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Business & Employment

Gallagher Sharp’s business and employment attorneys provide a broad range of legal services to public and private companies, non-profit organizations, partnerships, sole proprietors, limited liability companies and individuals in transactional as well as contested matters, including regulatory and administrative proceedings. We also provide risk management consulting, pre-claim assistance, educational services and management training.

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Employment Practices+

Gallagher Sharp has extensive experience representing officers, directors, employers, managers, and employees in employment matters in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts, and in administrative proceedings. We defend and advise clients in matters alleging violations of state and federal laws, including:

  • Discrimination, harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII and the Ohio Civil Rights Statute, including disparate impact, disparate treatment, and hostile work environment
  • Americans with Disabilities Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Older Workers’ Benefit Protection Act
  • Fair Labor Standards Act and Ohio’s Wage and Hour Statute
  • Wrongful discharge in violation of public policy
  • Retaliation under the Bankruptcy Code
  • Retaliation under Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Retaliation under the Federal Railway Safety Act
  • Promissory estoppel and breach of contract
  • Violations of federal, state, and common law “whistle-blower” protections, including Ohio’s Whistleblower Statute and AIR21
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Negligent hiring and retention
  • Breach and enforcement of employment contracts containing non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality and trade secret protection provisions

Central to Gallagher Sharp’s representation is our provision of risk management services to employers on issues such as:

  • Wage, hour and overtime
  • Record keeping/retention
  • Discipline and termination
  • FMLA leave
  • ADA accommodations
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Job descriptions
  • Employer and management education
  • Progressive disciplinary procedures
  • Employment contracts, including non-competition, non-solicitation, confidentiality and trade secret protection provisions
  • Termination and severance agreements
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Employer Intentional Tort+

Gallagher Sharp represents a variety of manufacturers and businesses faced with the unique claim that they have committed an intentional tort against an employee. We have defended hundreds of such claims where employees injured at work seek compensation above and beyond that available through traditional workers compensation. We defend employers at the trial and appellate levels and also consult during investigations and in preventing such claims.

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Workers' Compensation+

Gallagher Sharp’s workers’ compensation attorneys have long experience managing workers’ compensation and VSSR claims involving allowance, disability (temporary total, permanent partial, wage loss and permanent total disability), compensation, and treatment issues for both state-fund and self-insured employers with Ohio-based employees. 

We have handled claims in every office of the Industrial Commission of Ohio, all Ohio courts, and have tried workers’ compensation cases to verdict for employers in a wide variety of industries. Our workers’ compensation attorneys regularly attend administrative hearings involving allowance, treatment, compensation, and disability (including permanent total disability) and counsel employers on workers’ compensation programs and pre-injury evaluations.

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Commercial Litigation+

Gallagher Sharp’s business attorneys have experience litigating a wide range of cases, from the routine to the complex, including matters in the following areas:

  • Bank and Lender Liability, including Truth in Lending, and the Federal Credit Reporting Act
  • Commercial Loan Origination and Workout
  • UCC
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Business Relationships
  • Contracts
  • Director’s and Officer’s Liability
  • Partnership and Shareholder Disputes
  • Fraud
  • Commercial and Individual Bankruptcy and Creditor Matters, Including Preference Payments
  • Commercial Collections
  • Multi-Party Class Actions
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Title and possession disputes, Foreclosure, and Eminent Domain
  • Intellectual Property
  • Advertising and Unfair Competition Claims 
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Consumer Law+

Gallagher Sharp defends clients against allegations of violations of consumer protection statutes including Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act, Lemon Law Statute and Home Solicitation Sales Act.  We provide representation for individual claims, class actions and Attorney General Investigations.

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Business Transactions+

Gallagher Sharp’s business attorneys provide small business and corporate consulting, including entity formation, contract negotiations, commercial real estate and leasing transactions, UCC issues, collections and debt servicing, secured transactions and basic tax services.

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Estate and Probate+

Our estate and probate attorneys have the experience to successfully guide individuals, entrepreneurs, and private business owners through the legal process and tax issues involved in estate planning, trust creation, and business succession. We administer trusts, full probate of estates, prepare associated tax returns, and represent fiduciaries and guardians.

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