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John R. Folkerth, Jr.

Mr. Folkerth manages the Labor and Employment Law Group at Folkerth and Folkerth. Mr. Folkerth is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as an employment law specialist, and has been listed by Super Lawyers as a top rated Ohio employment law attorney. Mr. Folkerth represents businesses and individuals in the private sector, public sector, and federal sector involving employment related matters.

Mr. Folkerth’s practice areas include general business and employment litigation, employment contracts, employee compensation, non-disclosure/non-compete and separation agreements, employment policies and handbooks, wrongful termination, FMLA, whistleblowing, employee benefits, non-disclosure/non-compete, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment and other civil rights litigation. Mr. Folkerth is admitted to the Ohio bar, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Mr. Folkerth has substantial trial experience in Federal and state court, and has practiced before the Ohio Court of Claims, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Disciplinary Appeals Board, the Office of Special Counsel, and the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission. John R. Folkerth, Jr. was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Mr. Folkerth received B.A. degrees in history and philosophy from Marion College in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received his J.D. degree from the University of Dayton.

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Karen S. Folkerth

Ms. Folkerth is a native of Jackson, Michigan and is admitted to the practice of law in Ohio and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Ms. Folkerth is now the firm's Practice Manager, and no longer represents clients or engages in the practice of law.

Ms. Folkerth has an extensive background in the areas of employment law, commercial leasing transactions and creditor's rights. Ms. Folkerth has conducted training seminars in the areas of sexual harassment, commercial law and contract negotiations. Ms. Folkerth graduated with a B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University, and received her J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Dayton.

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Paul J. Routh

Paul Routh is a nationally recognized benefits attorney providing advice and counsel on health plans and other on-retirement benefits, such as group life insurance, disability plans, cafeteria plans, and premium only plans. He has devoted over 30 years to counseling employers on such things as the design and drafting of health and welfare plans, advising employers on the requirements of the Healthcare Reform laws, assisting in ERISA annual filing requirements, and representing plans and plan sponsors in litigation and governmental audits.

Paul has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on employee benefit topics. He is the author of Welfare Benefits Guide (West, 1989 to Present). Paul graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in accounting, the University of Toledo College of Law (Order of the Coif), and New York University School of Law (Masters of Taxation, LLM). He is also a certified public accountant. Paul heads up the firm's Employee Benefits Group and is a Director.

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