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 and 2011.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Represented hospitality industry and consumers in an Ohio City in a local lodging tax case. The court found that the lodging tax enacted by the City in late 2014 conflicted with the Ohio Revised Code and was illegal.
  • 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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