Nancy A. Noall
Partner

Nancy A. Noall is the chair of the Labor Law Group at Weston Hurd. A Partner in the Firm, Nancy is particularly sensitive to her clients’ operational needs, having worked her way through college and law school managing a franchise restaurant. With clients ranging from sole proprietorships to global manufacturing companies, Nancy handles traditional labor issues – union avoidance, union negotiation, labor arbitrations and NLRB charges – in addition to employment law advice and litigation services. Nancy focuses on helping clients find ways to do what they would like to, rather than informing them of what cannot be done.

Education

  • John Carroll University, B.A. magna cum laude, 1977
  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1981, Order of the Coif

Press, Publications and Presentations

Representative Matters

Represents clients in the computer software, contract research and development, communications and manufacturing areas in matters involving labor and employment law and workers’ compensation. Has litigated cases ranging from employment discrimination to wrongful discharge in the states of Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas and has arbitrated grievances under union contracts in Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, New Jersey and Ohio.

Advised a major rubber manufacturer during negotiations with the United Steelworkers International Union and one of its Locals that eventually led to a three-month long lockout of Union employees that began in November 2011. Then successfully defended the company before the National Labor Relations Board when the USW filed numerous unfair labor practice charges against the company claiming that the company violated the National Labor Relations Act. The majority of the charges alleged that the company failed to bargain with the union in good faith in a number of different ways. In addition, the union claimed that, because the company allegedly failed to bargain with the union in good faith, the lockout of union employees was also an unfair labor practice. The Regional Director dismissed the majority of the charges, including those charging the lockout was unlawful. This dismissal was upheld on the union’s appeal to the Acting General Counsel of the NLRB in Washington.

Obtained jury verdicts in favor of employers in wrongful discharge actions in a two-day jury trial in an Ohio court and a three-day jury trial in a Mississippi court.

Obtained summary judgment in favor of the employer in a disability discrimination lawsuit.

Assisted a major produce distributor in a decertification election in 2009, including defending unfair labor practice charges and litigating which employees were entitled to vote in the election, which resulted in the decertification of an incumbent union that had represented employees for nearly 60 years.

Obtained summary judgment in favor of a plastic surgeon who was sued by a former nurse who claimed that she was constructively discharged after she filed a breast implant lawsuit against Dow Corning and that she was subject to a sexually hostile work environment. The summary judgment decision was upheld on appeal. Won summary judgment in favor of a national freight company in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought in federal district court.

Gained summary judgment in favor of the employer in a sex discrimination claim brought by a former female security officer under Ohio’s fair employment practices law.

Secured summary judgment for two employers in Ohio state courts. This includes a major security service firm and one for a heat treat company on combined wrongful discharge/defamation actions brought by discharged employees.

Obtained summary judgment in favor of a national convenience store chain in a Title VII action brought by a discharged employee who claimed she was a victim of racial discrimination.

Successfully defended unfair labor practice charges filed by the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees against a Cleveland television station which had bargained to impasse over changes in employees' work assignments.

Persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a trial judge decision in favor of an age discrimination plaintiff.

Persuaded a federal district court to order the plaintiff in a wrongful discharge case to submit his dispute to the company's internal grievance procedure. The court later enforced the grievance panel award upholding the discharge and dismissed the lawsuit.

Obtained a dismissal of an ERISA lawsuit against a health care insurance company requiring the participant to pursue the grievance and arbitration procedure set forth in the insurance policy.

Professional Associations

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Employment and Labor Law Section

Ohio State Bar Association


Employment and Labor Law Section

Honors, Awards and Civic/Community Involvement

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
Ohio Super Lawyer, Employment and Labor Law (2015-present), Thomson Reuters
Top Rated Lawyer for Labor & Employment (2013), Recognized by ALM and Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Circuits
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
United States Supreme Court


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