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Brian G. Dershaw

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Brian Dershaw is a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment practice 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 (including electronically stored information) 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 issues, employee policies and contracts, reductions in force, and general legal issues. He regularly counsels clients on cyber-security risk assessments and policies as well as data privacy issues, including prevention, investigative, and compliance efforts. He also advises in the areas of wage and hour and employee and independent contractor classification, and he has advised clients in United States Department of Labor, Internal Revenue Service, and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation audits.

Brian’s management side public sector labor practice focuses on collective bargaining, fact-finding, arbitration, and strike avoidance and preparation. His private sector labor experience relates to collective bargaining.

Having spent more than 11 years, including six as a partner, with one of Cincinnati’s premier mid-size law firms prior to joining Taft, Brian also has significant experience in real estate, construction, commercial, and fiduciary litigation.

Brian has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star by Cincinnati Magazine for four years (2010-2013), and he is a fellow of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL), Class X. He serves on the board of directors of The Requiem Project, participates on the Character & Fitness Committee of the Cincinnati Bar Association, and mentors newly admitted attorneys 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.