Profile

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.

EXPERIENCE/REPRESENTATIVE CASES

Presentations & Published Works

  • Lecturer, Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administrators, Ohio Municipal League, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Ohio Department of Education, Columbus Bar Association, Ohio Health Care Association, Institute of Business Law, Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association, Ohio Township Association, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Ohio State Employment Relations Board, Ohio City Management Association, Ohio CLE Institute, Lorman Business Center, Inc., Council On Education of Management, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes for the Aged, Richland Manufacturing Coalition, Ohio Trucking Association, Ohio Manufacturers Association, LeadingAge Ohio, Employers Resource Association, Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives
  • “Columbus Shifts the Risk of Subsurface Conditions,” The Municipal Attorney, Spring 1982
  • “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Tips on Prevention and Protection,” Ohio Cities and Villages, September/October 1995
  • “The Final FMLA Regulations – What They Mean to HR,” Personnel Journal, July, 1999

EDUCATION

Heidelberg University, B.A.,  Tower Men Leadership Honorary

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D.

HONORS/AWARDS

Ohio Super Lawyers®, Corporate Counsel (labor and employment law) 2007-2015

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)

MEMBERSHIPS

Ohio State Bar Association

Columbus Bar Association

Ohio Management Lawyers Association, Member

American Health Lawyers Association, Member

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Voluntary Mediator

United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Voluntary Mediator

COURT ADMISSIONS

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

Bar Admissions

Ohio

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