M.J. Asensio

Partner

Columbus
T 614.462.2622  |  F 614.462.2616
"... a talented employment defense litigator and labor lawyer who can interact effectively with all levels of the organization."
— Chambers USA 2013

Mike Asensio is a management labor relations attorney with nearly 30 years’ experience representing clients across the country in collective bargaining, representation cases, grievance arbitration, and labor litigation matters. Mike moves fluidly amongst the groups of people with whom he works. To develop strategic solutions to his clients’ concerns and facilitate collaborative resolutions, Mike communicates and forges relationships with all levels of individuals, from rank and file employees to high-profile public officials. His understanding of his clients’ businesses and cultural values enables Mike to find solutions to workplace issues which support long-term client strategies.

Mike is a contributing editor for the Labor Law chapter of the Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2007 to 2013 editions. He is ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America©. He has also been named one of the top 10 labor attorneys in the country by Human Resources Executive Magazine since 2011 in their annual surveys of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.”

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  • Provides ongoing labor relations counsel and serves as lead negotiator for successor collective bargaining agreements between client, a Fortune 500 company, and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) at facilities in New York and Texas. Developed pre-negotiation strategies that paved the way for negotiation of an agreement at one of the company’s Texas facilities, resulting in greater flexibility in scheduling and overtime, along with increased employee participation in the cost of healthcare benefits.
  • Represents large healthcare system that manages 14 member hospitals in central Ohio. Recently negotiated successor collective bargaining agreement with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) providing greater flexibility in scheduling and movement of nursing staff. With deep understanding of client’s people strategies and culture—having represented the hospital system since 1986—developed work teams between management and labor to address a variety of issues away from the bargaining table.
  • Has represented Fortune 500 company since 2008 in labor relations matters involving Teamsters and IAM at company’s central Ohio warehouse and distribution facility. Provided strategic counsel, advice, and management training which allowed company to successfully defend a variety of labor relations issues.
  • Provides counsel and represents large central Ohio healthcare system in employment litigation matters, including recent case involving former resident who claimed he was terminated in retaliation for whistle-blowing activities.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in several representation cases across the country, including one of the largest representation elections in front of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), involving 17,000 employees. Successfully represented client’s interests in several matters involving complex and/or unique labor issues, drawing on extensive experience in defending representation cases before the NLRB.
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Experience

  • Provides ongoing labor relations counsel and serves as lead negotiator for successor collective bargaining agreements between client, a Fortune 500 company, and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) at facilities in New York and Texas. Developed pre-negotiation strategies that paved the way for negotiation of an agreement at one of the company’s Texas facilities, resulting in greater flexibility in scheduling and overtime, along with increased employee participation in the cost of healthcare benefits.
  • Represents large healthcare system that manages 14 member hospitals in central Ohio. Recently negotiated successor collective bargaining agreement with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) providing greater flexibility in scheduling and movement of nursing staff. With deep understanding of client’s people strategies and culture—having represented the hospital system since 1986—developed work teams between management and labor to address a variety of issues away from the bargaining table.
  • Has represented Fortune 500 company since 2008 in labor relations matters involving Teamsters and IAM at company’s central Ohio warehouse and distribution facility. Provided strategic counsel, advice, and management training which allowed company to successfully defend a variety of labor relations issues.
  • Provides counsel and represents large central Ohio healthcare system in employment litigation matters, including recent case involving former resident who claimed he was terminated in retaliation for whistle-blowing activities.
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in several representation cases across the country, including one of the largest representation elections in front of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), involving 17,000 employees. Successfully represented client’s interests in several matters involving complex and/or unique labor issues, drawing on extensive experience in defending representation cases before the NLRB.

Recognitions

  • CAsensio, M.J.hambers USA: Labor & Employment in Ohio (2013, 2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2010 to present)
    Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC
    • Columbus: Labor Law—Management
  • Human Resource Executive "Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys—Labor" (2011 to 2014)
  • Ohio "Super Lawyer" (2004 to 2007, 2009)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association

Services

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Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1986
  • Ohio, 1985

Education

  • J.D., Indiana University School of Law, 1985, cum laude
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1982