Anthony J. Caruso

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Ohio (1988)
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky (1994)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (1988)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (2010)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky (1994)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky (2014)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana (2000)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana (2011)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (2021)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1992)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (2012)


  • J.D., Ohio State University College of Law (1988)
  • B.A., University of Cincinnati (1984)
  • St. Xavier High School (1980)

Anthony J. Caruso

Anthony J. Caruso is a Partner and has spent his entire career with Kohnen & Patton. He handles all areas of litigation defense, including insurance defense, professional liability claims, E&O claims, personal injury claims, products liability, and medical malpractice.

He has extensive experience handling discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, ADA, FMLA, sexual harassment, and other types of employment litigation in state and federal courts throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, as well as claims before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state agencies. He consults with a wide range of individual and corporate clients on a daily basis regarding employment law issues, including:

  • employee handbooks and policies;
  • employee termination and discipline issues;
  • severance agreements;
  • unemployment and workers’ compensation claims;
  • non-compete and confidentiality agreements; and
  • compliance with state and federal law.

Mr. Caruso is the proud father of two daughters.  An avid Springsteen fan and concertgoer since the early 1980s, Mr. Caruso has also enjoyed taking his daughters to their favorite concerts.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized multiple times as one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated


McKinley v. Skyline Chili, Inc.

534 F. App'x 461 (6th Cir. 2013)

Maston v. Montgomery County

832 F. Supp.2d 846 (S.D. Ohio 2011)

Clair v. Northern Kentucky Independent Health District

504 F. Supp.2d 206 (E.D. Ky. 2006)

Witte v. Rippe & Kingston Systems, Inc.

358 F. Supp.2d 658 (S.D. Ohio 2005)

Shah v. Deaconess Hospital

355 F.3d 496 (6th Cir. 2004)

Holmes v. Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community

277 F. Supp.2d 829 (S.D. Ohio 2003)

Kemmeter v. McDaniel Backhoe Service

89 Ohio St.3d 409 (2000)

Belinky v. Drake Center

117 Ohio App.3d 497 (1996)

Farwick v. Sisters of Mercy

68 Ohio St.3d 450 (1994)

LeMasters v. Christ Hospital

791 F. Supp. 188 (S.D. Ohio 1991)


On January 12, 2021 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed into law H.B. 352, which significantly changes the procedures and time limits for filing discrimination claims under Ohio law. In this article, Kohnen & Patton partner Anthony J. Caruso examines the key reforms in H.B. 352 and their impact on future litigation involving employment discrimination.

A recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court will have wide-ranging impact in the field of employment law and should be carefully considered by all employers in assessing their current employment contracts and personnel manuals and policies.

The Physician as Employer—Avoiding Employment Litigation

Cincinnati Medicine (1995)

Wrap-Up: Important Medical Malpractice Decisions

Cincinnati Medicine (1995)

Ohio Court Decision Broadens Liability for Hospitals

The Business Record (1994)