Felix “Pete” Wade represents businesses in employment litigation. He also represents clients before federal and state administrative agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and various civil rights agencies and provides counsel on the employment aspects of acquisitions, reductions in force, employee misconduct and other employment law issues.

In addition to his practice, Pete is a frequent lecturer and author on the current issues and the ever changing legal aspects that impact employers today. He has received numerous honors, including being named among the Top 50 Lawyers in Columbus by Ohio Super Lawyers in 2010-2011, and 2016-2017.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Evans v. City of Avon, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas for Lorain County and Ohio Court of Appeals for the Ninth Appellate District.
  • Represented the Plaintiff, Jacob Evans, in a case affecting Convention and Visitors Bureaus and the hospitality and tourism industries statewide. The Plaintiff alleged that the City of Avon violated Ohio law when it imposed a 3 percent lodging tax on top of the 3 percent tax it was already collecting, in addition to the 3 percent that Lorain County had been collecting since the 1980s. The Lorain County Court of Common Pleas ruled in favor of our client and enjoined the collection of the tax, and that decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth District.
  • Represented refinery where citations exceeding $2,850,000 were reduced by ALJ to $35,000.
  • Convinced OSHA that no combustible dust exposure existed at papermill.
  • Assisted warehousing operation in successfully resolving joint investigation by OSHA and Wage & Hour over alleged wage and hour, as well as noise and other safety violations involving students on visas allowing them to work in US.
  • Represented Company and individual defendants against former employee's claims of sexual harassment, negligent retention, retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Secured jury verdict in favor of clients on all counts after two week trial.
  • Represented Company in prevailing wage litigation brought by a competing contractor. Secured Ohio Supreme Court decision in favor of clients, holding that the litigation was preempted by the National Labor Relations Act.
Selected Experience
  • Former trial lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board
Firm Publications
Published In
  • Occupational Safety & Health Law, BNA Treatise, Chapter Editor
  • “The Employee Free Choice Act - Effective Planning for Hospitals,” Ohio Hospital Association (www.ohanet.org), Feb. 12, 2009 Occupational Safety and Health Law, BNA Chapter Editor
  • Indiana Manufacturers Association "School's Out for the Summer: A Cautionary Tale About Employing Workers Under 18"
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