Darren A. Crook

Associate

Cleveland
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Darren Crook focuses his practice primarily on commercial litigation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) matters. Exercising a diligent approach to his work, Darren is committed to his clients and their goals.

Darren is a regular publisher, speaker, moderator and presenter on emerging OSHA issues.

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OSHA
  • Particular substantive experience with all facets of state and federal OSHA matters, including preparing clients for OSHA inspections and participating in conferences with OSHA.
Commercial Litigation 
  • Defended a national construction management company against whistleblower claims brought by a subcontractor's former employee. Drafted dispositive and discovery motions, oversaw discovery, and negotiated final settlement in favor of the client.
Bankruptcy
  • Involved in representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in connection with BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel.
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Experience

OSHA
  • Particular substantive experience with all facets of state and federal OSHA matters, including preparing clients for OSHA inspections and participating in conferences with OSHA.
  • Second-chair experience in successfully litigating dozens of cases before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and state administrative law judges.

Manufacturing

  • Represented an auto manufacturer in federal litigation involving lockout-tagout standard and other electrical safety issues.
  • Represented an auto parts manufacturer in federal litigation involving machine guarding and the mechanical power press standard.
  • Represented a commercial hot water heater manufacturer in federal litigation involving permit-required confined spaces.

Construction

  • Represented a construction company in federal litigation involving the general duty standard and use of concrete saws.
  • Represented a construction company in federal litigation involving the use of certain clamps to pick up tank piping.

Other Industries

  • Represented a real estate management company in federal litigation involving the installation of an electrical switch gear.
  • Represented a grain company in federal litigation involving the grain handling facilities standard.
  • Represented a healthcare company in federal litigation involving the management of a truck yard for a loading dock.
Commercial Litigation 
  • Defended a national construction management company against whistleblower claims brought by a subcontractor's former employee. Drafted dispositive and discovery motions, oversaw discovery, and negotiated final settlement in favor of the client.
  • Defended a large automotive parts manufacturing company in an intentional tort dispute with a former employee. Drafted dispositive and discovery motions, oversaw discovery, and negotiated final settlement in favor of the client.
  • Participated in the defense of an international flat-panel display manufacturer against allegations of price fixing and antitrust violations. The matter was settled in favor of the client.
  • Member of the team representing a national aerospace components manufacturer in the defense of claims arising from the acquisition of a regional aerospace components manufacturer brought by the regional manufacturer's former CEO. 
  • Assisted in the defense of an American supply chain services company against Foreign Corrupt Practices Act claims for practices allegedly employed to obtain South American business.
  • Quickly and efficiently obtained dismissals of multiple breach of contract claims brought against a Big Three automobile manufacturer.
Bankruptcy
  • Involved in representing Irving H. Picard, Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, in connection with BakerHostetler's role as court-appointed counsel.
  • Member of the legal team representing Brian Bash, Trustee for liquidation of Fair Finance Company. 

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2017)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association: Young Lawyers Section
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar

News

Community

  • Minds Matter Cleveland

Pro Bono

  • Representing a former police officer who had been convicted of a felony in pursuit of the restoration of firearms rights for sporting purposes. Shepherding the client through the application process. 

Services

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable R. Guy Cole Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Admissions

  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, 2011; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
  • B.A., Economics, West Virginia University, 2008; summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

Blog

In The Blogs

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OSHA Forum
DOJ Indictment of Senior Project Manager Reminds Employers of Severity of Potential Consequences When Dealing With OSHA Inspectors
April 25, 2017
A 49-year-old senior project manager for a roofing contractor was indicted on April 19 on three charges that he made false, fictitious and fraudulent statements to federal OSHA investigators. The Department of Justice accuses Peter Nees of...
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OSHA Forum
President Trump Proposes Defunding the Chemical Safety Board
April 7, 2017
President Trump has proposed a budget for next year that would cut all funding for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The Chemical Safety Board is an independent federal agency that has operated since 1998. It is responsible for investigating...
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OSHA Forum
Senate Takes Next Step in Eliminating OSHA Recordkeeping Rule
March 23, 2017
On March 22, 2017, the Senate voted to kill an OSHA regulation that would enable employers to be cited for recordkeeping violations that occurred as long as five years ago. OSHA had created the rule to try to get around court decisions...
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OSHA Forum
OSHA’s Top 10 Hits: The Most Common Citations
March 20, 2017
CitationsOSHA has released its list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations that occurred in the last fiscal year. Not surprisingly, the list has hardly changed from previous years. Employers who take a proactive...
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OSHA Forum
Trump Taps Acosta to Run the Department of Labor
February 24, 2017
On Feb. 16, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Alex Acosta, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board and a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida, as secretary of labor. Acosta’s nomination came after...
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