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Overview

Chris serves businesses throughout Central and Southwest Ohio in all areas of the workers’ compensation administration and legal processes, appearing regularly before the Ohio Industrial Commission, the BWC Adjudicating Committee and the Self-Insured Review Panel. Chris represents clients in workers’ compensation appeals in courts of common pleas and appellate courts dealing with injury and occupational diseases as well as matters in mandamus.

Chris also provides counsel on matters of environmental and regulatory compliance, including permitting and reporting under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and a variety of state environmental laws and regulations. He represents clients on permit appeals before the Environmental Review Appeals Commission as well as throughout enforcement proceedings, both administrative and judicial, regarding environmental statutes and regulations.

Chris is a member of the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, where he is an active member of the respective environmental law and workers’ compensation law committees. He is also active in the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Safety Committee, as well as in the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network, of which Calfee is the Ohio member firm.

On January 1, 2015, Chris became an Ohio State Bar Association Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. He joined Calfee in 2003.

Education

J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, 2003

B.A., summa cum laude, University of Dayton, 2000

Ohio State Bar Association Board-Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law, 2015

Experience

Experience

Environmental Experience

  • Represented corporations, municipalities and villages in administrative appeals pending before the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission involving challenges to their NPDES permits, hazardous waste closure plans, Title V permits and air permits to install issued by Ohio EPA and extensive permit negotiations in the settlement and dismissal of the appeals.
  • Successfully defended and resolved environmental enforcement actions for public and private entities on various air and water issues.
  • Represents private and public entities seeking permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Ohio’s isolated wetlands program.

Workers’ Compensation Experience 

  • Successfully defending an Ohio corporation against a potential six-figure VSSR award dealing with issues of “proper employer” and alleged violation of Ohio safety regulations.
  • Represents businesses in the interstate trucking industry against attempts at seeking allowed Ohio workers’ and unemployment compensation from independent contractor drivers seeking status as “employees.”
  • Successfully aided client in petitioning Ohio BWC to withdraw its demand for hundreds of thousands in disability fund (DWRF) assessments against an Ohio business that should have remained with the prior business owner.

Professional & Community

Professional & Community

Ohio Bar Association Environmental Law Committee and Workers' Compensation Law Committee, member

Columbus Bar Association Environmental Law Committee and Workers' Compensation Law Committee, member

Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Safety Committee, member

National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network, member

News & Events

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Licensed In

  • Ohio 

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
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