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Deborah S.Brenneman

Partnermoc.eniHnospmohT@namennerB.eibbeD
Cincinnati

O 513.352.6638

Dayton

O 937.443.6600

Deborah S.Brenneman

Partner

Focus Areas

Representative Experience

  • Obtained $1.5 million dollar jury verdict in Butler County, Ohio after a two-week trial against a former employee and his new employer on claims involving trade secrets, breach of non-compete and tortious interference.
  • Awarded summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on tortious interference claims brought against a national company, arising out of hiring of competitor’s employee with various non-compete obligations.
  • Obtained Preliminary Injunction against a former employee and his new employer in Butler County, Ohio in a trade secret/tortious interference matter.
  • Obtained Preliminary Injunction from the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas against a former employee of a national medical device company, prohibiting him from accepting employment with a competing company.
  • Awarded summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on claims of age and sex discrimination brought against a publicly traded company by a former employee. The decision was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
  • Obtained defense verdict following a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on claims brought against a publicly traded company for age discrimination and wrongful termination, involving an employee with 25 years of service and an unblemished disciplinary record who was terminated for a safety violation.
  • Obtained judgment for a defendant employer in administrative trial before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission on claims of sex discrimination and sexual harassment brought by a former employee.
  • Obtained preliminary injunction from the U.S. District Court of Idaho against defendant employee, her husband, and their company on claims of breach of a non-competition agreement, tortious interference, prospected economic advantage, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order, then a preliminary injunction from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, against defendant employee on claims of breach of a non-competition agreement, violation of Ohio’s deceptive trade practices statute, the Lanham Act, tortious interference with contract and unfair trade practices.
  • Summary judgment granted from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana on plaintiff’s claims of sex discrimination and termination in violation of the FMLA.
  • Numerous summary judgment decisions in discrimination and wrongful discharge matters in state and federal courts across the country.

Presenter, “Non-compete Agreements: What You Need to Know,” Thompson Hine’s Investment Management Coffee Chat Webinar Series, June 30, 2021

  • Listed as a Labor and Employment Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2019-2021
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 to 2023 for Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Recognized with the 2015 Glass Ceiling Award, The Ohio Diversity Council
  • Athena Award Finalist, 2011
  • West Chester Chamber Alliance, recipient, 2010 Women of Excellence Award
  • Selected to the Ohio Super Lawyers list, 2009-2016, 2018-2022
  • West Chester Chamber Alliance Rookie of the Year Finalist, 2008

Professional Associations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class VI

Community Activities

  • West Chester Chamber Alliance, Board of Trustees
  • Visions Community Center, volunteer mentor
  • Exhale Dance Tribe, Board of Trustees
  • Dominican Community Services, Board of Trustees, former member
  • Xavier Mentoring Program
  • American Heart Association, Executive Leadership Team for Go Red For Women

Professional Activities

  • Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce WE Lead, participant
  • Leadership 21, Class V
  • Cincinnati Leadership for Lawyers (CALL Program), graduate

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1993,

    Order of the Coif; University of Cincinnati Law Review, editor

  • Ohio University, M.A., 1984
  • Ohio University, B.S., 1983,
    summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
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