Dawson & Associates LLC |134 Northwoods Blvd 2ColumbusOH43235 | (740) 368-0200
Dawson & Associates LLC
134 Northwoods Blvd 2
ColumbusOH 43235
 (740) 368-0200

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Who is Dawson & Associates LLC?

Who is Dawson & Associates LLC?

At Dawson & Associates LLC, we have been providing Ohio businesses relief in regards to workers' compensation defense and employment law for over a decade. With a recent rebranding of our firm, we want all future and past clients to know that you can expect to see a renewed spirit of progress with our brand change. Learn about our team and how we can assist you with all of your legal matters.

Firm History

Attorney Shane M. Dawson established this legal practice in 2007. Before founding the firm, he worked in the public arena as a criminal fraud investigator. He brought the focus of a criminal investigator to the practice of law. Shane honed his skills as an attorney working in both large, national firms and a small, boutique practice. He utilized all the skills learned there to build a top-notch team that has earned respect state-wide in their field.

The Legal Team

At Dawson & Associates LLC, we have a legal team with a combined 83-plus years of experience. Everyone uses their talents to ensure clients receive the best representation possible.

The Lawyers

Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson is the founder and managing partner of this law firm. He oversees a staff of attorneys and paralegals who are well-trained in defending workers' compensation and employment law cases.

He has been in practice for over 21 years helping Ohio companies and individuals navigate the often complexities of employment laws. Dawson began his legal career working for the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation while still a law student.  

Attorney Dawson earned his law degree at Capital University Law School in 1996 after graduating with a B.S. from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. Respected within the state bar, he handles cases both on the state level and before the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Melissa Black

The firm is proud to have added Melissa Black as an Associate in 2016.

She comes to Dawson with over a dozen years of experience in Ohio employment law. Black not only counsels employers about workers’ compensation matters but also educates them on the need for workplace safety and how to handle injury investigations. To this end, she is a well-rounded attorney who helps clients both solve and prevent problems.

Melissa Black is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law where she made the law review, after earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts where she played basketball.

Administrative Law. The firm represents clients before state and federal administrative agencies in Ohio. With over 83 years of combined legal knowledge, the lawyers and paralegals know the process inside-out.

Jared Buker

Jared Buker is another welcome addition to the Dawson legal team.

He joined the firm in 2016 after graduating with honors from Capital University Law School the previous year. Attorney Buker can represent clients on the state and federal level. Moreover, he is a known and respected champion of the Professional Karate Commission.

Douglas Bricker

Mr. Bricker serves of counsel at Dawson, bringing with him his many decades of experience. Earlier in his career, he headed the workers' compensation defense group at the national law firm Arter & Hadden.

He zealously represents defendants before the Ohio Industrial Commission, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission

Niki Talik

The most recent addition to the Dawson legal team is no stranger to the nuances of Ohio’s workers’ compensation system.

Ms. Talik has been a licensed attorney for 15 years. In that time, she has represented the interests of Ohio employers as a hearing representative for a large third-party administrator and more recently has worked with physicians in preparing reports for independent medical examinations.

The Paralegals

The well-educated and experienced Dawson paralegal staff provides more than 50 years of combined experience for our clients and consists of:

  • Amber Enders
  • Corrine Ivey
  • Reva Steed
  • Misty Thomas
  • Lisa Cilli-Smith

Practice Areas

Administrative Law. The firm represents clients before state and federal administrative agencies in Ohio. With over 83 years of combined legal knowledge, the lawyers and paralegals know the process inside-out.

Employment Law. Dawson helps employers with a variety of employment matters, including collective bargaining agreement arbitration, discrimination cases, discharge matters and non-compete agreements. The firm also handles sexual harassment and discrimination defenses for employers whenever needed.

Litigation. Whether it is a breach of contract, tort allegations or other legal matters that arise for an employer, the Dawson team is prepared to litigate from start to finish.

Workers' Compensation Defense. The firm remains one of the most trusted representatives of employers in Ohio workers' compensation defense cases.

We invite you to contact us at Dawson & Associates LLC today for a free consultation! We will offer effective and professional legal services tailored to your needs.

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