Eric Johnson, partner and chair of the Walter | Haverfield Labor and Employment Group, brings more than 20 years of experience to the fields of labor and employment and education law. He is consistently recognized for his work by The Best Lawyers in America© and represents both private and public sector clients in a wide range of employment-related matters. He defends employers against discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge allegations, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) claims, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims, non-compete issues, and various tort actions. Eric regularly counsels clients on general compliance and risk management strategy and provides training in almost every area of employment law.
Eric founded the firm’s Education Law Group in 2006 and continues to guide its impressive year-over-year growth. U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” continually ranks the group in its top regional tier, and Walter Haverfield’s education law attorneys are consistently recognized as leading education lawyers in Ohio and nationwide. Within the field of education law, Eric represents boards of education throughout Ohio in all facets of school law, providing general counsel to public school districts across the state. Eric has achieved precedent-setting decisions related to unilateral implementation of contract terms and the supremacy of the teacher evaluation system over collective bargaining rights. Eric also has substantial labor law experience. He represents public and private sector employers at the bargaining table as the lead negotiator with a variety of labor organizations. Furthermore, he counsels employers on bargaining issues from behind the scenes. Eric has successfully represented clients’ interests in the arbitration of claims brought by employees and unions and has prosecuted and defended unfair labor practice charges with State Employment Relations Board (SERB) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).