Overview

Kristina Supler is the co-chair of the Criminal, Cyber and White-Collar practice group at MLCL.  She has developed a sophisticated federal and state practice with a particular focus on technology and internet-based offenses.  Kristina’s experience has also been enlisted for complex matters including government procurement fraud, public corruption, bank fraud, and tax issues.  She has led national defense teams representing individuals involved in high-stakes litigation.  Kristina prides herself on her ability to counsel clients during the most difficult periods in their lives.

Kristina partners with Susan Stone in the Education practice group to handle a variety of matters involving educational services and student discipline.  She has achieved great success representing students and professors in campus Title IX proceedings.  Kristina is particularly adept at navigating the challenges and intricacies of parallel university and law enforcement investigations.  Her extensive experience with sexual assault cases proves invaluable for clients subject to Title IX proceedings.  Kristina has also represented Greek organizations involved in student disciplinary matters and assisted with drafting policies and implementing member training. When campus misconduct matters have required litigation, Kristina has filed suit in federal courts across the country and successfully negotiated resolutions.

Kristina’s criminal defense practice has grown to include representation of people with complex mental health and neurological disorders.  She serves as a tireless advocate for clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (“ASD”) who are facing prosecution.  Kristina’s understanding of ASD enables her to effectively communicate the social and behavioral deficits associated with ASD to prosecutors, judges, and educators.

In 2013, Kristina was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”), which is the preeminent criminal defense organization in the country.  She serves as the chair of the Title IX Committee and as a co-chair of the Sixth Circuit Amicus Committee.  Locally, Kristina serves as a trustee for the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association.

Kristina is a nationally published author, and she lectures across the country as well.  She has written a variety of articles for national publications.  Her lectures have addressed topics including Title IX defense, FERPA and handling educational records, sentencing strategies, and the defense of computer-related offenses.  Kristina also regularly blogs on topics involving the criminal justice system and education matters.  She has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, which is an honor reserved for only the top two percent of lawyers in Ohio under the age of 40.

Education

  • Boston University
    • BA, magna cum laude
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
    • JD, cum laude
  • Certificate of Completion from Skidmore College
    • Restorative Justice Training

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Awards

  • Top Attorneys in Ohio, Rising Stars, 2013
  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2011 - 2013 & 2015-2016
  • The State's Outstanding Young Lawyers, Cincinnati Magazine, January 2011
  • Robert D. Kensey Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Civil Liberties, 2006
  • Executive Editor of the Year, Cleveland State Law review, 2006
  • High "A" CALI Awards: Legal Writing, 2004; Products Liability, 2005; Sexual Orientation & Law, 2006

Activities

  • American Bar Association since 2007, Ethics and Professionalism Committee 2009
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association since 2006, Cleveland Committee since 2012, Judicial Selection Committee since since 2018
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association Life member since 2007, Board of Trustees since 2012, Professional Opportunities Committee 2011
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Member since 2017
  • Families Advocating for Campus Equality since 2016
  • Federal Bar Association Member since 2007
  • Foundation for Individual Rights in Education since 2016
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Title IX Committee Chair since 2017
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Amicus Curiae Committee Sixth Circuit Vice-Chair December 2014
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors elected July 2013
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, White Collar Committee since 2013
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Indigent Defense Committee since 2012
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Champion Advisory Board since 2007
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 2007, Publications Committee 2009
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member since 2007, Jury Instruction Committee 2009, Criminal Justice Committee since 2009
  • Stop Abusive & Violent Environments since 2016
  • Women White Collar Defense Association since 2017

Articles

  • Lessons for Parents About the Risks Their Children Face on Social Media, Smart Business Magazine, February 2018
  • Why Garrity Rights Should Apply to Professors at Public Colleges and Universities in Title IX Matters, McCarthy Lebit Education Blog, February 2018
  • #MeTooNow, McCarthy Lebit Education Blog, January 2018
  • Power Differentials: Why an (Outside) Title IX Advisor for College Professors Accused of Sexual Harassment is Critical in the Wake of Harvey Weinstein, McCarthy Lebit Education Blog, November 2017
  • Restorative Justice Conflict Resolution Program Could Be Used to Resolve Workplace Issues, Smart Business Magazine, October 2017
  • Shifting Sands: A New Day for the Accused in Title IX Matters, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, September 2017
  • Liberty, Fraternity, Liability: An Assessment of Fraternity Liability for the Acts of Its Members, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, August 2017
  • When the Police Come Knocking, Don’t Start Talking, McCarthy Lebit Criminal Defense Blog, July 2017
  • Ohio's Campus Disruption Act: Students beware, Crain's Cleveland Business, April 2017
  • How Do Trump Appointments for Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Impact Student Rights on Campus?, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, April 2017
  • Revenge Porn: Redefining the Meaning of Consent, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, December 2016
  • Know the Limits, Community Leader, November 2016
  • Can a criminal case impact a professional license?, McCarthy Lebit Criminal Defense Blog, September 2016
  • Swimming in Different Ponds Navigating the Criminal and Civil Aspects of Campus Sexual Misconduct Proceedings, Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, September 2016
  • Drinking in college can lead to Title IX charges, Cleveland Jewish News, August 2016
  • The Summit Highlights the Effectiveness of Women in Leadership, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, June 2016
  • Campus Sexual Misconduct Investigations: Procedural Quicksand for Students, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, January 2016
  • Sexual Assault on Campus: Guiding Students Through the Legal Minefield, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, October 2015
  • Title IX: Addressing Sexual Discrimination and Violence in Schools, “Law You Can Use,” Ohio State Bar Association, July 2015
  • You Give Love a Bad Name – The Dual Nature of Dating Violence and Title IX, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, May 2015
  • What Happens if my Disabled Child is Charged with a Crime at School?, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, May 2015
  • A Guide for Developing a Corporate Response to a Grand Jury Subpoena Duces Tecum, Bar Journal of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, September 2014
  • Digital Age & Practice, THE CHAMPION, January/February 2013
  • The New Rules of Gatekeeping: Applying Daubert to Scientific Evidence in State Court, “The Guardian,” Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Oct. Nov. Dec. 2012
  • A Primer on Extradition: Tracking Fugitives and Managing Criminal Proceedings, “Law You Can Use,” Ohio State Bar Association, October 2011
  • Sexual Offenders: How to Create a More Deliberate Sentencing Process, THE CHAMPION, December 2009
  • Child Pornography Sentencing: The Road Here and the Road Ahead, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2008
  • How the Adam Walsh Act Restricts Access to Evidence, THE CHAMPION, February 2007
  • Why Defend Computer Sex Crimes, Law & Fact, 2007
  • Booker and Our Brave New World, 53 CLEVE. ST. L. REV. 657, 2006

Presentations

  • Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?, Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, March 2018
  • National Business Institute, Student Records: Legal Requirements You Need to Know (FERPA), December 2017
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Wicked Good Defenses, Title IX Session, October 2017
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Computers & Law, September 2017
  • University of Akron, Trial Advocacy Clinic, August 2017
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, New Lawyer Training: Law Office Management, June 2015
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 3Rs Program, Fall-Spring 2012-2013; 2013-2014
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Computers & Law, November 2012
  • Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy, Implications of Emily’s Law for Pharmacists: How to Avoid the Criminal Pitfalls, February 2012
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, “Litigating Sex Crimes,” Presentation “Deconstructing the He Said/She Said Case,” October, 2011
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, “From Street Crime to Cyber-Crime: Trends in Technology and Criminal Law”, June 2011
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Pathways to Practice, March, 2011
  • Ohio Mock Trial Regional Competition, Judicial Panelist, February, 2011
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Computers & Law, November, 2010
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Evidence & Technology, Finding and Presenting Evidence in the Age of Technology, 2010
  • Cuyahoga County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Effectively Defending the Child Pornography Case, March, 2010
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Defending Computer Sex Crimes, March, 2010
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Computers & Law, November, 2008
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Superstar Seminar, Innovative Ways to Find & Present “Similar Offenders and Similar Offenses”, October 2008
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; Scientific Evidence, April, 2008
  • Ohio Mock Trial Cuyahoga Regional Competition, Judicial Panelist, February 2008
  • Ursuline College, Issues in Criminal Defense, October 2007 & 2008

Experience

High School Exclusion Testimonial from Parent

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High School Exclusion Testimonial from Parent

I would like to thank Kristina Supler, Susan Stone and any team members for their help in my son’s case that arose in the last few months of his senior year. He was falsely accused of sexual misconduct and his school automatically placed him on a status of exclusion, pending an investigation by local juvenile authorities. They claimed that this exclusion was different than suspension, in that there were no academic penalties. However, he fell more and more behind in his studies for each day he missed. He was being treated as guilty, without even asking him what happened. I had no idea where to turn, who could help, or what to do. After some internet research and many horror stories about what the system, in this current political climate, does to boys and young men who are accused of such things, I found Kristina and Susan, with their many success stories in defending such cases.

They were able to get my son back into school quickly (when I say quickly, I mean we received the phone call that we were waiting so long for the day after they sent their letter regarding my son!). There are just too many factors that influence these cases, as well as consequences that I couldn’t imagine existed, and I was clueless. They were able to gather all of the facts and brainstorm together and handle everything in the right way. They’re just the perfect team! I found in them a perfect support net in a scary situation, peace of mind, and fast and fair results. I highly recommend them and we are beyond grateful for their counsel.

High School Suspension Testimonial From Parent

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High School Suspension Testimonial From Parent

“I want to say thank you to Susan Stone, Kristina Supler and Dayna Hloska for their help digging into
the truth and facts, as well as researching the student handbook code of conduct. If I were the judge on
my son’s case, based on the facts/code of conduct definitions, I would have given him the same
punishment with the consideration of his trouble-free past.

I hope my son can accept this punishment willingly, learn from this lesson, fix his wrong mindset, fix
his behaviors and move on. If so, I believe he still has a bright future.

I grew up in a very distressed family in my mother-country. In early 1950, when the communist took power,
my grandpa’s family lost eight lives within one week (two suicides and six to the death penalty) and
many served jail time for over 20 years. In my value system, seeking truth and seeking justice is more
important than anything else in my life.

Once again, my family highly appreciates your team’s hard work and true professionalism.”

Successfully represented college student facing criminal and Title IX investigations

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Successfully represented college student facing criminal and Title IX investigations

Successfully represented college student facing criminal and Title IX investigations.  Investigated the claims and presented evidence to law enforcement that was ultimately relied upon to close the criminal investigation. Subsequently filed a federal lawsuit alleging gender bias in the forms of deliberate indifference and selective enforcement and concluded a Title IX investigation.

Obtained Probation for Defendant Convicted of Child Pornography Offenses

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Obtained Probation for Defendant Convicted of Child Pornography Offenses

Obtained sentence of probation for client facing multiple counts of child pornography related offenses. A comprehensive mitigation strategy coupled with use of a polygraph examination helped to assuage concerns about recidivism.

Title IX Administrative Hearing & Rape Prosecution

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Title IX Administrative Hearing & Rape Prosecution

Successfully represented college student accused of sexual assault in Title IX proceedings. Obtained evidence, interviewed witnesses, crafted witness examinations, and prepared student for the Title IX hearing before the college’s adjudication panel. After the client was found “Not Responsible” at the Title IX hearing, the client faced prosecution for Rape and Sexual Battery. Following extensive pretrial briefing, the case was dismissed.

Read the client testimonial here.

Higher Education Representation

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Higher Education Representation

Ms. Stone and Ms. Supler have represented students at the following college and universities:

Antioch College
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland State University
College of Wooster
Emory University
Hiram College
John Carroll University
Kent State University
Kenyon College
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Oakland University
Oberlin College
Ohio University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Akron
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Miami
Ursuline College
Wright State University
Youngstown State University

  • Title IX Administrative Hearing & Rape Prosecution

    Successfully represented college student accused of sexual assault in Title IX proceedings. Obtained evidence, interviewed witnesses, crafted witness examinations, and prepared student for the Title IX hearing before the college’s adjudication panel. After the client was found “Not Responsible” at the Title IX hearing, the client faced prosecution for Rape and Sexual Battery. Following extensive pretrial briefing, the case was dismissed.

    Read the client testimonial here.

College Student Testimonial

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College Student Testimonial

I’m incredibly grateful to have had your expertise and dedication on my side, and am very happy with the results. I’m looking forward to the new-found relief this resolution has afforded me and how to apply all the life experience gained during this turbulent time towards my next steps at [college] and life beyond.

Thank you ever so much for hard work and support, I couldn’t have done it without you.

Appellate Work

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Appellate Work

Drafted winning appellate brief on behalf of a defendant who sought to withdraw his previously entered guilty plea in a state court criminal matter.  Argued that the trial court violated the defendant’s rights by not allowing for a full hearing on the motion seeking to withdraw his plea.

State Fraud Case Involving Local Business

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State Fraud Case Involving Local Business

Represented business owner charged with Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity (RICO), a felony of the first degree, Conspiracy, a felony of the second degree, and Money Laundering, a felony of the third degree, and various additional counts related to Receipt of Stolen Property.  Client’s business was raided by the FBI, IRS, and Secret Service.  Successfully secured a resolution that allowed the client to receive a sentence of probation with payment of a fine.

Juvenile Computer Crime

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Juvenile Computer Crime

Represented a high school student who was prosecuted for Disruption of Public Service and Unauthorized Use of Property.  While at school, the student used an iPhone to access a website that ultimately shut down the Internet service at a local high school.  Negotiated payment of restitution and dismissal of the criminal charges.

  • Unauthorized Use of Property

    Represented Cleveland Police Officer charged with Unauthorized Use of Property for conduct in connection with accessing a law enforcement automated database system for personal use.  Negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of a $500.00 fine.

  • Federal Computer Crime – Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violation

    Defended employee who was federally indicted for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  Employee inserted malicious computer code into a corporate spreadsheet.  Successfully negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of probation.

Unauthorized Use of Property

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Unauthorized Use of Property

Represented Cleveland Police Officer charged with Unauthorized Use of Property for conduct in connection with accessing a law enforcement automated database system for personal use.  Negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of a $500.00 fine.

  • Juvenile Computer Crime

    Represented a high school student who was prosecuted for Disruption of Public Service and Unauthorized Use of Property.  While at school, the student used an iPhone to access a website that ultimately shut down the Internet service at a local high school.  Negotiated payment of restitution and dismissal of the criminal charges.

  • Federal Computer Crime – Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violation

    Defended employee who was federally indicted for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  Employee inserted malicious computer code into a corporate spreadsheet.  Successfully negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of probation.

Federal Computer Crime – Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violation

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Federal Computer Crime – Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Violation

Defended employee who was federally indicted for violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.  Employee inserted malicious computer code into a corporate spreadsheet.  Successfully negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of probation.

  • Juvenile Computer Crime

    Represented a high school student who was prosecuted for Disruption of Public Service and Unauthorized Use of Property.  While at school, the student used an iPhone to access a website that ultimately shut down the Internet service at a local high school.  Negotiated payment of restitution and dismissal of the criminal charges.

  • Unauthorized Use of Property

    Represented Cleveland Police Officer charged with Unauthorized Use of Property for conduct in connection with accessing a law enforcement automated database system for personal use.  Negotiated a misdemeanor plea, and client received a sentence of a $500.00 fine.

Federal Elections Fraud

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Federal Elections Fraud

United States v. Suarez Corporation – Defended the Suarez Corporation against allegations of Federal Elections Fraud in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. After a four week trial, the Company was acquitted of all charges.  As a result of that acquittal, one of the largest employers in Stark County, Ohio was able to continue in business.

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