Mechelle Zarou: Lawyer with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

Mechelle Zarou


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Practice Areas

  • Immigration
  • Labor and Employment
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Manufacturing
  • International Transactions
  • Healthcare
  • Sports and Entertainment
University University of Michigan, B.A., with honors, 1996; Duke University, M.A., English, 2000
Law SchoolDuke University School of Law, J.D., 2000
Admitted2000, Ohio; 2001, Michigan

Professional and Community Affiliations

•Toledo Bar Association, Board of Directors; Member; Long Range Planning Committee Co-Chair
•Toledo Women's Bar Association
•Ohio State Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•Junior Bar Association, Executive Committee
•American Immigration Lawyers Association
•Toledo School for the Arts, Board Member, Personnel Committee
•Toledo legal community's biennial Habitat For Humanity build, Chair of the Steering Committee
•Master in The Morrison R. Waite American Inn of Court of Toledo

BornNorthville, Michigan, June 5, 1974

Mechelle Zarou's practice encompasses all areas of labor and employment law, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, business immigration, labor negotiations and arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges.

Mechelle regularly advises employer clients on a variety of workers compensation and unemployment compensation issues, and represents employers at all levels of the administrative hearing process for such claims. In addition, Mechelle handles workers' compensation and unemployment compensation court appeals, as well as intentional tort lawsuits due to workplace injuries.

Mechelle also regularly advises clients regarding state and federal employment law claims, with particular emphasis on the FMLA, the ADA, and Title VII and related state statutes. She also defends employers who face administrative charges before the EEOC, OCRC, OSHA and the NLRB, as well as court actions relating to employment discrimination or retaliation. Mechelle's labor practice includes frequent defense of employee grievances in arbitration.

In addition, Mechelle assists employers with obtaining temporary and permanent visas for skilled foreign workers. She has extensive experience in obtaining L-1, H-1B, TN and E visas on behalf of foreign workers, as well as permanent residency based on employment. Mechelle also has experience assisting the firm's healthcare clients with their specialized immigration needs, including obtaining J-1 visa waivers, visa screen certifications, and H-1B cap exemptions.


•2010 Ohio State Bar Foundation's Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under. The Community Service Award recognizes attorneys aged 40 or younger who contribute substantial time and effort to a local social service or a local civic, artistic or cultural organization. The service must be outside the recipient's practice of law and must be given without compensation. Recipients should represent the ideals of the legal profession, be a credit to the profession and enjoy a fine professional reputation.
•2008 Trustees Award presented by the Toledo Bar Association. The Trustees Award is given by the Toledo Bar Association Board of Trustees to a young member of the Association who exemplifies professionalism in the practice of law and who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the legal profession through active involvement in the Toledo Bar Association.
•20 Under 40 Leadership Award recipient. The 20 Under 40 Leadership Program focuses on individuals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in the community.
•Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - 2016
•Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2007, 2009 - 2014

News Releases

08.19.2015 Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America 2016

04.27.2015 Mechelle Zarou Presented to American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Texas Chapter

10.01.2014 Shumaker Unveils Blog Focused on Immigration Law

09.02.2014 Shumaker Launches Law Blog to Highlight Social Media Developments

08.21.2014 83 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015

12.05.2013 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars

08.15.2013 83 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014

12.21.2012 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars

08.28.2012 81 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013

09.07.2011 70 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2012

12.20.2010 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to 2011 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars

10.27.2010 Mechelle Zarou Recognized by Ohio State Bar Foundation for Community Service

08.12.2010 70 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011


06.09.2015 The Importance of Accredited Investors for Small Business Capital Formation

07.01.2012 Regulators' Responsibility for Small Banks' Inability to Finance Customers in the Wake of the Financial Meltdown, Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, Volume 7, Number 1 (2012)

05.01.2012 General Provisions, Florida Corporate Practice, Sixth Edition

04.15.2011 Impact of the Financial Crisis on Select Disclosure Issues Affecting Small Public Companies

03.10.2011 Banking and Capital for Main Street: Access Restricted, Symposium Presentation sponsored by The Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, in conjunction with U.S. Bankcorp and the Columbus Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio

2011 Foreign Corporations, Florida Corporate Practice, Sixth Edition

02.01.2010 Going Private or Going Dark: That is the Question, The Practical Lawyer (February 2010)

2010 Florida Corporate Practice, The Florida Bar, Author and Co-Editor

07.31.2009 Going Darker: Maintaining the Suspension of Public Reporting Requirements through a Reverse Stock Split, with Gregory C. Yadley, American Bar Association, Section of Business Law Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

08.10.2007 Capital Offense: The SEC's Continuing Failure to Address Small Business Financing Concerns, New York University Journal of Law and Business, Volume 4, Number 1 (Fall 2007)

07.01.2006 Business Ownership: Simple ways to make the sale of a private business go smoothly, Smart Business Tampa Bay


Autumn 2014 insights Newsletter - Autumn 2014

02.10.2012 Dividends Newsletter - Volume 6, Number 1

Autumn 2011 insights Newsletter - Autumn 2011

Spring 2011 insights Newsletter - Spring 2011

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters; Mechelle has successfully briefed and argued American Interstate Insurance Co. v. G&H Service Center , 112 Ohio St. 3d 521 (2007), a workers' compensation subrogation case, before the Ohio Supreme Court, resulting in a unanimous decision in favor of Mechelle's client.

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Visa and Passport Delays Expected to Continue
Mechelle Zarou, June 26, 2015
On June 12, 2015, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs first announced that a hardware failure on June 9 had led to technical problems with overseas passport and visa systems. The hardware failure had halted the flow of security clearance requests from the overseas posts to...

April Visa Bulletin Released
Mechelle Zarou, April 1, 2015
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the April Visa Bulletin. Overall, most visa categories moved forward. In particular, EB-2 India and EB-2 China advanced by seven and eight months, respectively. Unfortunately, as expected, the EB-3 China retrogressed by 10 months.

L-1B Policy Development: USCIS Issues L-1B Adjudications Memo for Comment
Mechelle Zarou, April 1, 2015
Today, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum that provides guidance to field adjudicators on things to consider while adjudicating an L-1B petition. Specifically, the new L-1B Adjudications Policy is meant to consolidate previous policy memoranda as well as...

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Mechelle Zarou

1000 Jackson Street
ToledoOH 43604-5573


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