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 focuses her practice on employment and labor law. She represents public and private sector clients in employment-related counseling and litigation on a broad array of matters, including claims of discrimination based on race, gender, disability, age, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, Section 1983 claims, employment contracts, and wage and hour disputes, in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies. She also counsels clients on various federal, state, and local statutes to ensure compliance with applicable laws. Stephanie’s employment practice further includes representation of clients in immigration law matters.

Stephanie is 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 
  • Regularly counsels employers on immigration issues, including I-9 employment eligibility verification for foreign workers, termination issues related to foreign workers, pre-hire considerations, and other business and employment immigration issues  
  • Assists employers, employees, and private clients in obtaining green card (permanent residence), citizenship (naturalization), and employment-based visas
    Obtained successful H-1B visa transfer during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic with no Requests for Evidence or delays despite 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 
Community Affiliations
  • The International Institute of Akron, Board President

Insights

  1. Alerts
    U.S. Supreme Court Shoots Down COVID-19 Shot-or-Test Rule (Jan 13, 2022)
    COVID-19 Update: The CDC Issues New Isolation Guidance (Dec 29, 2021)
    Sixth Circuit Lifts Stay on OSHA’s Vaccine-or-Test Rule (Dec 20, 2021)
    Sub. House Bill 126: Danger of Potential New Law to Prevent School Districts Ability to Challenge Property Tax Valuations (Dec 15, 2021)
    Ohio SB 229 Gives School Districts Flexibility for Alternative Learning Models (Dec 6, 2021)
  2. Presentations
    "Top 10 Employment Law Developments 2020" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
    "Significant Employment Law Cases of 2019-2020" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    "COVID-19: Where Do We Go From Here?" - 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 focuses her practice on employment and labor law. She represents public and private sector clients in employment-related counseling and litigation on a broad array of matters, including claims of discrimination based on race, gender, disability, age, sexual harassment and hostile work environment, Section 1983 claims, employment contracts, and wage and hour disputes, in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies. She also counsels clients on various federal, state, and local statutes to ensure compliance with applicable laws. Stephanie’s employment practice further includes representation of clients in immigration law matters.

Stephanie is 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 
  • Regularly counsels employers on immigration issues, including I-9 employment eligibility verification for foreign workers, termination issues related to foreign workers, pre-hire considerations, and other business and employment immigration issues  
  • Assists employers, employees, and private clients in obtaining green card (permanent residence), citizenship (naturalization), and employment-based visas
    Obtained successful H-1B visa transfer during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic with no Requests for Evidence or delays despite 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 
Community Affiliations
  • The International Institute of Akron, Board President

Insights

  1. Alerts
    U.S. Supreme Court Shoots Down COVID-19 Shot-or-Test Rule (Jan 13, 2022)
    COVID-19 Update: The CDC Issues New Isolation Guidance (Dec 29, 2021)
    Sixth Circuit Lifts Stay on OSHA’s Vaccine-or-Test Rule (Dec 20, 2021)
    Sub. House Bill 126: Danger of Potential New Law to Prevent School Districts Ability to Challenge Property Tax Valuations (Dec 15, 2021)
    Ohio SB 229 Gives School Districts Flexibility for Alternative Learning Models (Dec 6, 2021)
  2. Presentations
    "Top 10 Employment Law Developments 2020" - Roetzel 2020 Employment Law Briefing Webinar (November 2020)
    "Significant Employment Law Cases of 2019-2020" - Akron Area Society for Human Resource Management Legal Update (August 2020)
    "COVID-19: Where Do We Go From Here?" - 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)