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Max V. Rieker


Max Rieker


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Max Rieker brings more than fifteen years of professional legal experience to Walter Haverfield’s Labor & Employment group.

As a certified specialist in labor & employment law by the Ohio State Bar Association, Max counsels both private and public sector employers in a full range of workplace matters.

Max has successfully represented clients before a variety of arbitrators, boards, commissions, administrative agencies and at every level of court throughout Ohio. He has extensive experience handling administrative investigations and police use-of-force cases. He has prevailed in an array of challenges involving employee discipline and termination cases. Having personally negotiated hundreds of public sector collective bargaining agreements, Max also has the skills to craft solutions for public entities. He has represented clients in dozens of cases through the statutory fact-finding and conciliation process.

Max’s practice also focuses on the needs of private sector clients, having represented small businesses, mid-size manufacturers and significant international corporations. This representation includes all manner of employment agreements, non-compete agreements, contract disputes, executive compensation considerations, severance issues and immigration concerns. Additionally, he has unique experience in areas that intersect with employment relationships such as union avoidance and investigations involving the Department of Justice.

A native of Northeast Ohio, Max began his legal career with a judicial clerkship, then spent several years as in-house counsel for a major labor union prior to joining Walter Haverfield.


certified specialist


  • Performed complex wage studies and financial analysis, resulting in several favorable rulings before conciliators.
  • Successfully negotiated a multitude of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Represented several clients during the course of criminal investigations related to police use of deadly force.
  • Has prevailed in cases before both trial courts and appellate courts.
  • Involved with several complex disputes relating to statutes including FMLA, FLSA, USERRA, HIPAA, the Ohio Public Record Act and the Ohio Collective Bargaining Act.
  • Successfully represented clients in unfair labor practice (ULP) charges.
  • Advised clients and processed hundreds of contract dispute grievances. Prevailed in a wide variety of cases including contract interpretation issues, past practice claims, policy implementation disputes, and employee discipline – including several termination cases.
  • Handled issues related to employer policy design and implementation, including workforce evaluation.
  • Extensive involvement in administrative investigations, including many polygraph examinations.


  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association
  • Member, Irish American Law Society of Cleveland
  • Member, Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys




  • Presented on topics such as the unfair labor practice process, past practice arguments, and arbitration procedure to multiple client groups.
  • Presented at Basics of Employment Law for the Ohio State Bar Association.
  • Presented Labor and Employment Law updates to the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association and Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association.