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Christine M. Snyder

Counsel
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.5593 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Christine Snyder assists public and private employers in navigating complex employment laws and regulations.

She offers employers practical, preventive advice to help them avoid employment law claims and ensure that their policies and practices comply with ever-changing federal and state labor and employment laws. She also defends employers before administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.

Christine defends employers in litigation matters including wage and hour class actions and discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA, wrongful discharge, and ERISA disputes.

Christine conducts investigations of employee complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and defends clients in employment discrimination and sexual harassment matters. She advises large and small public and private employers on employee and manager training, and prepares policies and procedures on topics including leave, separation and severance agreements, and releases of claims, as well as non-compete agreements, social media use, drug testing, and wage and hour matters. Christine defends private employers against employee charges filed with the EEOC and the OCRC and advises clients on compliance with FMLA and ADA rules and regulations. She also represents clients in ERISA disputes.

Christine and her husband Bill live in Shaker Heights with their extremely spoiled silver Labradors Chelsea and Jingle. In her free time, she enjoys painting, traveling, and renovating her century-old home.

education & admissions

education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2010)
  • University of Illinois, Springfield (M.A., 2007)
  • West Virginia University (B.A., 1994)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2010

federal admissions

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

certifications

  • OSBA Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law
experience

Representative Matters

  • Defended private retail employer against claims of harassment brought by the EEOC on behalf of multiple plaintiffs and negotiated settlement of claims
  • Represented commercial client in AAA arbitration proceeding and obtained a favorable decision
  • Defended employers in wage and hour class action litigation matters
  • Conducted audit of employer’s compliance with wage and hour laws
  • Conducted investigation of race discrimination and harassment by employee for large, public organization
  • Secured voluntary dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of religious and age discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Conducted investigation of harassment and disability discrimination complaints by several employees of private industrial employer
  • Defended numerous employers in responding to charges of discrimination and retaliation before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the EEOC involving claims of race, gender, national origin, disability, pregnancy, and religious discrimination
  • Advised private employer on compliance with FMLA and ADA requirements for employee on extended leave
  • Advised large private retail employer on the drafting of a new social media policy
  • Assisted employer in implementing annual discrimination and harassment training program for employees and managers
  • Advised private employer on the implementation of its drug testing policy
  • Defended plan sponsor of self-funded ERISA health plan in defense of ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claim regarding the coverage available to spouses
  • Served as counsel in a class-action ERISA benefits and breach of fiduciary duty case regarding credits owed to plan participants in a defined benefit pension plan after business acquisition
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Workplace Privacy: The Gathering Storm," 54th Annual Midwest Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio (October 2017)
  • "Legal Speed Dating: Employment Law," OACTA Appellate Advocacy Seminar, Columbus, Ohio (August 2017)
  • "New Frontiers in Employment Law," Ohio State Bar Association webinar (May 2017)
  • “Employment and Benefits Law Update: How to Avoid the Blues in 2017,” Oswald Companies, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2016)
  • "NLRA and the Non-Union Workplace: New Traps for the Unwary," Ohio State Bar Association webinar (December 2016)
  • “FLSA Update: What You Need to Know About the DOL’s Wage and Hour Changes,” Hot Topics in Employment & Employee Benefits Law, Tucker Ellis LLP, Columbus, Ohio (November 2016)
  • "What You Need to Know about the DOL’s Wage and Hour Changes," Ohio State Bar Association webinar (October 2016)
  • "Wage and Hour Update: The Upcoming Changes to FLSA Overtime Regulations," Hot Topics in Employment & Employee Benefits Law, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2016)
  • "Implementing Your Policies: How to Effectively Train and Monitor Your Employees," Practical Tips and Tools to Deal with Cybersecurity Challenges, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (July 2016)
  • "Wage & Hour Hot Topics," 2015 In-House Counsel Summit, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (October 2015)"
  • Employment Risks: How to Protect and Train Your Employees," Tucker Ellis Privacy and Data Security Risks: Are You Prepared?, Cleveland, Ohio (July 2015)
  • "Toeing the Line Without Crossing It: Preventing UPL by Litigation Paralegals," Ohio State Bar Association Convention, Sandusky, Ohio (May 2015)
  • "But I cc’d Our In-house Lawyer …: Tips for Preserving Privileged Communications," Ohio Professional Conduct Program, Tucker Ellis LLP, Cleveland, Ohio (December 2014)

Publications

Media Quotes

  • "6 Ways Employers Can Dump Office Romance Worries," Law360 (February 2016)
honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2018)
affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Employment Law Section
    • Women in Law Section
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Employment Law Section
  • West Virginia University Alumni Association (National and North Coast Cleveland Chapters)
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Student Recruitment-Alumni Interview Program
  • Cleveland Animal Protective League, Annual Fur Ball Committee Chair 
  • Center for Arts-Inspired Learning, Board of Directors
  • JFK Eagle Academy, Cleveland Municipal Schools, Advisory Board Member
  • Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Partner in Justice