Renisa Dorner

Renisa A. Dorner

About Renisa

Renisa primarily practices in Spengler Nathanson’s litigation department, with an emphasis in the areas of labor/employment law, OSHA, school law, ERISA/employee benefits, risk management, and tort liability. She represents a diverse group of clients, including large manufacturing corporations, large and small non-profits, public entities, small service businesses, and school districts.

In addition to counseling employers concerning compliance with various laws on a daily basis, Renisa has successfully tried and arbitrated many cases involving such issues as employment matters, union contract interpretation, contract disputes, harassment, workers’ compensation, OSHA citations, commercial disputes, premises liability, and personal injury. She has also served as legal counsel to court-appointed receivers for large and small receiverships.

Renisa frequently lectures on topics pertaining to labor and employment law, dispute resolution, and litigation and has been a presenter at the Ohio Common Pleas Judges’ Association. She is also a Master of the Bench in the American Inns of Court, Morrison R. Waite Chapter.

In 2013, the Supreme Court of Ohio appointed Renisa to serve on the Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. She has also served many non-profit boards and is currently serving on the ProMedica Flower Hospital Board of Trustees.

Renisa is a proud graduate of Napoleon High School and graduated from Defiance College with a Bachelor of Science in Communications in 1985. She obtained her law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1988.

Practice Areas

Accreditation, Certification, & Licensure

Our attorneys have experience in helping systems and various types of providers with their accreditation, certification, and licensure needs, as well as representing them in front of applicable regulatory boards.

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.

Grievance Arbitration

Our attorneys have handled hundreds of grievance arbitrations involving employee discharges, employee discipline, and labor contract interpretation disputes. We can assist a client from the preparation of management witnesses through the drafting of post-hearing briefs. We also recognize the occasional appropriateness of resolving disputes before arbitration and through mediation.

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.


Spengler Nathanson’s attorneys review employer safety practices to assure compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act. We also advise employers regarding OSHA inspections and other dealings with OSHA compliance officers, and hazard abatement, to ensure both worker safety and, wherever possible, the avoidance of fines and enforcement actions.

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.


Our attorneys have experience handling various aspects of receiverships. We act as receivers in complex transactions, provide counsel for receivers in complex transactions, and handle litigation involving receiverships.

School Law

Our decades-long representation of area school boards has given Spengler Nathanson the opportunity to deal with most legal issues faced by schools. We deal regularly with teacher and administrator contracts, student discipline, special education, competitive bidding, public records and open meetings, religious expression, FERPA, attendance and tuition, and a host of other school concerns.

Strategy and Healthcare Innovations

The healthcare industry is ever-changing and with change comes innovation. Spengler Nathanson attorneys stand ready to be a strategic and innovative partner for many players within the industry, from health systems and providers to business start-ups.

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.

Wage-Hour Law

Spengler Nathanson’s labor attorneys regularly advise both public and private sector clients regarding compliance with federal minimum wage and overtime laws, and the Ohio minimum wage law. We have dealt extensively with such matters as the classification of exempt and non-exempt employees, calculation of regular rate for overtime purposes, pay for training and travel time, and exempt employees salary basis of pay.