Practice and Industry Groups

Joseph J. Brennan

Associate Cleveland

Joseph J. Brennan is an associate with the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. and works out of its Cleveland, Ohio office.  Joe represents employers in a wide variety of labor and employment legal matters.  Specifically, Joe concentrates his practice on representing employers in wage and hour, employment, traditional labor and ERISA litigation matters.  He has extensive experience advocating in front of federal and state courts, as well as administrative employment agencies such as the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and National Labor Relations Board.  He also advises employers on the various legal implications arising from work place injuries, employee leaves, terminations, safety compliance and employee discipline.

Professional Activities and Speeches


  • One Day, Many Solutions: Labor Law Coast-to-Coast - ''Sex, Gender, Same-Sex Marriage & Transgender Employees: What It All Means'' - Cleveland - May 21, 2015
  • Ohio Healthcare Association Annual Convention - ''It’s None of Your Business: Workplace Privacy in Ohio'' - Columbus - May 01, 2015
  • Ohio Healthcare Association Annual Convention - ''How Would This Look at Your Deposition'' - Columbus - May 01, 2014
  • One Day, Many Solutions: Labor Law Coast-to-Coast - ''Breaking Bad Behavior: Medical Marijuana, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Cursing, Social Media, Tattoos, Piercings, etc.'' - Cleveland - April 29, 2013
  • One Day, Many Solutions: Labor Law Coast-to-Coast - ''Sex, Lies, and Investigate This!!'' - Cleveland - April 18, 2012

Published Works



Media Quotes

August 12, 2015 - Akron Legal News - "DOL Proposal could Lead to Overtime for Millions of White Collar Workers"
February 27, 2015 - Akron Legal News - "Local Attorneys Weigh In on Whistleblower Ruling"
April 01, 2014 - Crain’s Cleveland - "OSHA Proposal is Causing a Bit of a Dustup"