Meet Kristen M. Kraus
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.
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On a Personal Note:
Ms. Kraus’ interest in the law began shortly after she graduated high school when she enrolled in the Paralegal Program at Lakeland Community College. She subsequently earned her Associate’s Degree from Lakeland where she graduated magna cum laude. She then pursued her Bachelor’s Degree from Bowling Green State University where she also graduated magna cum laude with a minor in Legal Studies. Always striving to achieve more, Ms. Kraus pursued her J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where she worked part-time to put herself through law school. Her accomplishments were recently recognized by Lakeland Community College when she was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame. Most of her free time is spent with her young twins.
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Education & Admissions:
Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2002
Associations & Memberships:
Lake County Bar Association
Ohio Association for Justice
Leadership & Honors:
University Hospital’s Geauga Hospital Leadership Council
Martindale Hubbell AV-Rated
Partner in Justice, Legal Aid Ambassador – Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Lakeland Community College Alumni Hall of Fame, 2015
Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Lake County Bar Association Settlement Week. Chairman 2006-2009