Cathleen Marie Bolek, Esq.: Lawyer with Bolek Besser Glesius LLC

Cathleen Marie Bolek, Esq.

Cleveland,  OH  U.S.A.
Phone(216) 464-3004

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Age Discrimination
  • Disability and Illness Discrimination
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Race Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sex Discrimination
  • Mediation
  • Employment -- Employee
  • Affirmative Action -- Employee
  • Americans with Disabilities Act -- Employee
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) -- Employee
  • Employee Rights -- Employee
  • Employment Contracts -- Employee
  • Employment Discrimination -- Employee
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) -- Employee
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) -- Employee
  • Pensions
  • Benefits and Compensations -- Employee
  • Product Liability
  • Sexual Harassment -- Employee
  • Wage and Hours -- Employee
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act -- Employee
  • Wrongful Termination -- Employee
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Ethics
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Wages and Hours
  • Federal Appellate Practice
  • Federal Trial Practice
  • State Appellate Practice
  • State Trial Practice
  • Whistleblower
  • Qui Tam
  • Civil Rights
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
Contact InfoTelephone: (216) 464-3004
Fax: 866-542-0743
University Syracuse University, A.B., Political Science, cum laude, 1988
Law SchoolCase Western Reserve University, J.D., 1992
Admitted1992, Ohio; 1993, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 2001, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 2014, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Memberships Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association; Ohio Woman's Bar Association; Ohio Association for Justice (Member, Board of Trustees; Chair, Employment and Federal Law Section); Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers (Member, Board of Trustees); National Employment Lawyers' Association; Ohio Employment Lawyers' Association; Cleveland Employment Inns of Court (Founding Member, Master of the Bench).

For more than twenty years, Cathleen Bolek has been advocating for individuals in employment cases.

A respected member of the legal community, Cathleen is listed in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in America for Cleveland attorneys representing individuals in employment matters. Cathleen was also named by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine to its “Super Lawyers” list in the field of employment law in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2015. She has held Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, “AV Preeminent,”® since 2005. gives Cathleen its highest rating as well: “Superb.”

Cathleen is a frequent speaker on employment law and legal ethics, and is active in the legal community. She is a former member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Board of Trustees Executive Committee. Currently, she serves on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Admissions Committee, and as Co-chair of its Lawyers’ Mental Health Taskforce. Cathleen also currently serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee. In addition, she is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association for Justice, and previously served that organization as Chair of its Employment Law Section for several years.

Reported CasesCehrs v. Northeast Ohio Alzheimer's Research Ctr., 155 F. 3d 775, 4 Wage & Hour Cas.2d (BNA) 1509, 8 A.D. Cases 825, 13 NDLR P 168 (6th Cir. 1998); Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association v. Lockshin, Ohio St.3d (2010); Gliner v. Saint-Gobain Norton Indus. Ceramics Corp., 89 Ohio St.3d 414, 732 N.E.2d 389 (2000) (amicus curiae); Cleveland Bar Assn. v. Feneli, 86 Ohio St.3d 102, 712 N.E.2d 119 (1999); Cleveland Bar Assn. v. Allanson, 83 Ohio St.3d 304, 699 N.E.2d 92(1998); Phillips v. Burt, 77 Ohio St.3d 1229, 673 N.E.2d 1380 (1997); Hyde v. Reynoldsville Casket Co., 68 Ohio St. 3d 240, 626 N.E.2d 75 (1994) (amicus curiae); Hardwick v. Sherwin Williams Co., 91 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 142, (2003)-Ohio-657 (8th Dist. 2003); Johnson v. Univ. Hosp. of Cleveland, 150 Ohio App.3d 256, 780 N.E.2d 619 (8th Dist. 2002); Blanton v. Cuyahoga Cty. Bd. of Elections, 150 Ohio App.3d 61, 779 N.E.2d 788, 90 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas (BNA) 600 (8th Dist. 2002); Shalkhauser v. Medina, 148 Ohio App.3d 41, 772 N.E.2d 129 (9th Dist. 2002); Hood v. Diamond Prod., Inc., 137 Ohio App.3d 9, 738 N.E.2d 6 (9th Dist. 2000); Takach v. Am Med. Tech., 128 Ohio App.3d 457, 715 N.E.2d 577 (8th Dist. 1998), appeal dismissed as improvidently granted at 85 Ohio St.3d 1213, 709 N.E.2d 169 (1999); Harmon v. Philip Morris Inc., 120 Ohio App.3d 187, 697 N.E.2d 270 (8th Dist. 1997); Reese v. Euclid Cleaning Contrs., Inc., 103 Ohio App.3d 141, 658 N.E.2d 1096 (8th Dist. 1995); Mathis v. St. Alexis Hosp. Assoc., 99 Ohio App.3d 159, 650 N.E.2d 141 (8th Dist. 1994); Steele v. Auburn Vocational School Dist., 104 Ohio App.3d 204, 661 N.E.2d 767, 107 Ed. Law Rep. 273 (11th Dist. 1994), appeal dismissed as improvidently granted at 74 Ohio St.3d 1280, 658 N.E.2d 304 (1996).

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Cathleen Marie Bolek, Esq.

5885 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 302
ClevelandOH 44124


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