Katherine Spies Giumenti

Partner

Biography

Katie Giumenti practices labor and employment law with an emphasis on defending employers in litigation and administrative charges involving such issues as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, employment at-will, non-compete agreements, employee benefits, employment contracts, and defamation. Katie counsels employers on compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, including the ADA, ADEA, FMLA and FLSA, and on workplace practices and procedures, including harassment, terminations, drug and alcohol testing, and employee handbooks and policies.

Katie practices in federal and state trial courts and courts of appeals and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the State Personnel Board of Review defending employers against claims involving wrongful discharge, and pursuing dismissal of EEOC/OCRC charges of race, gender, disability, and age discrimination. She received a favorable resolution of an extensive gender and age discrimination investigation by the EEOC on behalf of a multi-million dollar manufacturing employer; and has obtained judgments for employers by drafting successful motions for summary judgment in numerous litigation actions involving claims of discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation.

Katie obtained a jury verdict in federal court in favor of a national company in an age discrimination lawsuit. She successfully pursued claims on behalf of a manufacturing employer in state court against a former employee for theft, and assisted the employer in recovering $1 million in insurance benefits.

Katie has successfully enforced non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and defended clients against such restrictive covenants. She represents employers as defense counsel approved by Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) and Directors and Officers Liability Insurance (D&O) carriers.

Katie served as legal counsel to the Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice, a non-profit corporation consisting of more than 200 businesses, medical providers, local political subdivisions, and charitable organizations and their related trade organizations, which was formed to advocate and defend tort reform in Ohio.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • Member, Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD)
  • Co-Chair, Bricker & Eckler Women in Networking (WIN) group
Presentations & Published Works
  • Speaker, "Triage: What is the Best Way to Address Practitioner Concerns?," Ohio Hospital Association Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • Co-authored, "Courts: Sex stereotyping equals sex discrimination," Business First, August 26, 2005
  • Authored, "Workplace Conduct Probes May Fall Under FTC Rule," Business First, May 4, 2001
  • Co-authored, "Tort Reform in Ohio: The impact on the civil justice system one year after House Bill 350," the Ohio State Bar Association's Ohio Lawyer, Vol. 12, No. 1, January/February 1998
  • Speaker, "Fair Credit Reporting Act," Columbus Bar Association Seminar
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), 2014
  • Member, Federal Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association
  • Fellow, Columbus Bar Foundation
  • Member, Ohio Women's Bar Association
  • Graduate, Ohio Women's Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, Class of 2012-2013
  • Admitted, State of Ohio; United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio; Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Litigation - Labor and Employment), 2018
  • Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Education
  • The Ohio State University (B.A., cum laude, 1986; J.D., with honors, 1989); Member, Ohio State Law Journal, 1988-1989
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