Thomas H. Barnard

Of Counsel || Cleveland

One of Ohio’s premiere labor and employment lawyers, Tom Barnard’s practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law, including complex employment litigation, class actions, jury trials, administrative hearings, collective bargaining and arbitrations.  He also has considerable experience representing government entities as well as private sector employers.  Before coming to Ogletree, Tom chaired the Labor and Employment Group for over ten years at his prior law firm.  Tom previously held significant governmental positions with the U.S. Department of Labor (1968 – 1971); Deputy Counsel for Litigation, Labor Management Laws, 1970 and Special Counsel to the Solicitor, 1971.  He also is a frequent national speaker on labor and employment matters and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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  • Litigated more than 40 class/collective action cases
  • Tried 14 class action/EEOC cases
  • Tried at least 46 EEO non-class action cases
  • Tried 21 EEO jury trials
  • Tried at least 5 wrongful discharge/breach of contract jury trials
  • Argued 48 cases to various federal and state courts of appeals
  • Tried well over 100 arbitrations and hearings before federal and state administrative agencies

Education

  • LL.M., Case Western Reserve University, 1970
  • J.D., Columbia University, 1964
  • B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1961

Admittance to Practice

  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio

Professional Activities

The Ohio State Bar Association:

  • Labor and Employment Law Section Board of Governors (1990 – present)
  • Past Chair of Labor and Employment Law Section (1998 – 2000)
  • House of Delegates (2001 – 2003; 2005 – 2009)
  • Labor and Employment Law Specialty Board (1997 – 2013)
  • Midwest Labor and Employment Seminar Planning Committee (1994 – present; Chair 1996 – 1998)

Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court:

  • Founding Member (Master of the Bench)
  • Founding Program Chair

American Bar Association:

  • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Special Subcommittee for Liaison with EEOC
  • Chapter Chair, Employment Discrimination Law Supplements

National Association of College and University Attorneys (2000 – 2005)

Speeches

  • Midwest Labor & Employment Law Conference - "Practicum: Opening Statements" - Columbus - October 13, 2011
  • EEOC Cleveland Area Training Institute - "The Experts' Perspectives on Employment Discrimination Claims" - Cleveland - November 17, 2010
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association - "Panel Discussion: Jury Selection Strategy" - Columbus - November 12, 2010
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court - "Mock Voir Dire" - Cleveland - November 11, 2010
  • Ohio State Bar Association - "Negotiation: Reaching Agreement on Your Terms (Panel Discussion)" - Cleveland - August 19, 2010
  • Cleveland State University Management Conference - "What Law Firms Can Do to Retain Minorities and Women" - Cleveland - May 14, 2010
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association - "Trends in Obstructive and Annoying Litigation and Discovery Tactics by Plaintiffs" - Columbus - April 16, 2010
  • Advanced Employment Law Live Simulcast, Ohio State Bar Association - "Identifying, Prosecuting and Defending Collective Actions" - Columbus - April 9, 2010
  • Northern District of Ohio Federal Court - "Employment Discrimination Judicial Clerk Training" - Cleveland - February 23, 2010
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Inn of Court - "Professionalism" - Cleveland - January 14, 2010
  • Ohio Labor and Employment Law Institute - "Retaliation Claims by Employees: Emerging Issues" - Cleveland and Columbus - May/June 2009
  • Spring 2014 - Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal - "Trying to Kill One Bird with Two Stones: The Use and Abuse of Class Actions and Collective Actions in Employment Litigation"
  • 2009 - 22 Journal of Law and Health - "Pregnant Employees, Working Mothers and the Workplace--Legislation, Social Change and Where We Are Today"
  • February 10, 2011 - Bellevue Gazette - "Recent Changes in Overtime Exemptions"
  • March 30, 2010 - The Plain Dealer - "InkStop Wage Dispute Heading Toward Amicable End, Which is Rare, Some Northeast Ohio Lawyers Say"
  • August 1, 2009 - The Plain Dealer - "Sterling Jewelers, Akron-Based National Retailer, Facing Pay Discrimination Complaint by Female Employees"
  • July 18, 2009 - The News-Herald - "Sotomayor Hearings Spark Race, Gender Questions"
  • February 19, 2009 - Cleveland Plain Dealer - "3 More Cleveland Area Law Firms Cut Attorneys, Staff"
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Ranked in Chambers USA
  • Best Lawyer Lawyer of the Year
  • The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Logo
  • Best Lawyers in America (1991-present)
  • Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, Cleveland (2010, 2012)
  • Ranked as a first tier Top Employment and Labor Lawyer in Ohio – Chambers USA (2003-2004, 2008-2010, 2011-present)
  • Ranked in “Star” category – Chambers USA (2005-2007)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Rated
  • Ohio Super Lawyer (2004-present)
  • Top 100 Super Lawyers in Ohio, and Top 50 Super Lawyers in Cleveland (2004-2013)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (inducted 1998)
  • Master of the Bench, Cleveland Employment Lawyers American Inn of Court
  • Named to Who’s Who Legal USA: Management Labour & Employment (2006-2011, 2013-2015)
  • Named to The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (2012)
  • Recipient, Professional Achievement Award, University of Puget Sound Alumni Association (2006)
  • Recipient, America’s Most Honored Professionals
  • The National Law Journal – Top Rated Midwest Lawyer (2013)