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  James Sprague, Esq. - Chief Administrative Law Judge
   

Jim Sprague serves as SERB’s Chief Administrative Law Judge and supervises SERB’s consolidated Hearing Section regarding both SERB and SPBR adjudicatory activities. Jim received his Bachelor of Arts with Distinction and Honors in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware. He received his Master of Arts in Political Science from Ohio State University. He received his Juris Doctorate Cum Laude (Order of the Curia) from Capital University Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Capital University Law Review. Jim served as a Law Clerk for Justice J. Craig Wright of the Supreme Court of Ohio and then served as an Administrative Law Judge for SPBR before becoming that agency’s Executive Director. Jim has also served in a volunteer capacity for several City of Dublin boards and commissions, including serving for two years as Chairman of the Dublin Planning and Zoning Commission.

Contact Information:

Jim Sprague - Chief Administrative Law Judge
State Employment Relations Board
65 East State Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4213

Phone: (614) 466-3193
Email: James.Sprague@SPBR.ohio.gov

  Robert E. Fekete, Esq. - Board Staff Attorney / ALJ
   

Robert E. Fekete is SERB’s Staff Attorney and an Administrative Law Judge. He joins SERB from the Office of the Ohio Attorney General where he was a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Employment Law Section. In that position he appeared before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and represented the State of Ohio in an array of employment, civil service, and traditional labor matters including labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and representation matters.

Prior to returning to his home state of Ohio, Judge Fekete practiced law in the New York City metropolitan area. He last worked at a large firm representing both private companies and public entities.

Judge Fekete is an active member of the legal community. He serves as the President of the Central Ohio Labor and Employment Relations Association and was appointed in 2010 to the Labor and Employment Law Section Council of the Ohio State Bar Association where he is the co-editor of the Labor and Employment Law Newsletter.

Judge Fekete received his bachelor of arts in psychology from Chaminade University and his law degree from Hofstra University. While in law school he interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C. and in the Investor Protection and Securities Bureau in the Office of the New York Attorney General. He is a veteran of the United States Navy where he served in naval intelligence.

Contact Information:

Robert Fekete - Board Staff Attorney / Administrative Law Judge
State Employment Relations Board
65 East State Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4213

Phone: (614) 466-3208
Email: Robert.Fekete@SERB.ohio.gov

  Ray Geis, Esq. - Administrative Law Judge
   

Ray Geis is an administrative law judge for SERB/SPBR. He received his bachelor of arts in social studies and secondary education, summa cum laude from Walsh University. Ray earned his law degree from the University of Akron School of law, cum laude, where he served as an associate editor on law review and interned at the National Labor Relations Board, Region 8 Cleveland. Ray was first exposed to the field of labor relations and employment law as a high school history/government teacher while serving as his school district’s local union president. To further his interest in labor/employment relations, Ray attended law school at night, and earned his juris doctor degree while teaching and clerking during the day. Upon graduation, Ray began his career as a labor relations manager for the State of Ohio. While working for three state agencies, Ray successfully handled grievances, administered contracts, participated in collective bargaining, advocated at arbitration, and mediated EEO cases among other duties. Ray’s varied experiences give him the perspective to understand diverse parties interests and points of view.

Contact Information:

Ray Geis - Administrative Law Judge
State Employment Relations Board
65 East State Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4213

Phone: (614) 466-2256
Email: Raymond.Geis@SERB.ohio.gov


  Jeannette Gunn, Esq. - Administrative Law Judge
   

 Ms. Gunn joined the Hearings Section of the State Employment Relations Board as the result of legislation transferring the staff of the State Personnel Board of Review to the State Employment Relations Board. During her tenure with the State Personnel Board of Review, Ms. Gunn served as an Administrative Law Judge from 1995 through 2009, in addition to serving as the Board’s in-house technology coordinator and webmaster.

Ms. Gunn earned her Juris Doctor degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, and attended undergraduate school at the College of Mt. St. Joseph, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Communication.

Contact Information:

Jeannette Gunn - Administrative Law Judge
State Employment Relations Board
65 East State Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4213

Phone: (614) 466-1123
Email: Jeannette.Gunn@SPBR.ohio.gov

 
   
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