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Kristen Marie Kraus

Employment and labor Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2001
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Kristen M. Kraus has extensive experience in handling civil jury trials in both state and federal court. She has litigated cases in nearly every county in Northeast Ohio, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Kristen joined Dworken & Bernstein upon graduation from law school in 2001.  Since joining the firm, she has been representing victims of personal injury, as well as those injured in workplace accidents. A significant portion of her current practice is devoted to representing injured workers in workers’ compensation matters both at the Industrial Commission of Ohio and at the trial court level.

The remainder of Kristen’s practice is focused in the area of labor and employment litigation where she handles a variety of matters including age, race and gender discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, violations of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment claims, retaliation claims, whistleblower claims, breach of contract claims and unemployment claims, as well as reviewing and negotiating non-compete agreements, severance agreements and employment contracts.

Kristen is also a Contributing Editor to Attorney At Law Magazine with featured articles on Employment Law.


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Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.
60 South Park Place
Painesville, OH, 44077
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Posted by Mary | February 8, 2019
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Experienced, knowledgeable, and smart
I am lucky to have Kristen working on my behalf with a worker's compensation case. She knows the "in's and out's" of the byzantine BWC laws, is great at communicating, and has made a complicated, difficult time easier. I strongly believe Kristen has my best interests at heart and I highly recommend her!
Posted by Gary | February 6, 2019
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A Lawyer with a "Winning Attitude".
Kristen was referred to me by many to be "the lawyer of choice". The tenacity displayed throughout my case (by Kristen) was awesome and at times unbelievable. As I will quote a good friend of mine (also in the legal profession) "If your want a dollar Kristen will get you two". "Thanks Kristen, for the win!"
Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2018
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Personal Injury Case
My son contacted Kristen after my accident. She was referred to us from another attorney's office. Kristen consulted with us, and even came to my home for the consultation as my injuries did not allow me to go out. Consequently I hired Kristen. She is extremely accommodating, knowledgeable, efficient, and effective. Throughout the entire process, a year and a half, she kept me informed, all the while relieving my concerns and taking care of everything. I was very pleased with the outcome, and would highly recommend Kristen to represent you.
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Posted by Dan | February 23, 2018
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* Beyond the call of duty *
Kristen Kraus is a powerhouse professional whose confidence and compassion deliver exceptional results I was injured on the job and consequently terminated. Kristen agreed to handle this case immediately. She had the final results much faster than expected with the compassion as though it personal. Step by step communication and availability was exemplary as well as my faith and confidence. Thank you!
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Posted by Chris | February 22, 2018
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Professional, Knowlegable and Effective
I was extremely pleased to have Ms. Krause as my legal representative. She was very knowledgeable, empathetic, and supportive and guided me to an acceptable and positive resolution to a stressful legal problem.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2018
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I had an employment case that Ms Kraus attended to. She was incredibly thorough, honest, and proactive. If there were any issues or challenges, she informed me right away and recommended solutions. I would absolutely consult her again for any future cases and recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2018
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Have a true professional on your site !
Kristen handled very professionally my case related to an employment dispute. She knows the law inside out and her previous experience is huge asset in resolving issues quickly. Kristen know how to strike a balance between being assertive and reasonable in the assessment of the situation. We reached very favorable settlement in my case, that was critical for my career. I liked in particularly the quick response to my inquires and the transparency in relationship (and billing) .
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Posted by anonymous | February 25, 2016
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I met with Kristen for a consult. She was very professional and well prepared. For a free consult she did a great job researching my issue and giving potential outcomes. Was very pleased with her service and advice.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.
  • 2001 - Present


  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • law
  • 2001
  • Bowling Green University
  • 1997


  • Partner in Justice, Legal Aid Ambassador –
  • Legal Aid Society
  • 2015 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lake County Court of Common Pleas Mediation Program
  • Mediator
  • N/A
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Lake County Bar Association Settlement Week
  • Chairman
  • 2006 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Complex Workers’ Compensation Issues
  • Medical Issues
  • 2012

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Cleveland Employment and labor Lawyer Kristen Marie Kraus
Kristen Marie Kraus
Employment and labor Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 22 years