John W. McKenzie


Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC
3550 West Market Street,
Suite 100
Akron, Ohio 44333

Tel: 330.867.9998


John’s Northeast Ohio lawyering roots run deep – back three generations to his great grandfather who practiced law in Akron and became City Solicitor. Like his great grandfather and grandfather, John has an enthusiastic desire to make a positive impact both for his clients and his community; he is dedicated to helping companies navigate the complexities of labor and employment law.

John uses his corporate human resources and banking background to understand his clients’ particular business needs and to develop practical solutions. His ability to assess people quickly lends itself to arriving at timely strategic solutions. John regularly advises clients on employment contracts, sexual harassment investigations, severance agreements, non-competition matters, and reductions in force. He takes an active role assisting clients with leave management issues under the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, including respective reasonable accommodations and interactive process considerations and obligations.

John places an emphasis on employment-related advice, employee handbook/policy drafting, litigation prevention and supervisor training.

John specializes in defending wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, wage and hour and other employment-related matters. He additionally handles traditional labor law matters including contract negotiations, grievance arbitrations and defense of unfair labor practice charges.  John represents employers before a variety of state and federal government agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

John is a frequent speaker in the business community, and has maintained the highest peer review rating (AV Preeminent) by Martindale–Hubbell.

Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC is a labor and employment law firm representing management in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Six founding partners who had practiced together for many years formed the firm of Kastner Westman & Wilkins in January 2000.

Since our founding, we have added attorneys and key professionals to our staff in order to provide our clients with sound, comprehensive legal advice on the full range of labor and employment issues. Our professionals have extensive experience in providing management counsel on labor and employment, workers’ compensation, and employee benefits.

Our objective is to maintain a boutique labor and employment law firm that is focused on serving our clients while maintaining a professional, collegial atmosphere.