Overview

Natalie is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group. Her practice is focused on a broad range of labor and employment law matters. Natalie has significant experience litigating harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge and non-compete cases. She has handled claims filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and similar state laws. Natalie has represented clients before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and numerous state civil rights commissions. She also counsels employers on compliance with employment laws, the development of personnel policies and practices, employee discipline and termination, and internal complaints and investigations.

Natalie further concentrates her practice in matters unique to colleges, universities, and academic environments. Her work in this area includes advising and representing colleges and universities as to faculty and student issues, as well as counseling colleges and universities regarding compliance with laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Title IX, the Clery Act, and NCAA regulations.

Her notable experience includes:

  • Successfully defending an employer in a jury trial in a multi-plaintiff age discrimination lawsuit in federal court.
  • Successfully defending an employer in a jury trial in a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit in state court.
  • Successfully trying a declaratory judgment action case on enforceability of a non-compete agreement in state court and prevailing on appeal.
  • Successfully defending an employer in a wrongful discharge claim in arbitration.
  • Obtaining preliminary injunctions and securing the denial of preliminary injunctions for non-compete agreements in state and federal courts.
  • Successfully defending an employer in a multi-plaintiff race discrimination, national origin discrimination, and assault and battery lawsuit in arbitration.
  • Successfully defending an employer in a multi-million dollar labor arbitration concerning contract interpretation.
  • Obtaining summary judgment for employers on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, intentional tort and trade secrets claims.
  • Obtaining dismissal of Title IX claims brought by a student against a university in federal court.
  • Obtaining affirmations by federal appellate and state appellate courts of summary judgment dismissals of discrimination claims for employers.

Natalie has lectured at seminars and provided training to employers on a variety of topics including workplace harassment, crisis management, developing appropriate non-discrimination policies, conducting internal workplace investigations, managing disabilities and accommodations in the workplace, managing employee leaves of absence, wage and hour issues and collective actions, voluntary separation incentive programs and reductions in force, religious accommodations, pregnancy accommodations, transgender and sexual orientation discrimination, the impact of domestic violence on the workplace, union avoidance and positive employee relations, developing appropriate policies and practices to address campus sexual violence, and employment issues for colleges and universities.

Natalie is Chair of Vorys’ Hiring Committee.

Natalie received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, graduating Order of the Coif. She earned her B.A. summa cum laude with honors from Miami University.

Natalie was a clerk for The Honorable Algenon L. Marbley, District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Honors & Recognitions

Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, 2015

Ohio Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Labor and Employment, 2012-2016

Professional & Community Activities

Federal Bar Association (Columbus), Board of Directors, 2021

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Education

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2007, Order of the Coif

Miami University, B.A., 2004, Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.

Judicial Clerkships

  • The Honorable Algenon L. Marbley, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2008-2009
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