Randy Ayers helps employers manage all issues related to labor relations, including collective bargaining, arbitration and litigation of disputes involving collective bargaining agreements and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and State Labor Agencies. He has broad experience providing in-depth counsel to employers in the areas of equal employment opportunity, discrimination, wrongful discharge, non-competition and trade secrets, wage and hour, and unemployment compensation. The depth of Randy’s knowledge and experience allows him to provide big-picture advice to employers in all areas related to labor and employment, helping clients control costs, avoid expensive disputes whenever possible, and efficiently resolve issues when they arise.
Randy frequently consults with Senior Executives and Managers regarding organizational and employee development, talent acquisition, and risk management. He routinely advises on HR policies, systems, and practices. He is a regular leader of in-house training programs addressing these issues and frequently lectures to groups and organizations concerning fair employment practices, personnel management, and positive employee relations. Randy is a former member of the Board of Directors at Keating Muething & Klekamp and a former Practice Group Leader of the Labor & Employment Group.
Served as lead negotiator/spokesperson for Fortune 500 corporation in labor negotiations for several industrial/steel facilities involving international representatives of USW, UAW, and IAM. Negotiations resulted in substantial restructuring of unionized workforce and related pay and fringe benefits.
Successfully litigated and then resolved multi-million dollar Section 301 (Duty of Fair Representation) Class Action on behalf of large manufacturing concern.
Successfully represented public and private employers in labor arbitration cases, involving a variety of issues including discipline, discharge, subcontracting, rate/incentives, and contract interpretation.
Represented public and private employers in unfair labor practice and representational proceedings, including trials and appeals. Have represented numerous public and private employers as lead negotiator in collective bargaining. Obtained injunctive relief on behalf of employers due to unlawful or violent strike activity.
Obtained pre-trial dismissal of lawsuits in areas of age, race, sex, disability and veterans discrimination, and wrongful discharge claims. Obtained defense verdicts in federal court litigation on behalf of employers in areas of race, age and disability discrimination.
Professional and Community Involvement
Cincinnati Bar Association
The Ohio State Bar Association
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, National Council Member and Past-President of Law Alumni Association
The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Lifetime Member
Awards & Recognition
Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2007-2018
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2019
Named 2019 Cincinnati "Lawyer of the Year" for Management - Labor by The Best Lawyers in America
Named to Ohio Super Lawyers, 2009-2019
Corporate Counsel, Top Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2008
News & Resources
- Thirty-Five Keating Muething & Klekamp Attorneys Recognized in 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars12.05.2018
- Forty-Eight Keating Muething & Klekamp Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 201908.15.2018
- Forty-Three Keating Muething & Klekamp Attorneys Recognized in 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars12.08.2017
- KMK Law Management Rights Blog, 12.20.2017
- Legal Alert: NLRB Holds Employees May Use Employer Email Systems for Non-Work-Related CommunicationsKMK Law Complex Litigation Blog, 12.12.2014
- Legal Alert: NLRB Holds Employees May Use Employer Email Systems for Non-Work-Related CommunicationsKMK Law Management Rights Blog, 12.12.2014
- KMK Law Management Rights Blog, 01.28.2013
- Labor & Employment
- Labor / Management Relations
- Arbitration & Mediation
- Statutory Compliance
- Employment Litigation
- Employment Practices & Procedures
- Non-Compete Agreements
- Wage-Hour Issues
- Workers' Compensation
- Workplace Safety and Health
- Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
- Cybersecurity & Privacy
J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
A.B., Earlham College