Denise M. Hasbrook

Shareholder, Shareholder-in-Charge of Toledo Office

Toledo
One SeaGate, Suite 1700
Toledo, OH 43604
P 419.254.5243
F 419.242.0316
E dhasbrook@ralaw.com
Cleveland
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.623.0150
F 216.623.0134



Denise M. Hasbrook

Shareholder, Shareholder-in-Charge of Toledo Office

Phone: (419) 254-5243
Fax: (419) 242-0316
Email: dhasbrook@ralaw.com

Ms. Hasbrook has handled multiple trials to verdict in numerous Ohio trial courts and argued dozens of appeals in state, federal and the Ohio Supreme Court.  She focuses her practice on commercial business disputes involving torts, unfair competition, real property disputes, contract cases, employment claims and ERISA complaints.  She has substantial experience obtaining and defending claims for injunctive relief. For more than three decades, she has devoted a significant portion of her practice to issues facing the electric public utility industry. She also regularly counsels and defends national and small businesses in employment matters, vendor disputes, and other issues facing their businesses.

Representative Matters

  • Lead trial counsel in dozens of jury and bench trials involving employment, business disputes and torts of all kinds
  • Lead counsel in a case that established a bright line test for the age difference of a significantly younger employee in age discrimination; the decision was selected by Ohio Lawyers Weekly and Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the six most important judicial decisions in federal courts in Ohio and Michigan that year
  • Argued over 35 cases in Ohio appellate district courts and at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Argued twice at the Ohio Supreme Court including a case that resulted in an order vacating a permanent injunction against a public utility to permit proper maintenance of its transmission lines
  • Successfully defended a claim by a former employee of publicly traded company seeking millions of dollars for indemnification for legal fees to defend his own criminal charges
  • Successful results obtained in numerous disputes involving fiduciary duties owed to minority shareholders
  • Multiple favorable outcomes for businesses through settlement, motions for summary judgments, trial and appeal
  • Injunctive relief obtained in multiple cases for the nation’s fourth largest public utility seeking to site and maintain transmission lines

Accomplishments

  • Served as in-house counsel for 15 years for the nation's fourth largest public utility; supervising its legal team in NW Ohio
  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Employment Law - Management (2012-2019)
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America©  Toledo "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law - Management  (2019)
  • Named in "Who's Who in Toledo Area Law" by Toledo Business Journal (2009-2015)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyer" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (Most years since 2005)
  • Toledo Women's Bar Association, Arabella Babb Mansfield Woman of the Year Award (1999)
  • Judicial Law Clerk – Lucas County Common Pleas Court

Education

  • J.D., The University of Toledo College of Law
  • B.S.B.A., The University of Toledo
    • magna cum laude

Community Affiliations

  • Member, Mercy Health - Toledo Board of Trustees (Toledo, Ohio 2009–present). This region employs over 7,000 and operates seven hospitals, including the largest Level I trauma hospital in NW Ohio
    • Chair, Mercy Toledo Board of Trustees (2015-2017)
  • Member, Mercy Health – Toledo Foundation Board of Trustees, Corporate Board Liaison (2017 – Present)
  • Member, Mercy Health Audit & Corporate Responsibility Committee (Cincinnati, Ohio 2017–present). As the parent company for Mercy – Toledo, Mercy Health is the largest healthcare system in Ohio operating 33 hospitals and related healthcare facilities
  • Member, Notre Dame High School Board of Trustees (2011-2017)
  • YWCA, Board Member (1995-2001), President (1997-1999)

Publications

Presentations

  • “2017 Roetzel Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefing” - Toledo (2017)
  • "The ADA: An Update & a Warning" - American Payroll Association (October 2016)
  • "Defining Leadership in the Law" - Panel Discussion, Toledo Women’s Bar Association Spring CLE (2015)
  • "Emerging Trends in ADA" - Lawline, New York, New York (2014)
  • “The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 Twenty Years Down the Road” – American Payroll Association (2013)
  • "Restrictive Covenants & Deceptive Trade Practices" - Roetzel Corporate Counsel Forum, Cleveland & Columbus, Ohio
  • "ADA - Two Decades Later" - Lawline, New York, New York

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