Douglas E. Spiker

Shareholder, Shareholder-in-Charge of Cleveland Office & Practice Group Manager, Employment Services

Cleveland
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.696.7125
F 216.623.0134
E dspiker@ralaw.com
Akron
222 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.376.2700
F 330.376.4577



Douglas E. Spiker

Shareholder, Shareholder-in-Charge of Cleveland Office & Practice Group Manager, Employment Services

Phone: 216.696.7125
Fax: 216.623.0134
Email: dspiker@ralaw.com

For over three decades, Mr. Spiker has focused his practice on the defense of employers in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and workers' compensation claims. He provides advice and counsel based on his acquired knowledge of each client’s business practices and goals, taking into account their operations, personnel, products, and services to guide the development of proactive and preventative programs that help to avoid legal repercussions down the road.

However, if workplace injuries do occur, Mr. Spiker has extensive experience representing employers before the Ohio Industrial Commission and in the courts of Ohio at the state and appellate levels. His representation includes employers fighting Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR) allegations, as well as all related litigation. He also handles rating, classification, and premium issues before the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Adjudication Committee. Mr. Spiker’s clients span a number of industries, including health care, retail, manufacturing, and construction, and range in size from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to his responsibilities as legal counsel to his clients, Mr. Spiker actively educates third party administrators, clients, and various trade and bar associations on numerous workers’ compensation topics through writing and speaking engagements across Ohio.

Representative Matters

  • Statewide practice in all aspects of defending workers' compensation claims
  • Assists employers to ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations as well as safety requirements under the Ohio Workers' Compensation Act
  • Successful defense of numerous VSSR applications and OSHA citations
  • Representation of employers in rating, classification, and premium issues before the Bureau of Workers' Compensation's Adjudication Committee

Accomplishments

  • Named the Workers’ Compensation Law - Employers "Lawyer of the Year" for Cleveland by The Best Lawyers in America© (2016)
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers (2015-2019)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2006-2019)
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Leadership Cleveland, Class of 2013

Education

  • J.D., Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
  • B.A., University of Mount Union

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Committee
  • Columbus Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Committee
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Toledo Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section
  • Central Ohio Self-Insured Association
  • Northwest Ohio Self-Insured Association
  • RIMS - The Risk Management Society, Northeast Ohio Chapter

Community Affiliations

  • Lakewood Hospital Foundation, Board of Trustees (2011-2017)
    • Chair of Governance Committee
  • Three Arches Foundation, Board of Trustees (2018)
    • Chair of Governance Committee
  • American Heart Association, Leadership Team (2013)

Presentations

  • “2017 Roetzel Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefings” – Cleveland (2017)
  • “Case Law Update” – Self Insured Group of Ohio (SIGO) (2017)
  • “Case Law Update” – Ohio State Bar Association (2016)
  • "Medicare Set Asides: Assessing the Benefits and Analyzing the Risks of Submission" – OSBA (September 2016)
  • Presented for numerous groups including Akron Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Getaway Continuing Legal Education, Lorman Business Institute, Northern Ohio Self-Insured Association, Self-Insurers' Group of Ohio and Sterling Education Services

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