Natalie M. Stevens

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Natalie has been practicing employment law for more than 15 years.  She concentrates her practice on conducting and providing guidance with regard to workplace investigations; counseling employers and management on compliance with workplace laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, answering day-to-day employment-related questions, drafting and updating employee handbooks and other employment policies and procedures, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, evaluating and responding to employee leave of absence requests, evaluating and responding to employee accommodation requests, and providing guidance with regard to employee discipline and terminations; and litigating employment-related claims.

Natalie regularly handles settlement negotiations, administrative proceedings, mediation, arbitration, and litigation on a myriad of employment-related matters, including claims involving the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Equal Pay Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Railway Labor Act, and Ohio’s fair employment practices and wage-related statutes.

Natalie has represented employers and management in litigation involving claims of assault, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, breach of duty of loyalty, civil conspiracy, constructive discharge, conversion, defamation, denial of benefits, discrimination, ethnic intimidation, FMLA interference and retaliation, fraud, harassment, hostile work environment, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional, fraudulent, and negligent misrepresentations, invasion of privacy, negligent hiring, training, retention, and supervision, misappropriation of trade secrets, promissory estoppel, retaliation, theft, tortious interference with business and contractual relationships, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, wage and hour violations, whistleblower activity, and wrongful discharge.

Additionally, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Natalie has led Ogletree Deakins’ COVID-19-related employment litigation tracking team in developing an Interactive COVID-19 Litigation Tracker, and has presented in several forums regarding trends in this area, as well as prevention, mitigation, and defense strategies.

Natalie also regularly publishes articles, presents and conducts training for companies on a variety of employment-related topics, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Employment Law – Management (2021 and 2022) and by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine in the practice area of Employment Litigation: Defense as a Rising Star (2013-2019) and Super Lawyer (2021 and 2022).

Having obtained a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Natalie also has an interest in alternative dispute resolution and serves as a neutral in various forums.

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In addition to providing counseling on compliance with workplace laws and regulations, Ms. Stevens has experience representing employers in settlement negotiations; during administrative proceedings before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); in mediation; in arbitration proceedings before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); and in litigation matters in the federal and state court systems. Some examples include:

Education

Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • FDCC Ladder Down Leadership Program, Class of 2019
  • Cleveland Bridge Builders Leadership Program, Class of 2013
  • Employment Inn of Court (Barrister)
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Labor & Employment Law Section Council Member)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (Member)
  • Ohio State University Alumni Association (Member)
  • Miami University Alumni Association (Lifetime Member)
  • The Hitchcock Center for Women (Past Board Member, 2012-2015)
  • The Leprechaun Foundation (Past Board Member, 2009-2013)
  • Junior League of Cleveland (Member, 2007-Present)
  • The Bridge Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland (Past Board Member and Secretary, 2008-2010)

Speeches

Best Lawyers Award Badge

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