Summary

Adrian provides counsel for private sector clients on issues including equal employment opportunity litigation, wage-hour problems, employment of the disabled, federal housing, and other labor matters. A member of the firm's executive committee, Adrian also serves as Taft’s chief diversity officer and helps to drive the firm’s commitment and strategy regarding diversity and inclusion across our offices and in the communities that we serve.

Adrian also represents school districts in contract negotiations, grievance arbitration, litigation, education of the disabled and employment discrimination matters. He served as chief legal counsel for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for eight years.

Adrian is president emeritus of the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. He helped to oversee the activities of Legal Aid’s 55 staff attorneys, 90 staff members and 1,400 volunteer lawyers across four offices that serve low income clients in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties. Adrian is also the co-chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Strategies Committee.

Adrian formerly served on the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts, having been appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. In this role, he is one of 19 members who represent various judges, associations, attorneys, magistrates, clerks of court and court administrators. Adrian is also a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio's Task Force on Commercial Dockets.

Adrian is an active member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is an active member of the Norman Minor Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, where he serves on the Thought Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion, and Community Trust Committees, as well as being one of nine Professionalism Conciliation panel members. He has been honored as a Leading Lawyer and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Education Law as well as for Labor Law in Ohio Super Lawyers.

Awards

  • Honoree, Education - Inside Business Leading Lawyers (2007)

  • Honoree, Education Law - Best Lawyers in America (2012-present)

  • Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers

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Education

  • The Ohio State University College of Law (1986)
  • Bowling Green State University (1983)

Admissions

  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Trustee)
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership (Member)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Member)
  • Supreme Court of Ohio (Member, Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts)
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (President of the Board of Directors)

Community Involvement

  • Alzheimer's Association - Cleveland Area Chapter (Member, Board of Directors)