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Melinda E. Knisley

Melinda E. Knisley

I fight for the rights of people who are taken advantage of by people in a position of power.
Croskery Law Offices
(1-5 Attorneys)

Employment and Labor Relations Law
Injury and Accidents

810 Sycamore Street, 2nd Floor
Suite 210
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Downtown Cincinnati

33 years

513 232-5297

513 338-1992

Why did you become an attorney?

I became a lawyer because I wanted to help disadvantaged people. I like the
"power" that being in a position to "right wrongs" gives. My gifts include logical
thinking and the ability to listen well, which is an asset for any attorney. Before
going to law school, I was in an all expenses-paid Clinical Psychology PhD program, which I found to
be frustrating because at that time, the field wasn't sufficiently "logical" or "scientific" for me. Sometimes I regret that decision, but I am happy to be a lawyer.  After a couple of years studying clinical psychology at the graduate level, I dropped out and went to law school.  

What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

I have a uniquely broad background that gives me a more well-rounded perspective
than some attorneys. I worked at a very large firm and a corporation before
becoming a plaintiff's attorney. So I have worked very hard on both sides,
representing both employers and employees. It is easier for me to understand the
other side of things as a result. I often can see both sides of a dispute as a result,
which can be helpful when trying to settle a case.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

I naturally gravitated to employment law, because I am fascinated by how people
spend so much of their waking time while at work. Relationships are formed that
mirror families. Each case is a drama that affects the lives of the people in that
workplace. There is never a dull moment in an employment case.

What makes your law firm unique?

Our firm is unique in that our clients typically get TWO attorneys on their case. I
work closely with my partner/husband, Robert Croskery. Rob is a retired Army Lt.
Colonel from U.S. Special Operations Command. Rob was
a debate champion in high school and while at West Point, and he was a moot
court champion in law school. If the case gets tried, Rob will try the case, and I
will be second chair. I pride myself on being available to our clients, and never
being too busy to discuss the client's concerns or issues. I communicate with
clients by phone, cell phone, e-mail and text, whatever suits them.

Describe your ideal client.

My ideal client is one that has collected evidence, such as a journal and texts and
e-mails, and perhaps recordings to prove what was said and done in the workplace.
My ideal client is a good performer and does not break work rules that give the
employer a good excuse to discriminate against them. My ideal client does not
quit before calling me.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

I am interested in connecting with friends in my community, Mt. Adams. I am a
huge UC Bearcat fan, we are season ticket holders for football. We love the
Cincinnati Reds and go to games when we can, watching the others at home. I
like to travel. We own a very nice camper. We
like to camp in the Smokies and in beautiful, wooded places, preferably on a lake.
I like to go to Florida in the winter when the practice permits. We are licensed to
practice in Florida and have some cases there. That said, Cincinnati is home, and
we love to participate in all the fun events in the downtown area and Mt. Adams. I
have 3 boys. My oldest is an options trader in Chicago. My middle son is a financial advisor in Los Angelos. My youngest is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, having majored in cell biology and neurobiology. 

Describe your charitable activities.

I am the secretary for my church, Mt. Adams Pilgrim Chapel. We support the
University of Cincinnati in many ways. We are members of the Irish Heritage Center,
my husband is the Chairman of the Irish Heritage Foundation in Cincinnati.  My husband is a very active member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, including the FSSP Glee Club.  It is an all male group, but us wives really enjoy listening to the Glee Club sing beautiful Irish songs, and fun Irish Pub songs.  I have
done pro bono legal work for many people.

Employment and Labor Relations Law
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Agreements
  • Harassment
  • other employment issues
  • Wrongful Termination
Injury and Accidents
  • Accidents
  • Dangerous Conditions
  • Intentional Injuries
  • Mass Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Victims of Abuse
  • Wrongful Death

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), 1984

Bar Association Membership

Cincinnati Bar Association


I am very proud to be rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbell. This is a rating given to me by my peers, fellow lawyers who know me and have knowledge of my character and my legal skills and work ethic. The "A" is the top grade for legal skills, and the "V" is the highest award for my character. It is my understanding that only 3% of women lawyers have this top rating. I am licensed to practice in Ohio and Florida.

Court Admissions

Ohio Courts
Federal Court


I am AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Board/Committee Membership

Employment Law Committee; Solo Small Practice Committee

Continuing Education

I take at least 12 hours of continuing legal education each year. Often, I take closer to 15-20 hours of CLE each year.  

Bar Admission Date


Supreme Court Number


Licensed In

Ohio (1984), #0020662
Florida (2004), #0012267

Significant Cases

All of our cases are significant to me. My law partner and I are proud to have been awarded punitive damages to punish wrongdoing in several of our cases, which is a difficult achievement considering that one has to prove intentional wrongdoing rising to the level of malice.

Summary of Firm

I fight for the rights of people who are taken advantage of by people in a position of power.

Summary of Previous Employment

Croskery Law Offices, Partner 1999-to present
Clopay Corporation, Assistant General Counsel 1987-1999
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, Associate in the Litigation Dept. 1984-1986

Free Initial Consultation?

I am happy to give free initial phone consultations.  If there is contract or severance agreement, I have to charge for reviewing documents such as that.   I pride myself on listening carefully and giving callers my very best advice, based upon my experience of representing both employees and employers for more than 30 years.

Typical Retainer Fees

For contingent fee cases, I do not charge a retainer. For hourly work, I may ask for a retainer.

Fixed-Price Services and Fees

For many of my cases representing employees, I take the case on a contingent fee basis and I do not charge a retainer for out of pocket costs. Because many of my clients have been fired, they often cannot afford any upfront payment to cover the costs of the case.  If we are reasonably confident that we can get a recovery, we will pay the case costs for the client, and then will pay ourselves back for our out of pocket expenses after we get a recovery.  

Fees by Hourly Rate

For review of severance agreements or other employment contracts, or when representing employers, I charge an hourly rate.


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