Gary W. Spring

Of Counsel

Gary W. Spring, Esq. has joined the Akron office of BMD in an “Of Counsel” role after 20+ years as an Attorney and Partner with Roetzel & Andress, specializing in Labor and Employment law. Throughout his extensive career he has represented not only major corporations but small businesses, nonprofits, and agencies in a variety of employment and commercial law matters, such as contract negotiations, litigation and dispute mediation. He also has experience acting as corporate counsel to numerous businesses and nonprofits.

Contact Information

75 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44308


The Ohio State University College of Law, JD, Honors
The University of Akron, B.A. political science


Gary will continue his employment as a Clinical Professor at the University of Akron School of Law, where he is currently leading the Small Entrepreneur and Economic Development (SEED) Legal Clinic. As Director of SEED, he supervises law students and works directly as a legal advisor with start-up businesses. He has served for many years at the University of Akron School of Law, teaching a number of different courses and as a Visiting Professor at both the University of Cincinnati School of Law and Rutgers School of Law in Newark, NJ. He is the author of various articles published in law reviews and other publications during his career. Among his many honors is recognition as one of The Best Lawyers in America (2005-2009), having been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer® (2004-2010), as well as being invited to serve as a Board Member to both the Ohio State Bar Association, Specialty Certification – Labor & Employment and the Ohio Management Lawyers Association.

Professional Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2005 – 2009
  • “Ohio Super Lawyer,” Law & Politics & Cincinnati Magazine, 2004-2010
  • “America’s Leading Business Lawyers,” Chambers & Partners
  • Invited Board Member, Ohio State Bar Association, Specialty Certification – Labor & Employment
  • Invited Board Member, Ohio Management Lawyers Association

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Liaison for the University of Akron Law School – Akron Bar Association Board of Trustees
  • Board Member—Project Learn
  • Advisory Board Member – Summit Developmental Disabilities’ Microenterprise
  • Board Member – Advisory Board to the Partnership for the Minority Business Accelerator
  • Past Member – City of Stow, Charter Review Commission & Civil Service Commission (Chair)
  • Past Board Member – Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
  • Past Board Member – Akron Urban League
  • Committee Member – Various committees at the University of Akron School Of LawVarious
  • Leadership Positions – Akron Bar Association
  • Past President & Board Member – Evant Nonprofit Corporation
  • Past Board Member – Community Support Services
  • Past Board Member – Trustees and Finance Committees, Stow United Methodist Church
  • Past Board Member and Treasurer – Stow Library Foundation

Presentations & Publications

  • “Shift Happens,” Small Business Cleveland, October, 2012
  • “The Changing Landscape for Legal Malpractice Claims in Ohio,” Ohio Lawyer Magazine 11 Sept/Oct (2009)
  • “A New Methodology for Testing Permissible Communications in the Workplace,” Michigan State Law Review 1023 (2008)
  • “Fair Coverage in Internal Union Periodicals,” Volume 4, Industrial Relations Law Journal 204, University of California at Berkeley (1980)
  • “Multiple Criminal Representation Examined,” 40 Ohio State Law Journal 251 (1979)
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