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Cleveland: 216-696-4441

Columbus: 614-224-4411

Lisa A. Kainec

AttorneysLisa A. Kainec
AttorneysLisa A. Kainec
Lisa A. Kainec


OSBA Certified Specialist
in Labor and Employment Law (2009-2011)

OSBA Certified Specialist

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
(Inducted 2010)

Litigation Counsel of America

AV Preeminent Rated
through Martindale-Hubbel

AV Preeminent Rated through Martindale-Hubbel

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®)

Human Resources Certification Institute

SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP®)

Society for Human Resource Management - SHRM Certification


  • Federal Bar Association
    Employment Law Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    Labor & Employment Law Section

Lisa A. Kainec

About Lisa

Lisa Kainec is a legal and human resources professional with 20+ years of experience in employment law across multiple industries including retail, healthcare, municipal, professional services, construction and manufacturing. Lisa has worked in-house as a human resources executive and senior employment counsel at one of America’s largest private companies. She also has represented employers as a certified specialist in labor and employment law. Lisa joined Zashin & Rich in 2015 to apply her unique blend of experience to the strategic needs of the firm’s clients. Lisa devotes her practice to providing practical strategies for proactive workforce management as well as vigorous defense of employee claims and litigation.

Lisa has practiced widely in state and federal courts, handling numerous public and private sector claims including wrongful discharge, discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, and unfair labor practices. She has also handled numerous labor arbitrations and has extensive experience in courts and administrative agencies throughout Ohio and the country, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the Ohio State Employment Relations Board.

In 2010, Lisa was inducted as a Fellow into The Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only, peer-selected, diverse honorary society of 3,500 of the best trial lawyers representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, vigorously vetted for skills, expertise, and service. Lisa also was a founding Master of the Bench in the Cleveland Employment Inns of Court, serving as Co-Chair of the Program Committee from 2008 to 2010.

Lisa is certified both as a Senior Professional in Human Resources® and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional®. Lisa has spoken extensively throughout Ohio to public and private groups on a variety of employment topics including workplace harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended, and handing complex discipline and terminations.

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“Success is never final. Failure is never fatal.
It is courage that counts.”

– Winston Churchill


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude,
    The Order of the Coif; Heiss Labor Law Award Recipient,
    Executive Contributing Editor, Case Western Reserve Law Review, 1993
  • Cleveland State University
    Cum Laude, BBA, Management & Labor Relations, 1990


  • State: Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Federal: United States Supreme Court
  • Federal: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Federal: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Federal: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Federal: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal: U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal: U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • Federal: U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

Reported Cases

  • Queen v. Park Nat'l Bank, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45088, 2010 WL 1404307 (S.D. Ohio Apr. 5, 2010)
  • Lauro v. City of Twinsburg, 2007-Ohio-6613 (Ct. App.)
  • Matricardi v. Astro Shapes, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75468, 2007 WL 2902918 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 29, 2007)
  • Mutchler v. Dunlap Mem. Hosp., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101221 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 2, 2006)
  • Bennett v. FirstEnergy Corp., 2002-Ohio-2745, 118 Ohio Misc. 2d 174, 770 N.E.2d 164 (Ct. Com. Pl.)
  • Boehme v. Parma Comm.. Gen. Hosp., 2002-Ohio-6051 (Ct. App.)
  • Lange v. Kent State Univ., 2000 U.S. App, LEXIS 15748 (6th Cir)
  • Lange v. Kent State Univ., 1999 Ohio App. LEXIS 2195, 1999 WL 315411 (Ohio Ct. App., Trumbull County May 14, 1999)
  • Bologa v. I.H.S. Inc., 1999 Ohio App. LEXIS 1107, 1999 WL 293945 (Ohio Ct. App., Summit County Mar. 17, 1999)
  • Dotzler v. Perot, 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 22586 (8th Cir. Mo. Aug. 26, 1997)
  • Shempert v. Harwick Chem. Corp., 151 F.3d 793 (8th Cir. 1998) Way v. Barr, 1997 U.S. App. LEXIS 524 (4th Cir. Md. Jan. 14, 1997)