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Susan Hayest Kozlowski


Susan Hayest Kozlowski is a partner with the Firm. She grew up in Cadiz, Ohio and was raised in a Union household. Her father, Frank Hayest was a coal miner and a member of the United Mine Workers of America. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University, Cum Laude, in 1977. She also received her law degree from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1980 and was admitted into the Ohio Bar in 1980. She was admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in 1980, and into the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1993.


She began her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General, representing administrative agencies. She was appointed to the first legal section established by the Attorney General to represent the State Employment Relations Board after its creation in 1984. Susan joined the Firm in 1988; her primary focus is representation of teachers and educational service personnel who are members of the Ohio Education Association.

Areas of Practice

School, Public Sector Labor

Leading cases in Public Sector Labor Law


Lorain City Board of Education v. State Employment Relations Board, (1988) 40 Ohio St. 3rd 257 (Standard of Review for SERB Decisions);


SERB v. Gallia-Jackson-Vinton JVS District Board of Education, SERB 86-044 (11-13-88), aff’d, Gallia-Jackson-Vinton JVS District Board of Education, 1989 SERB 4-6 (CP, Gallia, 12-30-88) (Prima Facie Case Standard for SERB Discrimination Cases);


State Employment Relations Board v. Adena Local School District Board of Education, (1993) 66 Ohio St. 3rd 485. (In Part Test to Determine Employer’s Motivation When Charged With Unfair Labor Practices Under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4117).


In Re Ft Frye Local School District Bd of Edn, SERB 94-016, 3-99 (10-14-94), aff’d sub num, Ft Frye Teachers Assn v. SERB, 1995 SERB4-37 (CP, Washington, 8-23-95) (In Part Adena Standard Analyzed Setting Forth Steps to Establish a Prima Facie Case).


Bar Admissions


Ohio, 1980

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 1980

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1993




The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio, 1980

Juris Doctor

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1977

Bachelor of Arts

Honors: Cum Laude

Major: Political Science


Honors and Awards


AV Martindell-Hubble Rating

Best Lawyer – Lawyer of the Year – 2023 Labor Law – Union


Professional Membership


Ohio State Bar Association

Columbus Bar Association


Past Employment


Ohio Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, 1980-1987


Thought Leadership – Classes and/or Seminars Taught


Seminars presented to OEA Professional Staff and Educators

Termination of Teaching and Educational Support Staff Employment Contracts

Nonrenewal of Contracts

Reduction in Force

Rights and Responsibilities of Educators

Ohio’s Licensure Code of Professional Conduct

OTES – Ohio Teachers Evaluation System

Social Media

Third Grade Reading Guarantee