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Mike represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including representing employers in court, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and other disputes. He advises companies, both large and small, on human resources issues and litigation prevention, including advice on terminations, compliance with employment laws, workplace investigations and the preparation of policies and employment agreements. Mike prides himself on providing strategic and practical advice to minimize the risk of employment litigation. Should litigation arise, Mike is a prepared, practical and aggressive advocate for his clients. He has successfully represented employers in single plaintiff and class/collective actions in state and federal courts, arbitration matters, and before administrative agencies throughout the country.


  • 200 Public Square, Suite 3000
    Cleveland, OH 44114


  • University of Notre Dame, J.D., graduated 1992
  • Duke University, BA, graduated 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, Ohio State Bar Association


  • Cleveland Employment American Inn of Court - President (2016-2018)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - Member
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio and Eastern District of Wisconsin

Frantz Ward LLP
Headquarters: Cleveland, Ohio

36 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

11 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Best Law Firms Badge Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Labor and Employment

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, Cleveland (2019)

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

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment


  • Named Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland in Litigation-Labor and Employment (2019)
  • Named to Chambers USA: America's Guide to Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Labor and Employment (2017-2019)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor and Employment (2014-2019)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list (2005-2006, 2009-2019)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated—Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient of the Client Choice Award, and the exclusive winner in the Employment & Labor category for the state of Ohio—Lexology and International Law Office (2014)
  • Recipient of the Fairbaugh Prize for High Scholarship in Law—University of Notre Dame School of Law
  • Notre Dame Law Review—Lead Note Editor (1991-1992)

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