Betsy A. Swift



Betsy Swift is a partner with Bricker & Eckler and is former chair of the Employment & Labor group and member of the Health Care group. She has extensive experience in advising and counseling clients on the myriad of day to day employment issues ranging from discrimination and harassment claims and investigations and leave issues to discharge and discipline issues and corporate reorganizations and layoffs. Betsy's practice also includes drafting employment policies, handbooks, severance agreements, employment agreements, non-compete agreements and other employment-related documents. A former teacher, Betsy has extensive experience as a speaker and trainer providing employment-related educational and training programs for management and trade associations.

Betsy's representative experience includes:

  • General advice to numerous private and public employers on employment law issues, equal employment opportunity issues, and personnel policies and practices
  • Served as employment counsel on all facets of consolidation of two acute care hospitals and development of new personnel policies, procedures and benefit packages
  • Successfully defended employer in Ohio Civil Rights Commission self-initiated investigation regarding allegation of national origin discrimination in closure of stand-alone operation
  • Represented specialty manufacturer through selection and implementation of mass layoff of 40% of its workforce without challenge by any terminated worker
  • Represents insurers and mortgage company in successfully resolving/defending race discrimination actions involving individuals and/or fair housing agencies and allegations of discriminatory denial of insurance coverage or lending practices
  • Successfully argued case of first impression before the Ohio Supreme Court regarding amount of paid leave to which public employee is entitled for military leave
Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, Ohio Management Lawyers Association
  • Member, Ohio Society of Hospital Attorneys
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Presentations & Published Works
  • Extensive experience as a speaker and trainer in providing employment law related programs for management, including presentations to: Ohio Manufacturers Association, Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio Society of Hospital Human Resources Administrators, Ohio Healthcare Association, Ohio CLE Institute, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, Nationwide Insurance, Institute of Business Law, Council on Education and Management, Association of Ohio Philanthropic Homes for the Aged
  • Regularly provides training sessions to clients and trade associations on such topics as Union Avoidance, Sexual Harassment, Americans With Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Social Media, Documentation and Discharge, Avoiding Discrimination Claims, and Wage Hour Issues
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Admitted in Ohio
  • Member, American, Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2008-2015; Recognized in 2010 as one of Top 25 Columbus Women Lawyers
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (labor and employment management law) 2005-2015; 2013 Columbus Labor Law-Management Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by ChambersUSA in Labor & Employment Law with a Band 4 ranking, 2013; Band 3 ranking, 2014-2015
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed, "Top Rated Midwest Lawyer," in The National Law Journal, 2013
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., with honors); Chief Justice, Moot Court Governing Board; Recipient of First Year Moot Court Best Oralist Award
  • Miami University (B.S. Education)
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