Keith W. Schneider

Mr. Schneider is a partner of our Firm where his practice focuses on all aspects of labor and employment law, general litigation, complex litigation, white collar crime, banking law, municipal law, administrative law, real estate law, and class action.

Mr. Schneider began his legal career serving as Judicial Law Clerk for Honorable Richard B. Metcalf working with the Franklin County Probate Court in Columbus, Ohio from 1986 until 1988. He then served as the Senior Judicial Law Clerk to Honorable George C. Smith, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, in Columbus, Ohio, from 1989 until 1991. Mr. Schneider began his private practice at Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease in Columbus, Ohio as an Associate from 1991 to 1995 concentrating in the law firm’s labor and employment section. While employed by Vorys Mr. Schneider successfully defended the firm’s fortune 500 clients across the nation in employment based claims. He also represented in central Ohio and statewide Vorys’ other business clients in a wide array of employment related matters. Mr. Schneider joined Maguire & Schneider, L.L.P. in 1995 and became Partner in 1998. His practice has remained concentrated in employer based defense.

Mr. Schneider has also been appointed as Special Master by Federal District Court, Southern District to implement a class action settlement; he was appointed Special Counsel by the Honorable Betty Montgomery, Ohio Attorney General 1996-2002, by the Honorable Jim Petro, Ohio Attorney General 2002-2006, by the Honorable Richard Cordray, Ohio Attorney General 2009-2010, and and by the Honorable Mike DeWine 2011-. Mr. Schneider has acted as Special Counsel for Ohio Department of Insurance, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Lima Technical College, The Rehabilitation Services Commission, and Ohio Department of Mental Health while continuing to represent the law firm’s regular clients. During Mr. Schneider’s tenure representing two Ohio Attorney’s General, he successfully represented both The Ohio State University and Ohio University in Federal Court on claims of racial, national origin, ADA, FMLA and Title IX discrimination cases. Mr. Schneider has also effectively defended many Ohio based large and small employers on discrimination and other employment issues. He has been appointed and served as Special Prosecutor for Hamilton County, Ohio in 2012. Mr. Schneider routinely provides employment advice on employment matters, prepares and reviews company policies and manuals for compliance, and has been involved in many reorganization efforts of Maguire & Schneider’s clients.

Mr. Schneider is serving as President of the Columbus Bar Association (2014-2015), and is also a member of the Ohio State, Florida and American Bar Associations. He has been named in the Cincinnati Magazine Super Lawyers from 2005-2016 and in 2011-2016 he was further distinguished by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 in Columbus. He has also been established as a Life Member of the United States Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference.


Education

  • Capital University Law School, 1988, J.D.
  • Miami University, 1985, B.A.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • State of Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th & 11th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

Professional Associations

American Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association (President 2014-2015), Florida Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Provides EEO Compliance Seminars for Maguire & Schneider clients
  • Speaker at employment based Continuous Education Seminars

Reported Cases

Mallory v. Ohio University, 76 Fed.Appx. 634, 181 Ed. Law Rep. 428 (6th Cir. 2003); Das v. Ohio State University, 115 F.Supp.2d 885, 84 Fair Emp.Prac.Case. (BNA) 691, 79 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 40,322; 147 Ed. Law Rep. 975, (2000 S.D. Ohio); Thomson v. Ohio State University Hosp., 5 F.Supp.2d 574, 4 Wage & Hour Cas.2d (BNA) 1139 (1998 S.D. Ohio); Johari v. Big Easy Restaurants, Inc., et al., 78 Fed. Appx. 546 (6th Cir. 2003).