Karina is a Member in the firm’s Labor and Employment, Litigation, and Executive Compensation and Governance practice groups. Karina’s experience includes representing employers and management in a variety of labor and employment and workplace injury matters, including but not limited to claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, issues involving the Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, National Labor Relations Act, False Claims Act, Title IX, and both federal and state wage and hour statutes. She has been involved in defending matters in both state and federal court and before the EEOC, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Department of Labor, and other administrative bodies. Karina also regularly advises employers on issues involving employment law compliance and policy development and regularly conducts internal investigations for a variety of clients.  

Karina also works closely with senior executives in negotiating employment and separation agreements, restrictive covenants and other employment-related documents.   

Prior to joining McDonald Hopkins, Karina was an associate at a national employment law firm.

Karina earned a J.D., Order of the Coif, from West Virginia University College of Law in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Psychology, summa cum laude, from Glenville State College in 2008.

Representative Cases & Matters

  • Second chair at trial resulting in judgment as a matter of law in favor of the defendant corporation.
  • Obtained injunctive relief and reinstatement of high school student athlete denied eligibility by WVSSAC.
  • Successfully represented employers in numerous charges of discrimination before the EEOC and state agencies.

Honors & Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2022-2024)

Selected for inclusion in Ohio Rising Stars (2018-2021) 

Glenville State College, Young Alumna of the Year (2014)



West Virginia University College of Law

Glenville State College

Admissions – Court

Admissions – State

Professional & Civic

Professional Activities

American Inns of Court

Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia

Chair, McDonald Hopkins' Women's Council

Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee 2014

Women in Energy Network

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

News & Insights

External News & Publications

“The Tipping Point: The Problem of Prison Overcrowding Nationally, in the State of West Virginia and Recommendations for Reform,” Student Note (W.Va. Law Review, Vol. 113)

"Georgia Court to Unseal USA Gymnastics Complaint Records, Testimony in Negligence Lawsuit,” Author, Jackson Lewis Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog (September 1, 2016)


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