Data Privacy/Labor and Employment Attorney Sara Hutchins Jodka Joins McDonald Hopkins


Data Privacy/Labor and Employment Attorney

Sara Hutchins Jodka Joins McDonald Hopkins


(January 9, 2015) -- Sara Hutchins Jodka has joined the Columbus office of McDonald Hopkins as senior counsel in the firm’s Litigation Department.  She works with clients in the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, and Labor and Employment Practice Groups.

The McDonald Hopkins Columbus office continues to grow since merging with Welin, O’Shaughnessy + Scheaf in February 2014 and the addition of Todd Snitchler, the former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), in April.  

Jodka joins McDonald Hopkins from an Am Law 200 firm headquartered in Columbus, Ohio where she counseled businesses on labor and employment issues and defended employers against employment-related claims before administrative agencies and in federal and state courts. Her relevant experience includes litigating cases regarding restrictive covenants; trade secrets; and employment issues, including those brought under the ADA, ADEA, COBRA, ERISA, FLSA, FMLA, OWBPA, Sections 1981 and 1983, SOX, Title VII, WARN, as well as discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower and other employment-related and comparable state law claims.

She has experience representing employers, consumer reporting agencies, and information furnishers against claims brought under the FCRA regarding background check procedures.

Jodka also regularly advises clients on social media, cyber smearing, workplace privacy, and the management, extraction and authentication of electronically stored information. “Sara has been at the forefront of a number of important workplace and data privacy issues and she is an outstanding addition to our data privacy and labor and employment teams,” said William J. O’Neill, chair of McDonald Hopkins’ Litigation Department.

Jodka received her J.D. from Capital University Law School, where she graduated cum laude and was given the honor of the Order of the Curia. She was recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers in the area of Employee Defense Litigation, and is the creator and former editor of the Employer Law Forecast, a first-of-its-kind website that organizes yearly reoccurring employment law content by season so employers can anticipate and prepare for seasonable workplace issues.  

Additionally, Jodka is a frequent speaker and author on data privacy and labor and employment issues, and among her community activities, she serves on the board of OhioDance and serves on the United Way of Central Ohio’s Women’s Leadership Counsel.

Sara Hutchins Jodka can be reached by phone or email: 614.484.0716 or

About the Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team at McDonald Hopkins

The firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group has counseled clients in nearly every industry through hundreds of privacy matters. McDonald Hopkins has a 24/7 hotline – 855-MH-DATA1 (855-643-2821) – if your company has a data breach or privacy incident.

About the Labor and Employment team at McDonald Hopkins

Attorneys in our Labor and Employment Practice Group are dedicated to representing management in all aspects of workplace law. Our practice includes a wide range of specialized focus areas that span the spectrum of labor and employment representations—including practice before state and federal administrative agencies, practice in both state and federal courts, representation in all traditional labor issues, providing counsel regarding day-to-day employee issues, organizing and conducting workplace investigations, as well as assistance for the labor and employment issues involved in mergers and acquisitions and restructuring deals.

Founded in 1930, McDonald Hopkins’ mission is to provide insightful legal solutions and business counseling that help our clients strategically plan for an increasingly competitive future. McDonald Hopkins is a business advisory and advocacy law firm with locations in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Miami, and West Palm Beach. Our subsidiary, McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies LLC, is based in Washington, D.C. and led by former Congressman Steven LaTourette. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is not a law firm and does not provide legal services. For more information about McDonald Hopkins, visit

Deborah W. Kelm
McDonald Hopkins LLC

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