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Cathleen Marie Bolek

Cathleen Marie Bolek

Practice areas:

Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Employment & Labor, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Sexual Harassment

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Wrongful Termination: 30%
  2. Discrimination: 30%
  3. Employment & Labor: 20%
  4. Sexual Harassment: 10%
  5. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 10%



Hourly ($300-400/hour), Contingent (33-45%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Pro Bono (15%)

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Cara Lynn Santosuosso

    Cathleen is a consummate professional, and great to work with. She is knowledgeable, and a tough litigator. I absolutely endorse her work.


    Cara Santosuosso Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jami Sue Oliver

    Cathleen and I have worked together on employment-related matters through the Ohio Association for Justice. I have had the pleasure of lecturing along beside her and can attest to her legal abilities and the passion she has for her clients and their rights. I would highly recommend Ms. Bolek for anyone seeking an employment or labor attorney in Ohio.


    Jami Oliver Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Bolek Besser Glesius LLC

Monarch Centre, Suite 302
5885 Landerbrook Drive
Cleveland, OH, 44124-4031



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
ListedBest Law Firms in America2014
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SuperlawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2011
SuperlawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2010
SuperlawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Rising Star SuperlawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2006
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
Rising Star SuperlawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2005

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysTreasurer2014 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees, Executive Committee2013 - 2014
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2011 - 2014
Ohio Association for JusticeBoard of Trustees2009 - 2014
Ohio Association for JusticeChair - Employment Law Section2009 - 2014
Cleveland Employment Inns of CourtFounding Member, Master of the Bench2005 - Present
Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysBoard of Trustees2000 - Present
Ohio Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
Ohio Association for JusticeMember1992 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
CATA News, Cleveland Academy of Trial AttorneysTaxation of Personal Injury Settlements: An Introduction for Non-Tax Lawyers by a Non-Tax Lawyer2012
Ohio Trial“Fair Labor Standards Act and the Non-Public Employee,”2008
Ohio Trial“State and Federal Law Prohibits Defense Counsel From Conducting Ex Parte Interviews of Treating Physicians,”2004
Ohio Lawyers’ Weekly“The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Too Much of a Good Thing?”2003

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawN/A1992
Syracuse UniversityN/AN/A1988

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Winter ConventionIOLTA Dos and Don’ts2013
Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law ConferenceDiscovery in Employment Cases: The Duty to Preserve and Collect Evidence, Determining What to Produce and Avoiding Sanctions2013
Monthly SeminarEmployment Law for Personal Injury Lawyers2013
Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law ConferenceExpanding Protected Classes2012
Labor and Employment Law SeminarCivility in Employment Litigation2012
Ethics SeminarIOLTA Nuts and Bolts2011
Annual ConventionEmployment Law Overview: Recognizing the Cause of Action and Protecting the Statute of Limitations2011
Ethics SeminarEthics Issues in Employment Litigation2010
Ohio Association for Justice Trial Tactics SeminarFighting Bifurcation and Trying the Bifurcated Case2009
Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual SeminarTrial Tactics and Strategy2009
Cleveland Employment Inns of Court monthly meetingPrevarication and Spoliation: What’s a Lawyer to Do?2009
Eastern Ohio Rehabilitation Association Continuing Education SeminarEmployment Rights of People with Disabilities.2008
Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual ConventionFair Labor Standards Act and the Non-Public Employee.2007
Cleveland Employment Inns of Court monthly meetingProfessionalism2007
Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual SeminarSanctions, Frivolous Conduct, and the Professional Lawyer.2005
Cleveland Bar Association Practice & Procedure ClinicYin & Yang of Trying an Employment Case.2005
Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association SeminarEmployer Mandated Arbitration.2004
Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association SeminarSarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection.2004
Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual SeminarDiscovery Hassles, Including Sexual Harassment Discovery Issues2002
Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual SeminarWhat You Need to Know: Preparing for the Labor and Employment Specialty Certification Exam.2000
Cleveland Bar Association Labor and Employment SeminarMock Sexual Harassment Trial.2000