Ms. Adinolfi is an experienced labor and employment counselor and trial attorney, having handled numerous cases for the Firm’s clients, whether public or private, for-profit, or non-profit, large or small. She counsels her clients on employee discipline and discharge, wage and hour matters, FMLA leave and other leaves of absence, disability law and reasonable accommodation, and all other facets of the employer-employee relationship. Ms. Adinolfi has tried numerous cases to verdict, and many others through summary judgment, alternative dispute resolution, or appeal. She has handled collective bargaining and arbitration matters, and has represented clients through numerous administrative agencies at the federal and state level, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, Ohio Department of Commerce, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and the Unemployment Compensation Review Commission.

  1. French


  1. The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
    • summa cum laude
    • Akron Law Review , Citations Editor and Staff Member
    • New York Bar Moot Court Competition
    • American Bar Association Moot Court Competition
  2. Kent State University, M.A.
    • summa cum laude
  3. The University of Toledo, B.A.
    • magna cum laude


Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  1. Intern and Judicial Clerkship for The Honorable Deborah Cook


  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2005-2011)
  • Recipient, The University of Akron School of Law John R. Quine Award (2020)


Professional Affiliations
  • Adjunct Faculty, Employment Law, University of Akron School of Law
  • Akron Bar Association
    • President (2019-2020)
    • President-Elect (2018-2019)
    • Board of Trustees, Member (2015-2018)
    • Chair, Labor & Employment Section (2014-2015) and Member (2002-present)
    • Grievance Committee, Member (2010-2018)
    • Fee Arbitration Committee, Member (2016-2018)
    • Chair, HR Committee (2017-2019)
  • Society of Human Resource Management - Akron Area Chapter
    • Vice President (2016-2018)
    • Governmental Relations Chair (2017-present)
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Labor and Employment Section Council (2016-present)
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association
    • Member (2018-present)
  • Ohio Women's Bar Association
    • Trustee-At-Large (2016-present)
Community Affiliations
  • Akron Blind Center
    • Chair, Board of Trustees (2016-2018)
    • Board Member (2013-2018)
  • Summit County Historical Society
    • Chair, Board of Directors (2018-2019)
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors (2016-2018)
    • Board Member (2013-2019)


  1. Alerts
    Supreme Court Rules LGBTQ Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination (Jun 15, 2020)
    EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance on Accommodating Employees Who Are Disabled, Pregnant, or Over 65 (Jun 12, 2020)
    Possible Employer Vicarious Liability for Employee’s HIPAA Violation Even When Employee Engages In Unauthorized Act (Jun 9, 2020)
    Legislation Repeals Three Health-Related Excise Taxes Imposed by the Affordable Care Act (Jun 5, 2020)
    EEO-1 Report Deadline Pushed Back to 2021 (May 13, 2020)
  2. Article
    Your Sexual Harassment Policy: Use It or Lose Its Protection
  3. Presentations
    "HR Issues in a Nutshell for the Small Business Owner" - Akron Bar Association and Downtown Akron Partnership (Apr 27, 2020)
    "In the Weeds? Medical Marijuana in the Workplace" - University of Akron Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (October 2019)
    "Gone to Pot: Marijuana in the Workplace" - Employers Health (August 2019)
    "Parental Leave: Its Present and Future" - University of Akron College of Business, Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (April 2019)
    "#Me, Too After One Year" - Roetzel's Executive & Corporate Counsel Forum (November 2018)
  4. Firm News
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Legal News Article on Upcoming Akron Bar Changes (June 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Beacon Journal (May 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Legal News Article on Work-from-Home Policies (May 2020)
    Karen Adinolfi Quoted in Akron Legal News Article on COVID-19 Paid Leave Policies (April 2020)
    Roetzel Transitioning to Virtual Work Environment (Mar 16, 2020)
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