Don Keller practices in the Labor and Employment group in the firm’s Columbus, Ohio office.
His practice concentrates on private and public sector labor relations, equal employment opportunity, and general employment and labor law, emphasizing collective bargaining, arbitration, and defense of all forms of wrongful discharge and discrimination claims. He has extensive experience in arbitration and litigation of labor and employment disputes in state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative enforcement agencies. He represents ERISA plans and insurers in ERISA appeals of health, life and disability claims.
Don serves as lead trial counsel in employment discrimination litigation, including disability, age, race and sex discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment; housing discrimination; Family and Medical Leave Act; Fair Labor Standards Act; WARN Act; public policy wrongful discharge; non-compete and trade secret enforcement and violations, and as outside counsel to numerous private and public employers on traditional labor issues, arbitration and collective bargaining. Don practices in federal and state trial courts and courts of appeals and before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division; the National Labor Relations Board; and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board.
Don is the former chief in-house labor counsel for the City of Columbus, Ohio.
Presentations & Published Works
Heidelberg University, B.A., Tower Men Leadership Honorary
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D.
Ohio Super Lawyers®, Corporate Counsel (labor and employment law) 2007-present
The Best Lawyers in America®, Labor & Employment Management Law, Labor & Employment Litigation, 2007-present
Best Lawyers®, Employment Litigation, Lawyer of the Year 2015
Top Rated Midwest Lawyer (American Lawyer Media)
Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
ChambersUSA in Labor & Employment Law, 2013-2015
Top Rated Lawyer, Labor & Employment (Corporate Counsel, National Law Journal, The American Lawyer)
Top Rated Lawyer, Healthcare (American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell)
Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association
Ohio Management Lawyers Association, Member
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Voluntary Mediator
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Voluntary Mediator
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court