Trevor J. Hardy


Trevor represents clients in complex business and employment disputes, and litigates matters in state and federal courts across the country. In his practice, he assists a diverse range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, family-owned businesses, and individuals. He also represents broker-dealers in employment-related FINRA arbitrations. While Trevor helps clients succeed in complex litigation matters, he also counsels clients on best practices to avoid litigation, including implementing sound employment policies and procedures, and communicating with outside counsel to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Education & Admissions


  • Case Western Reserve University

    (J.D., cum laude, 2013)

  • University of Virginia

    (B.A., 2010)


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



  • Represents a variety of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, retail establishments, family-owned businesses, and closely-held corporations, in complex business and class action suits.
  • Provides counsel on a wide range of employment and labor issues, including developing and implementing internal policies and procedures, employer-employee relationships, and internal investigations.
  • Represents broker-dealers in FINRA arbitrations involving requests for expungement, allegations of discrimination, and other employment-related matters.
  • Provides counsel to political subdivisions, nonprofits, and educational institutions on a variety of employment-related topics, including benefits plans, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the Open Meetings Act, and public records requests.
  • Utilizes prior experience defending public entities and their employees in state and federal court to assist clients with constitutional law, civil rights, zoning regulation, and liability defense litigation.
  • Participated in multiple professional liability jury trials, including serving as second chair.

Publications & Presentations


  • “LGBTQ Workplace Protections–Lessons from Goldman Sachs Litigation,” Bloomberg Law (July 2019)
  • “Transgender Protections in the Workplace,” Today’s General Counsel Magazine (Summer 2019)
  • “Unanswered Questions: The ADA and Arrests after San Francisco v. Sheehan,” Cities and Villages, Vol. 63, Issue No. 5 (September/October 2015)
  • “Revised Code Chapter 2744: What’s Happened and Whats to Come,” Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys Quarterly Review, Vol. 0, Issue No. 4 (Fall 2015)


  • ADA Compliance: It’s More Than Accessibility,” Ulmer Webinar (August 2019)
  • “Transitions in Civil Rights: Judicial and Legislative Efforts to Increase Protections for Transgender Individuals,” panelist, Ulmer, Transgender Issues in the Workplace Seminar (April 2019)



  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Congressional District Leader; Member, National Activism Advisory Committee)
  • Canine Companions for Independence, Northern Ohio Chapter (Board of Directors)
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (Board of Directors)
  • Little Italy Redevelopment Corporation (Board of Directors)
  • Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association (Student/Academic Affairs Committee)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association The 3Rs – Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities Program (High School Classroom Volunteer, 2017-present)
  • Equitas Health/TransOhio Name & Gender Change Pro Bono Legal Clinics (Volunteer)
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland (Brief Advice Clinic Volunteer)



  • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2019-2021)
  • Named to the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Litigation – Labor and Employment (2021; 2022)


  • Certified as a mediator through Case Western Reserve University School of Law