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Kathleen Havener, a 1991 honors graduate of Harvard Law School, began her law school career when her three daughters were 8, 5, and 4 years old respectively, and beginning fourth grade, kindergarten, and pre-school.  Accordingly, Kathleen is an expert in time management.

Ms. Havener’s career has included 17 years in big firms and 5 years in her own small firm.  She has managed cases ranging from antitrust to zoning and nearly everything in between.  Kathleen has participated as liaison counsel in multidistrict litigation, and has worked on corporate employee raiding cases, securities fraud litigation, environmental regulation, multi-billion dollar corporate tax controversies, intellectual property litigation, insurance coverage disputes, government contracts bid protests, administrative proceedings before the United States Department of Transportation and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, complex commercial foreclosure actions and numerous appellate proceedings.  Ms. Havener is experienced in mediation and arbitration, including international arbitration.  Early in her career, Ms. Havener represented the World Cup USA 1994 as Venue Legal Counsel in the Washington DC venue, coordinating safety and security arrangements with 20 separate law enforcement and security agencies throughout the DC Metropolitan Area.  

Along with her law practice, Kathleen is active in the American Bar Association currently serving as a member of the Presidential Council on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline.  She formerly served as Co-Director of Division VI (The Profession) of the Section of Litigation after a three year term as Co-Chair of the Section’s Woman Advocate Committee.  Kathleen is passionately committed to gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    25 years
  2. Class Action: 20%
    25 years
  3. Administrative Law: 15%
    25 years
  4. Appeals: 15%
    25 years



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

4 total 

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  • Nouvelle Licheleka Gonzalo

    Kathleen is an excellent trial lawyer and I enjoyed working with her. I would highly recommend her as an excellent choice to handle a variety of matters, but especially complex corporate litigation.


    Nouvelle Gonzalo International law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Edward X. Clinton

    I endorse this lawyer. Kathleen was my classmate at Harvard Law School. She has excellent experience in litigation and is ideally suited to run a small firm - she has drive and is well-organized. Any business would be well-advised to choose her for business litigation.


    Edward Clinton Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Havener Law Firm LLC

15511 Russell Road
Chagrin Falls (Cleveland), OH, 44022

15511 Russell Road
Cleveland, OH, 44022

15511 Russell Road
Cleveland, OH, 44022



DCActive 199207/10/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law199110/09/2009
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nettie Cronise Lutes AwardOhio State Bar Association2013
Finalist--Crain's Women of NoteCrain's Cleveland Business2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberThe Havener Law Firm LLC2008 - Present
PartnerHahn, Loeser & Parks, LLP1997 - 2008
AssociateMiller & Chevalier1996 - 1997
AssociateLatham & Wakins1992 - 1995
Judicial Law ClerkThe Honorable John M. Ferren, DC Court of Appeals1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ohio State Bar AssociationDelegate to Council2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationCouncil on Ethnic & Racial Diversity in thr Educational Pipeline2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mirabilis, et al. v. Palaxar, et al.Summary judgment for Defendants
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Publication nameTitleDate
GPSolo Magazine (ABA)Destination Disasters: Who's at Fault?2013
GPSolo Magazine (ABA)Lifeguarding Lawyers: New Solos Need More Than A Mentor2012
GPSolo Magazine (ABA)Making Magic With Courtroom Technology2012
Litigation Journal (ABA)Geronimo! or How I Became a Sole Practitioner2010
Litigation Journal (ABA)Method Acting for Lawyers2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor, cum laude1991
Spring Hill CollegeHistory/PhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Ohio State Bar AssociationHow to start a successful law practice2013