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Katherine E. McLaughlin



Katie focuses her practice on the representation of management in all aspects of labor and employment law. She aids in the defense of employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in a wide range of matters, including employment discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour disputes. Katie also assists in providing day-to-day counseling to employers by researching human resources issues such as terminations, compliance with employment laws, and the preparation of policies and employment agreements.  Katie earned her J.D., cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her B.A. from Wittenberg University.


    • Assisted with advocating for management in grievance arbitration, including upholding disciplinary removal cases.

    • Assisted in the successful defense against a temporary restraining order for a public employer.

    • Drafted employee handbooks and personnel policies for various employers.

  • Education

    • Wittenberg University, B.A., Psychology, 2014

    • Cleveland State University College of Law/CSU College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2021


    • State of West Virginia 
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio 

    • State of Ohio
  • Professional Affiliations

    • Ohio State Bar Association - Member 
    • Ohio Women’s Bar Association – Member
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association - LGBTQ+ Committee Member
    • Cleveland Employment American Inn of Court - Member (2022-Present)

    Community Involvement

    • Plexus LGBT Chamber of Commerce – Member, Young Professionals Committee
    • Cleveland State Law Review - Editor-in-Chief (2020-2021)
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Cleveland Marshall College of Law - Civil Litigation Clinic (Fall 2020)

    • "Avoiding Ill-Eagle Hiring Practices." (Co-Presenter) Frantz Ward Labor & Employment Seminar (June 2023)
    • “A Day in the Life – Managing Your Practice,” Cleveland State University College of Law/CSU College of Law Presentation (February 2023)