Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 513.381.2224

Attorney Clement Tsao

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 513.381.2224

Clement L. Tsao

Being a union lawyer isn’t just a job — it’s a calling. It’s always an honor to have the opportunity to represent our union clients and their members, whether it’s in arbitration, in contract negotiations, in court or on the picket line.

Clement Tsao is an associate attorney at BS&J, where he represents labor unions in all aspects of labor relations. This includes practice in federal and state courts, matters before the National Labor Relations Board and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, and providing counsel and advice on collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and organizing. Licensed in Ohio and Kentucky, his litigation experience also includes representing workers in wage and hour disputes and class action litigation. Prior to joining BS&J in 2019, Clement worked at Cook & Logothetis, another union-side law firm in Cincinnati, where he represented unions, individual and class plaintiffs, and employee benefit plans.

In addition to litigation and client advising, Clement is a contributing chapter editor to The Developing Labor Law: The Board, Courts and the National Labor Relations Act, and currently serves as a board member of the Ohio State Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. From 2016 to 2018, he served on the board of directors of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the national network of lawyers representing AFL-CIO-affiliated unions.

Before becoming a lawyer, Clement worked for six years as a union organizer, first for UNITE HERE, organizing hotel workers in New York City and Washington, D.C., and then for AFSCME, organizing family child care providers in the San Francisco Bay area. It was these organizing experiences that inspired Clement to pursue a career in labor law.

Areas of Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Labor Law
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 2012
  • Brown University, A.B., 2003
Bar Admissions
  • Ohio, 2013
  • Kentucky, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2020
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2014
Professional Honors and Activities


  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars®, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020


  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Lawyers Coordinating Committee, AFL-CIO
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio and Cincinnati Employment Lawyers Association
Community Involvement
  • Chair, Cincinnati Public Schools – Preschool Workforce Development Council
  • Member, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Volunteer Lawyers Project – Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
  • Board Member, Apple Street Market
Presentations and Published Works


  • Presenter, Judging a Book by its Cover(age): Bargaining and Litigation Strategies after MV Transportation, Inc., Merck and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (ABA Committee on Development of the Law Under the NLRA, 2020 Midwinter Meeting)
  • Presenter, Initiatives by the Obama Board and the Future of that Legacy (OSBA NLRB Update, 2017)
  • Presenter, The Rise of Wearable and Smart Technology in the Workplace (ABA Technology in the Practice and Workplace Committee, 2017 Midwinter Meeting)

Published Works

  • Contributing Editor, The Developing Labor Law: The Board, Courts and the National Labor Relations Act
  • Contributing Author, Workplace Data: Law and Litigation, 2014 Cumulative Supplement
  • Mandarin (conversant)
  • Spanish (conversant)