Federico G. Barrera

Associate || Cleveland

Rico represents employers in all facets of employment law.  He provides proactive compliance counseling, and when necessary vigorously represents employers in all phases of litigation in both state and federal court, as well as before various administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.  He has experience handling labor disputes, employee grievances, and arbitrations, as well as defending employers against claims of discrimination, harassment,  and breach of contract.  He has also helped employers successfully enforce non-compete and trade secret provisions in employment contracts.

Rico also helps Higher Education employers navigate compliance with Title IX, Clery Act, and FERPA.  He is a trained, trauma-informed civil rights investigator who has conducted numerous internal investigations, including sensitive allegations of sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking on college campuses.  He has also conducted climate assessments to gauge organizational culture and implement strategies to enhance workplace and educational environments.

Rico previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Executive Agencies Section, and has worked with dozens of state agencies.  In that role, Rico enforced Ohio law and defended the State of Ohio at the administrative, trial court, and appellate court levels.

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Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • Hispanic National Bar Association (Deputy President, Region X)
  • The Circle, Young Professionals of the Cleveland Orchestra (Member, Executive Board)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Labor and Employment Section (Member)


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