Dawn Hayes, Employers Resource Association

Dawn Hayes, Employers Resource Association


Dawn Hays, Esq., SHRM-SCP, General Counsel, Employers Resource Association

Dawn brings over eighteen years of experience as an employment attorney to Employers Resource Association.  Prior to joining ERA, Dawn advised Fortune 500 companies and middle market clients in all areas of employment law, including restrictive covenants, severance agreements, ADEA, ADA, FLSA, Title VII, FMLA, COBRA, HIPAA, and EPA. Dawn also represented parties before arbitrators, administrative agencies, and is admitted to practice before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Sixth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court of the United States. Additionally, Dawn frequently advised employers on litigation avoidance strategies, presented on a variety of labor and employment law issues, and taught continuing legal education courses.


At ERA, Dawn trains in areas of leadership, communication, and employment.  Additionally, Dawn works with members to identify training and consulting needs.  Among her accomplishments, Dawn was voted an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star in the 2005-2012 editions of Law & Politics magazine. She was also awarded the 40 Under Forty award by Business First and the Community Award from the Ohio Community Development Finance Fund. Dawn previously served in the Signal Corps of the US Army and graduated, summa cum laude, from Youngstown State University. She then earned her law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2001.

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