Thomas V. Williams
Tom is a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC in Columbus, Ohio, where he practices in the labor and employment department. Tom represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, arbitrations and litigation of disputes involving collective bargaining agreements in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. He also has extensive experience as lead trial counsel in employment and labor litigation, and regularly counsels employers on a wide variety of labor and employment matters to avoid employment liability. Tom is a periodic speaker to groups and organizations concerning labor and employment law issues and positive employee relations and personnel management. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America for many years.
Tom is the Managing Member of the Columbus office of Frost Brown Todd LLC, responsible for the operational and personnel matters of the Columbus office.
Served as lead negotiator and spokesperson for Fortune 1000 corporations in labor and negotiations for several industries and facilities involving international representatives of USW, UAW, IBEW, and IAM. Negotiations resulted in relocation of work, reduction in pay and fringe benefit modifications. Tom has also negotiated the restructuring of union contracts during bankruptcy proceedings.
Represented employers in various labor arbitration cases involving a wide variety of issues including discipline, discharge, subcontracting, work relocation, overtime requirements, incentive pay programs and contract interpretation issues. Received favorable decisions on numerous dispositive motions in employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, and retaliation cases. Tom has successfully tried employment discrimination and wrongful discharge cases on behalf of employers.
Represented employers in unfair labor practice and representational proceedings, including trials and appeals before the National Labor Relations Board. Tom has successfully represented numerous employers in work stoppage situations involving strikes and lock-outs, and has obtained injunctive relief and enforcement of injunctive relief on behalf of employers due to unlawful or violent strike activity.
Tom routinely provides advice to employers in the areas of administration of collective bargaining agreements, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, affirmative action compliance issues, FMLA compliance issues, and other compliance issues in connection with labor and employment statutes and regulations.
Highlights & Recognitions
- The Best Lawyers in America® 2005-2013
- AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
- Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2009-2012
Memberships & Affiliations
- Columbus Bar Association
- Ohio State Bar Association
- 43 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and 17 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars® for 2013
- 167 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Best Lawyers®
- 44 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and 15 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars® for 2012
- 150 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers® 2012 Edition
- 41 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and 14 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars® for 2011
- 145 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers® 2011 Edition
- 35 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers® and 15 Recognized by Ohio Rising Stars® for 2010
- 139 Frost Brown Todd Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® for 2010
Non-FBT Publications and Events
Tom is a periodic speaker before legal groups, as well as various personnel and labor relations associations.
The Ohio Labor Letter, 1996-2001
Ohio Management Lawyers Association - An invitation-only network of experienced management labor and employment lawyers formed to represent Ohio employers’ interests in amicus and legislative activities.