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

Alexander N. Beck
Associate

Bret W. Vetter
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 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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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

 




Alex Beck, Esq. – Associate

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Alex Beck

Alex joined Lazarus & Lewis as an associate attorney in 2017. Alex focuses his practice on labor and employment law, representing employees and unions in contract negotiations, arbitration, litigation, and administrative matters before the Ohio State Employment Relations Board. Alex earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2017, cum laude, where he served as Articles Editor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review. During law school, Alex held internships with the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office, the Kroger Company, and a judicial externship with Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine.

Education:
J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, cum laude, 2017. B.A., Coastal Carolina University, summa cum laude, 2013. )

Bar admissions:
Ohio

 




Bret W. Vetter, Esq. – Associate

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Bret W. Vetter is an associate attorney with Lazarus & Lewis, LLC. Bret is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law and is a member of the Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations. During law school, Bret gained valuable legal experience in his internships with the Honorable Judge Stephanie K. Bowman of the Southern District of Ohio and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. Bret began working as a law clerk with Lazarus & Lewis during his final semester of law school. Prior to law school, Bret earned his B.S. in Psychology from Tennessee Technological University in 2016.

Education:
J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law (2019).

B.S., Tennessee Technological University (2016).

Bar admissions:
Ohio