Jonathan J. Downes

Jonathan J. Downes

Zashin & Rich

Recognized since 2010

Columbus, Ohio

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

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Jonathan Downes has over 30 years of experience in practicing labor and employment law in Ohio and has successfully negotiated over 500 labor agreements and has presented over 100 impasse proceedings and 100 arbitrations. He represents cities, townships, counties, school districts, and public officials throughout the State of Ohio. Jonathan also represents private employers in employment matters. He has argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Jonathan is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Jonathan is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Jonathan has been selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America – Employment and Labor Law” every year since 2010, as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” every year since 2004, one of “Central Ohio Top Lawyers” since 2009, and received the OHPELRA “Award of Excellence” in 2016. He is also certified by the Ohio State Bar Association (“OSBA”) as a Specialist in Labor and Employment law.

He lectures frequently on many topics including state and federal employment and labor law developments, civil rights, civil service, arbitration, and collective bargaining. Jonathan served on the Civil Service Review Commission for the State of Ohio, authored “Civil Service Law in Ohio,” and edits the Westlaw annual publication of the “Ohio Civil Service and Collective Bargaining Laws and Rules Annotated.” Jonathan was a member of the OSBA’s Board of Governors for the Labor and Employment Law Section, is a member of the Ohio Management Lawyers Association, and a charter member and past president of the Ohio Public Employers Labor Relations Association. Jonathan volunteers in his community in various capacities including serving on boards of a public library and two charter schools and advises a high school mock trial team.

Contact & Links


  • The Huntington Bank Building, Suite 900
    17 South High Street
    Columbus, OH 43215


  • Case Western Reserve University , J.D., graduated 1979

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, Ohio State Supreme Court


  • Columbus Bar Association - Member
  • Licking County Bar Association - Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management

Special Focus

  • Employment
  • Labor
  • Management


  • Fellow College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers, (2004-present)
  • Top 50 Super Lawyers in Columbus (2015)
  • Central Ohio Top Lawyers (2009 – 2014)
  • OHPELRA Award of Excellence (2016)
  • AV Preeminent Rated through Martindale-Hubbard

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