Frederick M. Gittes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment Litigation Attorney in Columbus, OH

The Gittes Law Group
 | 723 Oak Street, Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614-222-4735
Fax: 614-221-9655
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Employment & Labor (30%),
  • Civil Rights (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Frederick M. Gittes is principal of the firm The Gittes Law Group where he has represented clients in issues ranging from assisting individuals who are unemployed and disabled to representing high-profile political personalities and executives. He has represented working men and women from all walks of life with legal issues involving employment law, civil rights, invasion of privacy, defamation, medical privileging, professional negligence, police misconduct, public records and environmental law. He has handled complex civil and criminal proceedings in Ohio, California, Florida and New York, and appellate work including briefs and arguments of numerous cases before the federal courts of appeals, the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Mr. Gittes has won substantial awards and settlements for clients who were victims of sexual harassment, employment discrimination, discrimination against or harassment of employees, and wrongful termination. His firm is located in Columbus, Ohio.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 30%Employment & Labor
    • 30%Civil Rights
    Focus Areas

    Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Discrimination


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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

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    About Frederick Gittes

    Admitted: 1975, Ohio

    Professional Webpage:


    • ACLU of Ohio's statewide award for contributions to the preservation of civil rights and civil liberties, 1996
    • "First Amendment Award" of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
    • Environmental Achievement Award, Ohio Environmental Council
    • Columbus Urban League Award for Excellence
    • "Courage" Award, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers'
    • Honored Ohio-NOW Legal & Education Fund's "Hammer of Justice" Award
    • NAACP of Columbus' President's Award
    • He won a large jury verdict in a highly publicized case in Dayton, Ohio against union officials for the severe beating and shooting of two union members who sought to speak at a membership meeting
    • In Police Officers for Equal Rights v. City of Columbus, and has won numerous monetary awards and appellate decisions protecting and requiring the disclosure of records under Ohio's public records laws

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Ohio, 1975
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1975
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
    • Columbus Legal Aid Society, 1988
    • Former President, National Employment Lawyers Association, 1990
    • Chairperson, OSBA's Labor and Employment Law Section
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Ohio, 1975
    • U.S. Federal Court, 1975
    • State Chair, Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
    • Chair of the Civil Rights Committee, Ohio State Bar Association
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Ohio, 1975
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1975
    • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Columbus Recycling Center, 1987 - 1990
    • Member, Ohio Association for Justice (formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Columnist, Ohio Trial Magazine

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Co-Editor, Model Jury Instructions Employment Litigation, American Bar Association, 1994
    • "Taxing Our Civil Rights," Employee Rights Quarterly, Summer, 2000
    • "Paper Promises: Race and Ohio Law After 1860," History of Ohio Law, Ohio University Press, 2004
    • Age Discrimination and Litigation, James Publishing, 2000
    • Litigating Wrongful Discharge, Age and Sex Discrimination Cases, Professional Education Systems, 1986 - 1987
    • Thoughts About Direct and Cross Examination Reference Manual, Ohio Legal Center Institute, 1988
    • An Overview of Wrongful Discharge Law, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1990

    Representative Clients:

    • Vincent v. Civil Service Com'n, City of Zanesville, Ohio, 560 N.E.2d 226, 1990138156, 1990
    • Helmick v. Cincinnati Word Processing, Inc., Ohio, 543 N.E.2d 1212, 1989123421, 1989
    • Greeley v. Miami Valley Maintenance Contractors, Inc., Ohio, 551 N.E.2d 981, 1990050268, 1990
    • Police Officers for Equal Rights v. City of Columbus, S.D.Ohio, 644 F.Supp. 393, 1986147470, 1985
    •  Hunter v. Westinghouse Elec. Corp., S.D.Ohio, 576 F.Supp. 704, 1983157621, 1983

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • National Finalist, Westinghouse Science Talent Search
    • Certificate of Achievement from the University of Oslo, Norway, 1967

    Educational Background:

    • The Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1975
    • Rollins College, B.A., with Honors, 1968

    Industry Groups

    • Civil Rights
    • Defamation
    • Discrimination
    • Employment Contracts
    • Employment Law
    • Harassment
    • Libel
    • Malpractice
    • Medical Leave And Wages
    • Medical Privileging
    • Police Misconduct
    • Privacy
    • Professional Negligence
    • Public Records
    • Severance Agreements
    • Slander
    • Whistleblower Laws
    • Wrongful Discharge
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    Office Location for Frederick M. Gittes

    723 Oak Street
    Columbus, OH 43205

    Phone: 614-222-4735

    Fax: 614-221-9655

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    Last Updated: 9/22/2020

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