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Kristina W. Supler

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Thank you for always working to understand the full situation and for exploring the entirety of issues at hand. Thank you for always being supportive and for providing a productive, positive environment for working with us and most importantly, my son. I’m sure that he learned a lot from this situation, and we would not have been able to navigate without the help of both of you. Thank you for being tirelessly committed and for pursuing the best possible outcome.

OVERVIEW & EXPERIENCE

Kristina is co-chair, along with Susan Stone, of KJK’s Student & Athlete Defense/Title IX Practice Group, and is based out of our Cleveland office.

For more than fifteen years, Kristina has protected and counseled clients during the most difficult periods in their lives. She has developed a sophisticated federal and state practice with a particular focus on internet-based crimes. Her experience is regularly enlisted for complex cases involving allegations of sexual assault, and she has worked on national defense teams representing students and executives facing prosecution in the United States and abroad. Kristina is also extremely adept at working with families and defending juveniles facing prosecution, particularly when the child has a physical or mental disability.

Kristina has achieved great success protecting students and professors in campus Title IX proceedings, which has garnered her a national reputation. Her services are particularly sought after to navigate Title IX cases involving a parallel criminal investigation. In addition to being a skilled Title IX attorney, Kristina also helps students of all ages facing academic misconduct, research misconduct and other types of discipline. She has represented Greek organizations involved in student disciplinary matters and assisted with drafting policies and implementing training. When Title IX and other campus misconduct matters require litigation, Kristina has filed civil suit in federal courts across the country and successfully negotiated resolutions.

Over the years, Kristina’s practice has grown to include representation of people with complex mental health and neurological disorders. She serves as a tireless advocate for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Kristina’s understanding of ASD enables her to effectively communicate the social and behavioral deficits associated with ASD to school officials, lawyers and judges.

With training in crisis communication, Kristina leads teams that can protect her clients’ needs not only in court, schools and the workplace, but also in the public realm. Kristina and Susan Stone co-created the firm’s Reputation Management practice to protect clients facing backlash from social media and internet postings, as well as other forms of defamation. Given the diversity of her clients and their needs, Kristina understands the importance of a comprehensive multi-disciplinary strategy.

Kristina regularly writes and speaks on issues involving students and education. Regarded as a go-to authority for journalists examining student legal issues, she has appeared on television and is frequently interviewed. Kristina and Susan Stone host a podcast entitled Real Talk With Susan and Kristina, which explores student issues and offers guidance for parents. Kristina also believes in the importance of service to her profession and the community. For six years, Kristina served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). She also served as a trustee for the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. Currently, Kristina serves on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Judge4Yourself committee, which interviews and rates judicial candidates in order to assist the public in the election of qualified judges in Ohio.

Representative Experience
  • Working with our client and our team of mental healthcare professionals, Melissa, Susan, and Kristina were able to help a student with ADHD, who had never before received accommodations on a standardized test, successfully appeal the denial of her disability accommodation request for the MCAT. Our client will now receive the extra time she deserves on this important professional entrance exam.
  • Successfully prevailed in an expulsion hearing and kept student in school after serious allegations of misconduct.
  • Obtained reversal of discipline sanction in housing misconduct matter.
  • Successfully defended a pre-med undergraduate student for alleged cheating on a physics lab report and showed that the professor had made a critical error in basic mathematics.
  • Won an appeal with the NCAA to allow a student to remove restriction on eligibility to play football
AWARDS & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, 2007 to present
    • Ethics and Professionalism Committee, 2009
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association since 2006, Cleveland Committee, 2012 to present
    • Judicial Selection Committee, 2018
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Life member, 2007 to present
    • Board of Trustees, 2012 to present
    • Professional Opportunities Committee, 2011
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Member, 2017 to present
  • Families Advocating for Campus Equality, 2016 to present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2007 to present
  • Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, 2016 to present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Board of Directors, elected to two terms: July 2013-July 2016; July 2016-July 2019
      • Parliamentarian, 2019 to present
    • White Collar Committee, 2013 to present
    • Indigent Defense Committee, 2012 to present
    • Champion Advisory Board, 2007 to present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 to present
    • Publications Committee, 2009
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 2007 to present
    • Jury Instruction Committee, 2009
    • Criminal Justice Committee, 2009 to present
  • Stop Abusive & Violent Environments, 2016 to present
  • Women White Collar Defense Association, 2017 to present
  • Certified Positive Discipline Educator

Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021-2022
  • Top Attorneys in Ohio, Rising Stars, 2013
  • Selected to Ohio Rising Stars, 2011 – 2013, 2015 – 2016, 2020 – 2021
  • The State’s Outstanding Young Lawyers, Cincinnati Magazine, January 2011
  • Robert D. Kensey Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Civil Liberties, 2006
  • Executive Editor of the Year, Cleveland State Law review, 2006
  • High “A” CALI Awards:
    • Legal Writing, 2004
    • Product Liability, 2005
    • Sexual Orientation & Law, 2006
BAR / COURT ADMISSIONS
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, trustee
  • Title IX Committee, chair
  • Sixth Circuit Amicus Committee, co-chair
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”)
    • Board of Directors, member, 2013 – present
MEDIA MENTIONS
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Healthy Sex Lives in College: How to Deal with Impulsivity, The 2020 Virtual International Conference on ADHD, November 7, 2020
  • Title IX: What Due Process Looks Like Now, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, May 27, 2020
  • Consent When the Bee Stings, Indiana University, March 26, 2020
  • Avoiding Title IX Allegations During Internships; Coronavirus, Kent State University, March 19, 2020
  • College Concerns: Helping Students With Disabilities Transition to College and Navigate Campus Disciplinary Proceedings, COPAA National Conference, (Baltimore, MD), March 8, 2020
  • Don’t Rush In: The New Conversation Around Sex and Consent On Campus, Fraternal Law Conference (Cincinnati, Ohio), November 7, 2019
  • Changing the Conversation Around Sex & Consent, KJK College Kick-Off (Columbus, OH), September 12, 2019
  • 504 Plan Eligibility and Accommodation Best Practices, National Business Institute (Cleveland, OH), September 12, 2019
  • College Concerns: Helping Students with ASD Navigate Campus Discipline Issues, 2019 Milestones National Autism Conference (Cleveland, OH), June 12, 2019
  • Defending Students in Title IX Proceedings, LACDL’s Jazz Fest (New Orleans), April 25, 2019
  • Cyberbullying and Threats: School Authority and Liability, National Business Institute (Westlake, OH), February 2019
  • The 8th Annual FACE Meet and Greet Private Weekend Event, FACE – Families Advocating for Campus Equality(Cincinnati, OH), November, 2018
  • College Concerns: Helping Students with ASD Navigate Campus Discipline Issues, 2019 Milestones National Autism Conference (Cleveland, OH), June 12, 2019
  • Defending Students in Title IX Proceedings, LACDL’s Jazz Fest (New Orleans), April 25, 2019
  • Cyberbullying and Threats: School Authority and Liability, National Business Institute (Westlake, OH), February 2019
  • The 8th Annual FACE Meet and Greet Private Weekend Event, FACE – Families Advocating for Campus Equality(Cincinnati, OH), November, 2018
  • Title IX and Affirmative Action, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Inn of Courts (Columbus,OH), November, 2018
  • Parallel Proceedings in Sexual Assault Cases: Finding Evidence and Avoiding Incrimination, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, November 2018
  • How #MeToo and Title IX have Changed Campus Culture, Meritas Webinar, September 2018
  • Manifestation Determination Review (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?, Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, March 2018
  • National Business Institute, Student Records: Legal Requirements You Need to Know (FERPA), December 2017
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Wick Good Defenses, Title IX Session, October 2017
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Computer & Law, September 2017
  • University of Akron, Trial Advocacy Clinic, August 2017
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, New Lawyer Training: Law Office Management, June 2015
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 3Rs Program, Fall-Spring 2012-2013; 2013-2014
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Computers & Law, November 2012
  • Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy, Implications of Emily’s Law for Pharmacists: How to Avoid the Criminal Pitfalls, February 2012
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, “Litigating Sex Crimes,” Presentation “Deconstructing the He Said/She Said Case,” October 2011
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, “From Street Crime to Cyber-Crime: Trends in Technology and Criminal Law,” June 2011
  • Cleveland-Marshall Alumni Association, Pathways to Practice, March 2011
  • Ohio Mock Trial Regional Competition, Judicial Panelist, February 2011
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Computers & Law, November 2010
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Evidence & Technology, Finding and Presenting Evidence in the Age of Technology, 2010
  • Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Effectively Defending the Child Pornography Case, March 2010
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Defending Computer Sex Crimes, March 2010
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Computers & Law, November 2008
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Superstar Seminar, Innovative Ways to Find & Present “Similar Offenders and Similar Offenses,” October 2008
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Scientific Evidence, April 2008
  • Ohio Mock Trial Cuyahoga Regional Competition, Judicial Panelist, February 2008
  • Ursuline College, Issues in Criminal Defense, October 2007 & 2008

Selected Articles and Publications

 

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

  • Skidmore College, Certificate of Completion, Restorative Justice Training
  • Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2006 (Honors)
  • Boston University, B.A., European History, 2003 (Honors)

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