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
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
11.23.2015 Your Drivers Are Now Your Employees: Independent Contractors Under the New Labor Paradigm
11.23.2015 Evaluating Your FLSA Compliance in Advance of the 2016 Updates: A Checklist for Employers
06.09.2015 Client Alert: Visa and Passport Delays Expected to Continue
12.01.2014 Employment Law Update: Federal Agency Overreaching - A Trend Without an End
12.04.2007 I-9 Form News Bulletin
Autumn 2015 insights Newsletter - Autumn 2015
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
Events and Presentations
10.20.2015 Columbus Seminar - How Will Legalized Marijuana Affect My Business?
04.25.2016 Alert: Premium Processing for FY 2017 H-1B Cap Petitions to Begin May 12
09.03.2015 Payment Process for Immigrant Fees Simplified
08.31.2015 NVC Errors Continue
08.05.2015 Deadline for Nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to Register for TPS is August 18, 2015
07.13.2015 USCIS Resumes Premium Processing Service for H-1B Extensions
07.13.2015 Executive Action Update: 3 Year EADs Issued After 2/16/15 Injunction Must Be Returned by 7/17/15
07.10.2015 DOS Alert: U.S. Embassy in Mexico City Will No Longer Process E Visas
06.25.2015 Update on Temporary Protected Status
06.18.2015 Client Alert: Visa and Passport Delays Expected to Continue Through Next Week
04.28.2015 Mechelle Zarou Presented to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Texas Chapter
04.17.2015 Stay on Order Affecting H-2B Program is Extended by One Month
04.16.2015 EB-5 Retrogresses By Two Years in May 2015 for Nationals of China
03.25.2015 April Visa Bulletin Released
03.24.2015 L-1B Policy Development: USCIS Issues L-1B Adjudications Policy for Comment
03.24.2015 L-1B Policy Development: USCIS Issues L-1B Adjudications Memo for Comment
02.21.2015 USCIS Updates EB-5 Processing Time Information
02.09.2015 National Visa Center Experiencing Glitch in Processing of Chinese EB-5 Immigrant Visa Applications
01.20.2015 Administrative Changes To Take Effect Soon
01.16.2015 Top Twelve EB-5 Countries by US Immigrant Visa Issuance
01.15.2015 Temporary Protected Status Extended for El Salvador
01.07.2015 Five Things Employers Should Consider When Conducting an I-9 Self-Audit
12.29.2014 Form I-9 Verification Process Update
10.29.2014 USCIS Expands Definition of Mother and Parent Under the INA
10.28.2014 Social Media Policies Revisited: The Facebook Like As Protected Activity
10.20.2014 Temporary Protected Status Extended for Honduras and Nicaragua
10.14.2014 New USCIS System Dedicated to Employee I-9 Needs
09.23.2014 USCIS Now Using New Ink Color for Certain Documents Which May be Used for Form I-9
09.15.2014 Immigrant Visas for EB-5 China Depleted