#3 Jonathan Downes, Public Sector Labor Attorney Specialist “State & Local Government Finance: Facing the Circular Firing Squad”


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The recent policy decisions have not only impacted the private sector, but the public sector is teetering on the edge of full collapse as well. The unintended consequences of shutting down the economy is also shutting down government with no tax revenue being collected to finance operations.

Highlighting the intricacies and interconnected nature of our economy, this episode features Michael Hiles & Jonathan Dever’s deep dive discussion with attorney, Jonathan Downes. Jonathan has worked in and around the public sector the duration of his career, and riffs on things like:

  • the changing face of government operations
  • the cascading effect of disrupting tax revenue on basic public services
  • the state and local municipal bond markets being iced
  • the impact on institutional capital availability from disrupted public sector retirement benefits finance
  • coping with fiscal emergency as a small government operation
  • the evolution of education and administration
  • and much more!

About Jonathan Downes

Jonathan has over 30 years of experience in practicing labor and employment law in Ohio and has successfully negotiated over 500 labor agreements and has presented over 100 impasse proceedings and 100 arbitrations. He represents cities, townships, counties, school districts, and public officials throughout the State of Ohio. Jonathan also represents private employers in employment matters. He has argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Jonathan is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Jonathan is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Jonathan has been selected as one of the “Best Lawyers in America – Employment and Labor Law” every year since 2010, as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” every year since 2004, one of “Central Ohio Top Lawyers” since 2009, and received the OHPELRA “Award of Excellence” in 2016. He is also certified by the Ohio State Bar Association (“OSBA”) as a Specialist in Labor and Employment law.

He lectures frequently on many topics including state and federal employment and labor law developments, civil rights, civil service, arbitration, and collective bargaining. Jonathan served on the Civil Service Review Commission for the State of Ohio, authored “Civil Service Law in Ohio,” and edits the Westlaw annual publication of the “Ohio Civil Service and Collective Bargaining Laws and Rules Annotated.” Jonathan was a member of the OSBA’s Board of Governors for the Labor and Employment Law Section, is a member of the Ohio Management Lawyers Association, and a charter member and past president of the Ohio Public Employers Labor Relations Association. Jonathan volunteers in his community in various capacities including serving on boards of a public library and two charter schools and advises a high school mock trial team.

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