Thorman Petrov Griffin Co., LPA

Law Firm in Cleveland, OH

Firm Overview

Thorman Petrov Griffin Co., LPA, advocates on behalf of employees, executives, individuals, consumers, investors, and victims of civil rights abuses. The firm's clients include victims of wrongful termination, workplace discrimination and harassment, as well as whistleblowers and other victims of illegal retaliation. It has significant experience assisting employees who are victims of age, race, sex and disability discrimination, denials of accommodations, and retaliation for illness or using medical leave. It also focuses on illegal pay and compensation practices, successfully representing victims of overtime violations, minimum wage violations, and discriminatory pay practices. Finally, the firm maintains a diverse class-action practice, representing groups of individuals, investors, benefit plan participants, and consumers in addressing large-scale harms.

Thorman Petrov Griffin is recognized as a Tier 1 law firm in U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms. The principals of the firm possess significant experience in broad areas of the law, including obtaining multiple multi-million dollar trial judgments, enforcing civil rights laws as attorneys within the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Education, and working within nationally-renowned law firms before joining Thorman Petrov Griffin. The firm's principals have received the highest-possible rating of "AV" from their peers in the legal community, are annually recognized as Super Lawyers, and are listed as Best Lawyers in America. In addition to their trial work, the firm's attorneys are regular lecturers and speakers to employee and management groups on workplace rights. They have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and numerous legal publications and trade magazines for their work in law and on behalf of employees.

The firm is known for aggressive trial work, effective and noteworthy advocacy, and caring and attentive representation of its clients.
Main Office

Main Office
3100 Terminal Tower, 50 Public Square
Cleveland  OH  44113

Phone
  • 216-621-3500
Fax
  • 216-621-3422
Employment
Thorman Petrov Griffin Co., LPA will represent your Employment legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-Employment Law
-Civil Rights
-Discrimination
-Harassment
-Job Termination
-Race Discrimination
-Sex Discrimination
-Disability Discrimination
-Sexual Harassment
-Medical Leave Violations
-Wage and Hour Law
-Hours
-Whistleblowers
-Retaliation Violations
-Wrongful Termination
-Employment Contracts
-Reduction in Force
-Class Actions

Christopher P. Thorman

Attorney in Cleveland, OH
Christopher Thorman represents executives, individuals and class members in employment-related and wage and hour concerns. Mr. Thorman is an experienced advisor and trial lawyer with a long-record of accomplishments. He has successfully tried age, gender, disability, and race discrimination claims, and sexual harassment, FMLA, whistleblower and retaliation claims. He has been counsel in precedent-setting litigation obtaining numerous million dollar judgments, including a $16 million verdict in federal court, a $7.765 million verdict in an age discrimination and unlawful retaliation case, and a $6.7 million landmark discrimination arbitration award.

Mr. Thorman has served as lead counsel in civil rights and voting rights cases and has worked to expand the rights of workers throughout Ohio. He represented Michael J. Genaro, Sr., in the case Genaro v. Central Transport Co., et al., in which the Ohio Supreme Court recognized individual liability for discrimination under Ohio Revised Code Section 4112. Mr. Thorman served as lead counsel in Dworning v. City of Euclid, et al., in which the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously determined that public employees may forego city civil service commissions and proceed directly to court to pursue their rights not to be discriminated against. He authored the amicus curiae brief in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc., and represented the plaintiff in Hampel v. Food Ingredients Specialties, Inc., in which the United States Supreme Court and the Ohio Supreme Court held that same-sex sexual harassment violates the law.

Mr. Thorman was a law clerk to Judge Ann Aldrich of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and an associate with the firm Baker & Hostetler. Mr. Thorman was an Assistant Regional Attorney for the Office for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education. He is admitted to practice before the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. Mr. Thorman is a past Officer of the Employment Rights Section and former member of the Executive Board of the Civil Rights Section of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Mr. Thorman is AV-rated and has been identified by his peers and Ohio Super Lawyers as one of the top 100 attorneys in Ohio. He currently serves on the Board of the Ohio Environmental Council.


Areas of Law:
-Employment Law
-Discrimination
-Civil Rights
-Class Actions
-Harassment
-Employment Termination
-Wage and Hour Law

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1991, Ohio and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
-1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
-1997, U.S. Supreme Court

Law School Attended:
Case Western Reserve University Law School
Class of 1991
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
Kenyon College
Class of 1986
A.B.
History, with high honors and distinction

Columbia University:
Class of 1986
M.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1963
Cincinnati, Ohio, October 24, 1963

Associations & Memberships:
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Ohio State Bar Associations; American Association for Justice; Ohio Association for Justice; National and Ohio Employment Lawyers Association.
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University Law School
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1991

Daniel P. Petrov

Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Mr. Petrov represents individuals and classes of individuals in whistleblower, employment, and civil rights disputes. He has successfully litigated wrongful discharge, discrimination, and retaliation claims, including claims for age, race, sex, and disability discrimination, as well as sexual and racial harassment. He has obtained million dollar judgments on behalf of his clients, including a landmark $6.7 million award in the arbitration of an age and disability case, and a $3 million judgment in a state retaliation case.

Mr. Petrov maintains an active practice of representing whistleblowers and individuals who have reported wrongdoing, fraud, or other employer misconduct. Mr. Petrov's practice includes representation of individuals who have suffered retaliation from employers for reporting criminal or illegal conduct. He also represents clients in qui tam claims under the False Claims Act and IRS and SEC whistleblower proceedings, in which citizens who have knowledge of contract, health care, tax, or investor frauds committed against the government and fellow citizens may assist the government in its recovery of stolen money.

Mr. Petrov studied at Columbia University, and then received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2001. Mr. Petrov serves on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. He has served on the Executive Leadership Board of Playhouse Square Partners and the Columbia University Alumni Representative Committee, and volunteers as a class agent for the University School.

Mr. Petrov has been identified by his peers as an Ohio Super Lawyer and as one of U.S. News' Best Lawyers in America.

Areas of Law:
-Labor and Employment
-Litigation
-Civil Rights

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 2001, Ohio
-2002, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, U.S. -District Court, Southern District Court of Ohio and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
-2005, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Law School Attended:
Case Western Reserve University School of Law,
Class of 2001
J.D.

University Attended:
Columbia College, Columbia University
Class of 1998
B.A.
English

Birth Information:
Born in 1976
Cleveland, Ohio, 1976

Associations & Memberships:
Cleveland Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; American Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Labor and Employment Law; Litigation).
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2001

Mark D. Griffin

Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Mr. Griffin, a shareholder in the firm, has broad litigation experience that includes False Claims Act and qui tam matters, commercial disputes, election law issues and employment discrimination cases.

Recent cases have included: defending whistleblowers who have been fired from their jobs for reporting illegal conduct; protecting older workers who have been replaced by younger less-qualified subordinates; a $1.7 million fraud judgment against an associate of the Scarfo Crime Family of Philadelphia; negotiating the first sale of property to facilitate the Cleveland Port Authority's redevelopment of the East Bank of the Flats; representing thirty former United Transportation Union members to recover funds owed to them by their former employer.

Since 1994, Mr. Griffin has served as counsel to Democratic campaigns, candidates, and organizations. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Mr. Griffin was the State Deputy Director for the Ohio Democratic Party, helping to organize more than 5,000 attorneys and law students to serve as Election Observers at the polls. Believed to have been the largest election protection effort by any state in American history, Mr. Griffin was named as an Ohio Democrat of the Year 2009.

Early in his career, Mr. Griffin defended corporations in civil litigation. He was also involved in matters ranging from products liability, to personal injury cases, to being part of a team of lawyers advising Cleveland City Council on the financing of Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Prior to joining Thorman Petrov Griffin, Mr. Griffin was an associate and later a partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks, LLP. Mr. Griffin was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, and served as a Research Assistant in The House of Commons in London, England.

Mr. Griffin has argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, as well as numerous Ohio Courts of Common Pleas. Mr. Griffin graduated first in his class and earned his Juris Doctorate summa cum laude from Case Western University School of Law; his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Griffin is AV-rated and was selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2014.

Areas of Law:
-Litigation
-Civil Rights
-Utility Law
-Election, Campaign and Political Law
-Labor and Employment

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Shareholder

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1994, Ohio
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and District of Columbia Circuits
-U.S. Supreme Court

Law School Attended:
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Class of 1994
J.D.
summa cum laude

University Attended:
University of Pennsylvania
Class of 1986
B.A.
Economics and Political Science

Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
Class of 1991
M.P.P.

Languages:
French and Spanish

Special Agencies:
U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Cameroon, West Africa, 1987-1989.

Associations & Memberships:
Cleveland Metropolitan, Ohio and Federal Bar Associations.
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude , 1994

Brendan D. Healy

Attorney in Cleveland, OH
Prior to joining the firm, Brendan served as an Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland Heights and handled a variety of cases, including employment discrimination, civil rights, personal injury, and land use matters. Prior to that, he worked in a law firm in southern Ohio where he focused his litigation practice on civil rights, land use, employment discrimination, and government liability matters.

Brendan has obtained successful outcomes for clients in state and federal courts, handling legal matters at all stages, including appeals to the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Brendan graduated from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2006 where he served as a member of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Review and President of the Student Bar Association. The Ohio Governor appointed Brendan as a student representative to the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees in 2005. He received his undergraduate degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 2001.

Brendan is licensed to practice in the State of Ohio and in various federal district and appellate courts. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2006, Ohio

University Attended:
University of Notre Dame
magna cum laude

Birth Information:
Born in 1979
Cleveland, Ohio

Jessica L. MacKeigan

Attorney in Cleveland, OH
Prior to joining the firm as an associate in 2013, Ms. MacKeigan worked as a Pro Se and Death Penalty Staff Attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Previously, she was a law clerk to Judge Sara Lioi and served as the Multidistrict Litigation Law Clerk for the Court, providing legal support and drafting assistance to Judge Dan Aaron Polster and Judge James G. Carr.

Ms. MacKeigan graduated summa cum laude from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in 2010. While in law school, she served as a Research Editor for the Cleveland State Law Review and received the Outstanding Note of the Year Award for: Violence, Fear, and Jason's Law: The Needless Expansion of Social Control Over the Non-dangerous Mentally Ill in Ohio, 56 Clev. St. L. Rev. 739 (2008). Prior to law school, Ms. MacKeigan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, from Baldwin Wallace College.

Ms. MacKeigan is admitted to practice before the Ohio courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio. She is a member of the American Constitution Society and the Federal Bar Association.

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2010, Ohio

Law School Attended:
Cleveland Marshall College of Law
J.D.
summa cum laude

University Attended:
Baldwin-Wallace College
B.A.
magna cum laude

Birth Information:
Born in 1974
Cleveland, Ohio
Education
  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law
    Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude

Sara W. Verespej

Attorney in Cleveland, OH
Ms. Verespej joined the firm as an associate in 2012. Since then, she has handled a wide variety of matters, including claims for discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender and disability, and retaliation and whistleblower claims. She has obtained successful outcomes for clients in state and federal courts, as well as in mediation, and has handled matters at all stages, including managing pre-litigation efforts (e.g. EEOC proceedings), propounding written discovery, taking depositions, and drafting and responding to dispositive pleadings.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Verespej was an associate in the Cleveland office of Baker & Hostetler. While at Baker & Hostetler, Ms. Verespej focused her practice on employment litigation, general commercial litigation and white collar defense. She advised clients on matters such as discrimination, wage-and-hour and other employment-related claims; bankruptcy, commercial foreclosures and other insolvency proceedings; and SEC enforcement actions, healthcare fraud claims and qui tam actions.

Ms. Verespej graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 2009. Prior to that, she obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree, with high distinction, from University of Michigan.

During law school, Ms. Verespej served as an Associate Editor and Contributing Editor for the Case Western Reserve University Law Review, a publication in which she has been twice-published: The Status of Graduate Students and that of Medical Residents under the National Labor Relations Act as a Starting Point for Crafting a Statutory Definition of "Employee," 59 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 1221 (Summer 2009); and Modifying the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act to Create a Constitutional Statutory Protection for Religious Landowners, 59 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 767 (Spring 2009).

Ms. Verespej is licensed to practice in the States of Ohio and Florida, as well as in various federal district and Circuit courts. Ms. Verespej is a member of the Florida, Ohio, and Cleveland Metropolitan bar associations.

Areas of Law:
-Employment Litigation
-Class Actions
-Commercial Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2009, Ohio
2011, Florida

Law School Attended:
Case Western Reserve University
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Michigan
B.A.
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University
    Juris Doctorate
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