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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 2016-2019.
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
Blog Posts
Published In
  • "Dear Wage and Hour," Inside Indiana Business, May 18, 2018 and Daily Herald Business Ledger, May 16, 2018
  • Occupational Safety & Health Law, BNA Treatise, Chapter Editor
  • “The Employee Free Choice Act - Effective Planning for Hospitals,” Ohio Hospital Association (, 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"
Speaking Engagements
  • Moderator for the Public Policy Panel at the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association's Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio, November 20, 2017
  • Speaker, "Lodging Tax 101,"  Ohio Association of Convention & Visitor Bureau - President's Luncheon, November 16, 2017
  • "Hotel Firearms Policies and Removing Guests," OHLA - Dayton Lodging Council, October 24, 2017
  • “Complying with Ohio Wage and Hour Laws,” Lorman Education Services, January 2016
  • Speaker, "OSHA Developments Sure to Impact You in 2014 and Beyond." MAPP, January 2014
  • Moderator for 2013 ABA-OSHA Mid-Winter Meeting - "Safety Incentive Plans, Recordkeeping and Injury Reporting"
  • Panelist for 2012 ABA-OSHA Mid-Winter Meeting - "Come, Let Us Reason -- Informal and Formal Settlement Trends, Processes and Procedures"
  • “What’s up in Washington?” Moderator, American Bar Association, Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting, March 2011
  • “Is your workplace ready for 2011?” Co-presenter, Labor Breakfast Exchange, Dec. 8, 2010
  • “Work-life Balance and Gender Equality,” Co-presenter, American Constitution Society, Columbus Lawyer Chapter, September 20, 2010
  • “Recent Trends in OSHA Enforcement,” Moderator, OSHRC Judicial Conference, Charleston, S.C., Sept. 14, 2010
  • “Proposed Federal Legislation,” College of Labor and Employment Lawyer’s Ohio Meeting, May 27, 2009
  • “The Changing Landscape of Federal Labor Law,” Labor Breakfast Exchange, Columbus, Ohio on April 23, 2009 and Cleveland, Ohio on April 28, 2009
  • “OSHRC Hearings and Mandatory Settlements - Steps for Ensuring Efficient, Fair Proceedings,” Moderator, American Bar Association, Occupational Safety and Health Law Committee 2009 Midwinter Committee Meeting, February 24, 2009
  • “The Ohio Healthy Families Act and its Impact on Ohio Employers,” Co-presenter, August 26, 2008
  • “Paid Sick Leave Under Ohio Healthy Families Act,” Columbus Hotel and Lodging Association, Columbus, Ohio, July 18, 2008
  • “Legal Privileges and Ethics in OSHRC Discovery,” ABA OSHA Mid-Year Meeting, Moderator, Tucson, Arizona, March 6, 2008
  • “Significant Decisions” and “Practitioners Panel-OSHRC at 37 Years of Age,” OSHRC Judicial Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 25-28, 2007
  • “Mergers, Acquisitions, and The Law Of Successorship: What Must Labor & Employment Lawyers Know To Advise Their Client?” Ohio Management Lawyers Association Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, April 20, 2007
  • “The New Political Landscape: Impact on Occupational Safety & Health,” ABA OSHA Midwinter Meeting, Naples, Florida, February 27-March 2, 2007
  • “Contumacious Conduct by Attorneys - A Bibliography of Cases and Secondary Sources,” OSHRC Judicial Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2006
  • “New Developments Under the FMLA,” Council on Education in Management Employment Law Update, July 13, 2006
  • “The Top 10 Things on HR's 'To Do' List When Buying and Selling a Business,” co-presenter, Human Resources Association of Central Ohio Legal Update 2005, Oct. 11, 2005
  • “Various Leaves of Absence: Where Have All My Employees Gone?” Human Resources Association of Central Ohio Legal Update 2005, Oct. 11, 2005
  • “Mastering the Moves in Whistleblower Retaliation Cases,” Panelist, Sponsored by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education, Sept. 20, 2005
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