Christian A. Jenkins

Christian A. Jenkins

Managing Partner
Cincinnati, Ohio

Christian A. Jenkins ("Chris") is the managing partner of Minnillo & Jenkins. With over 20 years of practice, Chris is an experienced litigator with broad knowledge of practice areas from labor and employment to consumer law to electronic privacy to general civil litigation and class action practice.

Chris has a passion for helping people, especially those victimized by the abuses of government, corporations and other institutions. He regularly represents unions and their members in disputes with government employers, groups of consumers subjected to scams and workers subjected to discrimination or denied overtime pay and minimum wages. As a result of his experience, Chris is a regular speaker on issues such as electronic privacy litigation, FMLA rights, and unlawful debt collection practices. Chris is counsel for the Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees ("CODE"), which represents the City of Cincinnati's approximately 850 professional and managerial employees, the Lebanon City School Employees Association, and regular referral counsel for members of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Chris began his career with a national law firm in Milwaukee Wisconsin where he worked on litigation and labor and employment matters. Chris and his family have been part of the Cincinnati community since relocating in 1998 so that his wife could pursue a career as university professor. Since that time, Chris has worked on many significant, high-profile cases and become one of the area's leading civil attorneys. He recently concluded the $165 million settlement of class action claims brought by nearly 3,000 City employees against the Cincinnati Retirement System. He represented members of the Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleading squad, the "BenGals," in their successful claims for wages in a settlement recently approved by the federal District Court, and he represented fast food workers at Rally's and Checkers restaurants in several states in a case involving alleged minimum wage and overtime violations that settled for $500,000 plus attorney fees. Chris was also co-counsel in a recent case against Eagle Loan Company for making loans to thousands of Ohioans that allegedly exceeded the permissible interest rate. Some other examples of significant settlements include: Cincinnati Bell Wireless wrongful roaming charges; former Peoples Bank of Northern Kentucky RICO claims; privacy claims against Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell for publishing social security numbers on the internet; and the largest settlement ever under the federal Privacy Act for claims against the Veterans Administration for losing the personal information of millions of veterans.

On a personal note, Chris is an avid distance runner and lives in Cincinnati's Hyde Park neighborhood with his wife and two daughters.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Labor & Employment
  • 20% Consumer Protection
  • 40% Class Action

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1995
  • Ohio, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1999


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1995
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Philosophy/Political Science

Published Works

  • Effective Agreements to Arbitrate Employment Claims, Wisconsin Lawyer, April, 1998

Representative Cases

  • Lohmann v. City of Cincinnati, 2018-Ohio-2505 (1st Dist. App. 2018)
  • Berkheimer v. REKM, LLC, 2018-Ohio-2668 (12th Dist. App. 2018)
  • Schneider v. Kumpf, 2016-Ohio-5161 (2nd Dist. App. 2016)
  • Kimber Baldwin Designs LLC v. Silv Commun., Inc., 225 F. Supp 3d 670 (S.D. Ohio 2016)
  • Stone v. Kettering Adventist Healthcare (In re Stone), 587 B.R. 678 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2018)
  • Frantz v. Village of Bradford, 245 F.3d 869 (6th Cir. 2001)
  • In re Department of Veterans Affairs Data Theft Litigation, 653 F.Supp.2d 58 (D.D.C. 2009)
  • Brenneman v. Cincinnati Bengals, Inc., 2014 WL 5448864 (S.D. Ohio 2014)
  • In re Marshall, 491 B.R. 217 (Bankr. S.D. Ohio 2012)
  • Estep v. Blackwell, 2006 WL 3469569 (S.D. Ohio 2006)
  • Langendorfer v. Kaufman, 2011 WL 4711918 (S.D. Ohio 2011)
  • State ex rel. Cincinnati for Pension Reform v. Hamilton County Board of Elections, 137 Ohio St.3d 45 (2013)
  • Lambert v. Hartman, 517 F.3d 433 (6th Cir. 2008)
  • Cincinnati v. State of Ohio, 2012 WL 2866092 (1st Dist. App. 2012)
  • Doe v. Archdiocese of Cincinnati, 116 Ohio St. 3d 538 (2008).
  • Jolliff v. National Labor Relations Board, 513 F.3d 600 (6th Cir. 2008)
  • Cervantes v. Sugar Creek Packing Co., Inc., 210 F.R.D. 611 (S.D. Ohio 2002)
  • Pollitt v. Roadway Express, Inc., 228 F.Supp.2d 854 (S.D. Ohio 2002)
  • In re Lebanon City School Employees Ass’n, 2003 WL 22368937, 2003 SERB 4-33 (May 29, 2003)
  • Latham v. The Office Of The Attorney General Of The State Of Ohio, 395 F.3d 261 (6th Cir. 2005)
  • Dean v. Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2007 WL 1098543 (S.D. Ohio 2007)
  • Frey v. Workhorse Custom Chassis, LLC, 2007 WL 647495 (S.D. Ind. 2007)
  • Seifer v. PHE, Inc., 196 F.Supp.2d 622 (S.D. Ohio 2002)

Representative Clients

  • Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees (CODE)
  • Cincinnati Association of Administrators and Supervisors (CAAS)
  • Lebanon City School Employees Association (LCSEA)

Honors and Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2006
  • Ohio Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2007
  • Ohio Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2009
  • Ohio Super Lawyer - Rising Star, 2011
  • Super Lawyers - Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney (Cincinnati, OH), 2019 - 2020
  • Rising Star - Employment & Labor Attorney (Cincinnati, OH ), 2005 - 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees (“CODE”), Counsel
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Sirkin, Pinales, Mezibov & Schwartz, LLP, Attorney, 1998 - 2003


  • English