Melinda E. Knisley
YEARS OF PRACTICE:30 years
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 a Clinical Psychology PhD program, which I found to
be frustrating because the field wasn't sufficiently "logical" or "scientific" for me.
So I dropped out of that program and went to law school.
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.
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.
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, having retired in 2010. 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.
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.
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 an Airstream, which is a "silver bullet" type 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 recent
graduate of UC. My youngest is a junior at Univ. of California Berkeley.
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. I have
done pro bono legal work for many people.
- Employment Agreements
- other employment issues
- Wrongful Termination
- Dangerous Conditions
- Intentional Injuries
- Mass Accidents
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Personal Injury
- Victims of Abuse
- Wrongful Death
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), 1984
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.
Employment Law Committee; Solo Small Practice Committee
I take at least 12 hours of continuing legal education each year.
Ohio (1984), #0020662
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.
I fight for the rights of people who are taken advantage of by people in a position of power.
Croskery Law Offices, Partner 1999-to present
Clopay Corporation, Assistant General Counsel 1987-1999
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, Associate in the Litigation Dept. 1984-1986
I am happy to give free consultations, and 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 25 years.
For contingent fee cases, I do not charge a retainer. For hourly work, I may ask for a retainer.
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.
For review of severance agreements or other employment contracts, or when representing employers, I charge an hourly rate.