Stephanie Olivera Mittica

Associate
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6671
F 330.376.4577
P 330.849.6671 | F 330.376.4577



Overview

Stephanie helps employers from small businesses to large companies in the private and public sectors and everything in-between resolve and avoid employment lawsuits. She counsels them on compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws, including the FMLA, ADA, and FLSA, as well as contract, policy, and discipline/discharge issues that regularly arise.

In addition, she defends employers against all types of employment-related litigation matters, including claims of discrimination based on race, gender, disability, age, and sexual harassment, as well as hostile work environment, wage and hour, and Section 1983 claims. Stephanie also is experienced in handling public accommodation related matters.

Stephanie is well-versed in defending private and public sector employers through the labor grievance process and in labor arbitration matters. She has also assisted in matters before the State Employment Relations Board.

Stephanie has particular strengths in helping her clients navigate employment-related immigration issues, including I-9 employment eligibility verification, termination of foreign workers, pre-hire considerations, and other business immigration matters. She also assists employers in obtaining employment-based visas and “green card” permanent residence for prospective/current employees.

Clients appreciate her efficiency and responsiveness and rely on her critical thinking and communication skills to identify strategies and solutions to their employment challenges.

Stephanie is also fluent in Spanish and a member of the Roetzel & Andress Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Experience
  • Represented a public school district against allegations of sexual harassment under R.C. 4112 and Title IX
  • Successfully conducted a large and comprehensive sexual harassment investigation for a large public school district 
  • Obtained successful H-1B visa transfer during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic with no Requests for Evidence or delays despite the unavailability of Premium Processing
     
Languages
  1. Spanish
Services

Industries

Education

  1. Tiffin University, B.A., Criminal Justice Studies
    • magna cum laude
    • Dean's List Honors
  2. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
    • magna cum laude
    • Dean’s List Honors
    • CALI Award for Academic Excellence – Legal Writing and Litigation
    • Cleveland-Marshall Interscholastic Moot Court Team, Chairperson and Member
    • Cleveland-Marshall Journal of Law and Health, Research Editor
    • Cleveland-Marshall Hispanic Law Student Association, President
    • Cleveland-Marshall Student Bar Association, Member

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

Recognitions

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2021-22)
  • Selected to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Labor and Employment Law - Management (2022); Litigation - Labor and Employment (2022)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, The Northern District of Ohio Chapter
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, Board Member 
Community Affiliations
  • The International Institute of Akron, Board President

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Title IX’s Anniversary Gift – Proposed Changes (Jun 23, 2022)
    Ohio School Boards Permitted to Allow Employees to Carry Guns in Schools (Jun 14, 2022)
    New Ohio Law Prohibits Restrictions Against Students Wearing Religious Apparel While Competing (May 31, 2022)
    Juneteenth – A Legal Holiday in Ohio for Non-Teaching School District Employees? (May 11, 2022)
    504 Regulations Will Be Amended: Get Your Comments In (May 10, 2022)
  2. Presentations
    "Top 10 Employment Law Developments 2020" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
    "COVID-19: Where Do We Go From Here?" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    "Significant Employment Law Cases of 2019-2020" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    The Pendulum Swings Back Towards Employers: An Update on Employment Laws - Roetzel's Executive & Corporate Counsel Forum (November 2019)
    "2019 Employment Updates For Public Employers" - Northern Ohio Chapter of IPMA-HR Spring Conference (May 2019)
  3. Firm News
    Twenty-Seven Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 30, 2021)
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Roetzel & Andress Seeks Mansfield Rule Certification to Boost Diversity (Jul 6, 2021)
    Thirty Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 8, 2020)
    Roetzel’s Reopening America Readiness Team Formed to Help Businesses Reopen (May 5, 2020)

Overview

Stephanie helps employers from small businesses to large companies in the private and public sectors and everything in-between resolve and avoid employment lawsuits. She counsels them on compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws, including the FMLA, ADA, and FLSA, as well as contract, policy, and discipline/discharge issues that regularly arise.

In addition, she defends employers against all types of employment-related litigation matters, including claims of discrimination based on race, gender, disability, age, and sexual harassment, as well as hostile work environment, wage and hour, and Section 1983 claims. Stephanie also is experienced in handling public accommodation related matters.

Stephanie is well-versed in defending private and public sector employers through the labor grievance process and in labor arbitration matters. She has also assisted in matters before the State Employment Relations Board.

Stephanie has particular strengths in helping her clients navigate employment-related immigration issues, including I-9 employment eligibility verification, termination of foreign workers, pre-hire considerations, and other business immigration matters. She also assists employers in obtaining employment-based visas and “green card” permanent residence for prospective/current employees.

Clients appreciate her efficiency and responsiveness and rely on her critical thinking and communication skills to identify strategies and solutions to their employment challenges.

Stephanie is also fluent in Spanish and a member of the Roetzel & Andress Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Experience
  • Represented a public school district against allegations of sexual harassment under R.C. 4112 and Title IX
  • Successfully conducted a large and comprehensive sexual harassment investigation for a large public school district 
  • Obtained successful H-1B visa transfer during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic with no Requests for Evidence or delays despite the unavailability of Premium Processing
     
Languages
  1. Spanish

Education

  1. Tiffin University, B.A., Criminal Justice Studies
    • magna cum laude
    • Dean's List Honors
  2. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
    • magna cum laude
    • Dean’s List Honors
    • CALI Award for Academic Excellence – Legal Writing and Litigation
    • Cleveland-Marshall Interscholastic Moot Court Team, Chairperson and Member
    • Cleveland-Marshall Journal of Law and Health, Research Editor
    • Cleveland-Marshall Hispanic Law Student Association, President
    • Cleveland-Marshall Student Bar Association, Member

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

Recognitions

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2021-22)
  • Selected to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Labor and Employment Law - Management (2022); Litigation - Labor and Employment (2022)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, The Northern District of Ohio Chapter
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Ohio Access to Justice Foundation, Board Member 
Community Affiliations
  • The International Institute of Akron, Board President

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Title IX’s Anniversary Gift – Proposed Changes (Jun 23, 2022)
    Ohio School Boards Permitted to Allow Employees to Carry Guns in Schools (Jun 14, 2022)
    New Ohio Law Prohibits Restrictions Against Students Wearing Religious Apparel While Competing (May 31, 2022)
    Juneteenth – A Legal Holiday in Ohio for Non-Teaching School District Employees? (May 11, 2022)
    504 Regulations Will Be Amended: Get Your Comments In (May 10, 2022)
  2. Presentations
    "Top 10 Employment Law Developments 2020" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
    "COVID-19: Where Do We Go From Here?" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    "Significant Employment Law Cases of 2019-2020" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    The Pendulum Swings Back Towards Employers: An Update on Employment Laws - Roetzel's Executive & Corporate Counsel Forum (November 2019)
    "2019 Employment Updates For Public Employers" - Northern Ohio Chapter of IPMA-HR Spring Conference (May 2019)
  3. Firm News
    Twenty-Seven Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 30, 2021)
    74 Roetzel Attorneys Named 2022 Best Lawyers in America®; 18 Recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (Aug 19, 2021)
    Roetzel & Andress Seeks Mansfield Rule Certification to Boost Diversity (Jul 6, 2021)
    Thirty Roetzel Attorneys Selected to 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List (Dec 8, 2020)
    Roetzel’s Reopening America Readiness Team Formed to Help Businesses Reopen (May 5, 2020)