Private Practice, Employment Discrimination,
Fair labor Standards Act, Federal Court Litigation
Lawrence Mays is a lifelong Clevelander. He is a proud graduate of Cleveland John F.
Kennedy High School. After high school, Mr. Mays graduated from Columbia College in
New York with a B. A. degree in Political Science and History. He received his law degree
from the School of Law at Columbia University. Returning to Cleveland, Mr. Mays began
the practice of law representing public employers, corporate clients, including nursing
homes, hospitals, and businesses in employment discrimination and labor law before the
National Labor Relations Board, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the American Arbitration
For over thirty years, Mr. Mays has served as an Acting Regional Attorney and
Supervisory Trial Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
Cleveland District Office representing employees who have been discriminated against
in employment under all bases of Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, Americans with
Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Mr. Mays has extensive
litigation and trial experience in federal district courts in Ohio, West Virginia, Missouri,
and New York. Mr. Mays also represents veterans and federal agency employees.
Mr. Mays has been recognized as a national trainer in class action investigations and a
recipient of numerous awards for his innovative litigation techniques. A dynamic
speaker, Mr. Mays has presented employment discrimination legal updates for the
EEOC’s Cincinnati and Cleveland District Office TAPS programs, the Columbus and the
Akron Bar Associations.
His hobbies include photography, playing the saxophone, collecting crate labels, long
distance cycling, coaching amateur athletics, and Urban Ballroom dancing. He is a
founder of the Gentlemen of Ballroom. Mr. Mays has served on numerous
community boards and civic organizations.