Douglas M. Kennedy

Shareholder
Columbus
41 South High Street
Huntington Center, 21st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
P 614.723.2004
F 614.463.9792
P 614.723.2004 | F 614.463.9792



Overview

Mr. Kennedy represents management in all types of employment related matters, employee benefits questions, regulatory compliance with federal, state and local agencies and with litigation in state and federal courts. His clients include a broad spectrum of employers ranging from closely held corporations, family owned businesses and Fortune 500 companies. He provides counsel in such areas as hiring, firing and discipline of employees, and also defends employers in court or before government agencies.

Experience
  • Represents management in all areas of labor and employment law including litigation
  • Deals with issues such as wrongful discharge, intentional torts, sexual, racial and disability based discrimination and harassment, severance, employment and non-compete agreements, workers' compensation claims and Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR) investigations, and claims involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),  the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), The Industrial Commission of Ohio, and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
  • Litigated cases in over 50 of Ohio's 88 counties as well as in federal courts throughout Ohio
Services

Industries

Education

  1. The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D.
    • Associate Editor, University of Toledo Law Review
  2. Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A.

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation - Labor & Employment (2013-2020)
  • Central Ohio's Top Lawyers, Columbus CEO Magazine (2009-2019)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005-2007, 2012-2013, 2017-2019)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition (2008)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Athletic Club of Columbus, member of Admissions Committee, President (2009) and former member of Board of Directors
  • Dublin Coffman Quarterback Club, former Vice President of Operations
  • Dublin Coffman Lacrosse Boosters, former Treasurer
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, Alumni Admissions Advisor
  • Dublin Community Church, United Church of Christ
    • Former Co-Chair of the Building Committee for a new sanctuary
    • Former member of the Governing Board

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Are LGBTQ Workers Protected by Title VII’s Ban on Sex Discrimination? The Supreme Court Will Decide This Term (Sep 30, 2019)
    Department of Labor Announces Final Rule Increasing the Salary Thresholds for Overtime Exempt Status (Sep 26, 2019)
    Are Employers Required to Accommodate Medical Marijuana? (Aug 16, 2019)
    NLRB Proposes New Election Rules Un-Blocking Charges and Protecting Employee Rights After Voluntary Recognition (Aug 14, 2019)
    Ohio House Passes HB 80, Includes PTSD Expansion (Jun 7, 2019)
  2. Presentations
    "Managing the Interplay between the FMLA and Workers' Compensation" - Roetzel Employment Services Webinar (2018)
    "Sexual Harassment Claims - Do I Need to be Worried?" - Roetzel Employment Services Webinar (2018)
    “2017 Roetzel Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefings” - Roetzel's Labor & Employment Law Seminar Series (2017)
    “2017 Roetzel Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - Part II” - Roetzel's Labor & Employment Law Seminar Series (2017)
    "The Affordable Care Act - Where Do Employers Go From Here?" - Roetzel Breakfast Briefing (2013)
  3. Firm News
    66 Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2020 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 15, 2019)
    32 Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 11, 2018)
    Over 50 Roetzel & Andress LPA Attorneys Named to 2019 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 17, 2018)
    Thirty Eight Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 6, 2017)
    41 Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 2, 2016)

Overview

Mr. Kennedy represents management in all types of employment related matters, employee benefits questions, regulatory compliance with federal, state and local agencies and with litigation in state and federal courts. His clients include a broad spectrum of employers ranging from closely held corporations, family owned businesses and Fortune 500 companies. He provides counsel in such areas as hiring, firing and discipline of employees, and also defends employers in court or before government agencies.

Experience
  • Represents management in all areas of labor and employment law including litigation
  • Deals with issues such as wrongful discharge, intentional torts, sexual, racial and disability based discrimination and harassment, severance, employment and non-compete agreements, workers' compensation claims and Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR) investigations, and claims involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),  the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), The Industrial Commission of Ohio, and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
  • Litigated cases in over 50 of Ohio's 88 counties as well as in federal courts throughout Ohio

Education

  1. The University of Toledo College of Law, J.D.
    • Associate Editor, University of Toledo Law Review
  2. Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A.

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation - Labor & Employment (2013-2020)
  • Central Ohio's Top Lawyers, Columbus CEO Magazine (2009-2019)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005-2007, 2012-2013, 2017-2019)
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition (2008)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
Community Affiliations
  • Athletic Club of Columbus, member of Admissions Committee, President (2009) and former member of Board of Directors
  • Dublin Coffman Quarterback Club, former Vice President of Operations
  • Dublin Coffman Lacrosse Boosters, former Treasurer
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, Alumni Admissions Advisor
  • Dublin Community Church, United Church of Christ
    • Former Co-Chair of the Building Committee for a new sanctuary
    • Former member of the Governing Board

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Are LGBTQ Workers Protected by Title VII’s Ban on Sex Discrimination? The Supreme Court Will Decide This Term (Sep 30, 2019)
    Department of Labor Announces Final Rule Increasing the Salary Thresholds for Overtime Exempt Status (Sep 26, 2019)
    Are Employers Required to Accommodate Medical Marijuana? (Aug 16, 2019)
    NLRB Proposes New Election Rules Un-Blocking Charges and Protecting Employee Rights After Voluntary Recognition (Aug 14, 2019)
    Ohio House Passes HB 80, Includes PTSD Expansion (Jun 7, 2019)
  2. Presentations
    "Managing the Interplay between the FMLA and Workers' Compensation" - Roetzel Employment Services Webinar (2018)
    "Sexual Harassment Claims - Do I Need to be Worried?" - Roetzel Employment Services Webinar (2018)
    “2017 Roetzel Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefings” - Roetzel's Labor & Employment Law Seminar Series (2017)
    “2017 Roetzel Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - Part II” - Roetzel's Labor & Employment Law Seminar Series (2017)
    "The Affordable Care Act - Where Do Employers Go From Here?" - Roetzel Breakfast Briefing (2013)
  3. Firm News
    66 Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2020 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 15, 2019)
    32 Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 11, 2018)
    Over 50 Roetzel & Andress LPA Attorneys Named to 2019 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 17, 2018)
    Thirty Eight Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 6, 2017)
    41 Roetzel Attorneys Honored as 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars (Dec 2, 2016)