Overview

Keith is a member of Thompson Hine's Executive Committee and the former practice group leader of the firm's Labor & Employment practice group. He focuses his practice on the representation of employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation; practicing before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs; and handling arbitrations, contract administration and negotiations with labor unions.

Experience
  • First-chair jury trial experience in various discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation in both federal and state courts.
  • Substantial experience in counseling employers on defeating unionization attempts.
  • Defending charges of discrimination filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state organizations such as the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.
  • Handling grievances and arbitrations for unionized employers, as well as the defense of unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Serving as management's chief spokesperson during union negotiations for initial and subsequent collective bargaining agreements.
  • Designing and assisting in the implementation of various workplace policies, including drug and alcohol testing, medical exams, hiring protocol, severance and reduction-in-force plans.
  • Advising employers on compliance with affirmative action obligations, including the design and drafting of affirmative action plans and the defense of OFCCP compliance and glass-ceiling audits.
  • General counseling of human resource professionals concerning all aspects of employment, such as wage and hour compliance, trade secrets and competition, and disciplinary issues.
  • Assisting employers in the development of workplace social media policies and advising on social media rules in hiring and termination.
PublicationsPresentations
  • "Legal Update for In-House Attorneys on ADA, FLSA and Social Media," August 2015
  • "FMLA/ADA/Leave Training for HR/Benefit Group," August 2015
  • "Respecting Your Co-Workers," June 2015
  • "ADA/Leave Update for HR," May 2015
  • "Transgender Issues in the Workplace," May 2015
  • "Equal Employment Opportunity Training," May 2015
  • "Avoiding Employment and Benefits Risks," April 2015
  • "Union Avoidance Manager and Supervisor Training," March 2015
  • "Code of Conduct, Harassment & Social Media Training," August 2014
  • "Collective Bargaining Training for Supervisors," June 2014
  • "Navigating the Intersection of Professional and Personal Life - DOMA, Marijuana and Social Media," May 2014
  • "Social Media Employment Risks," April 2014
  • "Supervisor Leave Training," March 2014
  • "Social Media and the NLRA," March 2014
  • “ADA – Interactive Process and Employee Leave Training,” January 2014
  • “Sexual Harassment Training – Creating the Culture of Respect," November 2013
  • “Manager Toolkit Update,” November 2013
  • “Legal Training for Occupational Health Nurses and Athletic Trainers,” October 2013
  • “Social Media Legal Risks,” October, 2013
  • “Union Avoidance Supervisor Training,” October 2013
  • “Investigating Employee Misconduct,” October 2013
  • “Managing Your Employees’ Expectations: Effective Evaluation & Discipline Documentation,” September 2013
  • “Equal Employment Opportunity Training for Employees,” August 2013
  • “EEO Compliance Training for Managers and Supervisors,” August 2013
  • “Hot Topics in HR,” June, 2013
  • “The National Labor Relations Board: Recent Rulings and Activity,” June 2013
  • “Sexual Harassment and Code of Conduct Hotline Training,” September 2012
  • “Union Awareness Training,” September, 2012
  • “Preventing and Addressing Harassment and Violence in the Workplace,” August 2012
  • "Layoffs, Downsizing and Reductions in Force: A Checklist of Considerations," June 2012
  • “Supervisor Training – ADA Compliance & the Interactive Process,” December 2011
  • “Affirmative Action Plan Training,” December 2011
  • “Workplace Violence,” February 2010
  • “HR Forum: Legislative Update,” September 2009
Distinctions
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Law, 2012 to 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine 2010 to 2016
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Employment: Mainly Defendant
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Cincinnati Museum Center, Board of Trustees
  • United Way Volunteer Leadership Development Program
  • International Wine Festival, Charity Auction Committee
Events