Stephen is the leader of the firm's Labor & Employment practice group. He counsels employers regarding all aspects of labor and employment practices.

Prior to joining the firm, Stephen was a law clerk for the Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.

  • Represented employers in significant class action lawsuits in federal court, including Fair Labor Standards Act, age discrimination and ERISA, national origin discrimination, WARN Act, and race discrimination.
  • Represented employers and individuals in cases involving the enforcement of non-compete agreements and trade secrets violations.
  • Represented employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the state Civil Rights Commissions.
  • Defended employers in civil suits alleging discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge and intentional tort claims.
  • Represented employers before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Counseled employers throughout union organizing campaigns.
  • Aided employers in the conduct of campaigns to decertify unions.
  • Developed human resources policies for employers, including creation of employee handbooks and other policy statements.
  • Conducted training for management and supervisors in areas including anti-discrimination and harassment policies, hiring and termination practices, Family and Medical Leave Act, union avoidance and other employment related areas.
Reported Cases
  • Gibbs v. Voith Industrial Services, Inc., 60 F. Supp. 3d 780  (E.D. Mi. 2014) (Partial summary judgment, followed by defense verdict at trial).
  • Muffley v. Voith Industrial Services, Inc., 906 F. Supp. 2d 667 (W.D. Ky, 2012) (Obtained dismissal of Section 10(j) action); affirmed No. 12-6628 (6th Cir., 2014).
  • Schrack v. R+L Carriers, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84171 (S.D. Ohio 2012) (Defense verdict at jury trial on claims of FMLA and disability discrimination).
  • Hearron v. Voith Industrial Services, Inc., 2010 US. Dist. LEXIS 125655 (D. Kan., 2011) (Summary Judgment in race, sex and gender discrimination case), affirmed 483 Fed. Appx. 453; 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 10486.
  • Bender v. Newell Window Furnishings, 725 F.Supp. 2nd 642 (W.D. Mich., 2010) (ERISA Class Action).
  • Meade v. Honda of America Mfg., Inc., et al., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17145 (S.D. Ohio) (Feb. 2009) (sexual harassment and COBRA).
  • Lantech.Com v. Yarbrough, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82970 (W.D. Ky., Oct. 2006) (non-compete/trade secrets), affirmed 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 22163 (6th Cir.).
  • Craig v. Continental P.E.T. Technologies, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70287 (E.D. Ky., Sept. 2006) (age, gender and disability discrimination).
  • Seiter v. DHL Worldwide Express, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59546 (E.D. Ky., Aug. 2006) (pregnancy discrimination).
  • Noe v. PolyOne, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92098 (W.D. Ky) (union contract retiree benefits).
  • Ramsey v. Formica Corporation, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9558, 33 Emp. Ben. Cases (BNA) 1095 (S.D. Ohio 2004), affirmed 398 F.3d 421 (ERISA); cert. denied, 546 U.S. 815 (2005).
  • D.E.I., Inc. v. Ohio & Vicinity Reg'l Council of Carpenters, 2004 U.S. Dis. LEXIS 886 (N.D. Ohio 2004) (union contract).
  • Cervantes v. Sugar Creek Packing Co., 210 F.R.D. 611 (S.D. Ohio 2000).
  • Shepherd v. Babcock & Wilcox of Ohio, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6349 (S.D. Ohio 1998) (age discrimination/ERISA).
  • “Criminal Background Checks and Other Legal Considerations in Hiring,” Webinar, March 2013
  • "Online Social Networking: Risks, Benefits and Practical Considerations," Lorman Educational Services, March 2011
  • "Discrimination and Harassment," Formica Executive Committee, March 2011
  • "Online Social Networking," Butler/Warren Human Resources Association, March 2010
  • "Online Social Networking," Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association, November 2009
  • Online Social Networking," webinar, September 2009
  • "Employment Law Update," Pro Mach HR Conference, October 2008
  • "Wage & Hour Issues," Human Resources Assn. of S.W. Ohio, October 2008
  • "Wage & Hour Update," Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association, September 2008
  • "Seven Deadly Wage/Hour Mistakes," Thompson Hine L&E Annual Seminar, May 2008
  • "Wage & Hour Update," Cincinnati Bar Association Corporate Counsel Committee, May 8, 2008
  • "What to Do When a Key Employee Departs," Thompson Hine L&E Annual Seminar, May 2008
  • "Identifying Wage/Hour Issues," Pro Mach HR Conference, October 2007
  • "Are You the Next Wage/Hour Class Action?", Thompson Hine L&E Annual Seminar, May 2007
  • "Avoiding Wage/Hour Class Actions," Cincinnati Time Recorders Annual Seminar, May 2007
  • "Evaluating Candidates with Non-Compete Agreements, Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association," November 2006
  • "Are Medical Absences Making You Sick? Exploring the Interplay Between FMLA, ADA, PDA and Workers' Comp.," ProMach HR Conference, September 2006
  • "Are Medical Absences Making You Sick? Exploring the Interplay Between FMLA, ADA, PDA and Workers' Comp.," Thompson Hine L&E Annual Seminar, May 2006
  • "Union Avoidance," Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association HR Academy, March 2006
  • "Workplace Violence," May 2005
  • "Exempt or Non-exempt," May 2005
  • "Changes to 'White Collar' Regulations," September 2004
  • "Workplace Violence," September 2004
  • "Non-Compete Agreements and Injunctive Relief," April 2004
  • "ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation," February 2004
  • "Avoiding Liability in Hiring and Firing," September 2003
  • "Proposed Changes to FLSA," June 2003
  • "Best Practice in FMLA Administration," January 2003
  • "Managing Employee Relationships in Ohio," September 2002
  • "New Millennium Employment Strategies," May 2002
  • Ohio Public Employment Law Conference, April 2002
  • "Disability Discrimination," March 2002
  • "FMLA - The Good, Bad and Ugly," May 2002
  • "Wage and Hour Law Update," February 2001
  • "Treating Employees with Dignity and Respect," February 2001
  • "Family and Medical Leave Act in Ohio," April 2001
  • "How to Avoid Liability When Hiring and Firing," March 2000
  • ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation Seminar, June 2000
  • "Buying and Selling a Business in Ohio," July 2000
  • AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 to 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers America, 2012 to 2018
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Employment Law Group
  • Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Executive Committee (former)

Professional Activities

  • Potter Stewart Inns of Court, Master of the Bench
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, mediator
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Local Rules Committee (former)

Community Activities

  • BRIDGES for a Just Community, Board of Directors
  • Children's Meeting House Montessori School, adviser to Board of Trustees
  • Leadership Cincinnati USA Program, participant