Joëlle Khouzam is a partner of her firm’s Employment and Labor group. She counsels and defends management and business owners in discrimination and harassment, intentional torts, breach of contract, non-compete/restraint of trade, and other issues affecting the employment relationship. Her work ranges from providing day-to-day advice on personnel issues to helping management develop and implement policies as well as defend matters before state and federal agencies and courts. She also serves as a retained mediator. She conducts in-house training to help management ensure compliance and avoid litigation, and is a frequent author and speaker on developing employment-law topics. Recently, Joëlle has been speaking, advising trade associations, and testifying on the workplace impact of potential marijuana legalization in Ohio.
Joëlle chairs her firm’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. She served on the Steering Committee of the Ohio Management Lawyers Association and is past president of the Ohio Municipal Attorneys Association. She is listed in the “International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers”, is consistently awarded the top peer rating of AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and is on its Bar Register of Preeminent Women, has been repeatedly named to Ohio Super Lawyers’ Corporate Counsel, Employment Law, and Top 25 Women in Columbus lists. She is also named in Best Lawyers in America. She has received the Ohio Diversity Council’s “Multicultural Leadership” and “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Ohio” awards, the Columbus Bar Association’s “Community Service” award, and the Northwest Rotary’s “Woman of the Year” award.
Joëlle received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and her J.D. from the University of Toledo’s College of Law. She also completed studies at Georgetown University’s Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems and was a Fulbright Fellow in Innsbruck, Austria.