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Clement L. Tsao

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio


Phone: 513-381-2224

Clement L. Tsao is a member at HSGLaW, where he represents labor unions in all aspects of labor relations. This includes practice in federal and state courts, matters before the National Labor Relations Board and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, and providing counsel and advice on collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and organizing. Licensed in Ohio and Kentucky, Clement’s experience also includes representing workers in wage and hour disputes and class action litigation.

Before becoming a lawyer, Clement worked for six years as a union organizer, first for UNITE HERE, organizing hotel workers in New York City and Washington, D.C., and then for AFSCME, organizing family child care providers in the San Francisco Bay area. It was these organizing experiences that inspired Clement to pursue a career in labor law.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation

  • Labor Law
  • Employment Law


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2012

  • Brown University, A.B., 2003


  • English

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2013

  • Kentucky, 2014

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2013

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2013

  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2014

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2015

  •  U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2016

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2020

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2021

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2021


Representative cases include:

    • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No. 413 v. The Kroger Co., dba Tamarack Farms Dairy, 2021 WL 5505496 (6th Cir. Nov. 24, 2021) (successfully obtained and affirmed the district court’s opinion and order compelling employer to arbitrate a retirement benefits grievance)
    • Franklin Cty. Sheriff v. Teamsters Loc. No. 413, 114 N.E.3d 1207 (Jan. 23, 2019) (successfully confirmed two arbitration decisions and defeated the employer’s effort to vacate that resulted in reinstatement of 4 civilian employees with backpay totaling nearly $300,000)
    • Shamrock Cartage, Inc., 2019 WL 656268 (Jan. 22, 2019) (successfully litigated NLRB charges resulting injunctive relief by a federal district court and permanent reinstatement of a lead organizer terminated during an organizing campaign)

Professional Honors and Activities


  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
    • Union Co-Chair, Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee
  • AFL-CIO Union Lawyers Alliance
    • Board of Directors (2016-2018)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Executive Council Member, Labor and Employment Law Section

Community Involvement:

  • Member, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Volunteer Lawyers Project – Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
  • Board Member, Co-op Cincy



Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®

Presentations, Seminars & Published Works


 Presenter, Political Expression in the Public Workplace (OSBA Sixth Annual Public Sector Labor Law Seminar, 2022)



 Presenter, Judging a Book by its Cover(age): Bargaining and Litigation Strategies after MV Transportation, Inc., Merck and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (ABA Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA, 2020 Midwinter Meeting, 2020)


 Presenter, The Rise of Wearable and Smart Technology in the Workplace (ABA Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee, 2017 Midwinter Meeting)

Contributing Editor

The Developing Labor Law: The Board, Courts and the National Labor Relations Act

Contributing Author

Workplace Data: Law and Litigation, 2014 Cumulative Supplement