Todd Lebowitz maintains a national employment litigation practice and also practices in the area of sports law. His experience includes serving as national employment law counsel for Fortune 50 and Fortune 1000 companies, and litigating employment discrimination cases in more than 20 states. He regularly advises clients on resolving complex day-to-day personnel problems covering the full scope of employment-related concerns, including background checks, hiring, disability issues, discipline, terminations and reductions in force. His approach to employment law is to help companies solve legal problems in a way that makes business sense. Todd also believes that sound advice includes consideration of how decisions are communicated to employees, recognizing that the manner in which employers deliver bad news can play a more significant role in determining whether the employee will file suit than the bad news itself.
Todd has established a practice niche in handling independent contractor misclassification disputes and joint employment issues. He has successfully represented clients in defending claims of misclassification and in proactively evaluating clients' current use of independent contractors and other nonemployee workers. Todd speaks on these issues throughout the country and works with clients to recognize misclassification and joint employment risks, then designs and implements customized strategies for reducing those risks in a way that makes sense for each business. Click here to download Todd's 2016 white paper: Independent Contractor Misclassification: 2016 Legal Analysis. Todd is certified as a specialist in Labor & Employment Law by the Ohio State Bar Association and has been recognized in Chambers USA and as an Ohio "Super Lawyer." In the field of professional sports, Todd completed a research thesis titled "The Effect of Financial Reward on Intrinsic Motivation: A Study of Long-Term Contracts in Major League Baseball," prior to entering the practice of law. His study received national press coverage for its conclusion that players elevate their motivation and performance levels the year before they enter the free agent market. Todd currently serves on the board of directors for SABR (the Society for American Baseball Research), where he has been a member since 2000.