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5885 Landerbrook Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44124
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Phone: (216) 464-3004
Fax: (866) 542-0743

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Cathleen M. Bolek

Cathleen-M-Bolek

Cleveland Employment Law Attorney

Principal

Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Phone: 216-464-3004
Fax: 866-542-0743
Email:  [email protected]

 

Cathleen Bolek has been representing individuals in employment disputes for more than twenty years, and has extensive trial experience in the state and federal courts in Ohio.

Cathleen was selected for inclusion in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America, Cleveland, in the practice area of Employment Law – Individuals. Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine has named her one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio for 2016. That publication also included her in its list of “Super Lawyers” in the field of Employment Law for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2015, and previously named her to its 2005 and 2006 “Rising Stars” lists. Since 2005, Martindale-Hubbell has given Cathleen its highest rating, “AV,” describing her legal abilities and professionalism as “Preeminent.” Avvo.com also gives Cathleen its highest rating, “Superb.”

Cathleen is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Board of Trustees. She is also a former member of the Ohio Association for Justice Board of Trustees, and served for many years as Chair of its Employment Law Section. She is a published author and is frequently invited to speak at seminars in the fields of employment law and legal ethics.

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Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1992
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1995
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2001

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D., 1992
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • A.B. (Cum Laude) – 1988
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Taxation of Personal Injury Settlements: An Introduction for Non-Tax Lawyers by a Non-Tax Lawyer, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, CATA News, Winter 2011–12
  • Fair Labor Standards Act and the Non-Public Employee, Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers’ News, Fall, 2006
  • Fair Labor Standards Act and the Non-Public Employee, Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers’ News, (reprinted with permission in Ohio Trial), Winter, 2008
  • State and Federal Law Prohibits Defense Counsel From Conducting Ex Parte Interviews of Treating Physicians, Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers’ News, Spring, 2004
  • State and Federal Law Prohibits Defense Counsel From Conducting Ex Parte Interviews of Treating Physicians, Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers’ News, (reprinted with permission in Ohio Trial), Summer, 2004

Representative Cases

  • Cehrs v. Northeast Ohio Alzheimer’s Research Center, 155 F.3d 775, 4 Wage & Hour Cas.2d (BNA) 1509, 8 A.D. Cases 825 (6th Cir. 1998)
  • Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Lockshin, 125 Ohio St.3d 529, 2010-Ohio-2207 (Ohio 2010)
  • Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Greenberg, 112 Ohio St.3d 138, 858 N.E.2d 400, 2006-Ohio 6519 (Ohio 2006)
  • Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Feneli, 86 Ohio St.3d 102, 712 N.E.2d 119, 1999-Ohio-140 (Ohio 1999)
  • Phillips v. Burt, 77 Ohio St.3d 1229, 673 N.E.2d 1380, 1997-Ohio-268 (Ohio 1997)
  • Groening v. Pitney Bowes, Inc., 105 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 938 (Ohio App., 8th Dist. 2009)
  • Hardwick v. Sherwin Williams Co., 91 Fair Empl. Prac.Cas. (BNA) 142, 2003-Ohio-657 (Ohio App., 8th Dist. 2003)
  • Johnson v. Univ. Hosp. of Cleveland, 150 Ohio App.3d 256, 780 N.E.2d 619, 2002-Ohio-6338 (Ohio App., 8th Dist. 2002)
  • Blanton v. Cuyahoga Cty. Bd. of Elections, 150 Ohio App.3d 61, 779 N.E.2d 788, 90 Fair Empl. Prac.Cas. (BNA) 600, 2002-Ohio-6044 (Ohio App., 8th Dist. 2002)
  • Blatnik v. Avery Dennison Corp., 148 Ohio App.3d 494, 774 N.E.2d 282, 2002-Ohio-1682 (Ohio App. 11th Dist. 2002)
  • Hood v. Diamond Prod., Inc., 137 Ohio App.3d 9, 738 N.E.2d 6 (Ohio App. 9th Dist. 2000)
  • Harmon v. Phillip Morris Inc., 120 Ohio App. 3d 187, 697 N.E.2d 270 (Ohio App. 8th Dist. 1997)
  • Reese v. Euclid Cleaning Contrs., Inc., 103 Ohio App.3d 141, 658 N.E.2d 1096 (Ohio App. 8th Dist. 1995)
  • Cleveland Metro. Bar Assn. v. Gruttadaurio, 136 Ohio St.3d 283, 2013-Ohio-3662 (Ohio 2013)

Classes/Seminars

  • IOLTA Dos and Don’ts, Ohio Association for Justice Winter Convention, 2013
  • Discovery in Employment Cases: The Duty to Preserve and Collect Evidence, Determining What to Produce and Avoiding Sanctions, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2013
  • Employment Law for Personal Injury Lawyers, Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2013
  • Expanding Protected Classes, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law Conference, 2012
  • Civility in Employment Litigation, Federal Bar Association, Cleveland Chapter, Labor and Employment Law Seminar, 2012
  • IOLTA Nuts and Bolts, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Ethics Seminar, 2011
  • Employment Law Overview: Recognizing the Cause of Action and Protecting the Statute of Limitations, Ohio Association for Justice, 2011
  • Ethics Issues in Employment Litigation, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 2010
  • Trial Tactics and Strategies, Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association, 2009
  • Employment Rights of People with Disabilities, Eastern Ohio Rehabilitation Association, 2008
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act and the Non-Public Employee, Ohio Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2007
  • The Litigating Game; Must Adversaries be Enemies?, Ohio Employment Inns of Court, 2007
  • Sanctions, Frivolous Conduct, and the Professional Lawyer, The Cleveland Employment Lawyers’ Association, 2005
  • Yin & Yang of Trying an Employment Case, The Cleveland Bar Association, 2005
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection, Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, 2004
  • Employer Mandated Arbitration, Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, 2004
  • Discovery Hassles, The Cleveland Employment Lawyers’ Association, 2002
  • Ohio Employment Torts and Employment at Will, The Cleveland Employment Lawyers’ Association, 2000
  • Mock Sexual Harassment Trial, Cleveland Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Seminar, 2000
  • Ethics, Professionalism & Substance Abuse: A Panel Discussion, Cuyahoga County Bar Association, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Cleveland, Employment Law – Individuals, 2012 – Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rating, 2005 – Present
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio, Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016
  • Super Lawyer in Employment Law, Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2009 , 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016
  • Rising Star in Employment Law, Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine, 2005, 2006
  • Avvo.com 10/10 “Superb” Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio Association for Justice, Member, Board of Trustees, 2009 – 2014
  • Ohio Association for Justice, Employment Law Section, Chair, 2009 – 2014
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, Board of Trustees, 2011 – 2014
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Trial Counsel to Grievance Committee, 1997 – Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Bar Admissions Committee, 1998 – Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member, Bar Admissions Appeal Subcommittee, 2010 – Present
  • Cleveland Employment Inns of Court, Founding Member, Master of the Bench, 2005 – Present
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member, Board of Trustees, 2005 – Present; Treasurer, 2014 – Present
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Associations, Member, 1998 – Present
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 2000 – Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Trial Counsel, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Grievance Committee, 1997 – Present
  • Volunteer, Ronald McDonald Family Room, University Hospital, 2007 – Present

Areas of Practice