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Overview

Kristina is co-chair, along with Susan Stone, of KJK’s Education Law and Student Defense Practice Group. She and Susan also co-chair the firm’s Criminal, Cyber and White-Collar Practice Group.

Kristina has developed a sophisticated federal and state practice with a particular focus on technology and internet-based offenses. Kristina’s experience has also been enlisted for complex matters including government procurement fraud, public corruption, bank fraud and tax issues. She has led national defense teams representing individuals involved in high-stakes litigation. Kristina prides herself on her ability to counsel clients during the most difficult periods in their lives.

In her Education and Student Defense Practice, Kristina handles a variety of matters involving educational services and student discipline. She has achieved great success representing students and professors in campus Title IX proceedings. Kristina is particularly adept at navigating the challenges and intricacies of parallel university and law enforcement investigations. Her extensive experience with sexual assault cases proves invaluable for clients subject to Title IX proceedings. Kristina has also represented Greek organizations involved in student disciplinary matters and assisted with drafting policies and implementing member training. When campus misconduct matters have required litigation, Kristina has filed suit in federal courts across the country and successfully negotiated resolutions.

Kristina’s criminal defense 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”) who are facing prosecution. Kristina’s understanding of ASD enables her to effectively communicate the social and behavioral deficits associated with ASD to prosecutors, judges and educators.

In 2013, Kristina was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”), which is the preeminent criminal defense organization in the country. She serves as the chair of the Title IX Committee and as a co-chair of the Sixth Circuit Amicus Committee. Locally, Kristina serves as a trustee for the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association.

Education

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

Civic Involvement

  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, trustee
  • Title IX Committee, chair
  • Sixth Circuit Amicus Committee, co-chair
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NADCL”)
    • Board of Directors, member, 2013 – present

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 July 2013
    • 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

Bar/Court Admissions

  • 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

 

Awards

  • Top Attorneys in Ohio, Rising Stars, 2013
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011-2013 & 2015-2016
  • 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

Presentations & Publications

SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • 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

Client Testimonials

“Susan and Kristina are great lawyers. They helped me resolve an extremely difficult academic dishonesty accusation case against me at the university level. They had helpful ideas and were persistent in making sure my defense was the best it could be. They were creative in their way of utilizing outside resources that helped achieve a positive outcome. Good, prompt responses to my questions. I highly recommend them!”