Overview

Kevin E. Griffith practices primarily in the areas of whistleblower law, business competition litigation, and employment litigation. He has extensive litigation experience in cases involving whistleblower retaliation, corporate raiding, enforcing or defending covenants-not-to-compete, trade secrets and employment contracts, and interference with contract claims. He has assisted employers defend against hundreds of employment discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, and wrongful termination cases, including several seminal cases before the Ohio Supreme Court. 

In addition, Kevin counsels corporate clients concerning internal investigations, assists with drafting their codes of conduct, employment agreements and arbitration agreements, and provides advice and counsel regarding executive officer terminations, protecting business information, mass layoffs, and compliance with federal and state employment-related laws, such as:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank Act's whistleblower provisions
  • Federal whistleblower laws administered by OSHA
  • Economic Espionage Act
  • Defend Trade Secrets Act
  • Sexual harassment laws
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • State wrongful termination laws

Kevin also has over 30 years of experience assisting companies throughout the United States develop and implement workplace substance abuse policies and testing protocols, including to address the new legalized marijuana laws. His law practice also is enhanced by the legal project management training he received from a former senior director of Microsoft's legal technology and operations department.

* Not licensed to practice law in Kentucky

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Federal Bar Association

Member

Ohio State Bar Association

Member

Columbus Bar Association

Member

Defense Research Institute

Recognition

Named, Lawyer of the Year

Employment Law, Columbus

The Best Lawyers in America©

2016, 2019

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2015-2020

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2011-2020

Awarded, AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbell

Named, Super Lawyer

Ohio

Super Lawyers

News, Analysis & Press

Law You Can Use: Medical marijuana now available

The Clermont Sun

March 15, 2019

Two Hot Topics for Ohio Employers in 2018

Columbus CEO

December 28, 2017

Employment & HR: Keep Quiet to Keep Working

Columbus CEO

October 23, 2017

Drug Use Adds to Recruitment Woes for Manufacturers

Crain's Cleveland Business

October 14, 2017

Marijuana at the Polls and in the Workplace

SHRM Online

October 12, 2016

8 Steps for Addressing Bullying in the Workplace

Corporate Counsel

August 11, 2015

Speaking Engagements

2020 Hot Topics in Employment and Labor Law

Columbus, OH

February 26, 2020

Pushing Beyond "Severe" or "Pervasive" -- Can or Should Employers Strive for a "Sex-Free" Workplace?

Littler Executive Employer Conference, Phoenix, AZ

May 9, 2019

Ask the Experts: Practical Hints For Developing and Administering a Best-Practice, Effective and Hassle-Free Drug-Free Workplace Program

2019 Ohio Safety Congress and Expo

March 6, 2019

2019 Hot Topics in Employment and Labor Law

Columbus, OH

February 21, 2019

The Purloined Letter: An Employer’s Rights and Remedies When a Whistleblower Steals Confidential Information

Littler Executive Employer, Phoenix, AZ

May 4, 2018

2018 Hot Topics in Employment and Labor Law

Columbus, OH

February 1, 2018

Testimony on the Employment Law Uniformity Act

Ohio House Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor Committee

February 21, 2017

2017 Hot Topics in Employment & Labor Law

Columbus, OH

February 2, 2017

Financial Services and Corporate Compliance

New York, NY

November 30, 2016

Legalized Marijuana and the Future of the Drug-Free Workplace

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 5, 2016

The Impact of Technology on Workplace Privacy, Information Security and Your Company’s IP Assets

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

2016 Whistleblowing Update

April 7, 2016

2015 Whistleblower Update "Speaking Up" Gets Louder

May 19, 2015

Education

  • J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 1986
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1982

Bar Admission

Ohio

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin