Joe is a member of the firm’s Government Services Practice Group and serves as general counsel for clients in both the private and public sectors, including municipalities, townships and school districts. He thrives by digging through complex issues and working with clients to produce creative solutions that are beneficial both financially and from a business perspective. His approach to working in partnership with innovative clients has made him a trusted and sought-after counselor in the legal profession.
Joeâs practice has an emphasis in labor and employment issues, including contract negotiations, grievances, arbitrations, union avoidance, wage and hour law, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, workersâ compensation, unfair labor practice charges, harassment, discrimination and misconduct investigations, policy development, litigation, evaluation, nonrenewal and termination. He has served as a lead negotiator in more than 100 collective bargaining negotiations.
Joe also advises school districts in the areas of career-technical education, student issues, civil rights, public records, abuse reporting, ethics, board policies and meeting requirements. He defends boards of education and municipalities in arbitration and against charges filed with a variety of federal and state administrative agencies including the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, State Employment Relations Board, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
Joe shares his passion and experience with the next generation by serving as an adjunct professor at Miami University for graduate level public law students. Courses focus on the First Amendment, collective bargaining, employee and student rights,Â discrimination, and other issues important to all public employers.Â He also trains administrators and presents at education law forums across Ohio on a wide assortment of matters affecting public entities.
During Joeâs first year as general counsel for a school district,Â he identified a revenue generation opportunity that netted the client an additional $300,000 annually after legal fees.
As labor counsel for a municipality, Joe and his colleague negotiated collective bargaining agreements that saved a public entity $5 million inÂ one yearÂ as the entity was facing a major budget shortfall.
As labor counsel for a municipality, Joe and his colleague negotiated collective bargaining agreements that reduced expenses by $12 million over a three-year period.
As general counsel and labor counsel, Joe created a joint public entity and merged two existing and very different collective bargaining units into one. The joint entity saves taxpayers over $1 millionÂ per year.
University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 2000
Miami University, B.A., 1997
Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super LawyersÂź, 2012-2014 and Rising StarsÂź 2010
Cincinnati Business Courierâs Forty Under 40 Class of 2010
Humanitarian of the Year (Legacy Society members) LifeSpan 2010
Frost Brown Todd Mentor of the Year, 2012
Frost Brown Todd Volunteer of the Year, 2004
Butler County Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award, Co-Winner, 2004
American Bar Association
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Butler County Bar Association
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, Vice Chair
National Council of School Board Attorneys, Executive Board Member
Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Member
Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Class, Cincinnati
Mid-Miami Valley Leadership, Graduate
Miami University Middletown Campus, Board Member, Former Chair of Citizen Advisory Council
Miami University Citizenâs Advisory Council Member
Coaches vs Cancer, Board Council Member
Ohio Legal Rights Service Commission
LifeSpan Inc., Past Chair
Government Services Practice Group, former Chair for six years
âEmployee Disciplineâ City of Cincinnati Seminar, November 4, 2014
âCloud Computing Issuesâ School Law Seminar, October 14, 2014
âThe Battles in the Courts and Legislatures over Collective Bargaining and Teacher Tenureâ NSBA Council of School Attorneysâ 2014 School Law Practice Seminar, October 9, 2014, with Michael Julka, Jay Fernow and Nancy Hungerford
âFourth Amendment Search and Seizureâ School Law Seminar, October 24, 2013
âClarifying the Commonly Misunderstood Notion of âPast Practicesâ: Are They Binding Or Not?â Public Employment Seminar, April 26, 2013
âEvaluations: Rules to Rememberâ School Law Seminar, August 8, 2012
âHuman Resources Issuesâ Presented with Julie E. Byrne, National Business Instituteâs Current Challenges in Local Government Law Seminar, June 2012
âEmployee Discipline: Effective Process and Strategiesâ School Law Seminar, August 12, 2011
âWhere are we Now?: Collective Bargaining Reform Senate Bill 5, House Bill 153, and Othersâ Senate Bill 5 Seminar, August 13, 2011
âHandling Student Recordsâ National Business Institute, Student Liability Issues Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio
âUnderstanding Student Rightsâ National Business Institute, Student Liability Issues Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio
âA Refresher on Due Processâ Public Sector Employees, Public Labor Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio
âCurrent issues Regarding Foreign and Migrant Studentsâ Ohio School Board Association Seminar
âTreating Sick Leave Abuse Disorderâ Public Sector Employers, Public Sector Labor Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio
âCollective Bargaining in the Real Worldâ Guest Presenter, Masterâs Level Collective Bargaining Course, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
âIntroduction to Harassment and What You Should Do If You Witness Harassmentâ Middletown Adolescent Achievement Group, Middletown, Ohio
âHarassment in the Workplaceâ Southwest Ohio Business Teacher Association, Cincinnati, Ohio
âUsing the Consumer Price Index Effectively in Collective Bargaining Negotiationsâ Public Sector Employers, Public Sector Labor Seminar, Cincinnati
âA Public Employeeâs Right to Remain Silent During an Administrative Investigation:Â How Should You Handle It?â Public Sector Employers, Public Sector Labor Seminar, Cincinnati, Ohio
âEmployment Law Considerations: Ten Common Mistakes of Employersâ Medical Practice Management Program, Grandview Hospital, Dayton, Ohio
âClassifying Public Safety Administration Under The New Fair Labor Standards Act Regulationsâ Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association Update
Co-Author: âDesegregation in the 1990âs,â The Principalâs Legal Handbookâ Second Edition, 2000 Education Law Association, co-authored with Dr. Charles J. Russo
Co-Author: âDesegregation in the 1990âs:Â The Supreme Court Pulls Backâ School Business Affairs, August 2000, Volume 66, Number 8, co-authored with Dr. Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed.D.
Co-Author: âCourt View, Update on School Desegregationâ Updating School Board Policies, July 2000, Volume 31, Number 3, with Dr. Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed.D.
Co-Author: Â âThe Battles in the Courts and Legislatures over Collective Bargaining and Teacher Tenureâ NSBA Council of School Attorneysâ 2014 School Law Practice Seminar, October 9, 2014, with Michael Julka, Jay Fernow and Nancy Hungerford
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