Michael Karst

Michael Karst

Advising Business Owners and HR Professionals on Workplace Issues
  • Employment Law
  • Ohio
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Michael P. Karst is an associate attorney at Kastner, Westman & Wilkins, LLC. Michael devotes his practice to representing employers in workplace disputes involving a wide range of labor & employment laws including:
* Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA);
* Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
* Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA);
* Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII); and
* Ohio Revised Code Section 4112

He also counsels employers on day-to-day employment matters, including leave management, wage/hour issues, terminations, severance packages, non-compete obligations, and employment agreements.

Each year since 2017, Michael has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, a distinction that recognizes less than 2.5% of attorneys in Ohio. He is an active member of the Akron Bar Association and other professional groups.

Michael graduated cum laude from the University of Akron School of Law. While in law school, Michael traveled the country competing as a top advocate on the Akron Law Mock Trial Team. Upon completion of his coursework, Michael was awarded a Certificate in Litigation for recognition of his achievements in litigation.

In his free time, Michael is an avid basketball fan (Butler Bulldogs, Utah Jazz) and enjoys exploring all that Northeast Ohio has to offer. Michael prides himself on the personal attention given to each of his clients. He strives to return calls and e-mails within 24 hours and ensures that his client's questions are always answered before they leave the office.

Practice Area
    Employment Law
    Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services
ID Number: 91020
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  • English
Professional Experience
Associate Attorney
Kastner, Westman & Wilkins, LLC
- Current
Associate Attorney
Jeffries, Kube, Forrest & Monteleone Co., L.P.A.
University of Akron
J.D. (2013) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
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Butler University
B.A. (2010) | Electronic Media and Political Science
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Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2022
Committee Chair of the Year Award
Akron Bar Association
Recognized for chairing the Akron Bar Association's Membership Committee.
Professional Associations
Akron Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Board of Trustees ex-officio Member, Labor & Employment Section Officer, New Lawyer Section Chair, Membership Committee Member, Human Resource Committee Member, Bar Trends Taskforce, Leadership Academy Graduate
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Akron Bar Association
Vice President of Membership
Activities: Oversee the membership recruitment and retention efforts of the Association. Serve as Chair of the Membership Committee of the Association’s Board of Directors.
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Ohio Association for Justice
Board of Trustees
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Speaking Engagements
Manufacturers Meet-Up, Akron, Ohio
Preparing for the next HR challenge: the COVID-19 vaccine, Akron, Ohio
HR Leadership Group of Northeast Ohio
Labor & Employment Law 101, 2018 New Lawyer Training, Akron, Ohio
Akron Bar Association
Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Chemistry Laboratory, Cleveland, Ohio
Iota Sigma Pi
Employee Relations: Legal Solutions for Sensitive Workplace Issues, Human Resource Bootcamp, Youngstown, Ohio
National Business Institute
Websites & Blogs
Kastner, Westman & Wilkins, LLC
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. Besides legal aid and EEOC (time expired for legal aid and less than 15 employees so EEOC cant) Who can help me?
A: I am sorry to hear about your experience. To directly answer your question, you may consider filing a charge with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission ("OCRC") for a potential violation of Ohio law. You will find that the OCRC and EEOC are very similar; the OCRC investigates violations of Ohio laws, while the EEOC looks at federal laws. One big difference is that the OCRC will investigate smaller companies - those employing four or more people - compared to the 15 required by the EEOC. That being said, your situation may involve claims other than retaliation such as breach of contract or unjust enrichment if your employer was improperly withholding commissions. It is a good idea to speak with an attorney about this situation. There are many that may be able to assist you on a contingency fee. Good luck.
Q. recd 1st letter while on STD position eliminated/severance on 12/31/18 company closure 2nd lett terminated same day LTD
A: Without reviewing your short-term and long-term disability policies, it is difficult to say whether your employer went about things correctly. Assuming you are an at-will employee, an employer may terminate your employment at any time and for any legal reason (with a few exceptions). That is still true even if you are out on disability leave. You may want to speak with a qualified attorney regarding your severance package. The law typically requires an employer to provide you with a minimum of 28 days to review a severance package, discuss it with an attorney, and decide whether to sign or not. Good luck.
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Contact & Map
Kastner, Westman & Wilkins, LLC
3550 W Market St, Suite 100
Akron, OH 44333
Telephone: (330) 867-9998
Fax: (330) 867-3786
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed