Joseph C. Pokorny



Joe Pokorny’s practice focuses on the areas of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity. He assists employers in navigating the ever-changing regulatory landscape specific to federal contractors and subcontractors. Joe prepares custom Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) and assists employers in auditing their current Affirmative Action compliance. In addition, he represents employers before administrative agencies such as the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Joe also represents employers in workers’ compensation hearings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio.

Joe lives in Mayfield Heights and enjoys traveling, kayaking and playing basketball.

Representative Matters

• Prepared hundreds of custom Affirmative Action Plans for employers with 50 to 45,000 employees.

• Successfully guided a Fortune 500 manufacturer through a 15-month OFCCP compliance review resulting in full compliance.

• Assisted in proactive administrative closure of multiple compliance reviews when a healthcare organization received simultaneous scheduling letters.

• Defended a polymer manufacturer against repeated EEOC charges with no findings of violation.

Civic and Professional Involvement

• Northern Ohio Industry Liaison Group, Chairman

• Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

• Ohio State Bar Association

• Cleveland Food Bank


• Quarterly presenter on Affirmative Action and OFCCP for the Northern Ohio Industry Liason Group ,  2017 – present


Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyer, 2020

Bar Admission

• State of Ohio


• Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University (J.D., 2017)

• Otterbein University, cum laude (B.A., 2014)