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 - 2020
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
  • 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 - 2020

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About Frederick Gittes

Admitted: 1975, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • 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
  • Honored Ohio-NOW Legal & Education Fund's "Hammer of Justice" Award
  • Environmental Achievement Award, Ohio Environmental Council
  • "Courage" Award, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers'
  • "First Amendment Award" of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • 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
  • NAACP of Columbus' President's Award
  • Columbus Urban League Award for Excellence
  • ACLU of Ohio's statewide award for contributions to the preservation of civil rights and civil liberties, 1996

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Columnist, Ohio Trial Magazine

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

Representative Clients:

  • Greeley v. Miami Valley Maintenance Contractors, Inc., Ohio, 551 N.E.2d 981, 1990050268, 1990
  •  Hunter v. Westinghouse Elec. Corp., S.D.Ohio, 576 F.Supp. 704, 1983157621, 1983
  • 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
  • Police Officers for Equal Rights v. City of Columbus, S.D.Ohio, 644 F.Supp. 393, 1986147470, 1985

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: 8/29/2019

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