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Catherine Strauss is the Columbus Office Managing Partner.  She is an adviser and advocate for employers with workforces in Ohio and nationally. Catherine is also a skilled coach to human resource professionals and business executives. Preferring practical outcomes based on a keen knowledge of the law and common sense judgment, Catherine is an effective adviser in managing risks and conflict avoidance.

When disputes are unavoidable, Catherine is a tenacious trial attorney, having successfully represented employers and businesses in all types of legal proceedings, both in Ohio and nationally.

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She comes to Ice Miller after working as Associate Corporate Counsel for Regency Centers, a real estate investment trust based in Jacksonville, Florida. While there, Catherine managed Regency's nationwide litigation and disputes. She also counseled on risk avoidance and matters involving bankruptcy, use restrictions, public takings, lease covenants, development and tenant issues.

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Prior to Regency Centers, she worked at Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co., LPA where she represented businesses in litigation and disputes. She has extensive experience in all aspects of the trial and appellate process, in addition to arbitrations and mediations. Catherine has litigated cases in a variety of matters, including all aspects of employment claims, breach of contract, trademark infringement, trade secret, non-compete, corporate governance, and a variety of others.

Catherine earned her law degree from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the Public Contracts Law Journal, Trial Court Board and Moot Court. She is also a proud graduate of The Ohio State University Honors Program with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a minor in political science.
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Firm Publications
Published In
  • "Maximizing Opportunities:  Commercial Real Estate Workforce Considerations,"Columbus Business First, March 10, 2023
  • "What's That Smell?  Accommodating Employees Who Are Sensitive to Fragrance Chemicals,", September 20, 2021
  • "Lutheran Social Services Takes Over 211 Help Line," The Columbus Dispatch, February 11, 2020
  • "Are Customers Always Right?" Inside Indiana Business, July 25, 2019
  • "Employment Cases, Trends, and Regulations to Watch for in 2019" published in Ohio Women's Bar Association Network Newsletter, Winter 2019
  • "To Ask or Not to Ask? That is the Question!" published in Inside Indiana Business, March 16, 2018 and May 11, 2018Daily Herald Business Ledger, March 13, 2018; and Indiana Manufacturers Association HR Memo, March 23, 2018
  • Contributing Author, "2018 Midwinter Meeting Report of 2017 Cases," published in American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee on the Family and Medical Leave Act, February 2018
  • "Labor Department Rescinds Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Guidance: What It Means for Employers," published in Building Excellence, August 2017
  • "Labor Department Rescinds Joint Employer & Independent Contractor Guidance: What it Means For Employers," published in Inside Indiana Business, June 16, 2017 
  • Contributing Author, "2017 Midwinter Meeting Report of 2016 Cases," published in American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law Committee on Federal Labor Standards Legislation Subcommittee on the Family and Medical Leave Act, February 2017
  • "Limit the Impact of the Overtime Rules," ARPM Inside Rubber, Summer 2016
  • "Music Sampling, Trivial Copying and Other DeMinimis Uses of Copyrighted Material," SZD Currents, April 2004
  • "Confidential Information, Ohio Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Economic Espionage Act of 1996," OSBA/CLE’s Post Employment Litigation Seminar Written Materials, Oct. 2001
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist, "Teaching Diversity, Equity and Inclusion," FMA (Financial Management Association International), October 12, 2023
  • Moderator, “Privacy in Action, and AI on the Horizon,” HRACO Legal Conference, October 10, 2023
  • "Feature Hidden Gems:  Where to Find Your Next Great Team Member," 10th Annual BradyWare Women's Leadership conference, C-Suite Panel, June 16, 2023
  • "Down to Business", Podcast hosted by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, April 10, 2023
  • "Negotiations 101" Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Conference, March 8, 2023
  • "Critical Race Theory," panel member for Ohio Women's Bar Association; April 21, 2022
  • "Speak Up / Speak Out:  Conversations About Race," panel member for the Columbus Metropolitan Library, November 16, 2021 
  • “Workmen's Compensation and Employment Issues in a Pandemic,” The American Council of Engineering, February 25, 2021 
  • "Where do I clock-in now?  COVID Era Off-the-Clock" panelist for Bridgeport Continuing Education;  Panelist; January 28, 2021
  • "Business Contingency & Continuity" panel member for Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association's Annual Gala, November 24, 2020
  • "Sexual Harassment:  Respect in the Workplace," American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois, September 16, 2020
  • "Sexual Harassment and Respect in the Workplace," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, July 15, 2020
  • "Testing Through the Lens of the Employer," Columbus Chamber of Commerce, June 18, 2020
  • "COVID-19 Small Business Panel Discussion," The Simonton-Walsh-Hanosek-Mangum Wealth Management Group, Merrill Lynch, April 22, 2020
  • "Small Business Town Hall: Surviving the Coronavirus Crisis," City of Upper Arlington and the UA Community Foundation, April 9, 2020
  • "COVID-19: Employment Related Matters," GBQ, April 9, 2020
  • "FMLA Updates for COVID-19," Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers, March 31, 2020
  • "The Transparency Trend: Cultural and Legal Ramifications in the Workplace," 2019 HR Indiana Conference, August 14, 2019
  • "Recordkeeping Requirements for Your Temp Workforce," EHS Safety Summit, July 18, 2019
  • "Best Practices in a Post #MeToo World," Ice Miller Webinar, July 16, 2019
  • "The Tenure Relationship: Time to Make Up or Break Up? Tips to Either Get Back on Track or Avoid a Messy and Prolonged Split," National Association of College and University Attorneys, June 23, 2019
  • "The New Rules of Workplace Harassment: Policy, Prevention and Protection," Willis Towers Watson, April 10, 2019
  • "Legal Update," Central Ohio Chapter of Financial Executives International, Jan. 22, 2019
  • "Changing the Conversation from #MeToo to Not Here," Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association Conference, Nov. 20, 2018
  • "From Sexual Harassment & Discrimination to #MeToo - What You Need to Know," Ohio Lobbyist Association's Certification Class, Aug. 30, 2018
  • "Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession: What Can We Do About It," Annual Meeting & Conference of the Ohio Women's Bar Association/Ohio Women's Bar Foundation, April 26, 2018
  • "Changing the Conversation from #MeToo to #Not Here," Ice Miller Webinar, Feb. 27, 2018
  • "Updates on Employment Discrimination Law,"  Big Lots Stores, Inc., Nov. 29, 2017
  • "Title IX Sexual Misconduct Investigations: Where We Are; Where We're Going," Ice Miller Legal Issues in Higher Education Seminar, Nov. 7, 2017
  • "Fair Labor Standards Act: Overtime Exemptions and What You Need to Know," Ohio Travel Association Conference on Travel, Nov. 1, 2017
  • "What to Expect in Labor and Employment in 2017," The Ohio Society of CPAs Not for Profit Advisory Committee Conference, Columbus, Ohio, June 27, 2017
  • “Human Resources in the New, New Economy: When Codes, Culture, and Culpability Collide”, Webinar, May 23, 2017
  • “FLSA and Employee Contact”, Wage and Hour Defense Institute, May 5, 2017
  • "Labor and Employment Update," The Women's Presidents Organization, Columbus, Ohio, April 2017
  • “What to Expect from the Department of Labor in 2017," Executive’s Guide to Nonprofit Success, Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 26, 2017
  • “Executive Liability Update and Trends," Travelers/Overmyer Hall Associates, Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 11, 2016
  • "Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: How Will They Impact Litigation?"  Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, Ohio - Dec. 1, 2014
  • "The YMCA and Contracts," Columbus YMCA Board of Directors and Management, Columbus, OH, Sept. 4, 2001
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