Cathleen Marie Bolek, Esq.

Cathleen Marie Bolek, Esq.: Attorney with Bolek Besser Glesius LLC AV stamp icon


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

A respected member of the legal community, Cathleen has been recognized as one of the top 25 Women Lawyers in Cleveland, and one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in Ohio, by Ohio Superlawyers Magazine. That publication has consistently named her to its list. In addition, Cathleen has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2012 and has been given Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, “AV Preeminent,”® every year 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 Vice President/President-Elect of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and a former member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Board of Trustees Executive Committee. She serves on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee.

Areas of Practice (39)

  • 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
  • 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
  • Product Liability

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
216-765-9528  Phone
866-542-0743  Fax
University Attended:
Syracuse University, A.B., Political Science, cum laude, 1988
Law School Attended:
Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1992
Year of First Admission:
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; 1993, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; 2014, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio; 1992, Ohio
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).
Reported Cases:
Cehrs 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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