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Melanie L. Webber

Partner, Cleveland
t: 440.838.8800
f: 440.838.8805


Melanie Webber is a partner in the firm’s Cleveland office and serves as chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council. She represents and advises clients in all aspects of employment matters and labor relations.

Over her career, she has also represented employers on traditional labor issues such as union organizing campaigns, unfair labor practice charges and labor arbitrations—before administrative agencies that include the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC).

Union avoidance has been at the heart of Melanie’s practice for years. Melanie has significant experience in advising clients during union organizing campaigns, including helping her clients avoid union activity through her work in identifying workplace issues and creating strategies to effectively address those issues.  Melanie oversees our Cleveland office’s HR practices group, which assists employers with their union prevent strategies utilizing employee engagement surveys, advising employers about establishing and conducting lawful employee roundtables and providing supervisor and manager training on employee relations strategies.

Melanie has defended non-union and unionized employers in unfair labor practice and representation election proceedings before numerous NLRB regions.  She also has experience in grievance arbitrations. Melanie will be assisting with efforts to prepare non-union facilities for organizing activity and with guiding the organization’s response to organizing where it may occur.

Melanie believes in developing positive, proactive employee relations programs (including employee opinion surveys) with her clients and can guide them through employment practice, human resource and wage-hour audits.  

In addition, she helps clients develop employment handbooks and personnel policies and procedures and provides them with valuable insight regarding potential human resource issues throughout the life cycle of employment.  

An engaging speaker, Melanie frequently conducts supervisor and management trainings for employers, as well as presentations to her peers on a variety of employment law issues, including maintaining union-free status, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), sexual harassment and managing employees under a union contract.

Before practicing law, Melanie worked in human resources management at two Northeast Ohio area manufacturing companies.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Fisher Phillips Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council
  • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Women In Law Section
  • Member, Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, Ohio Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers

Community Activities

  • Towards Employment, Board Member
  • Project: Learn, Past Board President
  • Friends of Project: Learn, Member


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Hiring Employees You Won’t Want to Fire
    Precision Machined Products Association, Management Update
  • Families First COVID-19 Response Act: What Employers Need to know
  • Understanding Paid Leave Obligations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Top Ten Issues Employers are Facing in Today's (New) Working Environment
    Precision Machined Products Association, Annual Meeting
  • My Employee Tested Positive for COVID-19: What Do I Do Now?  11.12.20
  • Takin’ Care of Business; Navigating Tricky HR Issues at Your Dealership
    8.22 - 8.23.18; 8.28 - 8.29.18
  • Creating an Effective Employee Handbook for Your Dealership
  • Employment Concerns When Buying/Selling a Dealership
  • Five-Step Plan to Avoid Harassment and Discrimination Claims

View MoreS Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Positive Employee Relations Training for Supervisors
  • Managing Employee Leaves (FMLA, ADA and WC)
  • The Game Has Changed:  Managing the Legal Risks in Today’s Legal Landscape
  • HR Tune up
  • Changing Landscape for Joint Employer Status
    Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Conference, Las Vegas
  • The Dish – Hot Topics for Hospitality
    HFTP Conference
  • The NLRB's New Rules on Expedited Union Elections – Is Your Organization Ready? 
  • Is Your Company Ready for Quickie Elections?
  • The Best Ways to Get Sued Over Leaves and Accommodation
  • Is Your Company Ready for Quickie Elections?
  • Who’s in the Hot Seat, Why the EEOC is Going after Them, and What to Expect in 2015


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