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Anthony J. Lazzaro

Anthony J. Lazzaro

Mr. Lazzaro founded The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC in December 2006 to focus his practice on litigating collective actions, class actions and individual cases for employees with overtime and minimum wage claims. Since then, his firm has recovered over $30 million in settlement payments on behalf of employees.

Mr. Lazzaro commonly handles claims that include misclassifying employees as exempt or as independent contractors; failing to pay for off-the-clock-work, pre-shift and post-shift work, changing into and out of uniforms, meal periods, short rest periods and travel time; improper rounding of start and stop times; and improper tip pooling.

He has litigated over 75 certified collective and class actions against major corporations such as 1-800-Flowers, Inc., Aarons, Inc., Aldi, Inc., Forever 21, Nestlé, Papa John's USA, Inc., Progressive Casualty Insurance, and RadioShack Corp. Many of these cases received local and national press coverage in publications including The Plain Dealer, Crain's Cleveland Business, The Wall Street Journal, and Law360.

Since 2007, Mr. Lazzaro has filed approximately 20% of all of the Fair Labor Standards Act cases brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Lazzaro served as an adjunct professor of law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he taught an administrative law course on the Fair Labor Standards Act between 2008 and 2013. Mr. Lazzaro has also been retained as an expert witness and as a mediator in a number of wage and hour cases.

Before founding his firm, Mr. Lazzaro represented employers in labor and employment matters as an associate attorney in the labor and employment group at Frantz Ward LLP. There, he frequently counseled employers regarding wage and hour compliance. In his current practice, Mr. Lazzaro continues to develop effective strategies for employers who request his assistance in complying with wage and hour laws.

Mr. Lazzaro earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated cum laude with his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was an Executive Editor of the Cleveland State Law Review and a Teaching Assistant in Civil Procedure.

Admissions
Ohio Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Associations
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association
Cleveland Employment Inns of Court
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse

Seminars
FLSA Settlement Agreements: Legal & Practical Considerations, 14th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference, April 23, 2014
Recent Wage and Hour Developments, 12th Annual Northern Ohio Labor & Employment Law Conference, May 10, 2012
Evaluating Risk and Exposure in Class and Collective Action Litigation, The Littler Mendelson Ohio Employer Conference, October 27, 2011
Back to the Future: Applying 20th Century Laws to the 21st Century Workplace, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, April 21, 2011

Recognition
Super Lawyers 2016
Super Lawyers 2015
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2011

Relevant Court Opinions
Lewis v. Good Samaritan Society, No. 16-CV-26 (S.D. Iowa Sept. 21, 2016) Opinion.
Crescenzo v. O-Tex Pumping, No. 15-CV-2851 (S.D. Ohio June 15, 2016) Opinion.
Lester v. Agment, No. 15-CV-886 (N.D. Ohio April 20, 2016) Opinion.
Bauer v. Transtar Industries, No. 15-CV-2602 (N.D. Ohio April 11, 2016) Opinion.
Houston v. Progressive Casualty Ins, No. 15-CV-1853 (N.D. Ohio Dec. 11, 2015) Opinion.
Douglas, et al. v. J & K Subway, No. 14-CV-2621 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 23, 2015) Opinion.
Baldwin v. Forever 21, No. 53-160-71-13 (AAA August 30, 2014) Opinion.
Baldwin v. Forever 21, No. 53-160-71-13 (AAA August 30, 2013) Opinion.
Jewell v. Aaron's, No. 1:12-CV-563 (N.D. Georgia July 19, 2013) Opinion.
Ribby v. Liberty Health Care, No. 3:13-CV-613 (N.D. Ohio June 20, 2013) Opinion.
Sisson v. RadioShack, No. 1:12-CV-958 (N.D. Ohio March 11, 2013) Opinion.
Jewell v. Aaron's, No. 1:12-CV-563 (N.D. Georgia June 29, 2012) Opinion.
Steele v. SecureWatch, No. 3:11-CV-60 (E.D. Tennessee June 24, 2011) Opinion.
Ziemski v. P and G Hospitality, No. 1:10-CV-2920 (N.D. Ohio April 12, 2011) Opinion.
Albright v. General Die Casters, No. 1:10-CV-480 (N.D. Ohio July 14, 2010) Opinion.
McNelley v. Aldi, No. 1:09-CV-1868 (N.D. Ohio Nov. 17, 2009) Opinion.
Jackson v. Maui Sands Resort, No. 1:08-CV-2972 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 8, 2009) Opinion.
Jackson v. Papa John's, No. 1:08-CV-2791 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 13, 2009) Opinion.
Brown v. Century Lines, No. 1:08-CV-1113 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 23, 2008) Opinion.
Williams v. Le Chaperon Rouge, No. 1:07-CV-829 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 14, 2007) Opinion.
Douglas v. GE Energy, No. 1:07-CV-77 (N.D. Ohio April 30, 2007) Opinion.

David J. Steiner

Anthony J. Lazzaro

David J. Steiner joined The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC of counsel in April 2007. He represents employees in discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims brought on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, disability, age, religion, and other protected characteristics. He also represents employees who have been retaliated against by their employers after engaging in protected conduct, such as reporting discrimination at work, as well as employees who are not paid overtime and minimum wages as required under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In addition to litigating these employment matters, Mr. Steiner represents clients in EEOC proceedings, unemployment hearings, and also counsels employers (and their employees) on discrimination and harassment compliance issues.

Mr. Steiner earned an undergraduate degree in business management from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated magna cum laude with his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Admissions
Ohio Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Lectures
"FLSA Retaliation," FLSA Seminar, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2013, 2010, 2008
"Statutes of Limitations - What you do not know can hurt you (and your client)," Cleveland Bar Association, April 26, 2005

Relevant Court Opinions
Gardner v. Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc, No. 1:10-cv-00183-SO (N.D. Ohio December 22, 2011)(denying summary judgment on FMLA interference claim)
Ziemski v. P and G Hospitality Group, No. 1:10-CV-2920 (N.D. Ohio April 12, 2011)(granting conditional certification)
Zambetti v. Cuyahoga Community College, 314 F.3d 249 (6th Cir. 2002)
Birch v. Cuyahoga County Probate Court, 392 F.3d 151 (6th Cir. 2004)

Representative Matters
Guciardo v. Thistledown Race Track, et al., Cuyahoga County CV-02-460876
(verdict of $412,000 plus attorney fees)
Age discrimination case against John Lance Ford, et al., Cuyahoga County CV-02-466801 (verdict of $1.35 million plus attorney fees)

Katherine H. Gibbons

Anthony J. Lazzaro

Katherine H. Gibbons joined The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC of counsel in August 2009. She works on the firm's discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims brought on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, disability, age, religion, and other protected characteristics.

Ms. Gibbons has extensive experience in the areas of legal writing and research, including four years as a staff attorney for the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Ms. Gibbons graduated magna cum laude with an English Literature degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also graduated magna cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Admission
Ohio Supreme Court

Chastity L. Christy

chastity.jpgChastity L. Christy joined The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC in September 2015. She represents individual employees and groups of employees in wage and hour cases and collective actions, including claims brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Prior to joining The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC, Ms. Christy worked for Caryn Groedel & Associates Co., LPA and Zipkin Whiting Co., LPA, and dedicated her almost 12 years of practice to employee rights, representing employees in various discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and Ohio wage and hour cases.

Ms. Christy has litigated hundreds of cases on behalf of employees in both state and federal courts, as well in arbitrations and in front of the Ohio State Personnel Board of Review. She has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of employees within the State of Ohio.

Ms. Christy graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Ms. Christy earned her law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2003.

Admissions
Ohio Supreme Court, November 2003
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2004
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2015

Professional Associations
Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association
National Wage and Hour Clearinghouse

Seminars
Employment Litigation from Start to Finish: Initial Pleadings and Filings, National Business Institute, September 19, 2012
Employment Litigation from Start to Finish: Pre-Trial Order and Trial, National Business Institute, September 19, 2012
Employment Discrimination Law: Retaliation Claims, National Business Institute, July 15, 2013
Employment Discrimination Law: Ethics for Labor Law Practitioners, National Business Institute, July 15, 2013
Employment Law, The Latest Updates: Social Media and Technology, National Business Institute, March 10, 2014
Employment Law, The Latest Updates: Emerging Issues in Discrimination and Harassment, National Business Institute, March 10, 2014

Recognition
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2015
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2013
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012

Relevant Court Opinions
Conti v. Spitzer Auto World Amherst, Inc., 9th Dist. No 9121, 2008 WL 754759 (March 24, 2008) (reversing jury verdict against client)
Campolieti v. Cleveland, 184 Ohio App.3d 419, 921 N.E.2d 286 (8th Dist. 2009) (reserving summary judgment grant against client)
Campolieti v. Cleveland Dept. of Pub. Safety, 8th Dist. No. 99445, 2013 WL 6175207 (Nov. 21, 2013) (upholding majority of verdict in favor of client)
Csonka-Cherney v. ArcelorMittal Cleveland, Inc., 8th Dist. No. 100128, 9 N.E.3d 515 (March 6, 2014) (reversing trial court order compelling client's medical records)

Lori M. Griffin

Lori.jpgLori M. Griffin joined The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC in January 2016. She represents individual employees and groups of employees in wage and hour cases and collective actions, including claims brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Prior to joining The Lazzaro Law Firm, LLC, Ms. Griffin worked for Caryn Groedel & Associates Co., LPA and Zipkin Whiting Co., LPA, and dedicated her almost 7 years of practice to employee rights, representing employees in various discrimination and retaliation claims.

Ms. Griffin has successfully mediated and arbitrated employment discrimination claims and has appellate practice before the Sixth and Eighth District Courts of Appeal.

Ms. Griffin graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Honors Program from Youngstown State University with a B.S. in B.A. in Accounting, 2001. Ms. Griffin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2009.

Admissions
Ohio Supreme Court, November 2009
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, November 2014
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, March 2015
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