Karen D. Adinolfi

Shareholder

Akron
222 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6773
F 330.376.4577
E kadinolfi@ralaw.com



Karen D. Adinolfi

Shareholder

Phone: (330) 849-6773
Fax: (330) 376-4577
Email: kadinolfi@ralaw.com

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, 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. 

Accomplishments

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005-2011)
  • Intern (2000) and Judicial Clerkship (2001) for The Honorable Deborah Cook, Supreme Court of Ohio 

Education

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

Professional Affiliations

  • Senior Lecturer, Employment Law, University of Akron School of Law
  • Society of Human Resource Management - Akron Area Chapter
    • Vice President (2016-2018)
    • Governmental Relations Chair (2017-2018)
  • Akron Bar Association
    • 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-present)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Section Council (2016-present)
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association
    • Member (2018-present)
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
    • Trustee-At-Large (2016-present)

Community Affiliations

  • Akron Blind Center
    • Chair, Board of Trustees (2016-present)
    • Board Member (2013-present)
  • Summit County Historical Society
    • Chair, Board of Directors (2018-present)
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors (2016-2018)
    • Board Member (2013-present)

Publications

Presentations

  • "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" - Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce (October 2018)
  • “The EEOC’s Wellness Rule: Its Status and Future” - Employers Health Co. Annual Conference (May 2018)
  • "Beyond #Me,Too: The Current Climate and its Impact on Employers" - Akron Area SHRM Half-Day Legislative Conference (May 2018)
  • "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Practical Considerations" - EDGE (April 2018)
  • "The Ohio Unemployment Compensation System: From Job Separation to Court Appeal" - Ohio State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Basics of Employment Law (April 2018)
  • "Hold Your Breath: A Deep Dive Into the Family Medical Leave Act (2018)" - Ohio Public Transit Association 2018 Conference (April 2018)
  • "Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" - Burton D. Morgan Foundation Entrepreneurship Series (February 2018)
  • "Current Employment Law Developments Affecting All Employers in Ohio" - Roetzel's Executive & Corporate Counsel Forum (2017)
  • "Investigations of Sexual Harassment: Avoiding Pitfalls and Potholes" - Ohio Public Transit Association 2017 Annual Conference (2017)
  • "Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Public Meetings: Obligations and Options" - Tri-County Municipal Clerks Association (2017)
  • “2017 Roetzel Labor & Employment Law Breakfast Briefings” - Cleveland, Akron (2017)
  • "Threats to the Viability of Non-Competes?" Akron Bar Association, Business & Corporate Law Section (November 2016)
  • Workplace Investigations – Akron Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section (2016)
  • “New Wage and Hour Regulations: Getting Companies and Clients Ready” - Akron Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section (2016)
  • “Unemployment Law in Ohio” - Lorman (2014)
  • “Wage and Hour Update” - Sterling Educational Services
  • "Employee Medical Records" - Roetzel Employment Law & Workers' Compensation: Legal Update
  • "Social Media- Dealing with New Challenges in 2011" - Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Akron, Ohio
  • "Field of Dreams: Social Media" - Roetzel Employment Law Seminar: Spring Training
  • "Social Media - Dealing with New Challenges" - Roetzel Corporate Counsel Forum
  • "Social Media" - Roetzel Employment Law & Workers' Compensation: Legal Update
  • "Effective Administration of Unemployment Claims" - Roetzel Employment Law & Workers' Compensation: Legal Update
  • "Employment Records" - Roetzel Employment Law & Workers' Compensation: Legal Update

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Languages Spoken

  • Conversant in French