KNR Supports Women in Leadership

Mar 08, 2019 News

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

Friday, March 8, 2019 – International Women’s Day (IWD) – To celebrate International Women’s Day, Kisling, Nestico & Redick is featuring women in leadership positions at our firm.

As Ohio personal injury lawyers, we are dedicated to providing community members with the means to pursue legal claims after being injured in an accident. We are also passionate about honoring the women who help drive our firm’s purpose, making “Kisling, Nestico & Redick” a household name throughout the state.

Since its founding in 2005, Kisling, Nestico & Redick has built a reputation for aggressive advocacy and compassionate legal help following car crashes, truck accidents, slip and falls, and other personal injury situations. This status is due in large part to the hardworking, dedicated women who work to serve our clients and ensure they have all the help they need following an accident.

What is International Women’s Day?

Since the early 1900s, IWD has been a global celebration, marking the various achievements of women around the world. It is a day to commemorate the influence women have had on various industries, including – but not limited to – law, politics, and culture/the arts.

International Women’s Day is about unity, and no single group operates or is responsible for its operation. As such, it’s celebrated around the world by various organizations who respect and honor the values of the day, which include:

  • Justice
  • Dignity
  • Hope
  • Equality
  • Collaboration
  • Tenacity
  • Appreciation
  • Respect
  • Empathy
  • Forgiveness

Many groups across the globe adopt a theme – such rural and urban activism influencing women’s lives (2018), women in a changing work world (2017), or gender equality (2016) – for their IWD celebrations, which then carry on throughout the year. The theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter, which encourages a more gender-balanced world, be it in a conference room, at an academic institution, or elsewhere.

Many International Women’s Day events are taking place across Ohio, including a rally in Cleveland, a multicultural dinner in Youngstown, a conversation on women’s issues at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, a luncheon in Toledo, and more.

Women in Leadership Roles at Kisling, Nestico & Redick

At KNR, we are proudly celebrating International Women’s Day 2019 by recognizing the women in leadership at our firm. This includes those serving in both legal and non-legal roles, who help the firm, its clients, and the community daily.

Legal

At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our attorneys provide clients with personalized legal help tailored to their specific situation. With several decades of combined experience, the following women have helped countless injury victims across Ohio:

  • Lorri Britsch – An attorney at our Toledo office, Lorri Britsch has over 20 years of personal injury law experience. She is passionate about helping clients understand their legal options after an accident, and she’s won accolades for her courtroom skills. In 2015, she won Westfield’s Golden Gavel Award – an honor presented for a successful appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.
  • April Hanlin – April Hanlin is a personal injury lawyer working at KNR’s Akron office. Since joining the firm in 2016, she has completed several courtroom appearances, including status conferences, pre-trial meetings, and mediations. She is dedicated to ensuring her clients are not taken advantage of and is willing to take a case to trial if it means getting someone the compensation they deserve.
  • Kristen Lewis – An attorney at our Akron office, Kristen Lewis has been practicing personal injury law with KNR since 2012. Dedicating her practice to litigating personal injury, wrongful death, bad faith claims, and more, she has successfully walked many clients through each step of the legal process. In her spare time, she coaches a children’s soccer team and volunteers with various breast cancer awareness organizations.
  • Kim Lubrani – Kim Lubrani is an attorney at KNR’s Akron office and a member of the firm’s litigation group. Prior to joining the team, she worked at a personal injury/workers’ comp law firm in Cleveland and served as a judicial intern at the Cleveland immigration court.
  • Natasha Wells Niklas – Natasha Wells Niklas is a personal injury lawyer at KNR’s Akron office. While she joined the firm in 2017, she has been practicing law in the state of Ohio for over 20 years. Having represented clients in 83 out the state’s 88 counties, she is passionate about providing injured clients with the help they need to get through the aftermath of an accident.
  • Nomiki Tsarnas – A partner at KNR, Nomiki Tsarnas has been practicing with the firm since 2007. Her practice is devoted entirely to personal injury litigation, and she has taken many cases to trial for injured clients. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering throughout her local community.
  • Kaitlyn Vasvari – An attorney at Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s Youngstown office, Kaitlyn Vasvari received her J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law. While in law school, she worked at the Penn State Family Law Clinic. Before joining the team at KNR, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Maritza Berdote Byrne. In addition to these accomplishments, Kaitlyn is certified to negotiate cases through ADR (alternative dispute resolution).

Non-Legal

A lot of business outside of the courtroom occurs that helps KNR run smoothly. The following women dedicate their days to ensuring day-to-day, and big picture functions of the firm operate efficiently:

  • Brandy Gobrogge – As the Direction of Operations, Brandy Gobrogge oversees the day-to-day functions of KNR, its attorneys, and the rest of the staff. She employs the use of her communication skills, education, and years of experience to make sure our clients receive the help they need.
  • Kim Headley – Through her role as Litigation Paralegal Manager, Kim Head supervises paralegals as they prepare for trials, engage in discovery, and connecting with insurers and health care providers. In ensuring that KNR’s paralegals are taking care of these issues, the clients are better able to focus on their health and recovery.
  • Karen Meder Holland – As KNR’s Human Resources (HR) Manager, Karen Meder Holland is responsible for the administration of HR functions at the firm. She acquires and works hard to retain lawyers and other staff, revises the employee handbook, and implements strategies that align with KNR’s overall strategy as a personal injury law firm. In addition to all of this, she is a Notary Public and has served as a Curriculum Board Advisory Member at Ohio Technical College.
  • Bridgette Johnson – As the Closing Paralegal Manager at KNR, Bridgette Johnson shares similar responsibilities with the other Paralegal Managers. In supervising paralegals as they deal with insurers and more, she helps injury victims across Ohio be able to concentrate on themselves following a personal injury accident.
  • Angela Simonyi – As a Controller at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, Angela Simonyi handles the law firm’s finances – from financial plans and policies, to preparing financial reports and other fiscal records.
  • Paige Soulier – Paige Soulier is Kisling, Nestico & Redick’s Paralegal Manager, and has been with the firm since 2013. She also coordinates with KNR’s attorneys to ensure clients do not have to deal with insurer phone calls. By providing these services, she helps injured victims concentrate on what’s most important – their health.
  • Holly Tusko – Holly Tusko is the Intake Manager at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. Through this role, she interacts directly with potential clients, so they feel welcomed at KNR from the very beginning of their case.
  • Jamie Vazzana – Jamie Vazzana is the Director of Corporate Communications at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, and previously worked for the firm as a freelance writer – a position through which she created widely-distributed newsletters and other various press releases. In her current role, she manages KNR’s social media profiles, and is responsible for all public-facing communication the firm puts out.
  • Jenna Wiley – As the Training Manager at KNR, Jenna Wiley oversees the training of all paralegal new hires. By providing a thorough training at the outset, she helps paralegals develop the skills they need to better serve the firm’s clients.

International Women’s Day 2019 at KNR

While there are countless ways to celebrate IWD 2019, Kisling, Nestico & Redick wanted to mark the occasion by recognizing and honoring the hard work of the women in leadership at our firm. Without their professional skills, dedicated advocacy, and years of experience across all of our 11 office locations, we would not be able to serve accident victims in Ohio at such a high level.

To learn more about how one of our Ohio personal injury attorneys or staff members can help you after an accident, call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW, or reach out through our online form.