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. Recently, she has been advising trade associations and speaking across the state on the legal impact of Ohio’s medical marijuana law on workplaces.

Joëlle has served as the City Attorney for Grandview Heights since 2006. She chaired Bricker & Eckler’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee from 2014 to 2018.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Co-Chair, Ohio State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Council Webinar Subcommittee
  • Chair, Nominating Committee; HR Committee, The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Steering Committee Member, Ohio Management Lawyers Association
  • Former President, Ohio Municipal Attorneys 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

  • Roundtable discussion panelist, "D&I in the legal profession: What makes sense for Ohio?" Symposium on the State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, August 2019
  • Speaker, "Weed Woes: How to Manage Medical Marijuana in Your Hospital," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2019
  • Speaker, “Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law,” National Association of Women Business Owners, May 17, 2018
  • Speaker, “The Importance of Hiring Practices and Corporate Culture in Creating Inclusive Workplaces,” Ohio Safety Congress, March 8, 2018
  • 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, "O-High-O: Workplace Considerations of Marijuana Legalization," Ohio Association of Occupational Health Nurses annual conference, November 5, 2015
  • Speaker, “Challenging Human Resource Legal and Practical Issues,” Ohio Hospital Association Spring Meeting, May 13, 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

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Faculty Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy “Deposition Skills” training program
  • 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, Ohio Super Lawyers (Employment & Labor: Employer; State, Local & Municipal; Workers' Compensation: Employer/Insurance; Employment Litigation: Defense; Nonprofit Organizations ), 2007–2020
  • Listed, Top 25 Women Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2017–2020
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Employment Law - Management; Labor Law - Management), 2010–2020
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Labor & Employment with a Band 4 ranking, 2018–2019
  • Listed, Top 50 Women Ohio, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2017–2019
  • Listed, Top 50 Columbus, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2017–2019
  • 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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