Walter Haverfield Attorney

Margaret A. O'Bryon

  • Associate

Overview

Margaret A. O'Bryon has been practicing law in Lorain and Erie counties since 1993. She concentrates her practice in workers' compensation law, public law, and employment law.

Margaret began her legal career in the Erie County Prosecutor's Office and has since served as prosecutor in the cities of Lorain, Elyria and Amherst and the villages of Wellington and Kipton. She is currently the law director for the village of Kipton and a prosecutor for the city of Vermilion.

In her workers' compensation practice, Margaret represents self-insured and state-funded clients in matters from the administrative level at the Ohio Industrial Commission through the court system, from Common Pleas Court to the Supreme Court of Ohio, providing aggressive, efficient, cost-effective defense. Margaret’s clients represent an array of public and private industry including health care, manufacturing, construction, and school districts.

Margaret received her Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she obtained the highest individual score on the Jessup Moot Court team. She was an adjunct criminal law professor for four years at Lorain County Community College.

Margaret is a member of the Lorain County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, Leadership Lorain County, 100+ Women of Lorain County, and a former member of the Giving Circle for the Community Foundation of Lorain County.

Experience

Employment
  • Knowledgeable in the legal interplay between workers' compensation, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and unemployment benefits.
  • Defends discrimination claims before the OCRC and EEOC.
  • Prepares employee handbooks, drafts workplace policies, severance agreements.
Workers Compensation
  • Represented a municipal client before the Ninth District Court of Appeals in a workers’ compensation matter involving the death of a police officer.
  • Currently representing a client before the Ohio Supreme Court on the issue of workers’ compensation retaliation.
  • Defense of specific violations of safety requirements (VSSR).
  • Representation of employers before the Industrial Commission of Ohio.
Public Law
  • Twenty-three years of experience as a prosecutor for six different municipalities.
  • Defended a mayor, council president and council members at trial before the Ohio Elections Commission on the issue of a campaign violation.
  • Represented municipality before the Sixth District Court of Appeals on the issue of zoning for commercial fishing.
  • Represented a municipality in common pleas court regarding firefighter occupational disease, resulting in dismissal of the case.

Recognition

Articles

Presentations

  • August 24, 2016 - “Workers’ Compensation: Attorney Employer Point of View,” Lorain County Chamber of Commerce 2016/2017 Safety Council meeting, Lorain County Community College, Elyria, Ohio.
  • July 30, 2015 - "Workers' Compensation, a Death Claim, and a Union Contract: A Case Study," Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County, Independence, OH
  • January 15, 2015 - “Pregnancy Discrimination and the New EEOC Ruling,” Greater Lorain County Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • October 18, 2014 - W | H Public Law Seminar, “Workers’ Compensation Defense,” Embassy Suites, Independence, OH
  • July 19, 2012 - “The Ins and Outs of Workers’ Compensation Awards,” Greater Lorain County SHRM
  • June 21, 2012 - “Pay Now or Pay Way More Later: Proactive Aggressive Workers’ Compensation Defense,” Greater Lorain County SHRM

Associations

  • Lorain County Bar Association
    • Certified Ethics Committee
    • Former member, Judicial Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Leadership Lorain County
  • 100+ Women of Lorain County
  • Legal Supervisor - Model United Nations Program, Vermilion Middle School
  • Giving Circle for the Community Foundation of Lorain County, former member

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