Todd F. Palmer

Todd F. Palmer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
 | 1405 East Sixth Street, Cleveland, OH 44114
Phone: 216-622-8354
Fax: 216-241-0816
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2009, 2011, 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (60%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    Todd defends employers against discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract and other employment litigation claims. He represents employers in labor contract negotiations, arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges and NLRB election proceedings. He enforces noncompetition and related covenants and pursues remedies for misappropriation of trade secrets. He designs risk reduction strategies for discipline and discharge of protected-class employees and works closely with clients to develop employee handbooks and personnel policies, including drug testing, workplace harassment and disciplinary policies. He provides training to employers on a variety of topics, including the ADA, FMLA, employee discipline and discharge, workplace harassment and workforce reductions.

    He is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, along with the Ohio Management Lawyers’ Association. He has served on the boards of local charities, a private club and his church.  

    Todd also serves as counselor to Calfee’s management on the Firm’s employment matters. In that role, Todd gains a unique perspective on the operational and business ramifications of advice on employment issues. Todd joined Calfee in 1995, was elected Partner in 2000, and began serving as Vice Chair of the Labor and Employment practice group in 2020.


    Certificates and Credentials

    Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist

    About Todd Palmer

    Admitted: 1990, Ohio

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyers - Employment Law - Management, The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
    • Labor and Employment Star - Midwest, Benchmark Litigation, 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section, Member, 2021
    • Ohio Management Lawyers’ Association, Member , 2021
    • U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio  
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit  
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio  
    • Ohio

    Representative Clients:

    • Asymmetric Technologies LLC


    • Title II of the CARES Act is captioned Assistance for American Workers, Families, and Businesses, and its Subtitle A expands the nation’s Unemployment Insurance system in three significant ways for those who are out of work due to COVID-19., CARES Act: Impact on Unemployment Compensation, Labor & Employment

    Educational Background:

    • J.D., The Ohio State University College of Law, 1990, 1990
    • B.A., Miami University, 1987, 1987

    Industry Groups

    • Nonprofit Organizations
    • Private and Family-Owned Businesses
    • Private Equity
    • Public Companies
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    Office Location for Todd F. Palmer

    1405 East Sixth Street
    Cleveland, OH 44114

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    Last Updated: 5/28/2021

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