Overview

Christina advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, from discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, and harassment, to cases involving contract disputes, restrictive covenants, trade secret theft and misappropriation, and unfair competition. She has litigated and tried cases in state and federal courts and frequently represents employers in various state and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the Department of Labor. Christina also provides employers of all sizes with day-to-day preventive counseling on topics such as FMLA and ADA compliance, compliance with state and federal cannabis laws, employee discipline, litigation prevention strategies, and employee handbook and policy development.

Christina is OSHA 30 certified and regularly advises employers regarding Occupational Safety and Health Act compliance, including representing employers during on-site OSHA inspections and informal settlement conferences, negotiating and resolving OSHA citations/penalties, and defending employers at administrative hearings with the OSHA Review Commission and related litigation. She also assists clients with the preparation and implementation of written safety programs.

In addition to safety audits and investigations, Christina also conducts workplace harassment and discrimination investigations and on-site training on a variety of employment law topics to help employers understand, prevent and correct discrimination in the workplace.
                                     

Practices

    • Obtained numerous dismissals and defense rulings on behalf of health care providers, manufacturers, service providers and other employers in various state and federal courts and agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the Department of Labor. 
    • Obtained summary judgment ruling for major Ohio healthcare provider on workers compensation retaliation claim
    • Achieved significant reductions of citations and proposed violations for a manufacturing company cited with willful violations.
    • Counseled various Ohio-based and national clients in the manufacturing, construction, healthcare, and staffing industries regarding compliance with state cannabis laws.
    • 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

    • FDCC Ladder Down, Cleveland—Cleveland Committee (2019)
    • Cleveland Employment American Inn of Court—Member
    • American Bar Association—Member
    • Ohio State Bar Association—Member
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association—Member

    Community Involvement

    • Catholic Charities Corporation—Board of Directors; Program Committee (2018-Present)
    • Children’s Hunger Alliance—Northeast Regional Advisory Board—Member (2018-Present)
    • Cleveland Botanical Garden, Garden Young Leaders—Member (2016-2017)
    • Cleveland Leadership Center, Civic Leadership Institute (Class of 2015)
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 3Rs Program—Mentor
    • Recipient of the YWCA Distinguished Young Women Award (2019) 
    • Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation-Labor and Employment (2020)
    • Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (2018; 2019)
    • "The Inside Perspective: A Conversation With Clients," FDCC Ladder Down Cleveland Panel (November 2019) 
    • "Cannabis Law Update," Construction Employers Association Podcast (October 2019) 
    • "Cannabis Law: Practical Issues Impacting the Workplace," Construction Employer's Association (CEA) HR Day, Cleveland, OH (October 2019) 
    • "Cannabis Law: Practical Issues Impacting the Workplace," Ohio Chamber HR Academy Webinar (October 2019) 
    • "Cybersecurity for HR: Employer Duties and Ways to Defend Against and Effectively Respond to Workplace Data Breach," Frantz Ward Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Cleveland, OH (May 2019)
    • "Do's and Don'ts of Hiring, Firing and Everything in Between/Compliance," Construction Employers Association HR Day, Cleveland, OH (April 2019) 
    • "Understanding the Future of Cannabis and the Workplace: Possible Impacts and Outcomes of Cannabis Legalization on HR Policies and Workplace Safety," USI Brokerage Insurance Roundtable Discussion, Cleveland, OH (April 2019) 
    • "Medical Marijuana: Building a Strategic Employer Plan," Business Resource Network for Ohio Means Jobs, Canton, OH (March 2019) 

    • "Drugs in the Workplace: Building a Strategic Employer Plan," Hylant Seminar, Cleveland, OH (February 2019)
    • "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)