Rina Russo

Rina R. Russo


Direct:  216.928.2928
Fax:  216.916.2353


Focus Areas


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2011, magna cum laude
  • John Carroll University, B.A., 2008, cum laude

Licensed to Practice

  • Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


Rina Russo has significant experience representing employers in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements as well as allegations of discrimination and harassment. She works with private and public sector employers in matters involving failure to accommodate, wage/hour violations and enforcement of restrictive covenants before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Her litigation practice includes single plaintiff, class and collective actions.

Russo also devotes a significant amount of time to counseling employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. This includes employee policies and handbooks, investigations, reasonable accommodation of disabilities and religious practices, wage and hour compliance and employee classification. It also includes leaves of absence, whistleblower protections, retaliation, affirmative action programs, trade secret protection, discipline, termination, and separation and release agreements.

Russo joined Walter | Haverfield in September 2017 as an associate. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Candace J. Smith, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.


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  • Defended debtor employer in bankruptcy court in certified class action seeking damages under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (“WARN Act”) on behalf of a class of over 600 employees.
  • Defended employer in putative class action seeking damages for alleged misclassification of independent contractors. The claims were settled for a nominal sum, significantly reducing the employer’s liability.
  • Defended employer against Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action for alleged off-the-clock work of several employees.
  • Defended several single plaintiff cases alleging claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Family and Medical Leave Act “FMLA”), Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”), and comparable state law.
  • Regularly represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (“OCRC”), and the State Employment Relations Board (“SERB”).
  • Regularly provides counsel on the implementation of employment policies, employee handbooks, ADA compliance, discipline, investigations, leaves of absence, and terminations.
  • Conducts labor and employment due diligence in a range of corporate deal structures.
  • Conducts internal I-9 audits for employers.


  • 2017-2021 – Selected to Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Areas of practice: Employment & Labor; Employment & Labor: Employer.
  • 2021 – Rina R. Russo received a 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Labor and Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment.





  • Pandemic-Related ADA Accommodations for School Districts. W|H Education Webinar, August 4, 2020
  • Getting Back to Work: COVID-19 Legal Guidance for Employers. Walter | Haverfield Labor & Employment Webinar, May 19, 2020


  • Board of Trustees Member, Hitchcock Center for Women
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


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