Summary

Carolyn counsels clients in all areas of labor and employment including employee hiring and termination, employment agreements, personnel policies, harassment, workplace investigations, discrimination, wage/hour issues, ADA, FMLA, NLRA, EEOC, and workers’ compensation.  She offers practical advice designed to comply with the ever changing laws with minimum disruption.  She also defends employers’ interests in trial, mediation, deposition and agency proceedings. In addition, Carolyn provides support on public law matters and represents both higher and secondary education clients.  Carolyn has been involved in compliance areas including, Title IX, FERPA, ADA/Section 504, Clery Act, VAWA and the DFSCA. She has assisted in the implementation of student processes and procedures, trained Title IX investigators, and assisted in education audits.

Carolyn is actively involved in the community. Carolyn has been recognized as a Rising Star 2017 by Ohio Super Lawyers in the Labor and Employment area and is a frequent presenter on a variety of legal topics. She is a trustee for District 5 of the Ohio Women's Bar Association and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Human Resources Association of Central Ohio, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Young Professional Board, and the United Way Women's Leadership Council. Carolyn was also selected as a member of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute Class of 2016-2017.

Outside of practicing law, Carolyn enjoys playing basketball, baking, and spending time with her family, including her two rescue dogs.

Awards

All Service Areas

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2009)
  • Case Western Reserve University (2006)

Admissions

  • State - Ohio
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio

Speeches and Publications

  • Buckeye Association of School Administrators' Adminiscope - FMLA Refresher for Schools (2017)
  • National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar, “Workplace Behavioral Issues: Appropriately Handling Thorny Situations” (2016)
  • National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar, "Drafting and Negotiating Business Contracts" (2015)
  • Ohio State Bar Association - Employment Law Select Issues, "Employers’ Obligation to LGBT Employees and Couples" (2014)
  • Employer’s Association Training, “Investigations: Purposes, Parameters and Pitfalls” (2013)
  • National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar, “Employer Investigations” (2013)
  • Women's Entrepreneurial Network Training, “Employee Hiring and Firing” (2013)
  • Lima Society of Human Resources Management Seminar, “Social Media in the Workplace” (2013)
  • Lima Society of Human Resources Management Seminar, “Employer Background Checks” (2013)
  • Interviewed and quoted by The Daily Standard, “'Like it or not, Selective Protection for Social Media” (2013)
  • Lima Society of Human Resources Management Seminar, “The Impact of Social Networking on Employers” (2011)

Professional Affiliations

  • Human Resources Association of Central Ohio (Member 2015-present)
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation (Member, Leadership Institute Class of 2016-2017, District 5 Trustee)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Member)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (Member 2015-present)
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association (Trustee, District 5)

Community Involvement

  • Abbotsford Shire (Board Member 2016-present)
  • Center of Science and Industry (COSI) (Young Professional Board, Blast Host Committee)
  • United Way of Central Ohio - Women's Leadership Council (Member)