Karen D. Adinolfi

Shareholder
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6773
F 330.376.4577
P 330.849.6773 | F 330.376.4577



Overview

Ms. Adinolfi is an experienced labor and employment counselor and trial attorney, having handled numerous cases for the Firm’s clients, whether public or private, for-profit, or non-profit, large or small. She counsels her clients on employee discipline and discharge, wage and hour matters, FMLA leave and other leaves of absence, disability law and reasonable accommodation, and all other facets of the employer-employee relationship. Ms. Adinolfi has tried numerous cases to verdict, and many others through summary judgment, alternative dispute resolution, or appeal. She has handled collective bargaining and arbitration matters, conducted workplace investigations, and has represented clients through numerous administrative agencies at the federal and state level, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission. 

Languages
  1. French
Services

Industries

Education

  1. The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
    • summa cum laude
    • Akron Law Review, Citations Editor and Staff Member
    • New York Bar Moot Court Competition
    • American Bar Association Moot Court Competition
  2. Kent State University, M.A.
    • summa cum laude
  3. The University of Toledo, B.A.
    • magna cum laude

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Clerkships
  1. Intern and Judicial Clerkship for The Honorable Deborah Cook

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Employment Law - Management (2021); Litigation - Labor & Employment (2021)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005-2011)
  • Recipient, The University of Akron School of Law John R. Quine Award (2020)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Adjunct Faculty, Employment Law, University of Akron School of Law
  • Akron Bar Association - Past President (2020-2021)
    • President (2019-2020)
    • President-Elect (2018-2019)
    • Board of Trustees, Member (2015-2018)
    • Chair, Labor & Employment Section (2014-2015) and Member (2002-present)
    • Grievance Committee, Member (2010-2018)
    • Fee Arbitration Committee, Member (2016-2018)
    • Chair, HR Committee (2017-2019)
  • Society of Human Resource Management - Akron Area Chapter
    • Vice President (2016-2018)
    • Governmental Relations Chair (2017-present)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Member, Council of Delegates
    • Labor and Employment Section Council (2016-present)
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association
    • Member (2018-present)
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
    • Trustee-At-Large (2016-2020)
Community Affiliations
  • Akron Blind Center
    • Chair, Board of Trustees (2016-2018)
    • Board Member (2013-2018)
  • Summit County Historical Society
    • Chair, Board of Directors (2018-2019)
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors (2016-2018)
    • Board Member (2013-2019)
  • Friends of Summit County Metro Parks
    • Board Member (2020-present)

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Public Employee Loses First Amendment Retaliation Claim After Publicly Posting a Racial Slur on Facebook That Caused Sufficient Workplace Disruption (Oct 14, 2020)
    DOL Updates FFCRA Regulations, Effective 9/16/2020, in Response to Federal Court Decision (Sep 15, 2020)
    EEOC Acknowledges Limitations to Its Enforcement Powers in Recent Opinion Letter (Sep 14, 2020)
    EEOC Provides Additional Guidance on ADA Compliance During COVID-19 (Sep 9, 2020)
    Federal District Court Judge Denies Request to Enjoin the Enactment of New Title IX Rule (Aug 17, 2020)
  2. Article
    Your Sexual Harassment Policy: Use It or Lose Its Protection
  3. Presentations
    Emerging Workplace Policies: Crown Acts, Emotional Support Animals & More - Akron Bar Association (Oct 8, 2020)
    "The Ohio Unemployment System: Tips and Strategies for Getting Through the Maze" - Roetzel Employment Services Webinar (September 2020)
    "Significant Employment Law Cases of 2019-2020" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    "Legislative Update" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    "Update on Workplace Policies and Practices: Crown Acts, Emotional Support Animals and More" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
  4. Firm News
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Receives The University of Akron School of Law John R. Quine Award (Jul 15, 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Legal News Article on Upcoming Akron Bar Changes (June 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Legal News Article on Workplace Reopening Safety (June 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Legal News Article on the 2020 St. Thomas More Award Recipient (June 2020)
  5. Upcoming Event
    2020 Employment Law Briefing (Nov 10, 2020)

Overview

Ms. Adinolfi is an experienced labor and employment counselor and trial attorney, having handled numerous cases for the Firm’s clients, whether public or private, for-profit, or non-profit, large or small. She counsels her clients on employee discipline and discharge, wage and hour matters, FMLA leave and other leaves of absence, disability law and reasonable accommodation, and all other facets of the employer-employee relationship. Ms. Adinolfi has tried numerous cases to verdict, and many others through summary judgment, alternative dispute resolution, or appeal. She has handled collective bargaining and arbitration matters, conducted workplace investigations, and has represented clients through numerous administrative agencies at the federal and state level, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission. 

Languages
  1. French

Education

  1. The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
    • summa cum laude
    • Akron Law Review, Citations Editor and Staff Member
    • New York Bar Moot Court Competition
    • American Bar Association Moot Court Competition
  2. Kent State University, M.A.
    • summa cum laude
  3. The University of Toledo, B.A.
    • magna cum laude

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Clerkships
  1. Intern and Judicial Clerkship for The Honorable Deborah Cook

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Employment Law - Management (2021); Litigation - Labor & Employment (2021)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005-2011)
  • Recipient, The University of Akron School of Law John R. Quine Award (2020)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Adjunct Faculty, Employment Law, University of Akron School of Law
  • Akron Bar Association - Past President (2020-2021)
    • President (2019-2020)
    • President-Elect (2018-2019)
    • Board of Trustees, Member (2015-2018)
    • Chair, Labor & Employment Section (2014-2015) and Member (2002-present)
    • Grievance Committee, Member (2010-2018)
    • Fee Arbitration Committee, Member (2016-2018)
    • Chair, HR Committee (2017-2019)
  • Society of Human Resource Management - Akron Area Chapter
    • Vice President (2016-2018)
    • Governmental Relations Chair (2017-present)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Member, Council of Delegates
    • Labor and Employment Section Council (2016-present)
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association
    • Member (2018-present)
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
    • Trustee-At-Large (2016-2020)
Community Affiliations
  • Akron Blind Center
    • Chair, Board of Trustees (2016-2018)
    • Board Member (2013-2018)
  • Summit County Historical Society
    • Chair, Board of Directors (2018-2019)
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors (2016-2018)
    • Board Member (2013-2019)
  • Friends of Summit County Metro Parks
    • Board Member (2020-present)

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Public Employee Loses First Amendment Retaliation Claim After Publicly Posting a Racial Slur on Facebook That Caused Sufficient Workplace Disruption (Oct 14, 2020)
    DOL Updates FFCRA Regulations, Effective 9/16/2020, in Response to Federal Court Decision (Sep 15, 2020)
    EEOC Acknowledges Limitations to Its Enforcement Powers in Recent Opinion Letter (Sep 14, 2020)
    EEOC Provides Additional Guidance on ADA Compliance During COVID-19 (Sep 9, 2020)
    Federal District Court Judge Denies Request to Enjoin the Enactment of New Title IX Rule (Aug 17, 2020)
  2. Article
    Your Sexual Harassment Policy: Use It or Lose Its Protection
  3. Presentations
    Emerging Workplace Policies: Crown Acts, Emotional Support Animals & More - Akron Bar Association (Oct 8, 2020)
    "The Ohio Unemployment System: Tips and Strategies for Getting Through the Maze" - Roetzel Employment Services Webinar (September 2020)
    "Significant Employment Law Cases of 2019-2020" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    "Legislative Update" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    "Update on Workplace Policies and Practices: Crown Acts, Emotional Support Animals and More" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
  4. Firm News
    Seventy Roetzel Attorneys Named to 2021 The Best Lawyers in America© List; Ten Named “Lawyer of the Year” (Aug 20, 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Receives The University of Akron School of Law John R. Quine Award (Jul 15, 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Legal News Article on Upcoming Akron Bar Changes (June 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Legal News Article on Workplace Reopening Safety (June 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Legal News Article on the 2020 St. Thomas More Award Recipient (June 2020)
  5. Upcoming Event
    2020 Employment Law Briefing (Nov 10, 2020)