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, unemployment compensation, and employee benefits. 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.

Representative Work

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, 2007-2020

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

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Corporate Counsel, Top Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2008

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J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

A.B., Earlham College

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