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Amy A. Klimek

Counsel
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.4793 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Amy Klimek has nearly two decades of experience advising and defending clients in environmental, energy, and product matters.

In the environmental and energy arena, Amy provides valuable environmental compliance and litigation counseling based on her extensive knowledge of state and federal environmental programs, including RCRA, CERCLA, SMCRA, CWA, CAA, and TSCA. She represents clients in administrative, state, and federal courts. Amy also performs environmental due diligence in corporate and real estate transactions, as well as environmental audits.

In the product liability arena, Amy is experienced in all facets of corporate discovery, fact and expert depositions, and trial preparation. She also has experience in defending toxic tort cases, particularly in asbestos defense.

An experienced litigator, Amy is skilled in drafting complaints, responses, motions, written discovery, and other pleadings. She has also drafted comments to proposed legislation and prepared public hearing testimony.

education & admissions

education

  • The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1993); Ohio State Law Journal, Research Editor; Dennis Eastman Memorial Law Journal Award; Nathan Burham Memorial Competition winner
  • Rhodes College (B.A., cum laude, 1989); Honors in History Research; John Henry Davis Writing Award

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1995
  • West Virginia, 1993
experience
  • Favorable defense verdict in a trial involving alleged violations of SMCRA regulations
  • All facets of trial preparation, including trial depositions and motions in limine, in a product liability case against a manufacturer alleging design defect and failure to warn (case resolved just prior to trial)
  • Participated in the establishment of a pretrial strategy including drafting of pleadings and written discovery responses to be utilized nationwide
  • Prepared complaints, responses, motions, written discovery, and other pleadings in a complex three-year multiparty CERCLA recovery action resulting in a favorable settlement for client
publications & events

publications

  • "The National Historic Preservation Act and Federally Delegated State Permitting Programs; A SMCRA-Based Primer," Journal of Environmental Permitting (Autumn 1994)
  • "Caught in the Crossfire: Cable News Network v. Video Monitoring Services and the Nature of Copyright," 53 Ohio State Law Journal 1155 (Fall 1992)
honors
affiliations
in the community
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association 
  • Green Ribbon Coalition Inc., Board Member (September 2019-present)
  • University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
    • Neonatal Parent and Family Advisory Counsel, Co-chair (2016-present)
  • Geauga Livestock 4-H Club, Advisor (2014-present)
  • Shaker Lakes Nature Center, Board Member (2006-2012)
  • North Union Farmers Market, Board Member (2000-2006)
  • Shaker Heights League of Women Voters (2000-2006)
business insights
ERISA
Perspectives on employee benefits, executive compensation and ERISA litigation to help you attract and retain talent.
Libation Law Blog
Alcoholic beverage and cannabis regulatory and legal updates.
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The language of business.
Ohio Environmental
Insights and commentary for the business and legal community.