Marie-Joëlle C. Khouzam



Marie-Joëlle C. Khouzam counsels and defends management and business owners in labor and employment law matters, including discrimination and harassment, intentional torts, breach of contract, non-compete/restraint of trade, and other issues affecting the employment relationship. Her focus includes providing day-to-day advice on personnel issues, helping management develop and implement policies, and representing clients before various state and federal agencies and courts.

Joëlle is also a firm believer in the value of mediation, advocating on behalf of clients in mediations and also serving as a retained mediator (neutral). She conducts frequent in-house training to help management ensure compliance and avoid litigation, and is a frequent author and speaker on developing employment-law topics. Most recently, she has been advising trade associations and speaking across the state on the legal impact of Ohio’s marijuana initiatives on workplaces.

Joëlle has also served as the City Attorney for Grandview Heights since 2006. She also chairs Bricker & Eckler’s Diversity & Inclusion committee.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, The Catholic Foundation Board of Directors
  • Chair, Nominating Committee; HR Committee, The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Former President, Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Former Steering Committee Member, Ohio Management Lawyers Association
  • Former Board Member/Officer, Grandview Chamber of Commerce; Children’s Hunger Alliance; St. Stephen’s Community House; Members First Credit Union
Presentations & Published Works
  • Speaker, “The Straight Dope: Medical Marijuana Legalization in Ohio,” Ohio Safety Congress, April 11, 2017
  • Speaker, “Workplace Dos and Don’ts,” Builders’ Exchange, February 16, 2017
  • Speaker, “School Comp Safety Seminar,” Ohio School Boards Association, December 12, 2016
  • Speaker, "Is the Grass Really Greener? Workplace Implications of Medical Marijuana," Ohio State Bar Association, August 11, 2016
  • Speaker, "Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act," The Development District Association of Appalachia's Professional Development Conference, April 2016
  • Speaker, "Ohio Pot-entially Dodged a Bullet, For Now..." Ohio Manufacturers' Association webinars, November 12 and 17, 2015
  • Speaker, "O-High-O: Workplace Considerations of Marijuana Legalization," Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses annual conference, November 5, 2015
  • Speaker, "Top 10 Workplace Landmines," Builders' Exchange, October 21, 2015
  • Speaker, “Challenging Human Resource Legal and Practical Issues,” Ohio Hospital Association Spring Meeting, May 13, 2015
  • Speaker, “Our Workplaces have Gone to Pot!” Ohio Safety Congress, April 1, 2015
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics in Employment Law,” Ohio City and County Managers’ Association, February 26, 2015
  • Speaker, "Using Non-Compete, Non-Solicitation, and Non-Disclosure Agreements," HR Academy Webinar, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, July 9, 2014
  • Speaker, "Navigating the Bermuda Triangle of Leave Laws: ADAAA, FMLA, and Workers' Compensation Laws," HR Academy Webinar, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, June 11, 2014
  • Speaker, "Workplace Investigations," Lorman Seminars, May 16, 2014
  • Speaker, "Social Media Issues in the Workplace," Federal Bench-Bar Retreat, Ohio State Bar Association, October 25, 2013
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Member, Columbus Bar Association (Past Member, Board of Governors; Past Chair, Labor & Employment Law Committee; Past Chair, Community Service Committee)
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio Management Lawyers' Association
  • Member, Ohio Municipal Attorneys' Association
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management), 2010–2018
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Employment & Labor: Employer; State, Local & Municipal; Workers' Compensation: Employer/Insurance), 2007–2018
  • Listed, Top 50 Women Ohio, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2017–2018
  • Listed, Top 50 Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2017–2018
  • Listed, Top 25 Women Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2017–2018
  • Recipient, Bowling Green State University's Outstanding College Alumni Award, 2017
  • Recipient, Ohio Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women in Ohio Award, 2009, 2017
  • Recipient, Multicultural Leadership Award, Ohio Diversity Council, October 2015
  • Rated, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell; Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Honored, Grandview Chamber of Commerce established the Khouzam Workforce Development Scholarship, 2013
  • Listed, International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers
  • Recipient, Ohio Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women in Ohio Award, 2009
  • Recipient, Northwest Rotary Woman of the Year
  • Recipient, Columbus Bar Association Community Service Award
  • University of Toledo (J.D.), 1991
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Universität Innsbruck, Austria, 1986
  • Georgetown University Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems, 1985
  • Bowling Green State University (B.A., cum laude), 1985
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