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Susan Lipphardt Gragel

Employment and labor Attorney at Cleveland, OH

4.2   5 reviews

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About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    30%

    37 years, 500 cases

  2. Employee benefits
    25%

    37 years, 300 cases

  3. Litigation
    25%

    37 years, 500 cases

  4. Discrimination
    10%

    37 years, 100 cases

  5. Divorce and separation
    10%

    37 years, 100 cases

Experienced advocate  for individuals, unions, employee benefit trusts and families in negotiations, ADR, trials, arbitrations and appeals.  I am admitted to the Bar of the State of Ohio  and  to the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Third Circuits, U.S. Tax Court,  and U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, Southern District of Ohio and Northern District of Kentucky.

Licensed for 42 years
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1980
Updated 11/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Susan

Goldstein Gragel LLC
1111 Superior Ave E Ste 620
Cleveland, OH, 44114-2568

Reviews

4.2 / 5.0
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Posted by Fred | September 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can't say enough about this fine attorney
Susan Gragel represented me during my divorce this year. She did a superb job advocating for me. Susan always explained to me my options, the risks with pursing each and the cost involved. She always gave me her honest opinion and kept me focused on what was important. She worked very hard to make sure that my divorce and settlement was fair. During my divorce process Susan uncovered an issue with an investment contract. Susan handled this issue for me and quickly resolved the matter. Susan has provided me with effective representation in matters involving domestic relations and investment contracts. I would recommend Susan Gragel
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Posted by Doreen Elder | May 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, caring and hard working lawyer
I hired Sue Gragel to help me thru my divorce in 2012 and Sue helped me with my divorce every step of the way. She's was on top of the court stuff, she would to she if I was doing ok during this time, and what to suspect. I finalized it in 2013 and the ex husband went back to court in 2016 and Sue was right there protecting me and continued to get me more then I thought I coujd receive. Sue has worked with me in every step and her billing is very fair in what a lot of others lawyers charge. She has gone above and beyond. I always recommend her. In fact in March of 2016 my Ex husband told her after court she is one hell of a lawyer lol.
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Posted by Terry | May 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A consummate professional
I have used Susan's services both on an employment matter and during a divorce. She helped bring about a favorable settlement to the employment matter in a very timely manner. She is always professional and does a great job explaining the options as well as the risks and costs of pursuing those options, During my divorce, she did an incredible job of keeping me focused and grounded through a process that, by its very nature, was turning my world upside down. Susan does a great job helping you identify what is important and advocating towards those ends. In a process that many lawyers could - and do - extend for their own profit, she always seemed to be the voice of reason, working to resolve issues and move towards a final settlement. I am sure I wasn't her easiest client, but she was consistently on my side and helped me identify, come to terms with, and negotiate the best possible solutions. Susan was always upfront about her fees and the costs involved. She helped contain the costs of my divorce from an individual who had the means and representation to drag out the process. She did not "nickle and dime" me either throughout and even after the divorce, taking a call here or there to explain something without the meter running. I have recommended her to others for both employment matters and family law issues and have always received positive feedback.
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Posted by Jonathan | May 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Seriously Amazing
Ms. Gragel was ferocious in her work. She successfully negotiated a new work contract that gives me security for years to come. I'm so pleased with her work I decided to spend a few minutes writing this review to let others know about her expertise. I was actually referenced to her by another lawyer who's a friend and insisted I call Ms. Gragel.
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Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2012
Expensive, with no results.
Attorney Gragel will bill for every minute; even if she does not respond to an email, she will charge for reading it. Attorney Gragel appeared to want to make the easiest "deal" with the opposing attorneys, even after representation ended. Potential clients beware.
Response from Susan Gragel May 10, 2016
The loss of employment is very stressful, especially when management is inflexible. Attorneys can't always succeed in getting the results that a working person demands from his/her former employer, despite zealous efforts. I work hard for my clients and follow clear and transparent billing practices.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Goldstein Gragel LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Board Secretary
  • Stella Maris, Inc.
  • 1990 - 2016

Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • Cleveland State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Coventry Group, Inc. v. Gottlieb
  • Dismissal affirmed
  • Int'l Union of Oper. Eng. v. CNR Trucking, Inc.
  • Dismissal affirmed
  • Trustees v. Able Contracting Group, Inc.
  • Judgment for Plaintiff
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Associations

  • Westlake Chinese Cultural Association
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Judicial Selection Comm.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member, Labor Law Section
  • 2001 - Present
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference
  • Life Member
  • 1995 - 2016
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • Grievance Committee Chair
  • 1992 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Past President, Honorary Trustee and Life Member
  • Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni
  • 1985
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Publications

  • Journal of Law and Health
  • Drug Testing-The Labor Union Perspective
  • 1987
  • Women's Legal Rights Handbook
  • Criminal Justice-Arrest to Trial
  • 1980

Speaking Engagements

  • NLRB Update: Times and Laws are Changing
  • Employee Handbooks and Other Policies and Application of the NLRA
  • 2016
  • Crain360
  • Labor Update: Who's the Boss?
  • 2016
  • Legal Update
  • Employment issues/Point Counterpoint
  • 2015
  • Education Law Partnership
  • The Law of Teacher Evaluations, Avoiding Grievances and Lawsuits
  • 2015
  • NLRB Labor Law Seminiar
  • NLRB Rulemaking-Election Procedures and Notice Posting
  • 2012
  • New Lawyer Training
  • Effective Opening Statements
  • 2011
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Cleveland Employment and labor Lawyer Susan Lipphardt Gragel
Susan Lipphardt Gragel
Employment and labor Attorney
Cleveland, OH
Licensed for 42 years
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