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Attorney-Employment Law-Employment Discrimination-Civil Rights-Commercial Litigation

Michael J. O'Hara


Crestview Hills, Kentucky
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Michael J. O’Hara was admitted to practice in 1975 and is currently a Partner with the Firm. Michael has represented both individuals and businesses in a wide range of matters relating to employee and employer rights and responsibilities under State and Federal laws. He also regularly represents victims of medical negligence. Michael focuses his practice in the areas of employment discrimination, civil rights, medical malpractice, and business law.

Michael was born in Lexington, Kentucky and grew up in Northern Kentucky. He is married and has two daughters. Michael currently lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Glenda Harrison, who is also an attorney and currently serves as the Executive Director of Kentucky Access to Justice Commission. 

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Civil Rights
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Business Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1975
  • Ohio, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006


  • University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
    •    J.D. - December 1974
  • University of Dayton
    •    B.A. - May 1971

Representative Cases

  • E.J. v. Hamilton County, Ohio, 707F.Supp.314 (Southern District Ohio 1989)
  • Bishop v. Reagan-Bush '94 Committee (rev'd 819 F.2d 2891987 WL35970, 6th Circuit, 1987), 635 F.Supp. 1020 (Southern District Ohio 1986)
  • Young v. Whitworth, 522 F.Supp. 759 (Southern District Ohio 1981)
  • Doe v. Staples, 706 F.2d 985 (6th Circuit 1983)
  • Bjorkman v. Protestant Episcopal Church in U.S. of American Diocese of Lexington, KY, 759 S.W.2d 583 (Kentucky 1988)
  • Diocese of Covington v. Secter, KY, 966 S.W.2d 286 (App. 1998)
  • Flagner v. Wilkinson, 241 F.3d 475 (6th Circuit 2000)
  • Hoffman v. Honda of America Manufacturing, 200 F.R.D. 370 (Southern District Ohio 2000)
  • Board of Education of Erlanger-Elsmere School District v. Code,, 57 S.W.3d 820 (Kentucky 2001)
  • Moore v. Mitchell, 531 F.Supp.2d 845 (S.D. Ohio 2008)
  • Core Medical, LLC v. Schroeder, 2010 WL 2867820 (Ky. App. 2010)


  • Speaker, Employment Law and Discrimination, Civil Rights and Class Actions

Honors and Awards

  • Volunteer Lawyer of the Year, 1997
  • Andrew Dennison, Courageous Advocate of the Year, Awarded by the Potter Stewart Inn of Court, Cincinnati Ohio, 2006
  • Super Lawyer (Kentucky), Labor and Employment Law, 2008 - 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV ® rated attorney

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Kentucky Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • Volunteer Lawyer's for the Poor, Northern Kentucky, Board of Director, 1995 - Present
  • VLP Board, Former Chair
  • Cincinnati Volunteer Lawyers, Volunteer Lawyer
  • Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers, Volunteer Lawyer
  • Kentucky Bar Association Attorney Advertising Commission, Past Member, and Past Chair

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board of Directors, Volunteer Lawyer's for the Poor, Northern Kentucky, former Chair of the VLP Board, 1995 - Present
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Cincinnati Volunteer Lawyers
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers
  • Past Member and Past Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association Attorney Advertising Commission

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