Archive for the ‘News & Updates’ Category

Kathleen Nitschke Guest Speaker at Annual Title Insurance Seminar

Posted in News & Updates

On November 17, 2014, Kathleen Nitschke spoke on the topic of Ethics for Title Agents and Attorneys at the Old Republic National Title Insurance Company Agent Seminar.  The full day seminar was held in Columbus, Ohio and had over 200 attendees, including attorneys and title agents.

Kathleen Nitschke Speaks at CMBA Annual Real Estate Law Institute

Posted in News & Updates

On November 13, 2014, Kathleen Nitschke spoke on the topic of Residential Litigation: Common Claims and How to Avoid Them.  The presentation was part of the annual Real Estate Law Institute hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and was attended by real estate professionals throughout the area.

Melissa Laubenthal Presents “Know Your Rights” Program

Posted in News & Updates

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced a series of executive actions dealing with our nation’s immigration system.  The initiatives include deferred action for certain individuals, revised enforcement priorities, changes to the employment-based immigration, immigrant investor, and naturalization processes.  Melissa Laubenthal will present a “know your rights” informational session on December 14 in conjunction with the Central Ohio Worker Center, where she’ll explain these immigration law changes.

GK Included in The Best Lawyers in America

Posted in News & Updates

Karen L. Giffen and Kerin Lyn Kaminski were selected, entirely by peer-review, for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of: Commercial Litigation and Employment Law – Management.

GK Receives Unanimous Jury Verdict

Posted in News & Updates

G&K is pleased to announce that it received a unanimous jury verdict in the Southern District of Ohio.  After an eight day trial, the trial team of Joseph Baker and Kathleen Nitschke successfully received a jury verdict in excess of $400,000 against a trailer manufacturer for breach of contract and warranties.

GK Obtains Summary Judgment

Posted in News & Updates

Kerin Lyn Kaminski and Donald C. Bulea recently obtained a summary judgment in favor of defendant of defendant hospital on claims for disability discrimination and retaliation in violation of R.C. 4112.02(A) and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Northern District of Ohio held that there was no genuine issue of material fact that defendant of defendant hospital acted lawfully in terminating Plaintiff’s employment for failing to follow the instructions of her supervisors and that the Plaintiff “wholly failed” to put forth any evidence of discrimination or retaliation.  As such, the Court granted judgment in favor of defendant of defendant hospital as a matter of law on all of the Plaintiff’s claims.

Diane Citrino Honored as Friend of Fair Housing

Posted in News & Updates

On October 23, 2014 Diane Citrino will be honored by the Fair Housing Contact Service (FHCS) as a Friend of Fair Housing Award recipient.  This special award recognizes individuals who have furthered the cause of Fair Housing in the NEO community and will be presented during  FHCS’s  49th Annual Meeting and Luncheon.

The Friend of Fair Housing award is given each year to an individual or group that has exhibited a commitment to seeking justice and advocating for the rights of all persons in their housing while working with FHCS. The leadership of Fair Housing Contact Services shared, “Attorney Citrino has been a partner with FHCS for over 15  years where she has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the community and especially to fair housing. She is someone who has lived out the mission of FHCS by working to eliminate housing discrimination and promoting equal opportunities in housing.”  Please join us in congratulating Diane on this recognition of her excellent  service to our community.

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

Posted in News & Updates

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)

Posted in News & Updates

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

Posted in News & Updates

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.

Click here to read more…