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Brian G. Dershaw

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BRIAN G. DERSHAW is a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment group. Based in Taft’s Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky offices, Brian has broad experience serving as litigation counsel and outside general counsel for companies of all sizes. He has appeared in state and federal trial and appellate courts in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, noncompete, trade secret and contract litigation. He actively uses alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, to represent the best interests of our clients.

Brian works closely with clients on projects related to employee discipline and discharge policies and contracts, leave management, reductions in force and general legal issues. He regularly counsels clients on cyber-security risk assessments and policies and data privacy issues, including prevention, investigative and compliance efforts. He also advises in the areas of wage and hour, employee and independent contractor classification, and U.S. Department of Education compliance, including during government agency audits related to these issues.

He is experienced in traditional, management-side labor matters, such as union elections, collective bargaining and strike avoidance and preparation, and he has represented our clients in numerous charges, arbitrations and fact-finding hearings.

Brian is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Labor Law - Management. He has also been recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers for Employment & Labor Law and was previously honored as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star (2010-2014). Brian is a fellow of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL), Class X, and a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky, Class of 2015. He serves on steering committees for Leadership Northern Kentucky, the Northern Kentucky University Labor-Management Conference and the Ohio State Bar Association's 2016 Midwest Labor and Employment Seminar. In addition, Brian serves as vice chair of the Character & Fitness Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association, participates on the Both Shores: Leadership Northern Kentucky/Leadership Cincinnati Regionalism Committee on Sustainability, and is a mentor in the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program. From 2004-2011, he was a trustee for the Peaslee Neighborhood Center (co-chair 2008-2010). Brian received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board, and his B.A., cum laude, from Capital University.