Heather Steele

Associate | Akron (Fairlawn)

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About Heather:

As an employment and labor attorney, I provide businesses with necessary and up-to-date guidance spanning from day-to-day employee management to complex claims surrounding discrimination and harassment. When litigation is unavoidable, or a charge has already been filed with an administrative agency, I vigorously defend and guide my clients through the court or administrative process from start to finish. I also support businesses and educational institutions by handling investigations and the decision-making process for Title IX matters.

Both employment matters and Title IX claims are often urgent, sensitive and complex.  Therefore I approach each case with a fair and objective mindset, and with the experience and training required to ensure each matter is handled correctly and efficiently.

Prior to joining the practice of law, I served as a general manager for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company. I believe my past experience gives me a unique and important understanding of my client’s needs. My goal is to ensure my clients feel heard, valued and apart of the decision making process when working with me.

    • Joined Buckingham's Employment & Labor Practice Group in 2020
    • Counsel clients on employment issues, including personnel policies, multistate compliance, FLMA and requests for leave, discrimination and harassment, wage and hour issues, accommodation requests, restrictive covenants, including non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and employment separations
    • Represent employers before administrative agencies including the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) and Unemployment Compensation Review Commission (UCRC)
    • Handle employment and general litigation matters in state/federal court
    • Advise clients on COVID-19 related guidance and decisions
    • Conduct thorough, fair and impartial investigations for claims of discrimination and harassment, including Title IX matters, for corporations and educational institutions
    • Conduct training sessions

    • The University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio (J.D., 2019)
    • Litigation Certificate from UA Law, 2019
    • B.A. from UMASS Lowell, 2016
  • Admissions
    • Ohio
    • Northern District of Ohio
    • Southern District of Ohio

    • Board Member, Greenleaf Family Center
    • Torchbearers Akron, Class of 2023

    • "Winter is Coming: Are you ready?"  Breakfast with Buckingham, October 2022
    • "Making the Call: Evaluating Request for Religious Objections to the COVID-19 Vaccine,"  Akron Bar Association, January 2022
    • "HR Nightmares," Canton Regional SCORE, August 2021
    • "Hiring Legalities and Best Practices," Canton Regional SCORE, May 2021
    • The Impact of COVID-19 on Employment Issues (30 minute webinar; November 2020)


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