Yvette McGee Brown brings a unique perspective to litigating complex legal matters that has been honed from her experience both before and behind trial and appellate court benches. Yvette's 11 years as a jurist were highlighted by her service as a Justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, after which she returned to private practice, assisting clients across a variety of industries and a range of difficult legal issues. This includes defending clients from spurious employment and fraudulent contract claims, representing policyholders in insurance coverage matters, and federal, state, and local government regulatory matters. She divides her time between initial trial court representations and appellate matters. Most recently, she represented clients on appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court and in Title IX litigation.
Yvette often advises clients facing government scrutiny. She has handled investigations for alleged violations of Title VI and Title IX, and she has defended clients in public corruption, regulatory enforcement, and constitutional challenges. Her recent work with the City of Cleveland on constitutional free speech and safe policing in preparation for the 2016 Republican National Convention and the successful resolution of a lawsuit over the city's security regulations exemplify her ability to navigate high-profile and time-sensitive issues.
Yvette is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association. She has served as a public company director and is currently a director for Encova Insurance (formerly Motorist Insurance Group).
Yvette is the Partner-in-Charge for Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement and works with the Firm's offices and clients on diversity initiatives, including retention and advancement.
- February 2017Definitively Driving Diversity, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
- March 2015Chief Justice O’Connor’s Juvenile Justice Jurisprudence: A Consistent Approach To Inconsistent Interests, The University of Akron Law Review
- February 2015Up-and-Coming Lawyers Demand Diversity, Columbus Business First
- October 2013University Governance After Penn State, University Business
- February 19, 2013Bringing Balance To A Law Practice, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
Select published opinions as Ohio Supreme Court Justice
In re Application of Columbus S. Power Co., Supreme Court of Ohio, August 24, 2011, 129 Ohio St.3d 568 (Electric utility could implement rider to recover costs of discounted rate arrangement between utility and manufacturer.)
State ex rel. Doner v. Zody, Supreme Court of Ohio, December 1, 2011, 130 Ohio St.3d 446 (Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) was required to compensate property owners for flooding caused by construction of lake spillway.)
Sunoco, Inc. (R & M) v. Toledo Edison Co., Supreme Court of Ohio, June 9, 2011, 129 Ohio St.3d 397 (“Most favored nation” clause of special contract allowed refinery operator to extend termination date to match date of competitor's special contract.)
In re Complaint of Wilkes v. Ohio Edison Co., Supreme Court of Ohio, February 22, 2012, 131 Ohio St.3d 252 (Property owner failed to show that Public Utilities Commission had jurisdiction over its complaint against electric utility.)
Measles v. Indus. Comm., Supreme Court of Ohio, April 6, 2011, 128 Ohio St.3d 458 (Court of Claims, not Court of Common Pleas, had subject matter jurisdiction over workers' compensation claimants' action against Bureau of Workers' Compensation.)
Loudin v. Radiology & Imaging Servs., Inc., Supreme Court of Ohio, April 20, 2011, 128 Ohio St.3d 555 (Radiologist could be liable for failing to detect breast cancer while interpreting patient's screening mammogram.)
Cleveland Metro. Bar Asn. v. Westfall, Supreme Court of Ohio, November 21, 2012, 134 Ohio St.3d 127 (Two-year suspension was appropriate for misconduct that included failing to promptly refund unearned fees.)
King v. ProMedica Health Sys., Inc., Supreme Court of Ohio, August 30, 2011, 129 Ohio St.3d 596 (Statute requiring provider to seek payment from health insurer did not bar provider from billing auto insurer.)
DiFranco v. FirstEnergy Corp., Supreme Court of Ohio, November 28, 2012, 134 Ohio St.3d 144 (Public utilities commission had exclusive jurisdiction over customers' fraud claim against electric utilities.)
Holmes v. Crawford Machine, Inc., Supreme Court of Ohio, November 27, 2012, 134 Ohio St.3d 303 (Trial court awarding reimbursement for costs incurred by claimant who prevails on workers' compensation appeal is not required to apportion costs.)
Rhodes v. New Philadelphia, Supreme Court of Ohio, July 7, 2011, 129 Ohio St.3d 304 (Requester was not aggrieved by improper destruction of public records as required to recover a forfeiture.)
Miller v. Nelson-Miller, Supreme Court of Ohio, June 27, 2012, 132 Ohio St.3d 381 (Fact that trial court improperly delegated its duty to sign judgment entry of divorce to a magistrate rendered judgment voidable.)
- August 30, 2018Nationwide Insurance AWAKE Signature Event Building Your Brand
- June 16, 2018The Ohio State University and Ohio University Alumni Association Women's Leadership Symposium "Let's Get Gritty"
- June 5, 2018Moving the Needle
- January 23, 2018Federal Bar Council’s CLE Program, 'Call to Action: Credible Roles in the Courtroom for Diverse and Women Attorneys'
- January 23, 2018Call to Action: Credible Roles in the Courtroom for Diverse and Women Attorneys
- November 3, 2017City Year Legal Community Breakfast
- October 18, 2017ALRP Annual Reception
- June 9, 2017Progressive Federalism, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
- April 26, 2017Women in the Courtroom: A Discussion of Strategies and Best Practices to Empower Women Lawyers as Lead Counsel and Trial Counsel in Litigation
- November 1, 2016NYU School of Law’s Third Annual Diversity Forum
- October 20, 2016The Gavel Gap, panel discussion hosted by the Ohio State University's student chapters of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
- May 19, 2016Ohio Women's Bar Association - Beyond the Head Count: Inclusive Environments and Diverse Leadership
- May 3-4, 2016The Culturally Competent Law Department: Promoting Inclusion
- February 24, 2016Jones Day Hosts Mexico City Event to Advance Diversity in The Legal Profession
- February 11, 2016William K. Thomas Inn of Court, Cleveland Employment Inn of Court and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association--Diversity in the Legal Profession: How Do We Change the Trajectory?
- February 4, 2016Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association --Managing Your Career: Understand the Business of Law and the Tricks of the Trade
- November 7, 2015The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference - The Impact of Ohio v. Clark on child testimony
- March 5, 2015American Bar Association, Insurance Section: Detour Ahead - How To Get Your Case Certified To The State Supreme Court
- The Ohio State University (J.D. 1985); Ohio University (B.S. in Journalism 1982)
- Ohio and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
- Justice, Ohio Supreme Court (2011-2012); Ohio Elections Commission (2008-2009); Judge, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas (1993-2002)
The Best Lawyers in America (2018 and 2019, Appellate Practice)
2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America (Savoy magazine)
2019 Humanitarian of the Year (American Red Cross Central Ohio)
Diversity Business Award, Lifetime Achievement — Columbus Business First (2016)
Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame (2014)
"2013 Central Ohio Power 100" list, Smart Business Columbus