Komlavi Atsou is a top-rated business litigation attorney and shareholder at Cavitch Familo & Durkin. Since 2008 he has focused his practice on the areas of employment, business, and general civil litigation as well as appellate and class action defense.
Throughout his career, Komlavi has represented closely-held businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public agencies, and universities in employment matters in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration. He has also represented these entities before the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and the Ohio Civil Rights Commissions.
Komlavi has spent years litigating and advising his clients on issues relating to Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Equal Pay Act, Ohio Whistleblower Act, Ohio Chapter 44112, non-compete, and personnel matters.
He has represented company shareholders, members of LLCs, and partners in high stake disputes achieving favorable results for his clients pertaining to breach of fiduciary duty, duty of loyalty, duty of care, self-dealing, theft/embezzlement, and conversion.
In addition, Komlavi has secured favorable judgments for his corporate clients in cases of breach of contract, tortious interference with business relationship, trade secrets, and unfair competition. He has also successfully defended class actions filed against his corporate and public clients.
Komlavi served as a Hearing Officer for the Cuyahoga County Personnel Review Commission from 2011 to 2015, where he adjudicated employment appeals filed by county employees. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, Employment Law Section, from 2008 to 2011.
Komlavi earned his J.D. and L.L.M. degrees, and International Law Certificate with honors, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. While there, he received both the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Pretrial Practice as well as the CALI Award for Financial Institutions Integrity. During his time at Case, he served as the Associate Editor of the War Crimes Prosecution Watch and as a Junior Research Associate of the Public International Law & Policy Group. Prior to attending Case Law, Komlavi earned a Master of Laws (civil law) degree from the University of Benin (now University of Lomé) in his native Togo, West Africa.
Actively involved in the community, Komlavi has participated in Habitat for Humanity’s house building projects in Cleveland, volunteered his time to help immigrants through the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and co-organized the 2009 District and Regional Ohio Mock Trial competitions.