FDAR works closely with employers to provide sound legal advice on labor, employment, business and administrative issues.

While FDAR attorneys develop proactive compliance and dispute resolution strategies that help clients avoid workplace problems, if needed we also provide representation in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, at arbitrations and the bargaining table. Our private sector work includes, Administrative Law, Business Law, Employment Disputes and Employment & Labor.

Private Sector

Administrative Law

Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP represents private and public employers before a variety of administrative agencies.

These agencies include the State Employment Relations Board, State Personnel Board of Review, National Labor Relations Board, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Unemployment Compensation Review Commission, Ohio Industrial Commission, Municipal Civil Service Commission and Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. FDAR attorneys draw on their broad range of experience and knowledge to achieve successful resolution in a broad range of complex matters. Our experience representing many different types of clients throughout Ohio gives our attorneys unique skill sets that enhance their ability to navigate the complex issues and rules associated with different administrative agencies. Understanding and sharing the goals of our clients not only gives us the ability to more zealously represent our clients before an administrative agency, but it also allows us to negotiate practical solutions, if appropriate.

Business Law

Whether you are just starting a business, or have a company that has been passed down through your family for generations, FDAR has an attorney who can assist you with all aspects of your business operation.

FDAR attorneys are experienced in helping Ohio employers with comprehensive services, including preparing the appropriate filings to begin their business, assisting with the drafting of policies, procedures and other handbooks, preparing transfer and other transactional documents, and developing business and succession plans. Not only do FDAR attorneys have significant experience in resolving day-to-day legal issues, we have also worked in, and with, family-owned businesses. Regardless of the issue, FDAR attorneys are always committed to obtaining a successful outcome for our business clients in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Employment Disputes

In today’s complicated business environment, employers frequently run the risk of facing employment disputes.

Representing employers exclusively, FDAR attorneys have a proven history of effectively defending employers in disputes that include breach of contract claims, negotiated employee severance agreements, litigated and drafted non-compete provisions, and assisted in overtime and wage matters. FDAR attorneys draft and prepare employee handbooks, policies, employment agreements and non-compete clauses in clear, compelling terms. FDAR prepares policies, procedures and contract provisions to help employers avoid future disputes, and they provide daily advice and counsel for clients. Contacting FDAR early in a business relationship can often help prevent disputes from occurring. If it becomes necessary to engage in litigation over a dispute, FDAR has successfully represented employers both in court and arbitration.

Labor and Employment

FDAR has distinguished itself in its labor and employment law practice.

FDAR represents employers in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, at arbitrations and the bargaining table. As a firm, FDAR consists of attorneys who represent employers in issues related to labor and employment. FDAR attorneys take the responsibility to be proactive for clients, reducing the situations when our clients need to turn to an attorney. Our attorneys have experience working with both human resources professionals and family businesses, and as a result they understand that they provide a service that limits workplace disruptions. We take our role with our clients very seriously, and we educate them so they can continue to provide high-quality services to their consumers.

Workers’ Compensation

FDAR attorneys have the knowledge and experience to make workers’ compensation “workable” for employers.

We are experienced in providing clients with the advice and representation they need on all facets of their workers’ compensation claims. At the outset, FDAR attorneys assist employers in preparing policies and procedures that help them minimize the risk of workplace injuries and exposure. When workplace injuries occur, we provide employers with advice on how to conduct effective injury investigations. After a workers’ compensation claim is filed, FDAR defends employers before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and Industrial Commission as well as in court. FDAR attorneys work closely with employers and their third-party administrators to determine the most effective and efficient strategies for defending claims. We also provide employers with advice on the best ways to effectively manage their workers’ compensation claims and the employees who are impacted. As we work with clients, FDAR’s goal is to ensure employers receive sensible advice and effective representation to resolve and administer workers’ compensation matters.