With more than 25 years of experience in labor and employment law and a nationwide practice, Ms. Oswald is an experienced, trusted labor negotiator who has worked with international conglomerates, as well as Fortune 100 companies and medium and small businesses. She has successfully led hundreds of labor negotiations, union organizing campaigns and litigated unfair labor practice charges, labor arbitrations and dozens of cases through dismissal, trial and appeal.
Ms. Oswald has deep expertise representing unionized clients in a broad range of industries, including the manufacture and distribution of food, beverage and specialty chemicals; coating and ink production; automotive production and sales; power generation; steel and aluminum production; drilling systems manufacturing; petroleum refining; retail; hospitality and gaming; acute healthcare; business-to-business; contingent staffing; software development; broadcast media and technology solutions.
Ms. Oswald has extensive experience representing employers before the National Labor Relations Board, Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, State Employment Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission and numerous other state agencies across the country.
Ms. Oswald has successfully defended scores of companies in a wide range of employment matters including high profile civil rights issues, non-compete and trade secrets, use of background checks and Fair Credit Reporting Act claims, scientific misconduct, wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination and retaliation and wage and hour claims in class and collective actions and single and multi-plaintiff litigation. She frequently counsels large and mid-size companies on risk management and labor compliance topics.
She achieved elite recognition as a Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law in Ohio and is regularly voted by her peers as one of Ohio’s top labor and employment attorneys. She has been an invited speaker by business and legal groups throughout the United States and Europe on various labor law matters. Ms. Oswald is an editor for the BNA treatise The Family and Medical Leave Act and was a contributing author for The Developing Labor Law, a founding member of the Ohio Management Lawyers Association and served on its Steering Committee.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement
•First Baptist Church (Medina, OH), Member and Volunteer
•ideastream, Community Advisory Board Member
•Medina Christian Academy, Member, School Board
Honors and Recognitions
•Leadership Medina County, Graduate
•Ohio State Bar Association, Certified Specialist Labor and Employment Law
•YWCA, Woman of Professional Excellence
•“Myths Abound About Right-to-Work States,” Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (August 2014) [Author]
•FMLA, 2014 Cumulative Supplement (Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. 2014) (contributing editor)
•The Developing Labor Law (Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.) (contributing author)
Speeches and Presentations
•Managing Contingent Workers, ACCA (Cleveland, OH, October 2014)
In the News
November 1, 2018
Suellen Oswald Comments on the Consequences of Misclassifying Contract Workers
Suellen Oswald comments on how the growing contingent workforce has also led to a rising number of class action suits in the U.S. in The Growing Gig Economy Brings New Worries for In-House Counsel, published by Corporate Counsel.Subscription may be required to view article
August 15, 2018
Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal...
August 15, 2017
Best Lawyers in America Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition
WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are...
June 7, 2018
Number of Contingent Workers Inches Higher, DOL Survey Finds
The Department of Labor (DOL) has confirmed the gig economy is alive and well, but the number of workers has increased only slightly in the past decade. The DOL released its much-anticipated “Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements Survey” report on June 7, 2018.The number of U.S. workers classified as “contingent” (...
December 16, 2017
Unwrapping Late Year NLRB Decisions - Next Steps For Your Organization to Consider
Two weeks after newly appointed National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb signaled his intent to ask the Board to consider overruling many union-friendly precedents of the Obama-era Board, the Board has beaten him to the punch. Over the course of two days (December 14 and 15), the Board repudiated three of the Obama Board...
January 17, 2017
Kentucky Passes Right-to-Work Law: FAQs on What This Means to Kentucky Employers and Their Employees
Kentucky has passed House Bill 1, the Kentucky Right to Work Act, making Kentucky the 27th state to adopt right-to-work legislation.The January 7, 2017, passage of the Kentucky Right to Work Act provoked a passionate debate between the business and union community (video of the Governor Matt Bevin’s testimony is available here)....
Data Intelligence Reporter
Talent Software - Perfect Solution or Perfect Storm?
November 14, 2017
Using talent-finder software to simplify hiring decisions is all the rage. Hiring managers across the country love the idea that one of their most difficult tasks - hiring - can now done through software. So, what is good and what is risky when using these new hiring tools to evaluate talent?
By Suellen Oswald
Labor & Collective Bargaining
Court Repudiates NLRB’s Award of Attorney’s Fees and Expenses for Their ‘Deterrent Effect’
July 8, 2016
The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has determined that the National Labor Relations Board lacks inherent power and the authority under Section 10(c) of the National Labor Relations Act to order an award of attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses to itself and a labor union.
By Suellen Oswald
Labor & Collective Bargaining
NLRB Member Criticizes Board’s Handbook Rule Review Standard
May 10, 2016
The legality of employer work rules continues to draw National Labor Relations Board scrutiny on a regular basis.
By Suellen Oswald
Professional Associations and Activities
•American Bar Association, Labor and Employment / Litigation Sections
•Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
•Leadership Medina County
•Medina Chamber of Commerce
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