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Marcus is a director of the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. and joined the firm in 2013.


  • The University of Akron School of Law, J.D. (2004)
  • Youngstown State University, B.S. in Applied Science (2000)

Professional Experience

  • Marcus focuses his practice on litigation matters including business litigation, domestic relations, personal injury litigation (plaintiff and defense), with an emphasis on employment and labor law.  As a part of his broad litigation practice, he counsels clients in a wide array of matters and legal issues, including business disputes and employment litigation.  He represents employers in all phases of employment litigation in both federal and state courts, as well as before various administrative agencies with experience defending employers against claims related to discrimination; harassment; breach of contract; retaliation; negligent hiring, training, retention, and supervision; misappropriation of trade secrets; tortious interference with business and contractual relationships; unfair competition; and wrongful discharge.
  • In addition to employment, business, and commercial litigation, Marcus advises and counsels employers on internal investigations, drafts and reviews employee policies and handbooks, and prepares employee agreements and forms, such as non-compete agreements and severance agreements.  Marcus has served as first and second chair for numerous jury and bench trials and has successfully represented a myriad of clients on appeal.   Marcus also has experience in the areas of premises liability, domestic relations, and criminal law.
  • Prior to joining KWGD, Marcus practiced insurance defense litigation, where he successfully defended insurance clients in a wide range of litigation including personal, professional, commercial, and products liability defense.  Marcus also served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.  As a Prosecutor, Marcus gained substantial jury trial experience, trying more than 60 jury trials, as well as extensive appellate experience in the 8th District Court of Appeals. 

Courts and Bar Associations

  • Ohio (2004)
  • Georgia (2011)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Member of Executive Committee: Stark County Bar Association
  • Member: Akron Bar Association
  • Member: Ohio State Bar Association

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Volunteer: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit & Medina Counties 
  • Member, Board of Directors: Akron Harmony House
  • Vice President: Akron/Canton Barristers Assocation
  • Member: Young Professionals of Akron
  • Secretary: Community Legal Aid
  • Board of Directors: Law & Leadership Institute
  • Former Board of Directors: The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater East Ohio Chapter

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to Ohio Rising Stars (top lawyers under 40) by Ohio Super Lawyers
  • While in law school, recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the highest grade in Criminal Process


Articles Published by Marcus L. Wainwright

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, President Trump signed the legislation on the evening of March 18.  There are two provisions providing paid leave to employees forced to miss work because of the COVID-19 outbreak:  the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) […]

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Coronavirus Unemployment Update

Over the weekend, Governor Mike DeWine announced that the State of Ohio will expand immediately its unemployment insurance system to cover workers quarantined because of COVID-19 who do not have paid sick leave as well as workers who are displaced, even temporarily, by the COVID-19 crisis.  The changes will be […]

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Coronavirus Update

As many of you are aware, three (3) Ohio residents have recently tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).  As with any serious disease or viral outbreak, issues related to the coronavirus are evolving. Employers should stay abreast of developments from authorities such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) […]

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Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. The current form remains valid until January 21, 2017. But starting on January 22, 2017, all employers must begin using the revised version in order to remain compliant with […]

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