Bonnie L. Kristan practices in the areas of workers' compensation, occupational safety and health matters, unemployment and employment litigation. She practices before federal and state courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Industrial Commission of Ohio, the Ohio Unemployment Compensation Review Commission, and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

Specifically, Bonnie focuses on all levels of workers' compensation representation, including:

  • Administrative hearings
  • Court appeals
  • Mandamus actions
  • Violations of specific safety requirements
  • Intentional tort cases

She has extensive knowledge of the Ohio Workers' Compensation Act and she has successfully handled numerous cases involving discrimination and retaliation.

Additionally, Bonnie provides counsel and strategic guidance on a wide range of employment-related issues, such as:

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Leave and accommodation issues in the workers' compensation context

Bonnie serves as a member of the firm's Associates Committee. 

Professional and Community Affiliations

Legislative Chair

Medina County Society for Human Resource Management


Workers' Compensation Section

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Workers' Compensation Section

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Workers' Compensation Section

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


Self-Insurers' Group of Ohio


Ohio State Bar Association


YWCA Women's Leadership Boot Camp

Class of 2010-2011

Leadership Medina County

Class of 2011-2012

Ohio Women's Bar Foundation Leadership Institute


Recipient, Law Fellows Scholarship

Named, Rising Star


Super Lawyers

2005, 2006 and 2009

Speaking Engagements

2013 Ohio Employer Conference

Cleveland, OH

October 24, 2013

Top Labor & Employment Takeaways of 2011

Society for Human Resource Management, Medina County, OH


Navigating the Changing Employment and Labor Law Landscape

2011 Ohio Employer

Littler Mendelson, Cleveland, OH


The Carrot, the Stick or the Carrot Stick: An Overview of Employee Wellness Programs

Economics of Stewardship and Sustainability, Health, Safety and the Environment Conference - Xavier University


2010 Legislative Update

SHRM - Medina County


Big Government is Back: Hot Button Issues in Employment Law for 2010

Association of Corporate Counsel of America, Northeast Ohio Chapter


Employer Wellness Programs: Can Employers Mandate a Healthier Workplace?

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo


Disciplining or Terminating a Workers' Compensation Claimant and H1N1 Flu: Preparing the Workplace for a Pandemic

The 2009 Ohio Employer

Littler Mendelson, Cleveland, OH



  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1998
  • B.S., Miami University, 1993
  • B.A., Miami University, 1993

Bar Admission

North Carolina


  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan