Douglas M. Kennedy

Shareholder

Columbus
41 South High Street
Huntington Center, 21st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
P 614.723.2004
F 614.463.9792
E dkennedy@ralaw.com



Douglas M. Kennedy

Shareholder

Phone: (614)723-2004
Fax: (614) 463-9792
Email: dkennedy@ralaw.com

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.

Representative Matters

  • 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

Accomplishments

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation - Labor & Employment (2013-2019)
  • Central Ohio's Top Lawyers, Columbus CEO Magazine (2009-2018)
  • 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)

Education

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

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

Presentations

  • "Managing the Interplay between the FMLA and Workers' Compensation" - Roetzel Employment Services Webinar (May 2018)
  • "Sexual Harassment Claims - Do I Need to be Worried?" - Roetzel Employment Services Webinar (February 2018)
  • “2017 Roetzel Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefing - Part II” - Columbus (August 2017)
  • “2017 Roetzel Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefing” - Columbus (2017)
  • "Affordable Care Act - Where Do Employers Go From Here?" - Roetzel Breakfast Briefing, Ohio (2013)

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