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Kathleen Nitschke Presents at Ohio Land Title Association (OLTA) Spring Seminar

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Kathleen Nitschke was invited to present at the Ohio Land Title Association’s (OLTA) Spring Seminar.  Kathleen’s workshop addressed Bankruptcy and Receivership issues facing the title insurance industry to an audience of over 200 professionals.

GK Featured in Cleveland’s Top Rated Lawyers (2012 edition)

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Giffen & Kaminski were featured in this ALM publication which was distributed in The Plain Dealer and The Wall Street Journal on July 31, 2012.  View it online at

GK Wins Jury Verdict in Failure to Hire Case

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Giffen & Kaminski defended an educational institution from claims it failed to hire an employee because of her gender. The two week trial concluded in a defense verdict on all counts of the complaint.

GK Wins Unanimous Jury Verdict in Lender Liability Case

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Giffen & Kaminski recently defended lender liability claims by a minority shareholder of the borrower against its lender. After two and a half weeks of trial, but after only six hours of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict.

Giffen & Kaminski Honored with Trailblazer Award by CMBA

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Giffen & Kaminski accepted the Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazer Award at the 5th Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference hosted by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. The award was given to recognize Giffen & Kaminski’s success in building a culture of inclusion both in its workforce and in the Greater Cleveland community.

The Trailblazer award celebrates law firms that are positively contributing to the creation of a culture of inclusion. Giffen & Kaminski earned this honor for its commitment to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse workforce and for its work in advocating for a more diverse legal community.

Karen Giffen Elected to Board of Cleveland Legal Aid Society

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Karen L. Giffen was named Secretary/Treasurer of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s board. The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland provides high quality legal services to low income and vulnerable people of Northeast Ohio. Giffen & Kaminski lawyers have been active volunteers and financial supporters of Legal Aid for years.

Abdoul Rahim AbdoulKarim and Tina Rhodes Co-Author Article for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal (January 2012)

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Abdoul Rahim AbdoulKarim and Tina Rhodes co-author the article, Financial Risk Management and Social Media, which appeared in the January 2012 issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal.

January 2012 CMBA Article

GK Sponsors NOHRPS (Northeastern Ohio Human Resource Planning Society) Program

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On 1/19/2012 at the Embassy Suites in Independence, Ohio, Barbara Danforth, SVP, Ratliff and Taylor, was the key note speaker at a program entitled, Diversity and Gender Differences in the Workplace.  She shared her insights into gender specific behaviors and communication styles that will enhance your effectiveness in networking, negotiating, giving and receiving feedback.

NOHRPS Programs

GK Sponsors Gallery Bench at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Electronic Trial Courtroom

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The purpose of the Trial Courtroom Project is to construct a state of the art, technology-enhanced courtroom to provide a simulation-based learning environment for law students, legal professionals, and mock trial opportunities. This facility will enable Cleveland-Marshall law students to prepare to be outstanding trial lawyers. The College of Law will also make this trial courtroom available to practicing lawyers and active judges for mock trial and training exercises. The Courtroom will also ultimately provide the opportunity to create a revenue stream for the College of Law via rentals by legal professionals and other outside organizations. Consistent with our mission, it will be an educational and community resource for engaged, practical learning and professional development.  For more information, go to:

Cleveland-Marshall School of Law Electronic Trial Courtroom

Giffen & Kaminski are Now Best Selling Authors!

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Karen L. Giffen and Kerin Lyn Kaminski have co-authored a chapter in the book, The Road to Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms.  This collection is published and sponsored by ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.

This book is a collection of 101 letters from women who have taken the courageous and difficult step of creating a law firm of their own, either as a solo or with others. Focusing on the experiences, challenges, and opportunities of women-owned law firms, these women reiterate key themes: Of becoming businesswomen. Of choosing a practice area true to their passion. Of controlling not only their days but their destinies. Of ambition in action. To learn more visit: