Sue has volunteered her time with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s Take Steps walk for several years now. She has also been a featured speaker at their fundraising events. Here, she is taking some time out for a picture with her team.
Sue Roudebush practices employment law with an emphasis on workers' compensation and OSHA law and procedure. She represents both self-insured and state-funded employers during all stages of their workers’ compensation matters, including claims investigation and management, administrative hearings, litigation, appeals on mandamus before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio, and settlement. Additionally, she sits on the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Rules Advisory Taskforce, where she is involved in the rule-making process.
In addition to several years in private practice, Sue also worked as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General in the Workers’ Compensation Section.
Sue regularly writes and presents on topics related to workers’ compensation and OSHA. Her programs are presented at various safety council meetings, continuing education seminars and for internal client education and training events.
COVID-19 management counseling
Helped clients understand their legal obligations under new labor and employment laws passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drafted work-from-home, leave, and reopening policies; advised on mass layoff obligations, terminations, furloughs, unemployment issues, and alternative work arrangements; and recommended best practices for essential workers, safe reopening, employee testing and health assessments, employee travel, and face covering requirements.
Workers’ compensation settlement defense
Represented a medical center in defending a workers’ compensation settlement that was challenged by an employee, who, despite agreeing to the settlement, argued that the settlement amount was insufficient to cover their interests for the reimbursement of medical costs. Defended this settlement in front of the Ohio Industrial Commission, which is the adjudicating body of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, allowing the medical center to leave its fully negotiated settlement agreement intact.
Testimony before the Ohio Senate
Testified before the Ohio Senate on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Businesses regarding House Bill 308, which impacts workers’ compensation benefits for first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their employment.
Corporate employment reorganization
Implemented a corporate reorganization for a privately owned retailer operating in numerous states. This involved merging approximately 13 corporations out of existence and establishing one consolidated entity to employ all Ohio employees. Work was completed in five business days due to the impending close of the client’s fiscal year.
Breach of fiduciary duty under workers’ compensation
Defended a client against a claim of breach of fiduciary duty under Ohio workers’ compensation laws governing self-insured employers. Secured a favorable settlement and avoided re-opening workers’ compensation claim against client.
Protection of BWC funds
Pursued injunctive relief against the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM) on behalf of several national and state trade associations to prevent the OBM from using up to $2 billion in Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation funds for state purposes. Secured memorandum of understanding on behalf of the associations prohibiting the OBM from raiding the funds and preventing other state agencies from taking similar action in the future.
Cost control on workers' comp claims
Used both aggressive and strategic techniques to help a new client with multiple derailed claims get their claims costs under control. For example, fighting to have only the necessary treatment allowed and unrelated conditions denied, we successfully argued that an injured worker had reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) to have compensation terminated. Out of options, the injured worker ultimately settled her claim.
Temporary total compensation termination
Successfully terminated temporary total compensation causing an overpayment of almost $20,000 through use of external surveillance and social media.
Reduction of school district's liability
Worked with the Ohio Attorney General's Office to reduce a school district's liability for a common pleas court settlement to zero dollars. The school district paid nothing to have the case dismissed with prejudice and did not suffer any effect to its premiums as a result.
Persuaded several Ohio courts to dismiss cases on the merits through Motions for Summary Judgment for reasons such as failure to attend depositions; failure to respond to timely respond to discovery; and failure to exhaust administrative options.
Professional & Community Activities
- Member, Ohio Self-Insurers Association, 2007–present
- Member, Central Ohio's Self Insurers Association, 2007–present
- Member, Rules Advisory Taskforce, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, 2014–present
- Mentor, Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, 2009–present
- Member, Bricker & Eckler’s Women in Networking Group, 2014–present
- Trustee, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 2017–2019
- Trustee, Ohio Women's Bar Association, 2017
- Chair, Workforce Diversity Committee, BWC Ohio Safety Congress, 2015–2016, 2016–2017
- Volunteer, Columbus Legal Aid Society (pro bono), 2011–2017
Presentations & Published Works
- Speaker, "Navigating FMLA, ADA and OSHA in Ohio Workers’ Compensation Claims," Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, March 2021
- Speaker, "Impact of COVID on Hospitals as Employers," Ohio Society of Health Care Human Resources Administrators Fall Conference, October 2020
- Speaker, "Reducing Workers' Compensation and OSHA Liability during COVID-19 and Beyond," Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, October 2020
- Speaker, "Using Social Media to Fight Workers’ Comp Fraud," Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, October 2019
- Speaker, "OSHA Ramification of Medical Marijuana," Marijuana Liability Seminar, March 2019
- Panelist, "It's only a sprain! Perspectives in workers' compensation claims," Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, November 2018
- Speaker, "Bermuda Triangle: Workers' Compensation, ADA and FMLA," Guernsey-Noble Safety Council, September 2018
- Speaker, "BWC fraud: What to know and how to avoid it," Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce - Coffee & Commerce, September 2018
- Panelist, "When the ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation Intersect," Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar, November 2017
- Speaker, “Should Employees Be Disciplined for Safety Violations?” BWC Ohio Safety Congress, March 2017
- Speaker, "Moderated Panel on Workers' Compensation," OSHRA Conference, October 2015
- Speaker, "Defending Employers Against Workers' Compensation Claims," November 2014, April and July 2015
- Speaker, "Workers' Compensation Tips for HR Professionals," November 2014
- Speaker, "Legalization of Marijuana and its Effect on the Workplace," September 2014
- Speaker, "When Will They Return to Work? Navigating FMLA, ADA, and Workers' Compensation," May 2014
- Speaker, "Workers' Compensation Fraud: Who, What, When, How Could This Happen?!?" February 2014
Bar Admissions & Activities
- Member, Ohio State Bar Association
- Member, Columbus Bar Association (Board Appointed Arbitrator Regarding Fee Disputes 2009–2017; Leadership Academy Certification 2006; Workers’ Compensation Committee 2004–2019)
- Admitted, State of Ohio, 2004
- Admitted, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2006
Awards & Recognition
- Member, Leadership Columbus, Class of 2021
- Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers, (Workers' Compensation: Employer/Insurance), 2019
- Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, Class of 2016–2017
- Ohio Northern University (J.D.), 2004
- The Pennsylvania State University (B.A., Psychology), 2001
Sue is a loyal alum of Penn State University. This year she was able to trick a few OSU alumni into joining her for the game in Happy Valley.
Having recently adopted a Maltese/terrier mix from Recycled Doggies (started by Bricker & Eckler’s very own Shannon DeBra!), she can’t get enough pictures! Here is Kenna on her ride home after her first haircut.