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Diane Citrino Re-elected Chair of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

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Diane Citrino was re-elected as Chair of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  The Committee is composed of citizen volunteers familiar with local and state civil rights issues. The members assist the Commission with its fact-finding, investigative, and information dissemination functions.

Diane Citrino Keynote Speaker at ABA Fall Boot Camp

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On October 6, 2016 – Diane Citrino gave the keynote presentation at the ABA’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Fall Boot Camp 2016.  Diane’s session was entitled, “There Goes the Neighborhood”—Fighting Nimby with Fair Housing Tools.  She received an extremely positive response to her remarks from the audience of nationwide Fair Housing professionals who were in attendance.

Peggy Foley Jones Honored at Judicial Salute

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On September 29, 2016 – Retired Judge Peggy Foley Jones, was honored at this year’s Republican Judicial Salute.  She was awarded the William H. Rehnquist award for service to the profession.  Judge Pamela Barker eloquently recognized Peggy for her judicial career, her passion for the profession, and for her ongoing commitment to the legal community.


Federal Judge Grants Judgment in Favor of Cleveland State and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

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Cleveland, Ohio, August 18, 2016 — Giffen & Kaminski, LLC is pleased to announce winning a summary judgment for its clients the Cleveland State University and the Dean of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

In the matter of Jean Lifter v. Cleveland State University, et al., Judge Patricia A. Gaughan found for the University and the Dean and against former Assistant Dean Lifter and law professor Sheldon Gelman who claimed the Dean had retaliated against them due to Professor Gelman’s involvement in forming a union.

Represented by attorneys Karen Giffen and Donald Bulea, the Dean was found to have provided positive benefits to faculty members involved in the union-organizing campaign, including Professor Gelman.

Judge Gaughan found that Lifter’s position was eliminated as part of budget cuts required due to a decline in enrollment.

“Karen and Doni developed the facts, presented the law and prevailed for our client. I am proud to practice with both of these excellent attorneys and am especially pleased with this outcome for our client,” said Co-Founder, Kerin Kaminski.

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Diane Citrino On Panel At Women’s Leadership Symposium

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Join Diane Citrino on Wednesday, April 13th for the CSU Alumni Association’s Women’s Leadership Symposium at the Cleveland Public Auditorium (500 Lakeside Avenue). Check-in and Registration begins at 7:00am with the Symposium scheduled from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

The Symposium “will explore the many attributes that help women succeed” across various sectors and feature “keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions” ( The afternoon panel Business 101 for lawyers: Understanding how law departments and law firms do business begins at 1:30pm and features Diane Citrino in addition to such leaders as Sarah Flannery (Thompson Hine), Theresa Metcalf Beasley (Calfee) and Sonali Wilson (CSU). From the panel description, “We’ll hear firsthand from women attorneys about the opportunities they’ve seized and obstacles they’ve faced.”

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Women in Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Honors Kerin Lyn Kaminski

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The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association – Women in Law Section held their inaugural International Women’s Day CLE leadership event on March 8th, “Women Leading the Way to New Perspectives, Opportunities and Heights.” Kerin Lyn Kaminski was a panelist in the breakout session entitled, “Mastering the Art and Science of Mentoring.” Kerin, along with The Honorable Melody J. Stewart, 8th District Court of Appeals and Janet L. Miller, General Counsel, University Hospitals Health System, Inc. shared their life experiences and insights about the 12 principles of Mentoring.

Following the day long CMBA Leadership program, the Women In Law section announced their “Women Honoring Women” awards and Kerin Lyn Kaminski was recognized as the award recipient for the Firm category. We are proud of Kerin’s accomplishments and celebrate her contributions as a recognized leader and role model for the women in our profession. Congratulations Kerin!

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Diane Citrino Featured on the Cover of 2016 Northeast Ohio Best Lawyers Magazine

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Diane Citrino was one of three Northeast Ohio Attorneys recognized for their pro bono work in the John Ettorre article entitled, “Giving Credit Where It’s Due.” In the article, Diane comments on how pro bono work has always been an essential part of her practice and how it enriches her both personally and professionally. She also shared her perspective on how pro bono work enables lawyers to increase their skills while delivering an invaluable service to deserving people in our community.
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Diane Citrino Wins Landmark Case in Landlord Tenant Dispute

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Diane Citrino, with the help of Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, successfully represented female tenants in a lawsuit filed against the notorious landlords, the Brown brothers. The lawsuit accused the Brown brothers and their companies of violating federal fair housing laws by targeting female tenants. U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent awarded them a civil judgment of $4 million.
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Diane Citrino And Kathleen Nitschke Representing Plaintiffs In Fair Housing Disability Litigation; Featured On TheIndianaLawyer.Com

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GK attorneys Diane Citrino and Kathleen Nitschke are representing disabled plaintiffs as well as a fair housing organization in a federal lawsuit against a housing provider who failed to fix the sole elevator for over five weeks, trapping residents on higher floors. published an article on the story here.

Some of the plaintiffs who had mobility impairments were literally prisoners in their own homes, despite the apartment building being marketed as housing for the elderly.

Attorneys Diane Citrino and Kathleen Nitschke are fighting to protect the rights and interests of their clients, but they are not alone. Also representing the plaintiffs are Thomas E. Crishon and Melissa L. Keyes of Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services.

Diane Citrino to Present at Joint NAIOP, ACAR and SIOR Program

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Join Giffen & Kaminski Partner Diane Citrino for a three-part program jointly hosted by the Northern Ohio Chapter of NAIOP, ACAR and SIOR. “Mandatory Civil Rights/Fair Housing/ADA” will take place at Crown Centre Office in Independence (5005 Rockside Road) and run from 7:30am-11:15am.

Part I of the program will feature Diane’s presentation on “civil rights, fair housing, and ADA laws applied to commercial real estate, including application of those laws in Northeast Ohio and throughout the country,” (

Part II will feature Bob Bajko’s (Principal, HSB Architects + Engineers) presentation on “real estate design and building requirements that stem from civil rights, fair housing and ADA laws and how they play out in real life projects,” (

Part III of the program will feature a panel discussion with Diane Citrino and Bob Bajko, moderated by Michael J. Sikora III (Managing Officer, Sikora Law LLC; President, Omni Title LLC). Diane and Bob “will tell stories concerning the application of civil rights Laws, tips for effectively addressing requirements and avoiding problems, wrapping-up with Q&A” (

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