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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.
- Employment Law
- Business Litigation
- Noncompete Litigation
- Partnership and Shareholders Disputes
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
- Employment Related Matters
- Commercial and Business Disputes
- Personal Injury
- Estate Planning
- 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
- 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