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Diane Citrino Guest Speaker at Webinar Offered by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA)

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On Thursday, October 2, 2014, the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) hosted a webinar, partially funded  by HUD Fair Housing Initiative Program Grant, on the topic of Fair Housing Act: Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.

This well-attended webinar had over 600 participants, including attorneys, employees of nonprofit fair housing organizations, disability rights organizations, nonprofit housing counseling agencies, nonprofit legal services organizations, Fair Housing Assistance Programs, and federal, state and local housing related agencies.

Danielle Linert Appointed to Leadership Positions of the Employment and Labor Section at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and with the NAMWOLF Labor & Employment Practice Area Committee (PAC)

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Danielle Linert has taken the leader role with two important Labor & Employment sections. In 2013, she was certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Labor & Employment Specialist and has committed to increasing her visibility and leadership in the Labor and Employment arenas, locally and nationally.

Danielle is the Chair of the Labor & Employment  Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association for 2014-2015 programming year and recently has been selected as Chair of the Labor & Employment PAC for National Association of Minority and Women-Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).  In her leadership role with NAMWOLF, Danielle has been instrumental in establishing the PAC’s popular speaker series at NAMWOLF’s annual Business Meeting, creating the format for the Roundtable CLE Event at the Annual Meeting and taking the lead on several collaborative marketing initiatives for law firm members of the Labor & Employment PAC.

Diane Citrino Joins Giffen & Kaminski, LLC

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Giffen & Kaminski, LLC welcomes Diane Citrino as a Partner to our team. Diane is an experienced litigator who has first-chaired federal and state cases for her clients for over 25 years.  She carries Martindale-Hubbell’s coveted AV rating.  A former Regional Director for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Diane frequently conducts independent investigations into allegations of discrimination or harassment.  Diane has won numerous awards for her work and is a nationally recognized leader in fair housing enforcement.  Diane currently serves as the chair of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

Diane’s litigation background will serve our clients well and builds on our already talented team of litigators.  Her extensive independent investigation experience complements to GK’s growing  employment counseling practice.

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Karen Giffen, Matthew Stanley and Lauren Tompkins Recognized by Legal Aid

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The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is pleased to announce that Karen Giffen, Matthew Stanley and Lauren Tompkins have been name as  “Partners in Justice” for 2014.

“Partners in Justice” are those who serve as Legal Aid ambassadors to their law firms and corporate counsel departments.

Partners in Justice help promote the work of Legal Aid to their colleagues. Because of the volunteer effort from Partners in Justice, more clients will be helped.

Giffen & Kaminski Selected as Best Lawyers in America

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Kerin Lyn Kaminski and Karen L. Giffen have been selected for inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Employment Law.

Giffen-Kaminski (E Mull Photo 2013)


Joe Baker and Kathleen Nitschke Win Unanimous Jury Verdict

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After a six day trial in Federal Court,  Joseph Baker and Kathleen Nitschke, received a unanimous jury verdict on all counts arising out of a commercial transaction involving a television broadcast production trailer.  The jury found that the opposing side had breached the purchase contract and all warranties, both express and implied, related to the transaction.

Giffen & Kaminski Sponsors NEOACCA Seminar

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On 6/20/13, Kerin Lyn Kaminski, Karen L. Giffen and Peggy Foley Jones, along with Edward Blakemore of the Eaton Corporation, will present Mediation:  Staying in Control To Achieve Business Driven Outcomes.    This CLE program addresses the following topics:

  • Let’s Make a Deal: Implications of settlement/non-settlement to business driven outcomes
  • What’s your company’s settlement strategy?
  • Which business disputes are suitable for mediation? (Economic and Non-economic considerations.)
  • Representing Clients in Mediation
  • Ethical Concerns

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Congratulations to Edward Proctor

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Giffen & Kaminski is pleased to announce that Edward A. Proctor is now a Partner with the firm.  Ed brings 15 years of legal experience to the firm and focuses his practice on real estate, business and financial services litigation.  Please join us in congratulating Ed on this achievement.

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Danielle Linert Certified Labor & Employment Specialist

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Giffen & Kaminski is proud to announce that Danielle Linert is a certified specialist in the practice of labor and employment law by the Labor and Employment Law Specialty Board of the Ohio State Bar Association.

The OSBA “specialization program” was created to give licensed Ohio attorneys the ability to become certified as specialists in particular areas of law. The Ohio State Bar Association is accredited by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists (CCAS).

Giffen & Kaminski Are Top Rated Lawyers in Labor & Employment

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American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubble™ have selected Karen Giffen and Kerin Lyn Kaminski to be 2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Labor Employment.  They will be highlighted in the February 2013 issue of the American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel magazine.