent knowledge of employment law and other areas of the law, but he also injects a common-sense approach to resolving issues. He has walked me through several employee dismissal minefields. Larry also is one of those people who won't sit on the fence, or keep you waiting for a response. He is very prompt and replies back in the most timely and efficient manner possible. In some cases, I just send him an e-mail with the issue and he can answer it easily with an e-mail, but sometimes it requires some phone consultation or face-to-face discussion. Whatever it takes, he does. I am grateful to have him as our counsel. "

-James Hanson
Best Restaurant Equipment & Design, Inc

"I have known Larry Feheley as an attorney, a client, and a friend for over 30 years, and I have found him to be a consummate professional in every way. His professional competence as a labor lawyer is without peer, and he always makes himself available when we need him (which is often). His concise recommendations are easy to follow, and every phone call that we make to him is returned cheerfully on a timely basis."

-Bob Kellerman
Chief Financial Officer
GK Packaging, Inc.

"Larry has tremendous judgment and provides very practical advice on employment matters. He is very responsive. He has a great understanding of our company and our rich culture that enables him to provide guidance that is relevant and easy to communicate and implement. He adds tremendous value by assisting our organization with training that enables us to be proactive and control our risk."

-Craig Mathes
Director of Human Resources
Team Fishel

Office Location

65 East State Street, Suite 1800
Columbus, OH 43215
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Columbus-OH Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Columbus-OH Metro Area
Lawrence F. Feheley has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Lawrence F. Feheley has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management

Other Information

Gender: Male