Peter Burrell

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Peter Burrell engages in a broad-ranging litigation and corporate practice with a special focus on employment matters (public and private). Peter has litigated scores of covenant not to compete/restrictive covenant cases. He counsels businesses and individuals on trade secrets, noncompetes, and related unfair competition issues outside of litigation. He has represented a number of public employers in a wide variety of employment matters and has arbitrated many just cause termination cases.

On the corporate side, Peter represents a wide range of companies, working with emerging, family-owned, and established businesses. He has also represented numerous shareholders in various aspects of shareholder disputes and fiduciary obligations among shareholders in closely-held businesses.

Since 1995, Peter has taught business law and business ethics at the University of Cincinnati in its MBA program. Since January 2013, he has been an Assistant Professor-Educator of Accounting, teaching several graduate and undergraduate level business law classes at UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

He has also published articles and presented seminars on a wide variety of topics, including non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants, investigation of sexual harassment claims, employment handbooks, and negotiation of severance agreements and executive employment agreements. Every year since 2007, Peter has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Ohio Lawyer magazine.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Employment Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Noncompete Litigation
  • Partnership and Shareholders Disputes

AREAS OF CONCENTRATION

  • Employment Related Matters
  • Commercial and Business Disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Estate Planning

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Successfully represented trucking company in wrongful death lawsuit involving multiple fatalities, resulting in settlement on favorable terms for client
  • Successfully represented three news sources in television investigatory report sued by target of investigation in defamation action — favorable summary judgment decision upheld on appeal
  • Successfully represented minority shareholder in dispute with majority shareholder over ownership of local sign company’s negotiated sale of business to minority shareholder
  • Enforced two-year noncompete agreement in lawsuit against departing chiropractic physician employee
  • Successful defense of lawsuit by local bank against departing financial advisor in lawsuit alleging theft of trade secrets, violation of non-compete and non-solicit agreements — lawsuit dismissed
  • Successful defense of lawsuit by competing construction equipment company against two departing employees — case settled on favorable terms for clients
  • Successful defense of racial harassment EEOC charge — case settled on terms favorable to client
  • Secured several substantial six-figure settlement awards in a number of sexual harassment lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, 1994-2012
  • Assistant Professor – Educator of Accounting, University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, 2013-Present
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Starfire, Board of Directors 1992-1997

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Ohio Super Lawyers 2007-2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating

EDUCATION

  • Ohio Wesleyan University, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa (B.A. 1981)
  • University of Notre Dame (J.D. 1984)

ARTICLES, PUBLICATIONS & LECTURES

  • “Negotiating Executive Separation Agreements,” Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association, November 15, 2012
  • “Employee Handbooks,” November 17, 2011 • “Investigating Employee Complaints,” February 18, 2010
  • “What Business Owners and HR Professionals Need to Know About Non-Competes, Non-Solicits and Other Restrictive Covenants,” Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association, September 17, 2009
  • “Effective Investigations of Sexual Harassment and Other Employee Complaints,” National Business Institute Seminar, January 6, 2000 and January 11, 2001
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