Joe D’Andrea uses his experience as a litigator and small business owner to represent private sector clients in multistate labor and employment and general litigation matters.

He is also experienced handling the unique employment requirements of public sector clients, having advised and defended several cabinet-level agencies, universities, municipalities, boards and commissions in a variety of matters during his service at the firm and as an Assistant Attorney General.

Joe advises and defends employers in all aspects of federal, state and local labor and employment laws, including claims arising under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FLSA, FMLA and the Equal Pay Act. He has successfully defended employers from claims in state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrations. A skilled negotiator, he offers clients a practical, straightforward approach to matters that reflects his business ownership experience.

In addition to his labor and employment practice, Joe has significant experience in government relations, having held positions at the White House and the Ohio Senate and working on political campaigns and statewide ballot initiatives.

Joe serves on the Section Counsel of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and is a co-editor of its newsletter. In the community, Joe is a member of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Development Board and volunteers at various local community events.

Joe was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021: Ones to Watch for Litigation – Labor and Employment, a list of the top up-and-coming lawyers. He is also listed in Ohio Super Lawyers 2020-2021 as a Rising Star.

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  • Defending a large public university in multiple class action litigations brought by students.
  • Conducting privileged and confidential investigations for both public and private sector clients on topics ranging from allegations of discrimination to potential criminal wrongdoing.
  • Successfully defending an Ohio cabinet-level agency in federal district court and in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals against claims arising under Title VII, the ADA and the ADEA.
  • Serving as counsel in a negotiated resolution of a Department of Labor investigation regarding FLSA compliance.
  • Successfully defending a state agency in multiple arbitrations following reductions in force.
  • Obtaining “no probable cause” determinations in various matters before the EEOC and Ohio Civil Rights Commission.


  • Capital University, J.D., cum laude, staff member, Capital University Law Review, 2013
  • Ashland University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2009


  • Ohio, 2013


  • U.S. Ct. of App., Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America’s Ones to Watch in America for Labor and Employment Litigation from 2021 to 2023, as well as for Labor and Employment Law Management in 2023
  • Recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars 2020-2022

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  • Provided testimony as a proponent for Ohio HB 352 in the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 9, 2020. The bill, which is now law, was an overhaul to Ohio’s anti-discrimination statute.
  • Interviewer and Co-author, “An Interview with the NLRB Chairman and General Counsel,” Labor and Employment News, Spring 2017.
  • Co-author, “No Dues for You: The Future of Public Sector Agency-Shop Provisions After Friedrichs,” Labor and Employment News, Spring 2016.
  • Presenter, “Changes to the FLSA,” Sharonville Chamber of Commerce, June 15, 2016.
  • Author, “Not Lovin’ It: The NLRB and McDonald’s Battle Over the Joint-Employer Standard,” Labor and Employment News, Vol. 23, 2015.
  • Presenter, “Removal and Remedies,” Defending § 1983 Actions Against Public Clients, CLE, December 19, 2014.
  • Trainer, new employee quarterly sexual harassment awareness at large government agency.

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