Lazarus & Lewis, LLC

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Lazarus & Lewis, LLC
Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Cincinnati Club Building
30 Garfield Place, Suite #915,  Cincinnati, OH 45202

Stephen S. Lazarus
Manager

Kimberly A. Rutowski
Member

R. Jessup Gage
Member

Peyton C. Demith
Associate

Jeff Gray
Associate

*Also admitted in Kentucky.


  
Phone: (513) 721-7300 | Fax: (513) 721-7008


Stephen S. Lazarus, Esq. - Managing Member

Direct Line: (513) 607-4455

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Stephen Lazarus

Stephen S. Lazarus is a principal in the law firm of Lazarus & Lewis, LLC. Mr. Lazarus is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law focusing his practice on the representation of public employees and their unions. Representation encompasses contract negotiations, pre-disciplinary hearings and disciplinary appeals, layoffs and job abolishments, and litigation and appeals related to promotional examinations and civil service rules. Mr. Lazarus also defends public employees against allegations of civil rights violations. For over 30 years, Mr. Lazarus has acted as an advocate for public employee unions in hundreds of labor arbitrations through the negotiation impasse procedure, disciplinary appeals, and contract interpretation.
 

Mr. Lazarus is a member of the Cincinnati, Ohio, and Kentucky State Bar Associations. He has lectured on civil service law, effective arbitration advocacy, and negotiation strategy for the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Education Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, National Academy of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association, Ohio State Employment Relations Board, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Cincinnati Bar Association, Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, Arbitration and Mediation Service, and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Education:
J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law (1988)
B.A., Trinity College (1985)

Bar Admissions:
Ohio
Kentucky
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

 


R. Jessup Gage, Esq.- Member

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Jessup Gage

Jessup Gage is a principal in the law firm of Lazarus & Lewis, LLC. Jessup is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, focusing his practice on the representation of public employee unions and their members. His representation includes contract negotiations, grievance arbitration, disciplinary proceedings, civil litigation, appeals, and all manner of administrative matters before Ohio’s State Employment Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board. Jessup also defends public employees against allegations of civil rights violations and other civil claims arising in the course of public employment. Jessup has represented public employees in every facet of their employment since 2007. He is a committed advocate for labor unions and their
members.
 

Jessup is a member of the Cincinnati and Ohio Bar Associations. He has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Cincinnati on the introduction of legal concepts and advanced legal research, and he has lectured on labor negotiations at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Education:
J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law (2007)
M.A., Miami University (2005)
B.A., Miami University (2002)

Bar Admissions:
Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

 




Kimberly A. Rutowski, Esq. - Member

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Kimberly A. Rutowski

Kim Rutowski is a principal with Lazarus & Lewis, LLC. Kim was admitted to the Ohio bar in 2003 after receiving her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Kim has dedicated her legal career to representing public employees, primarily police and fire unions. Her representation includes representing employees and unions in disciplinary matters, grievances, arbitrations, civil litigation, appeals, mediation, workers compensation, and matters before the State Employer Relations Board or State Personnel Board of Review.

Kim is a member of the Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations.

Education:
J.D., University of Cincinnati, College of Law (2003)
B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1990) 

Bar admissions:
Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

 




Peyton C. Demith, Esq. - Associate Attorney

Peyton C. Demith

Peyton C. Demith is an associate attorney with Lazarus & Lewis, LLC. His practice focuses on representing employee organizations in collective bargaining negotiations, grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, recognition petitions, and other administrative matters.

Peyton earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in May 2021 and is a member of the Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations.

During law school, Peyton was a labor and employment law clerk in the legal department of Luxottica, the world’s largest eyewear company. He was also a legal extern at TriHealth, one of the largest employers in the Cincinnati region. Prior to law school, Peyton earned his undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University.

Education:
J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law (2021)
B.A., The Ohio State University (2018)

Bar admissions:
Ohio

 




Jeff Gray, Esq. - Associate Attorney

Jeff Gray

Jeff Gray is an associate attorney with Lazarus & Lewis, LLC. Before pursuing a career in law, Jeff served five years in the United States Marine Corps. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and is a member of the Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations. Jeff began working as a law clerk with Lazarus & Lewis during his third year of law school. Jeff’s practice areas include contract negotiations, grievances, arbitrations, civil litigation, and other matters before Ohio’s State Employment Relations Board. Prior to law school, Jeff earned his B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 2016.

Education:
J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law (2021)
B.A., The Ohio State University (2016)

Bar admissions:
Ohio