A former assistant attorney general, Corey Crognale focuses on counseling and litigating employment discrimination disputes; defending workers' compensation claims and counseling employers in occupational safety and health issues.

As a lead trial attorney, Corey has over 60 trials in state and federal courts in Ohio. He is also a frequent lecturer at seminars conducted by the Ohio Association of General Contractors; the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio; the Columbus Bar Association and other groups on topics relating to age, sex, race, and disability discrimination; family medical leave; workers' compensation; intentional tort and OSHA matters.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Represented John R. Jurgensen Co. before the Ohio Supreme Court where it affirmed decisions from the lower courts that for a mental condition to be compensable under the Ohio workers’ compensation system, it must have been caused by a physical injury. The work-related physical injury must cause the mental condition, a victory for all Ohio employers.
  • Represented Pioneer National Latex in defense against Marlene Leininger’s public policy claim for wrongful termination based upon age discrimination. The trial court granted Pioneer National summary judgment. Ultimately, Leininger appealed adverse trial court’s judgment to the Ohio State Supreme Court. Upon review, the Supreme Court held that Leininger’s claim for wrongful termination in violation of Ohio public policy fails as a matter of law. In so holding, the Supreme Court determined that Ohio does not recognize a claim for wrongful termination in violation of public policy arising from age discrimination. That finding will be the seminal decision upon which employers will rely to challenge public policy claims based upon the other classes of employment discrimination.
  • Represented USF Holland, Anchor Motor, and Gorsuch Reality in defense against claims for death benefits arising out of sudden cardiac arrest and death at work. In each case, jury rendered defense verdicts denying claim for death benefits.
  • Represented John R. Jurgensen Company, Radio Shack, Dearth Management Nursing Homes, Wilson Sporting Goods and Cassens Trucking in defense against employees’ requests to additionally allow claims for psychiatric conditions. In each case, the jury rendered defense verdicts denying employees’ requests to amend claims for the psychiatric conditions.
  • Represented Kenner Products, Schottenstein Stores Corporation, USF Holland, Cassens Transport, Constar Plastics, Bway Corporation and Highland County Humane Society in defense against workers’ compensation claims for various back injuries. In each case, the jury rendered defense verdicts in favor of the employers and denying the employee’s request to participate in the benefits of the Workers’ Compensation Act for the back conditions at issue.
  • Represented Adia Temporary Services and John R. Jurgensen Company in defense against workers’ compensation claims for knee conditions. In each case, the jury rendered defense verdict in favor of the employers and denying the employees’ request to participate in the benefits of the Workers’ Compensation Act for the knee conditions at issue.
  • Represented Denison Hydraulics, Premier AutoGlass, Caraustar Industries and Value City Furniture, in defense against employees’ claims for occupational diseases, which included cirrhosis of the liver, bronchiolitis obliterans, toxic chemical exposure, and various repetitive motion injuries. In each case, jury rendered defense verdicts denying employees’ occupational disease claims.
  • Above noted jury verdicts in courts of common pleas throughout Ohio, served to vacate adverse orders of the Industrial Commission. In those cases, the triable issue involved determining eligibility for employees to participate in the benefits of the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Act and encompassed death benefits, back injuries, knee conditions, psychiatric conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, pulmonary disorders and occupational diseases. Achieving successful verdicts in ninety percent (90%) of those jury trials, Mr. Corey Crognale secured for his clients Sysco reimbursement from the workers’ compensation surplus fund in excess of one million dollars ($1,750,000.00).
  • Represented manufacturing company in defense against employee's intentional tort claim for alleged exposure at work. The employee maintained that the company subjected her to injurious levels of silica and various chemicals. The jury verdict denied the employee's claims in their entirety.
  • Co-counsel for retail entity in defense of former employee's claim alleging violation of rights under Family Medical Leave Act. Action resulted in client obtaining a directed verdict in its favor with the federal court dismissing the employee's claims in their entirety.
  • Successfully represented contractors before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in defense of willful citations arising out of job site fatalities. All administrative actions resulted in willful citations relative to each fatality being vacated in their entirety.
  • Represented painting contractor in OSHA litigation arising out of special emphasis inspection for lead and fall protection. After inspection covering three days, OSHA issued citation against painting contractor for alleged serious willful and repeat violations of lead and airborne contaminant standards. OSHA assessed penalties totaling $110,000. After two day trial, Administrative Law Judge issued judgment vacating willful and repeat violations and reducing civil penalty to $11,000.
  • Represented site development contractor in unprogrammed investigation of workplace fatality. Following inspection, OSHA issued citation alleging failure to initiate and maintain programs for inspection of equipment and failure to train employees in the recognition and avoidance of recognized hazard conditions. Following two day trial, Administrative Law Judge issued judgment vacating all citations relevant to fatality.
  • Secured favorable jury verdict as counsel for Apex Construction in defense against employee's claim of retaliatory discharge and discharge in violation of public policy. A former employee filed claim for workers compensation benefits prior to the termination of her employment for performance related issues. Following termination, the employee commenced an action for unlawful discharge in retaliation for pursuing workers compensation benefits and a tort claim for alleged violation of Ohio public policy. Following a three day trial, the jury rendered a unanimous verdict in favor of Apex Construction.
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