Donald L. Crain

West Chester
T 513.870.8221
F 513.870.0999
9277 Centre Pointe Drive
Suite 300
West Chester, Ohio 45069-4866

Don is the former chair of Frost Brown Todd's government services practice group.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and has been named to Ohio Super Lawyers®.  His work is focused on the labor and employment and governmental law areas. He regularly represents numerous clients in a wide array of matters, with emphasis on Ohio township, municipal and school law, public and private sector labor and employment law, arbitrations, labor contract negotiations and administration and litigation. He has negotiated over 460 labor agreements for public employers since 1984, including over 250 in the area of public safety.


Acted as Chief Negotiator for major City Police and Fire negotiations where public safety budget exceeded $400 million.

Primary trial counsel in over 40 unfair labor practice trials in NLRB proceedings.

Serves as Law Director - West Chester, Ohio, and for 33 years was General Counsel for the Middletown City Schools and Solicitor for Indian Hill, Ohio for 20 years.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment 2011-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® 2005-2019, Ohio Law and Politics/Cincinnati Magazine
  • AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association
  • 2018 John Dolibois Awardee, Miami University Development and Alumni Association
  • Who's Who in Cincinnati Law, Cincinnati Business Courier
  • West Chester/Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Community Support Honoree
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® since 1997

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Butler County Bar Association, Past President
  • Middletown Bar Association, Past President
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, Past Chairman of Board of Directors
  • Ohio and National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Member
  • Ohio and International Municipal Lawyers Association, Member
  • Miami University School of Business, Previously Adjunct Professor for course work in Labor Relations and Negotiations, undergraduate and graduate studies

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Miami University Board of Trustees - member 2006-2015 and past Chairman of the Board; Miami - Middletown Citizens Advisory Board, 1983-1993; 1995-2006
  • Miami University Foundation Board of Trustees, Chair Development Committee
  • Fairfield Civil Service Commission, 1981-2003, Seven times past-Chairman
  • Miami University Red & White Club, Past-President, Volunteer of the Year 1995, 2009
  • Middletown Branch American Heart Association, Past President and Founding Board Member
  • Dan Beard Council of Boy Scouts of America, Past District Chairman - Fort Hamilton (Butler County) District; Member, Council Board of Directors

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Speaker: FMCS Annual Seminar - Effect of Economy on Negotiations Budgets - May 17, 2016

Speaker: Ohio Township Association - "Ohio Fact-Finding and Conciliation" - July 7, 2015

Speaker: Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association - "Hard on the Issues, Soft on the People" - February 2, 2015

Speaker: Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association - "Negotiations Do's and Don'ts" - February 3, 2014

Speaker: Miami Valley Communications Council - NLRB/SERB Update, November 5, 2013.

Speaker: "BGD Legislative Conference," December 2012

Speaker: "Where Angels Fear to Tread? - Navigating the Waters of Subcontracting" - FBT School Law Seminar, November, 2012

Article:  "Rays of Hope" (Negotiations after SB5)
Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association Newsletter, Winter 2011 Edition

Speaker:  "Grievance and Arbitration - Leading You to Victory"
Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2012

Speaker: "Taking Care of Unfinished Business:  Midterm Bargaining and Reopeners"
Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2011

Speaker: "Recent Developments - Fact-Finding and Conciliation in Ohio"
Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2010

Speaker: "Fact-Finder as Mediator"
SERB Fact-Finding Conference, Columbus, Ohio, August, 2009

Speaker: "Binding Arbitration in the Brave New World of EFCA and Federal Public Safety Act"
American Arbitration Association/Northern Kentucky University, July, 2009

Speaker: "The Evolution of Collective Bargaining in Ohio - Over 25 Years"
Ohio SERB Conference, April, 2009

Speaker: "Mid-Term Bargaining Law in Ohio"
Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2009

Speaker: "Retire/Rehire Considerations for Ohio Public Employers"
Ohio Township Administrators Network Columbus, Ohio, October, 2008

Speaker: "Retention of Jurisdiction by the Arbitrator"
Arbitration and Mediation Service of Cincinnati, Ohio, May, 2008

Speaker: "Effective Witness Interviews and Preparation"
Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February, 2008

Other Contact Info


Teri Weeks
T 513.870.8223