Craig M. Brown is a labor and employment attorney exclusively representing employers in all matters affecting the employer-employee relationship. His practice regularly includes providing advice and counsel on the application of increasingly complex labor and employment laws in both the private and public sector, guidance in resolving problems arising under collective bargaining agreements, and the development and application of effective workplace rules and regulations to enhance efficiency and productivity.

A primary focus of Craig’s practice is collective bargaining. He frequently serves as the chief spokesperson for employers in their negotiations with unions. He has negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements for a variety of clients across numerous industries and employer groups. Craig has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of large urban school districts and higher education systems, hospitals and healthcare providers, numerous public employers, including municipalities and regional governments, and a variety of manufacturing and wholesale/distribution companies with a special concentration in beer and wine distribution. Craig also has advised clients in developing strategic plans to implement major business transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, relocations and closures, negotiating many agreements with unions covering both the decisions and the effects associated with those transactions.

Craig also represents clients in contract administration, arbitration and general employment matters. He regularly advises clients regarding issues arising under the National Labor Relations Act and Ohio Collective Bargaining Law, frequently appearing before the National Labor Relations Board and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board. He also advises employers seeking to maintain union-free workplaces and provides counsel during union organizing initiatives.

Craig represents a wide range of employers in the public and private sector, large and small, publicly-traded and privately-held. Craig’s experience has provided him with considerable knowledge of the following industries:

  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouse and distributing
  • Service
  • Retail
  • Beverage wholesale
  • Healthcare and hospitals
  • Hospitality
  • Education
  • Regional and municipal government

Additionally, Craig frequently addresses groups on issues of:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Union avoidance
  • Employment discrimination
  • Violence in the workplace

Prior to joining Littler Mendelson in 2007, Craig was a partner at Duvin, Cahn & Hutton in Cleveland, Ohio. In law school, he was administrative editor of Law and Policy in International Business.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment Section

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Labor and Employment Section

Ohio State Bar Association


Labor and Employment Section

Federal Bar Association


Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association


Labor and Employment Relations Association

Vice-President, Board of Trustees

Alzheimer's Association, Cleveland Area Chapter

President, Board of Trustees

Cleveland Boy Choir


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, Super Lawyers


2006 and 2007

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

2019 Ohio Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 10, 2019

2018 Ohio Regional Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 18, 2018

2013 Ohio Regional Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 24, 2013

Ohio Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 25, 2012

Non-Union Employers: Are You Prepared for the NLRB’s Assault on Your Policies?

Ohio Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Cleveland, OH

October 25, 2012

Senate Bill 5 - A Management Lawyer’s Perspective

Cleveland Marshall School of Law: Employment and Labor Law Speaker Series

October 12, 2011

The 2011 Health Care Summit

Pittsburgh, PA

September 22, 2011

Collective Bargaining During Economic Recovery

Annual Conference - Council of the Great City Schools and Chief Financial Officers

September 16, 2011

Bargaining and Grievance Arbitration Trends in Healthcare

Annual Convention - National Academy of Arbitrators

October 23, 2010

Union Considerations

Healthcare Wage and Hour Summit - Littler Mendelson

May 2010

The 2008 Executive Employer® Conference

April 10, 2008

Health Care’s New Labor and Privacy Law Frontiers: Defusing Tomorrow’s Problems Today

Cleveland, OH

November 14, 2007

NLRB Recent Developments Update

National Labor Relations Board Region 8

October 5, 2005

Collective Bargaining in Healthcare

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

May 11, 2005

FCMS Healthcare Symposium

November 14, 2003

Discipline and Discharge

American Arbitration Association

November 28, 1995

Negotiating a Business Acquisition: Collective Bargaining Issues

Cleveland Bar Association

May 19, 1995

Violence in the Workplace

National Convention, College and University Professionals Association - Human Resources, Vancouver, B.C.

September 1994


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1979
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1976With Distinction

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit