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Jennifer J. Dawson
Managing Member
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Jennifer has a broad based litigation practice with special emphasis on employment, business, education, fiduciary and estate, construction and subrogation litigation. She joined Marshall & Melhorn in 1986 after clerking for the Honorable Nicholas J. Walinski of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Jennifer is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts of Ohio and the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. She has tried cases in both state and federal courts and administrative agencies and has argued appeals in state and federal courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court. In addition, Jennifer is a member of the Federal Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel, and frequently serves as a mediator.

She is a member of the American, Ohio, and Toledo Bar Associations and the Toledo Women's Bar Association. She has served on the board of trustees of the Toledo Bar Association, the Employers' Association, and the Toledo Women's Bar Association. She has also served on the executive committee of the Morrison R. Waite chapter of the American Inns of Court, is a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the Toledo Bar Foundation, has served as a member of the University of Toledo College of Law Board of Governors, and has been a member of the board of trustees of numerous nonprofit entities.

Jennifer is AV rated.*
Employment and Discrimination Claims

General Business, Commercial and Contract Claims

Education Law including Federal Compliance Reviews and Investigations

Fiduciary and Estate Litigation

Construction Disputes


Alternative Dispute Resolution
University of Toledo
J.D., 1984

Miami University, Ohio
B.A. 1978
N. Buckeye Edn. Council Group Health Benefits Plan v. Lawson, 103 Ohio St.3d 188 (2004).

Edgar v. JAC Products, Inc., 443 F.3d 501 (6th Cir. 2006).

Yoder v. Ingersoll-Rand Co., 31 F. Supp.2d 565 (N.D. Ohio 1997), aff’d without opinion, 172 F.3d 51 (6th Cir. 1998).

Joseph v. ICG Castings, Inc., No. 1:07CV541, 2008 WL 5110550 (W.D. Mich. Dec. 2, 2008).

Chester v. Quadco Rehab. Ctr., 484 F. Supp.2d 735 (N.D. Ohio 2007).

Carmen v. Unison Behavioral Health Group, Inc., 295 F. Supp.2d 809 (N.D. Ohio 2003).

Harris v. Challenger Motor Freight, Inc. No. 3:98CV7288, 1999 WL 1489819 (N.D. Ohio Dec. 10, 1999).

Wolford v. Advance Auto Parts, No. 3:99CV7354, 1999 WL 1491623 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 28, 1999).

Abele v. Bayliner Marine Corp., 11 F. Supp.2d 955 (N.D. Ohio 1997).

Agosti v. Libbey-Owens-Ford Co., 888 F. Supp. 840 (N.D. Ohio 1994).

Steptoe v. Savings of Am., 800 F. Supp. 1542 (N.D. Ohio 1992).

Persichillo v. Motor Carrier Serv., Inc., 156 Ohio App.3d 383 (2004).

Frank v. Toledo Hosp., 84 Ohio App.3d 610 (1992).

Yambor v. St. Vincent Med. Ctr., 63 Ohio Misc. 2d 415 (1993).

*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.