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Monica L. Lacks

Counsel Cleveland

Monica has many years of experience representing clients in all aspects of business litigation, including labor and employment; ERISA; and consumer finance litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. She successfully defended an Ohio manufacturing company in a lawsuit brought by a former employee seeking substantial sales commissions following his discharge, prevailing before both the state trial court and the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals.  While practicing in New Orleans, Monica was a key member of a litigation team that won summary judgment, subsequently affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in an ERISA benefits class action brought by a group of former independent contractors of a Fortune 100 company.  She is an accomplished appellate litigator, having briefed and argued before the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Monica is actively involved in the local community and the Shaker Heights schools. She has tutored high school students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for the Ohio Graduation Test through the Cleveland Metro Bar's 3R's program; and mentored with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland.

She is also an avid long-distance runner, having completed four marathons.


Experience

  • Represented management in employment discrimination, contractual claims and ERISA benefits litigation
  • Accomplished in appellate work, having briefed and argued before the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 
  • Successfully defended an Ohio manufacturing company in a lawsuit brought by a former employee seeking substantial sales commissions following his discharge, prevailing before both the state trial court and the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals. (Geriak v. Arnco, Inc., 2012 Ohio 3820 (Ohio App. 8th Dist.).
  • In the area of ERISA benefits, critical member of a litigation team that won summary judgment, subsequently affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in ERISA benefits class action brought by a group of former independent contractors of Fortune 100 company. [MacLachlan v. ExxonMobil Corp., 350 F.3d 472 (5th Cir. 2003)].

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Published Works

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Media

Media Quotes

May 2014 - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal - "What Interns Do...May Determine What They're Due"
November 2011 - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal - "Legal Standing to Foreclosure: For Not It's In the Eye of the Beholder"
January 2006 - Journal of Compensation and Benefits - "Does the Donut Club Make the Difference?"

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