Stephen A. Markus

Retired Partner

Serving as outside general counsel for businesses that do not need or want a fulltime in-house attorney, Stephen has over 30 years of experience counseling clients on a wide array of corporate, business, commercial, employment, labor, litigation, and succession planning issues. As his client’s internal advocate, Stephen also monitors the work of specialist attorneys both within Ulmer & Berne and in other firms to ensure quality and to control costs. The net effect being the benefits of a seasoned in-house general counsel available on an “as needed” basis. In addition, Stephen represents both management and union clients in the private and public sectors, handling labor negotiations, grievance arbitrations, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). Stephen has achieved the highest rating, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell®.

Education & Admissions


  • Case Western Reserve University

    (B.A.,cum laude, with honors, 1976)

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law



  • State of Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio



  • Has over 30 years of experience in a diverse practice with special emphasis on general corporate law, labor and employment law, professional liability law and commercial litigation.
  • Serves as general counsel to local and national companies handling all legal matters including corporate, general business, and labor and employment issues.
  • Serves as counsel to family-controlled businesses, providing general corporate and family estate, and succession planning advice.
  • Extensive experience as a labor negotiator and arbitrator, representing both management and union clients in both the private and public sectors.

Publications & Presentations


  • “Prevailing Wage – Ask the Experts!,” Allied Construction Industries Education Program (April 2012; April 2013)
  • Council on Smaller Enterprises (COSE) Seminar on Personnel Manuals
  • Council on Education in Management’s Annual Personnel Law Update Conferences
  • “Navigating the Bermuda Triangle of Attendance: Understanding the Interplay Among the ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation,” Rockwell Automation (August 2006)
  • “Employment Discrimination and Wrongful Termination: An Overview,” Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Firm Administrators Conference
  • “Negotiating the Employment Relationship,” Cleveland Bar Association Corporate and Business Law Institute
  • Cuyahoga County Mayors/Managers Conference
  • “Legal Issues in Managed Care,” University Hospitals of Cleveland’s Managed Care Forum for Residents and Fellows
  • “Contemporary Issues in Employment Law,” Weatherhead School of Management’s Leadership for Changing Times Seeing the Future Conference
  • “Employment Law in an Era of Health Reform,” CWRU Health Systems Management Center’s Health Care Executive Education Series
  • “Cyberspace/Electronic Communications & Privacy Issues,” Ohio CLE Institute’s Midwest Labor Law Conference
  • “Sensitive Employment Records, Records Retention and Records Destruction,” Ohio CLE Institute’s Drafting Personnel Documents seminar
  • “The “People” Panel,” Ohio CLE Institute’s “Flying Solo” seminars
  • “Litigation Nightmares: What Else Can You Be Sued For; Navigating the Bermuda Triangle of Attendance: Understanding the Interplay among the ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation and Documentation & Discipline: Implementing Progressive Discipline Procedures That Improve Employee Performance,” Employers Resource Council (ERC) Litigation Prevention Series
  • “Effective Use of the Internet in Your Law Practice,” National Business Institute (NBI) seminar



  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law Adjunct Professor of Law (inactive)


  • Cleveland International Film Festival (Founding Trustee and Past President)


  • Security Advisory Board



  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Labor Law – Union; and Litigation (2008-2018)