Overview

Lisa M. Kathumbi represents and counsels employers, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies, across jurisdictions in a broad range of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state law. She represents employers in state and federal courts against allegations of discrimination and harassment, accommodation and leave violations, breach of noncompete agreements, wrongful termination, and whistleblower violations, among other matters. With extensive experience in employee benefits litigation, Lisa has represented clients across the country in dozens of denial of benefits claims arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

"Lisa Kathumbi 'is a top notch labor and employment, commercial and ERISA business attorney and litigator. '" Client quote, Best Lawyers of America©, 2021.

In addition to her litigation practice, Lisa provides training and counsel to employers on a wide range of employment issues and conducts high-stakes workplace investigations. She has worked with numerous clients to evaluate and address allegations involving C-Suite leaders, media cases and other sensitive matters and served as a strategy partner to improve organizational culture. 

Early in her career, Lisa was senior legal counsel to the Ohio Department of Health.

Professional & Community Affiliations

President

Ohio Women's Bar Association

2016

Vice President

Ohio Women's Bar Association

2014-2017

Member, Board of Trustees

Ohio Women's Bar Association

2011-present

Member, Board of Directors

Ruling Our Experiences (ROX)

2010-2013

Member

Editorial Board, Better Lawyers

Columbus Bar Association Quarterly

2007-2012

Member, Executive Board

John Mercer Langston Bar Association

2009-2012

Member, Board of Directors

Red Cross of Greater Columbus

2008-2010

Member, Board of Directors

City Year Columbus

2007-2010

Chair

Young Women's Initiative

Women's Fund of Central Ohio

2006-2008

Alumni

Public Allies Chicago

2002 and 2003

Recognition

Named, Columbus Lawyer of the Year

Employment Law

Best Lawyers of America©

2021

Named, Client Service All-Star

BTI Consulting Group

2020

Recipient, Barrister’s Salute Award

John Mercer Langston Bar Association

2018

Named, Central Ohio Women Welding the Way (WELD)

2017

Recipient, OWBA’s President’s Choice Award

Ohio Women’s Bar Association

2015

Named, Rising Star

Ohio

Super Lawyers

2014 and 2015

Recipient, President's Choice Award

Ohio Women's Bar Association

2014

Fellow, African American Leadership Academy

2010

Named, Rising Star

National Urban League

2007

Dean's List

University of Cincinnati College of Law

2003-2006

Recipient, C-Ring Award

University of Cincinnati

2001

News, Analysis & Press

“Me Too” Movement requires changes in sexual harassment policies

Channel 10 News

March 21, 2018

Failing to manage harassment of workers can lead to litigation

McKnight’s Long Term Care News

May 4, 2015

Speaking Engagements

Healthcare Business Transactions and Employment Law Pitfalls

American Health Lawyers Association Webinar

January 13, 2016

Next Steps in the Wake of the Companionship Exemption Decision: What Should Home Care Employers Do Now?

Client Seminar

August 26, 2015

Working from Home in All Its Dimensions

Human Resources Association of Central Ohio

July 16, 2015

Report on the EEOC: Regulatory Updates, the EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan and What to Watch for in 2015

Human Resources Law Institute - Ohio State Bar Association

May 12, 2015

Education

  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2006
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 2003
  • B.A., University of Cincinnati, 2001cum laude

Bar Admission

Ohio

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio