Walter Haverfield Attorney

Susan Keating Anderson

  • Partner


Susan practices management-side Education and Labor & Employment law. In her Education practice, she counsels boards of education in several key areas, from the day-to-day questions faced by administration relating to personnel, pupils, and policy, to conducting labor negotiations and defending her clients in litigation. In her Labor & Employment practice, Susan provides general counsel to municipalities, other public employers, and private employers on a variety of workplace and human resource matters, including employee discipline and termination, labor negotiations, and grievance-related issues.



Labor and Employment Law and Related Litigation
  • Advises clients on a broad spectrum of personnel issues, including hiring, discipline, discharge, contractual, and background check issues.
  • Investigates sexual harassment and discrimination-related complaints and counseled employers on suggested remedial action, including recommending disciplinary measures where appropriate.
  • Drafts and advises clients on the implementation of employee handbooks, policies, and practices.
  • Conducts in-service training on policies and practices, including anti-harassment and public records policies.
  • Prepares employment contracts, non-solicitation agreements, and covenants not to compete.
  • Defends employers in litigation and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the State Employment Relations Board.
Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
  • Chief employer-side labor contract negotiator for several clients.
  • Lead counsel in labor arbitrations, including disciplinary, termination, and contract interpretation issues.
  • Defends employers against unfair labor practices before the National Labor Relations Board and the State Employment Relations Board.
  • Represents employers in labor mediation.
  • Advises employers on a wide array of labor matters, discipline and due process issues, contract interpretation, the avoidance of unfair labor practice charges, and union campaigns.


Education - Labor and Employment
  • Represents school districts in teacher termination and discipline proceedings.
  • Represents school districts in proceedings regarding discipline and termination of classified employees.
  • Represents school districts in grievance proceedings and arbitration.
  • Advises school districts on the application and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Counsels clients regarding compliance with the state and federal employment-related laws, including Chapter 4112 of the Ohio Revised Code, Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, and ADEA.
  • Counsels districts on teacher and administrator evaluation requirements and non-renewal issues.
  • Counsels school districts on employee discipline arising from an employee’s personal use of social media and/or first amendment issues.
  • Represents school districts in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Ohio Civil Rights Commission with respect to claims of race, sex, age, gender and disability discrimination.
  • Represents clients in federal and state court involving claims of FMLA interference and race, sex, age, gender and disability discrimination.
  • Assists in or conducts internal investigations of personnel.
Education - Collective Bargaining
  • Assists in grievance proceedings and represented Boards in labor arbitrations.
  • Negotiates labor contracts with certified and classified bargaining units.
  • Serves as chief negotiator for the school district in certified and classified bargaining units in traditional bargaining settings and interest based bargaining.
  • Represents school districts in grievance proceedings and arbitration.
  • Advises school districts on the application and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Assists school districts “behind the scenes” in collective bargaining and grievance proceedings.
Student Issues
  • Represents school districts in student discipline proceedings before boards of education, appointed designees and in appeals to court.
  • Counsels school districts regarding due process rights and procedural safeguards in discipline situations.
  • Counsels school districts regarding residency and custody disputes.
  • Assists school districts with responses to subpoenas and other requests for educational records.
  • Counsels school districts regarding obligations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Counsels school district on student issues related to technology and off-campus conduct.
Sunshine Law/Public Records
  • Counsels school districts faced with voluminous public record requests and responds to same on behalf of clients.
  • Counsels school districts on various aspects of compliance with Ohio’s Open Meetings Act.
  • Assists clients with development of record retention schedule in compliance with requirements of the Ohio Attorney General and Ohio Historical Society.
Education - General Counsel
  • Advises clients on outsourcing and private contractor issues, including drafting Requests for Proposal and consulting contracting.
  • Advises on Board policy drafting, implementation, and administration.
  • Advises boards of education and district administrators on union and non-union personnel issues, such as hiring, firing, evaluation, and pre-disciplinary hearings.
  • Defends Boards in civil litigation, administrative appeals, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the State Employment Relations Board.
  • Advises on questions relating to the day to day issues confronting school administrators.
  • Advises on pending or recent legislative changes affecting school districts.
  • Assists school districts with policy review and development.
  • Advises on board governance issues.
  • Reviews contracts on behalf of school districts and negotiates vendor contracts on behalf of school districts.
  • Represents school districts in mediations involving contractual claims.


  • 2009-2012 - Selected to Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Areas of practice: Employment & Labor, Schools & Education



  • “Northeast Ohio Legal Updates,” Independence, OH, April 17, 2015
  • “Legal Updates for Administrators,” Tiffin, OH, February 26, 2015
  • “Winter School Law Conference,” Beachwood, OH, February 16, 2012
  • "2010 Walter | Haverfield LLP Labor and Employment Law Seminar," "Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, oh my! - Regulating the Workplace in the World of Web 2.0," Independence, OH, September 30, 2010
  • On September 5, 2010, Susan appeared on the NewsChannel 5 television show, "Kaleidoscope." Hosted by local TV personality Leon Bibb, the show features interviews and stories about issues that affect the people and communities of Northeast Ohio. In her segment, Susan discussed a new Department of Labor (DOL) administrator's interpretation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and its potential impact upon employers and employees.

  • "Employment Law Update: What You Need to Know for 2010," Westlake, OH, April 16, 2010
  • "Spring School Law Seminar," Westlake, OH, April 14, 2010


  • Chair of Board of Directors of Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc. (LCADA)
  • Leadership Lorain County, Best Class of 2004
  • Member of the Lorain County Bar Association
  • Member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member of Ohio School Boards Association and Ohio Schools Council Bar Association
  • Cleveland Civic Leadership Institute, 2009 Member
  • Former Member of Lorain City Schools Bond Council Oversight Committee
  • Former Secretary-Treasurer of Kendal at Oberlin