Karen Lefton

Experience

  • Principal, The Lefton Group, LLC (Established February 2014)
  • Partner, Brouse McDowell (July 2008 to February 2014)
  • General Counsel, Akron Beacon Journal (2006 to June 2008)

Also at the Beacon Journal Publishing Company

  • 2000 – 2006: Associate General Counsel
  • 1997 – 2000: Labor Relations Manager
  • 1980 – 1997: Journalist

Career Highlights

Successful solutions in the following areas:

  • Litigation involving public access to government records.
  • Defense of defamation and privacy claims.
  • Litigation involving breach of contract, unfair competition, violation of non-compete claims.
  • Litigation involving retaliation, wrongful discharge claims.
  • Unfair labor practice charges stemming from decertification petition.
  • Arbitration of contract interpretation case involving Workers’ Compensation calculation.
  • Arbitration of contract interpretation case involving seniority scheduling.
  • Litigation alleging violation of Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act.
  • Responsible for all legal and labor affairs as in-house counsel for 1,200-employee media company.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio.
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • U.S. Supreme Court.

Education

  • B.A., Miami University.
  • J.D., University of Akron School of Law.
  • EMBA, Ashland University.

Honors & Awards

  • SuperLawyer designation in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
  • Distinguished Leader Award, 2013, Leadership Akron.

Professional Affiliations

  • Akron Bar Association Foundation, Board of Governors, 2011 – 2015.
  • Ohio Bar Association, member, 1997 – present. Frequent presenter at Media Law conference.
  • Summit County Public Defender’s Commission, 2011 – present.

Community Involvement

  • Board of Trustees, Stark State College, 2019 – present.
  • Board of Directors, Akron Roundtable, 2015 – present.
  • Board of Directors, Goodwill, Inc., 2009 – 2018. Honorary director, 2019 – present.
  • Board of Directors, Project Learn, Inc., 2008 – 2014; board president in 2013-2014.
  • Leadership Akron, Class XXIII.
  • Member, Akron Rotary, 2017 – present.
  • Member, Greater Akron Chamber Small Business Council, 2015 – present.
  • Founding member, WUTNGA, 2014 – present.
  • Women’s Endowment Fund Advisory Board, of Akron Community Foundation, 2004-2013.
  • Co-Chair, Women’s Endowment Fund campaign to raise $2.013 million in 2013.

Email: [email protected]

Office: 330-864-2003

Cell: 330-606-8299