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Samuel H. Ottinger

Associate   |   Cleveland

Sam represents employers of all sizes on all matters impacting their employees under federal and state law, including compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as well as breach of restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation. Sam handles charges of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and defends any ensuing litigation in state and federal court.

Sam received his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, cum laude. During law school, he participated in the Civil Rights and Human Rights Law Clinic where he assisted low-income tenants in landlord-tenant disputes and litigated civil rights cases under Section 1983 in federal courts. Sam also served as a judicial extern for Judge Christopher Boyko in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and Judge Timothy McCormack in the Eighth District Ohio Court of Appeals, and completed a legal externship at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 8.

Sam is deeply committed to community engagement. He volunteers at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and participates regularly in the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs program where he educates local high school students on the U.S. Constitution and acts as a resource to help them prepare for their future careers.

Prior to law school and joining the firm, Sam assisted employers across the country with FMLA and ADA compliance issues.

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