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).
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.
Daniel currently serves as Chief Legal Counsel 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 activities 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.
Joe is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law with over twenty-five years of experience in all aspects of litigation and administrative practice concerning labor and employment related matters. Prior to practicing law, Joe worked as a fire fighter/paramedic with the University Heights Fire Department.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, fact-finding, and conciliation matters as a representative for more than 1,500 members of the biggest public sector union in America.
Dominic leads contract committees through negotiations, helps union officials identify their priorities and concerns, carefully drafts specific language for proposals and counter-proposals, and acts as the chief spokesperson for unions at the bargaining table. He also counsels the OPBA's private-sector members under the National Labor Relations Act and represents the union before the National Labor Relations Board in election and unfair labor practice proceedings.
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 lives in Norton with his fiancée, Brenna. In his free time, he golfs, flies remote controlled airplanes, and umpires high school and college baseball games.
Danielle is an OPBA attorney in the North Royalton office. While attending Ohio Northern University, she studied different forensic techniques including fingerprinting, DNA processing, toxicology and crime scene analysis.
While in law school, Danielle worked as a law clerk at the Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office in both the felony and juvenile divisions and was a member of Cleveland-Marshall’s Mock Trial team. She also participated in volunteer opportunities through the school.
After passing the bar, Danielle began working at a medical malpractice firm, representing individuals that were the victim of abuse or neglect in numerous different counties across Ohio. In addition to appearing before different county courts, Danielle has argued before the Eighth District Court of Appeals and filed briefs with the Supreme Court of Ohio. She has experience in mediations and negotiations, and other aspects of civil litigation.
Danielle lives in Strongsville with her husband and daughter.
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.
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.