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Frederick M. Gittes is a founding partner of his firm. He is former president of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Ohio Association for Justice (formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers). Mr. Gittes was appointed Chair of the Civil Rights Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association for five (5) years and elected Chairperson of the Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. He has been selected by a peer review process for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for over twenty (20) years in areas of practice including Employment Law, First Amendment Law and Communications Law. In 1996, Mr. Gittes’ firm became the first law firm ever presented with the ACLU of Ohio’s statewide award for contributions to the preservation of civil rights and civil liberties. Mr. Gittes’ firm has also been awarded the Columbus Urban League Award for Excellence, the NAACP of Columbus’ President’s Award and the Environmental Achievement Award from the Ohio Environmental Council. In 2006 Mr. Gittes was presented with the “First Amendment Award” of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his work on free speech and public access issues, and the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers’ first ever “Courage” award for his wide ranging public interest litigation. His practice includes employment law, civil rights, dignitary torts, defamation, medical privileging, professional negligence, police misconduct, public records and environmental law. In 2009 Mr. Gittes was honored by being voted one of the top 100 lawyers in Ohio as reported by Ohio Super Lawyers published by Law & Politics.