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Christina E. Niro

Associate

Overview

Christina advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, from discrimination, retaliation, and harassment, to cases involving contract disputes, restrictive covenants, trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition. She has litigated and tried cases in state and federal courts and various administrative agencies. Christina also provides employers of all sizes with day-to-day preventive counseling on wage and hour issues, employee discipline, litigation prevention strategies, employee handbook and policy development, and adherence to federal and state family and medical leave laws. Christina also conducts EEO training to help employers understand, prevent and correct discrimination in the workplace.

Practices

    • Represented international manufacturer in non-competition and patent/copyright litigation that resulted in denial of preliminary injunction and mutually satisfactory pre-trial settlement.
    • Obtained summary judgment for major Ohio healthcare provider on disability discrimination and FMLA retaliation and interference claims.
    • Advised North American branch of international polymer manufacturer regarding several complex employee termination situations.
    • Successfully enforced multiple non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements, including against former high-level baby product employee and manufacturer representative that each resulted in pre-litigation resolution.
    • Defended major nursing and senior healthcare provider and automobile dealership chain before administrative agencies and in litigation filed by former employees.
    • Successfully defended foreclosure litigation — on appeal before Ohio’s Eighth Appellate District in pro bono litigation.
  • Education

    • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2010
    • Denison University, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors College, 2007
    • OSHA 30 Outreach Training Program Certification

    Admissions

    • State of Ohio
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio and Southern District of Ohio
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association—Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association—Member
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member

    Community Involvement

    • Northeast Ohio Advisory Board of Children’s Hunger Alliance— Member
    • Cleveland Botanical Garden - Member, Garden Young Leaders (2016-Present)
    • Cleveland Leadership Center, Civic Leadership Institute (Class of 2015)
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 3Rs Program—Mentor
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2018)
    • "Protecting Your Confidential Information - Best Practices for Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements," Frantz Ward Litigation Panel Series, Cleveland, OH (September 2018)
    • "Romance In The Workplace and Avoiding Claims of Harassment," Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management, Berea, OH (May 2018)
    • “Business Tune Up,” Metal Building Interiors, Cleveland, OH (May 2018)
    • "OSHA Survival Guide: Strategies for OSHA Investigations and Key Updates and Initiatives," Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Cleveland, OH (May 2018)
    • "Workplace and Employment Law Implications of the Ohio Medical Marijuana Law," Employment Inn of Court, Cleveland, OH (February 2018)
    • "Implementing New Technology," Construction Employers Association's Professional Development Day, Cleveland, OH (February 2018)
    • "Social Media Policies: Balancing Employer Needs and Employee Rights," Human Resource Law Boot Camp, Youngstown, OH (December 2017)
    • "Engaging Your Practice, Workplace, and Profitability: Specific Strategies for Increasing Diversity & Inclusion," Ohio State Bar Association's 2017 All-Ohio Legal Forum, Columbus, OH (August 2017)
    • “Managing Transgender and Social Media Issues in the Modern Workplace,” Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Cleveland, OH (May 2017)
    • “Update on the New FLSA Overtime Rule,” Corporate Training (July 2016)
    • Workplace Sexual Harassment Corporate Training (June 2016)
    • “Walking the Tightrope of Workplace Sexual Harassment,” Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Cleveland, OH (April 2016)
    • ”EEOC Developments—Cater to Current Requirements,” Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Cleveland, OH (May 2015)