Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
Officers & Staff
Executive Director
Tom Austin
Email:
Phone:
4402377900

Tom Austin is the OPBA Executive Director. Tom served as a Trustee and Executive Secretary on the OPBA Executive Board prior to being appointed to Executive Director in August 2014. Tom was unopposed in his current elected term.

Tom holds a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently a Police Sergeant with the Twinsburg Police Department. During his career, Tom has been a Field Training Officer (FTO), Public Information Officer, member of U.S Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, and a Bike Patrol Officer.

Tom has lobbied on behalf of OPBA members in Washington D.C and Columbus, Ohio. Tom also sits on the Executive Board of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).




Counsel to the Board
Andy Douglas


Justice Andrew (Andy) Douglas exhibits a distinguished legal career. In 1960, he embarked as a young attorney and founding partner at the Law Firm of Winchester & Douglas where he maintained a successful practice in Toledo and Lucas County.  In 1980, he was elected to the Sixth District Court of Appeals where he served until 1984.

In 1984, Justice Douglas successfully won a seat on The Supreme Court of Ohio and was re-elected in 1990 and 1996. In 1991, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Toledo, College of Law. Additionally, he has published over 900 Judicial Opinions in his career.

Justice Douglas retired on December 31, 2002 and partnered with the Law Firm of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder in Columbus, Ohio where he currently resides with his wife, Sue.




Chief of Staff
Daniel Leffler
Email:
Phone:
4402377900

Overview

Daniel currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the OPBA, a position he has held since 2015. Daniel served as a firefighter/paramedic with the University Heights Fire Department from 1990-2008.  During that time, he served as president of the University Heights Fire Fighters IAFF Local 974 where he successfully negotiated two collective bargaining agreements and handled the day-to-day activity of Local 974.

Prior to joining the OPBA in 2008, he maintained a solo practice focusing on employment and labor law from the employee/union perspective. Since joining the OPBA, he has negotiated collective bargaining agreements, processed and arbitrated grievances, and litigated in civil court. He is familiar with all aspects of the collective bargaining process, public sector labor issues, and issues concerning FMLA and FLSA. 

Education

  • University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 2003

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Involvement





Attorney
Joseph Hegedus
Email:
Phone:
6148887901

Overview

Joe is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law with twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of litigation and administrative practice concerning labor and employment related matters. 

Joe has extensive experience in representing OPBA members and other public sector unions in matters including litigation, arbitration of employment related issues, contract negotiations, civil service appeals, interest arbitration, and unfair labor practice matters.

Joe has handled matters dealing with Title VII, 42 U.S.C. Sections 1981 and 1983, Fair Labor Standards Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title IX, and actions based on Chapter 4112 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Joe's has practices before several Ohio administrative agencies including the State Employment Relations Board, State Personnel Board of Review, and Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

Education

Admissions

  • State of Ohio

Professional Involvement




Attorney
Mark Volcheck
Email:
Phone:
614-888-7901

Overview

Mark has been an attorney with OPBA since 1999 representing members in litigation, contract negotiations, mediation, fact-finding, conciliation, disciplinary matters, grievances, and arbitration. Mark’s administrative practice includes representation before the State Employment Relations Board and State Personnel Board of Review. 

Prior to joining the OPBA, Mark worked as an associate at Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli Co. LPA, and served as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D.
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., summa cum laude

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Involvement




Attorney
George Gerken
Email:
Phone:
419-351-7139

Overview

George is an independent practitioner working for the OPBA.

Prior to practicing law full-time, George served as a police officer with the Toledo Police Department where he was a patrol officer, detective, and supervisor at the police academy. George also served as president of the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association (TPPA) and as regional vice president of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA – AFL-CIO).

George has worked as an attorney with AFSCME and different police organizations before associating with the OPBA in 2015 where he services OPBA member units in all areas of labor and criminal law.

In his private practice, George works in the areas of Labor Law, Estate Planning/Succession Planning, Criminal Law, Family Law, and has served as Special Counsel for Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.

Education

  • University of Toledo School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • University of Toledo, B.S.

Admissions

  •  State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southeast District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Professional Involvement 

  • He has served by appointment of Governor Taft on the Ohio Building Authority
  • Supreme Court of Ohio Client’s Security Fund
  • Supreme Court of Ohio Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline
  • Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Morrison R. Waite Chapter of the American Inns of Court as well as a Wealth Counsel member.



Attorney
Yvonne Trevino
Email:
Phone:
419-242-1400

Overview

Yvonne is an attorney OPBA's Toledo office. 

Yvonne served as an intern at the Lucas Couty Common Pleas Court while purusing her undergraduate degree. While in law school, Yvonne worked as a chief Law Clerk/ Bailiff for the Honorable Mary Grace Trimboli (Retired),of the Toledo Municipal Court. In 2005, she entered into private practice and opened her office in downtown Toledo. 

In 2013, she was sworn in as an Assistant Deputy Prosecutor in Lake County, Indiana and subsequently returned to Toledo where she was appointed as the Prosecuting Attorney for the Village of Swanton, Ohio appearing in the Eastern District Court, Fulton County, Ohio. Yvonne maintains her private practice downtown Toledo focusing on representing OPBA members.

Yvonne enjoys spending her time volunteering for charitable events, working out, and traveling.

Education

  • University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 2004
  • University of Toledo, B.S. 

Admissions

  • State of Ohio

Professional Involvement

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Toledo Women's Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association



Attorney
Adam Chaloupka
Email:
Phone:
4402377900

Overview

Adam is an OPBA attorney in the North Royalton office.  While in law school, Adam worked as a law clerk at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.  Additionally, he served as a legal extern for Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.  Even with all of this practical experience during law school, he still consistently made the Dean’s List.

After law school and passing the bar, Adam immediately joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.  First, with the Appellate Unit and eventually leaving the office as a member of the General Felony Unit. During his time with the office, he prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from drug possession to rape and murder, including high profile criminal trials involving police use deadly force and public corruption. 

In addition, he tried over a dozen cases, negotiated hundreds of plea deals, filed dozens of trial court motions and appellate briefs, and presented oral arguments before the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Eighth District Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court Ohio.  On top of his litigation responsibilities, he worked closely with the elected-prosecutor on criminal justice reform projects, including drafting legislation, authoring a white paper for the Supreme Court of Ohio Rules Committee on better representation for indigent defendants, and creating the employee evaluation system for the Prosecutor’s Office.                                    

Adam lives in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood with his dog.  He enjoys spending his time in the outdoors, working out and traveling.

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012
  • Cleveland State University, M.B.A.
  • The Ohio State University, B.S.

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio 

Professional Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's 3Rs Program
  • Cleveland-Marshall School of Law Alumni Association



Attorney
Brian Holb
Email:
Phone:
4402377900

Overview

Brian is an OPBA attorney in the North Royalton office.  Prior to law school, Brian was a fire fighter/paramedic and ten year member of the International Association of Fire Fighters. While in law school, Brian worked as a legal intern at Ohio’s State Employment Relations Board, a law clerk at the Franklin County Public Defender’s Office, and as a judicial extern for Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Additionally, he was an articles editor on The Ohio State Law Journal and president of the Labor & Employment Law Association.  

Upon graduation from law school, Brian worked for an international labor and employment law firm where he gained experience in collective bargaining negotiations, including drafting proposals, collective bargaining agreements, and mediation statements.  Brian also has experience with matters arising under the Ohio Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Act, National Labor Relations Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Occupational Safety Act, and Ohio Discrimination/Whistleblower Statutes.  

He is a native of Akron where he currently lives.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2017
  • University of Memphis, B.P.S., magna cum laude, 2013 

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Sourthern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Involvement

  • Bluecoats of Summit County
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate in Summit County
  • Torchbearers Akron
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association



Attorney
Dominic Saturday
Email:
Phone:
4402377900

Overview

Dominic worked only for unions and union-side law firms before joining the OPBA’s North Royalton office in 2019.

He has handled collective bargaining, mediation, arbitration, and factfinding matters as a representative for more than 1,500 members of the biggest public sector union in America.

Dominic has experience leading contract committees through negotiations, helping union officials identify their priorities and concerns, carefully drafting specific language for proposals and counter-proposals, and acting as the chief spokesperson for unions at the bargaining table. He also has private-sector labor law experience, representing hundreds of workers protected by the National Labor Relations Act.

Dominic is no stranger to the labor movement. He grew up in rural Ashtabula County, Ohio, where his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all members of the United Steelworkers.

Dominic now lives in North Royalton with the love of his life, Brenna. In his free time, he golfs, flies remote controlled airplanes, and umpires high school and college baseball games.

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2018
  • Coastal Carolina University

Admissions

  • State of Ohio

Professional Involvement




Attorney
Danielle Chaffin
Email:
Phone:
440-237-7900

Overview

Danielle is an OPBA attorney in the North Royalton office. 

Education

  • Cleveland Marshall School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Ohio Northern University

Admissions

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Involvement





Business Agent
Jeff Perry
Email:
Phone:
4402377900

Overview

Jeff joined the OPBA in 1994.  At the OPBA, Jeff works with various OPBA units in the Northern Ohio area. Jeff is married and has two adult children. In his free time he enjoys watching sports, hiking, working out, listening to music, and reading.

Education

  • Cleveland State University, M.B.A.
  • John Carroll University

Professional Involvement





Office Manager
Tricia Newcomer
Email:
Phone:
4402377900

Trish is the Office Manager for the OPBA and has been a vital part of its operation since 1993. She handles the day-to-day operations of the office including bookkeeping, payroll, and member services. Trish enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and new dog Izzy. Please feel free to contact her with any membership requests or questions.




Legal Secretary
Wendy Vidovic
Email:


Staff Assistant
Margaret Kenney
Email:


Staff Assistant
Shirley Craley
Email:



Executive Secretary
Pat Coleman



Recording Secretary
Brian Johnston



Treasurer
Gary Jesser



Financial Secretary
Ronald Campbell



Sergeant at Arms
Brian Klak



Director of Organization
George Sakellakis



Trustee
Terry Gallagher



Trustee
Mathew Keehl





-
  • Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association

    Copyright © 2020. All Rights Reserved.

    Powered By UnionActive



  • Top of Page image