John Milligan practices in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group where he regularly counsels clients as to best labor and employment practices, litigation avoidance, dispute resolution techniques, records retention, contract drafting, and negotiations with investigators, agencies, employees, and unions. In addition to advising clients pre-suit or in a preventative capacity, John is an experienced litigator. He has handled numerous labor and employment related lawsuits, charges, grievances, and arbitrations throughout the country and has significant experience representing employers in litigation involving claims under Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, FCRA, and FMLA. John is comfortable in any adversarial setting, including practicing before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and State and Federal Courts. In addition to his labor and employment practice, John leads the firm’s Admiralty and Maritime practice and has extensive experience handling Jones Act and general maritime disputes.

Prior to joining KMK Law, John was a Partner at Schroeder, Maundrell, Barbiere & Powers where he represented numerous private clients and cities, townships, villages and other public entities in a variety of lawsuits, including property disputes, personal injury and wrongful death actions, intentional torts, and section 1983 claims. He has significant transactional experience with both private and public entities and extensive knowledge of non-profit laws.

John is a 2005 graduate of St. Xavier High School where he played football and baseball. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University in 2009 and subsequently his J.D. from the Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2012. While earning his law degree, John received a Concentration Certificate in Labor and Employment Law with an emphasis on private labor relations.

Professional and Community Involvement

CancerFree KIDS, Emerging Leaders Board President 

Cincinnati Bar Association 

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber C-Change 2020, Class 15

St. Xavier, Young Alumni Committee

Ohio State Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2022-2024

Named to Ohio Rising Stars, 2015-2024

Selected to America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators, 2018

  • Super Lawyers (Don't Delete)
  • 2024 Best Lawyers Ones to Watch

News & Resources

Speaking Engagements



  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


J.D., Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, 2012

B.A., Miami University, 2009

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