Monica L. Lacks

Senior Counsel || Cleveland

Monica has many years of experience representing clients in all aspects of business litigation, including labor and employment and consumer finance litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. She has litigated wage and hour class and collective actions in state and federal court, defending overtime claims based on donning and doffing of safety gear, meal breaks, inclusion of non-discretionary bonuses, and time clock rounding issues. Monica has also assisted employers in evaluating their practices to minimize potential exposure under wage and hour statutes. In single-plaintiff litigation, Monica has prevailed on numerous motions for summary judgment, and successfully defended an Ohio manufacturing company in a lawsuit brought by a former employee seeking substantial sales commissions, prevailing before both the state trial court and the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals. Monica 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. She is the co-founder of Paws for the Homeless, a non-profit that provides pet food and supplies to pet owners in the homeless community, including domestic violence safe houses.  Since its establishment in 2018, Paws for the Homeless has partnered with over a dozen homeless coalitions, shelters and safe houses throughout the United States to support the human-animal emotional bond by providing financial and in-kind donations.  Monica has also mentored with College Now of Greater Cleveland and tutored high school students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for the Ohio Graduation Test through the Cleveland Metro Bar’s 3R’s program.

Recently, Monica completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training to become a certified yoga teacher (CYT-200, RYT-200), and earned an additional certificate to teach trauma-informed yoga.  She is also an avid long-distance runner, having completed four marathons.

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  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association


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