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Cathleen Marie Bolek

Discrimination Attorney at Cleveland, OH

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Location

Bolek Besser Glesius LLC
Monarch Centre, Suite 302
5885 Landerbrook Drive
Cleveland, OH, 44124-4031

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Posted by Janice | January 14, 2015
A smart and savvy employment attorney
I called Cathleen Bolek to help me with a complicated employment case with a well known, global company. My case was already confusing because I had started with a different firm, and then wanted her to jump In and make sense of a bad situation. I had been in a very toxic work environment for over a year. I immediately felt better after talking with her, and she did exactly what she said she would do. She was always available to me, very responsive ( even when I just needed reassurance or to vent). She was tough and classy and was never intimidated by this global powerhouses big firm attorney. I would highly recommend her to anyone with any type of employment issue. She's smart, shrewd and has compassion and empathy.
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Posted by dean | February 25, 2014
THE BEST LAWFIRM, IN THE BUSINESS.
BOLEK BESSER GLESIUS, IS DREAM TEAM LAWFIRM,ONE CAN EVER ASK FOR.UNMATCHED IN THE COMMITMENT FOR WHAT,S RIGHT, THEY RECENTLY REPRESENTED ME WITH FOUR OTHER GUYS, IN A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT, AND I CANNOT PAINT A WELL ENOUGH PICTURE OF HOW GREAT THIS LAWFIRM IS.IN MY OWN WORDS, NOT SCARED TO TAKE ON COMPANIES ,BIG OR SMALL,NOT AFRAID OF JUDGES,STATE OR FEDERAL,LAW EXPERTS,IN MOTIONS,AND ABOVE ALL, ALWAYS PREPARED, TO GO ON THE OFFENSIVE,AT ANY HEARING ON SHORT NOTICE, THEY KEEP THE CLIENT,S ALWAYS POSTED.IN MY OPINION ,THEY ARE THE BEST IN BUSINESS. I WILL BET EVERYTHING I HAVE, ON THE LAWFIRM OF,-BOLEK/BESSER/GLESIUS,CLEVELAND,OHIO, A LAW FIRM YOU CAN COUNT ON ,WHEN YOU ARE WRONGED,THANK GOD FOR THESE GROUP,OF LAWYERS, BY GOD WE NEED THEM......
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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2009
Not a wimp, and trustworthy!
Cathleen is strong, knowledgeable, and.... trustworthy; a trait that I don't often see in lawyers. I believe she had my best interest at heart, for which I thank and appreciate her.
Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2009
Steel Fist in a Velvet Glove
A steel fist in a velvet glove??! While some may think of this metaphor as perhaps a bit hackneyed, it describes my experience of being represented by Cathleen Bolek. How can someone be so strong, yet so warm and wonderful to work with as is Cathleen? Her great intellect, incredible legal acumen, and tremendous courage, juxtaposed by her kindness and compassion, make a winning, powerful, life-altering combination for any of us fortunate enough to be among her clients. She tirelessly advocated for me through an extremely difficult professional/personal situation with such strength and skill that the person/organization who perpetrated against me were literally beaten back into their proverbial corners, rendered harmless to me and others who were harassed, abused and victimized for years by terrible management and personal attacks, until Cathleen came onto the scene and put an end to such disgraceful abuses of power. She successfully preserved my job and reputation (not to mention my sanity) despite the efforts of very arrogant, powerful people to do otherwise. Her determination, wisdom and generosity among her many other fabulous, impressive personal and professional qualities too numerous to mention saved my career, if not my life. I will always be grateful and would highly recommend her services to anyone who has been wronged at work or otherwise.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2009
Superb Civil Lawyer
Would recommend this lawyer for she is very knowledgeable in employment and labor laws.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
  • Pro bono 15 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • 1992
  • Syracuse University
  • 1988

Associations

  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cleveland Employment Inns of Court
  • Founding Member, Master of the Bench
  • 2005 - Present
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Ohio Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Chair - Employment Law Section
  • 2009 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Listed
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Listed
  • Best Law Firms in America
  • 2014
  • Listed
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Listed
  • Best Law Firms in America
  • 2013
  • Listed
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Listed
  • Best Law Firms in America
  • 2012
  • Superlawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Superlawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Superlawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star Superlawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Rising Star Superlawyers
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
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Publications

  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • Winter Convention
  • IOLTA Dos and Don’ts
  • 2013
  • Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Discovery in Employment Cases: The Duty to Preserve and Collect Evidence, Determining What to Produce and Avoiding Sanctions
  • 2013
  • Monthly Seminar
  • Employment Law for Personal Injury Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Northern Ohio Labor and Employment Law Conference
  • Expanding Protected Classes
  • 2012
  • Labor and Employment Law Seminar
  • Civility in Employment Litigation
  • 2012
  • Ethics Seminar
  • IOLTA Nuts and Bolts
  • 2011
  • Annual Convention
  • Employment Law Overview: Recognizing the Cause of Action and Protecting the Statute of Limitations
  • 2011
  • Ethics Seminar
  • Ethics Issues in Employment Litigation
  • 2010
  • Ohio Association for Justice Trial Tactics Seminar
  • Fighting Bifurcation and Trying the Bifurcated Case
  • 2009
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual Seminar
  • Trial Tactics and Strategy
  • 2009
  • Cleveland Employment Inns of Court monthly meeting
  • Prevarication and Spoliation: What’s a Lawyer to Do?
  • 2009
  • Eastern Ohio Rehabilitation Association Continuing Education Seminar
  • Employment Rights of People with Disabilities.
  • 2008
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Convention
  • Fair Labor Standards Act and the Non-Public Employee.
  • 2007
  • Cleveland Employment Inns of Court monthly meeting
  • Professionalism
  • 2007
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual Seminar
  • Sanctions, Frivolous Conduct, and the Professional Lawyer.
  • 2005
  • Cleveland Bar Association Practice & Procedure Clinic
  • Yin & Yang of Trying an Employment Case.
  • 2005
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Seminar
  • Employer Mandated Arbitration.
  • 2004
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Seminar
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection.
  • 2004
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual Seminar
  • Discovery Hassles, Including Sexual Harassment Discovery Issues
  • 2002
  • Cleveland Employment Lawyers Association Annual Seminar
  • What You Need to Know: Preparing for the Labor and Employment Specialty Certification Exam.
  • 2000
  • Cleveland Bar Association Labor and Employment Seminar
  • Mock Sexual Harassment Trial.
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Extremely intelligent, caring and compassionate. Provides excellent answers to legal questions on Avvo. As an attorney who has been practicing for 24 years as a judge, prosecutor, magistrate, criminal defense attorney, and law professor, I would refer anyone and everyone to Ms. Bolek."
Discrimination Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bolek, is smart, savvy and skilled. She is professional among professionals and fights the good fight. When I grow up, I want to be this kind of attorney. One would do well to hire her!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cathleen is a consummate professional, and great to work with. She is knowledgeable, and a tough litigator. I absolutely endorse her work."
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