Michael P. Karst

Michael devotes his practice to counseling and litigating claims on behalf of employers in termination, wage and hour, and labor disputes. He investigates and defends claims involving alleged discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Michael represents his clients throughout administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and litigation before state and federal courts.

Prior to joining KWW, Michael worked at a local labor-side law firm where he gained insight on how employers can avoid disputes before they occur. However, when matters do require litigation Michael is an aggressive advocate who attempts to uncover potentially hidden evidence, especially electronically stored information, to pursue an early disposition of the case.

Michael prides himself on the personal attention given to each client. He strives to return phone calls and emails promptly and ensures that clients are kept up to date on the status of their matter. Michael also understands that workplace questions arise at all hours of the day. For that reason, Michael is happy to schedule phone calls and meetings outside the normal 9-5, Monday to Friday work week.

Other Personal Background Information and Interests

Michael is a native of Huntington, Indiana, which is known only as the birthplace of former Vice President Dan Quayle. Michael is the latest of five generations of attorneys from his family, and his grandfather’s briefcase sits next to his desk each day. In his free time, Michael is an avid basketball fan (Butler University Bulldogs, Utah Jazz) and enjoys exploring the culinary scene of Northeast Ohio with his wife, Katie.
  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2013
  • Butler University, B.A. Electronic Media & Political Science, with honors, 2010
Bar Admissions
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Professional Activities and Recognition
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2017-Present
  • Member, Akron Bar Association Labor & Employment Section, 2013-Present
  • Past Chair, Akron Bar Association New Lawyers Section, 2018-2019
  • Member, Akron Bar Association Human Resources Committee, 2017
  • Member, Akron Bar Association Membership Committee, 2016
  • Certificate in Litigation, University of Akron School of Law, 2013
Publications and Presentations
  • Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Chemistry Laboratory, 2018
  • Labor & Employment Law 101, 2018
  • Employee Relations: Legal Solutions for Sensitive Workplace Issues, 2017
Civic/Charitable Activities and Associations
  • Instructor, University of Akron School of Law Summer Trial Academy, 2019-Present
  • Coach, University of Akron School of Law, Mock Trial Team, 2013-Present
  • Member, Akron Bar Association Mock Trial Committee, 2013-2015
  • Judge, Ohio Center for Law-Related Education High School Mock Trial Competition, 2013-Present
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