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Alia is an associate in Spengler Nathanson’s civil litigation department.
Alia earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Toledo College of Law and was named the valedictorian of her class. While in school, she served as Executive Editor of the Toledo Law Review and her note was chosen for publication for the Fall 2019 issue. She also worked as a law clerk for the firm.
Prior to earning her law degree, Alia obtained a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Toledo. Alia worked at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department as an Accreditation Coordinator where she was responsible for ensuring compliance with national public health accreditation standards and developing and implementing agency policies and procedures. She was also managed a grant program where her primary duties included securing program funds, developing training and curriculum material, and administering the program throughout northwest Ohio.
Bowling Green State University (B.S. 2008)
University of Toledo (M.P.H. 2011)
University of Toledo (J.D. 2021)
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A decision in the trial court is rarely the end of the litigation process. When selecting an attorney for an appeal, it is vital to obtain counsel who will be successful at the appellate level. Our attorneys routinely prosecute and defend appeals in the Ohio Supreme Court, various Ohio intermediate appellate courts, and administrative appeals in a variety of judicial and regulatory forums.
Compliance & Governance
Compliance is an important part of any governance framework. It sets and maintains a culture that steers the actions, operations, and outcomes of companies, medical practices, and entire health systems. Whether you are building a compliance program from the ground up or making adjustments as part of a regular assessment, our attorneys can be your skilled resource.
Our attorneys have considerable experience representing clients in connection with all types of contract disputes, written or verbal. If you think you have a contract and feel the other party has not lived up to their end of the deal, we will help you to determine whether a contract exists and whether or not it is capable of enforcement.
Our experienced employment attorneys often counsel employers on whether proposed employee discipline or discharge is likely to withstand challenge in any number of forums available to employees. We have secured for employers the dismissals of hundreds of claims regarding employee discipline, in court, in grievance arbitrations, and before agencies such as the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board.
Employee handbooks are excellent tools for outlining consistent employer practices, and for preserving employer flexibility and management rights such as employment at will. Our attorneys frequently review employee handbooks for compliance with federal and state employment laws, and recommend language and policies to protect employers and their businesses.
In addition to representing employers in unemployment and workers’ compensation claims, our attorneys advise employers on compliance with local, state, and federal laws affecting employment, including the American with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Ohio’s civil rights law, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and applicable wage and hour laws. We also advise employers on terminations and represent employers against claims brought by terminated employees.
Employment Discrimination Defense
Our attorneys frequently defend employers facing charges or lawsuits alleging employment discrimination. Although the law is well-intended to protect employees from workplace discrimination, it is unfortunately common for employers to have to defend against unfounded claims of employment discrimination. Our lawyers have secured the dismissals of hundreds of employment discrimination claims before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in state and federal courts.
FERPA (Student Privacy)
Our attorneys regularly advise school districts on questions pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and Ohio’s companion laws protecting student privacy. We understand that sensitive questions can arise under FERPA and have counseled clients regarding disclosure requirements, prohibitions and how to handle situations involving child custody and domestic violence.
Our attorneys have counseled both public and private employers on compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act since it became effective in 1994. Our experience with the FMLA includes such matters as eligibility and coverage issues, employee notices, medical certifications, insurance continuation, intermittent leave, concurrent leave, and FMLA abuses.
Intentional Tort Claims
Over the years, the General Assembly and the courts have struggled with the elements of a workplace intentional tort. Our thirty-plus years of defending employers against these claims uniquely qualifies Spengler Nathanson attorneys to provide you the representation needed in this type of litigation.
Labor and Employment
Spengler Nathanson attorneys are well-versed in helping employers in various industries with labor and employment matters. We can leverage this expertise to find solutions for healthcare providers too. We also work to stay up-to-date on changes to the Affordable Care Act and other legislation affecting employer health insurance, employee benefits, and other operational matters.
Public and Administrative Law
Our attorneys enjoy a rich history representing public clients in Northwest Ohio, including school boards, port authorities, park districts, municipalities, counties, townships, airport authorities, and more. Our firm has been home to two former City of Toledo Law Directors, a former counsel to the Ohio Department of Commerce, and a former State Senator. We know the legal problems confronting local public bodies both as lawyers and as participants in the political process.
Public Employee Liability
Public employers and their employees are subject to liability for a broad array of claims that private employers and employees do not face. Spengler Nathanson’s attorneys have expertise in these areas of the law.
Public Policy Advocacy
At times it is in the best interest of the client to collaborate and work with government entities to either resolve problems without litigation or advocate a change in policy or promote a particular project. Our experience and outstanding relationship with government officials both at the state and local level is unmatched.
Public Records and Open Meetings
Spengler Nathanson’s extensive representation of school boards and other local and state governmental bodies has given us a wide range of experience dealing with Ohio’s public records and open meetings laws.
Public Sector and Public Employee Defense
Public employers and their employees are subject to liability for a broad array of claims that private employers and employees don’t face. Spengler Nathanson’s attorneys have expertise in these areas of the law.
Title IX Compliance (No Gender-Based Discrimination)
Our attorneys regularly assist clients with questions about Title IX and preparation of and updates to Title IX and related policies. We also serve as counsel for boards of education, colleges, and universities in litigation arising under Title IX and related statutes.