Walter Haverfield Attorney

Max V. Rieker

  • Associate
  • Cleveland Direct: 216.928.2972
  • Cleveland Fax: 216.916.2469


Max Rieker brings more than a decade of professional legal experience to Walter | Haverfield. With a focus on labor and employment issues, Rieker has successfully represented clients before various arbitrators, boards, commissions and trial and appellate courts throughout Ohio. He has extensive involvement in administrative investigations and prevailed in a variety of termination and employee discipline cases. He also has considerable experience in public sector collective bargaining as he represented clients in dozens of cases through the statutory fact-finding and conciliation process.

A native of Northeast Ohio, Rieker spent eight years as in-house counsel for the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association. Prior to that, he was a judicial staff attorney to Judge David T. Matia of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Rieker joined Walter | Haverfield in September 2017 as an associate.


Labor & Employment Litigation
  • 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.
Labor Relations
  • 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.


  • 2018 - Current, Ohio State Bar Association "Board Certified Specialist" in the area of Labor and Employment Law
certified specialist



  • 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.


  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


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