Yvette R. Simpson


Yvette focuses her practice on Employment & Labor Law. She advises and assists clients in various matters, including employment litigation, workers’ compensation, policy development, HR consulting, and compliance and training. She also assists our startup and small business clients with incorporation, corporate structure, and other corporate formation issues. Yvette serves as a member of Cincinnati City Council, focusing on several initiatives including small business development.

Education & Admissions


  • Miami University

    (B.A., B.S., 2000)

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law

    (J.D., 2004)
    Order of the Barristers, Human Rights Quarterly, Senior Editor

  • Xavier University

    (M.B.A., 2014)


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio



  • Employment Litigation: Drafts briefs, motions, memoranda, answers, interrogatories, and position statements. Represents clients in mediation and arbitration, administration, and litigation of employment disputes.
  • Client Counseling, Compliance and Training: Draft client advisories, employee handbooks and other workplace policies, employment contracts, and severance agreements. Prepare and present training and advise clients on various labor and employment law matters, including workers’ compensation, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) compliance, discrimination, sexual harassment, unemployment compensation, reductions in force, mergers and acquisitions, documentation retention, and employee discipline.
  • Conduct Human Resource audits for small and medium sized businesses.
  • Served as onsite in-house counsel for a major media company.

Publications & Presentations


  • “Media Law Resource Center Employment Libel and Privacy Law 50-State Survey,” Ohio Law Update (2005)


  • “Measuring Your Business’ Effectiveness. Five Steps to Conducting a Successful HR Audit,” Ulmer & Berne LLP Employment Law Update Seminar (May 2013)
  • “Blowing the Whistle: An Update on Legal Issues in Light of Sarbanes-Oxley and the Other Anti-Retaliation Statutes,” Cincinnati Bar Association Law Symposium (October 2005)
  • “State and Federal Recordkeeping Statutes,” Lorman Education Services (June 2005)
  • “Sarbanes-Oxley Tort Reform Act of 2005: Update,” Lorman Education Services (October 2004)



  • American Inns of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association


  • City of Cincinnati (Council Woman)
  • Bankers Club (Former Member of the Board of Governors)
  • Charter Committee (Board Member)
  • Cincinnati Youth Collaborative (Former Gala Committee Member)
  • Cincinnati Business Courier (Bizwomen Cabinet Member)
  • Delta Gateway Foundation (Board Member & Former Chair, Marketing Committee)
  • Dress for Success Cincinnati (Former Board Member)
  • The Links, Inc., Cincinnati Chapter (Former Co-Chair, International Trends and Services Committee)
  • Miami University (Black Alumni Advisory Committee)
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Former Member, Community Advisory Council)
  • Northern Kentucky University Institute: Advancing Women in Political Leadership (Former Member, Advisory Committee)
  • Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL) (Curriculum Committee)
  • Urban League of Greater Cincinnati (Former Board Member; Graduate, African-American Leadership Development Program)
  • Village Life Outreach Project: Tanzania, African Brigade (Former Member, Education Team)
  • YWCA of Greater Cincinnati (Former Board Member; Former Member, Career Women of Achievement (CWOA); Publicity Committee; Member, Racial Justice Committee; Member, CWOA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Committee; Graduate, Rising Star Board Leadership Program)
  • William Grant Still Festival (Board Member and Chief Legal Consultant, 2008)



  • Named to Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Women Who Mean Business” list (December 2019)
  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2016-2018)
  • YWCA’s 2014 Career Women of Achievement Award – View YWCA Video
  • Leaders of Promise Award, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio (2012)
  • MLK Dreamkeeper’s Award, Voices of the Valley (2012)
  • Miami University Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Delta Upsilon, Faculty of the Year Award (2012)
  • Applause Magazine’s Reach for the Stars (Semi-finalist, 2006)
  • YWCA Rising Star (2005)
  • Named to Cincinnati Business Courier “Top 40 Under 40” (2005)


Simpson,-Yvette-(3)Yvette has always been an advocate for issues affecting women, children, and those less fortunate, including causes affecting the poor and disabled. As a member of Council, Yvette has established the Youth Commission of Cincinnati, a consortium of individuals and organizations working together to improve the state of youth in Cincinnati. Yvette often speaks to groups throughout the city about leadership, overcoming adversity, and accomplishing goals. Yvette is affectionately known as “Ms. Cincinnati” by many of her friends, because she is a hardcore fan of all things “Cincinnati”, including her beloved Reds and Bengals. She is also a self-professed “foodie”, “wine and craft beer enthusiast,” and lover of live music who can often be found exploring the many new restaurants and music and entertainment establishments throughout Greater Cincinnati. Japp’s, a historic establishment in Cincinnati, recently restored and reopened by Mixologist Molly Wellman, has created a cocktail in Yvette’s name made with Crème Yvette, a liqueur known for its quality, integrity, and balance, words that also describe its namesake. Next time you are in Cincinnati, stop by Japp’s and ask for the “Yvette” cocktail. In her free time, she also enjoys playing golf (when the weather permits), salsa dancing, and singing.