Overview

Kristina W. Supler is a leader within the Criminal, Cyber & White Collar practice group at McCarthy Lebit.  Through the years, she has represented individuals and entities domestically and abroad.  Kristina has developed a practice based on the core values of diligence, formulating creative case strategies, and client communication.  She manages client matters with a team approach to ensure that the client receives a coordinated and multi-faceted defense.

Kristina handles a variety of criminal defense matters ranging from complex white collar offenses to sexual offenses to routine felony and misdemeanor offenses.  Some of her representative client matters include internet crime and technology offenses, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, tax evasion, and theft offenses.  Recognizing that those subject to a criminal investigation often face broader issues implicating work place and family matters, Kristina coordinates with attorneys from different practice groups within the firm to build a customized defense team that will serve and protect all of her client’s interests.

Kristina’s criminal defense experience also lends itself to work within the firm’s education practice.  She represents students involved in academic disciplinary matters and Title IX proceedings. Kristina understands the harm that can result from a mere allegation, let alone a finding of responsibility. With an extensive background representing individuals charged with sexual offenses, Kristina has a keen ability to focus on the evidence that really matters when allegations of sexual misconduct occur.  She works with students and experts to frame pertinent issues, identify and interview possible witnesses, and build effective defenses.

In addition to trial work, Kristina maintains a robust appellate practice. She has written and argued appeals in appellate courts throughout Ohio and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Her appellate advocacy has enabled previously convicted individuals serving extended sentences to have their convictions vacated without retrial or further prosecution.

Kristina believes that open communication is the key to successful representation of a client.  Her calm demeanor helps clients and their loved ones navigate challenging circumstances. Kristina works to build a relationship founded upon trust in order to help the client feel as comfortable as possible with the legal process.  She also maintains credibility with opposing counsel due to her candor.

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 with nearly 10,000 general members.  In addition to being one of only 35 board members, Kristina is an active member of the NACDL White Collar Committee and the Sixth Circuit Amicus Committee.  Within the Cleveland area, she serves as an appointed board member for the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association.

Kristina is a nationally published author and speaker.  She has authored a variety of criminal defense articles for national publications.  Her lectures address topics such as sentencing strategies and the defense of computer-related offenses.  Kristina has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star, which is an honor reserved for only the top 2% 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
  • 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
  • Federal Bar Association Member since 2007
  • 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
  • Families Advocating for Campus Equality since 2016
  • Stop Abusive & Violent Environments since 2016
  • Foundation for Individual Rights in Education since 2016

Articles

  • 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

  • National Business Institute, Student Records: Legal Requirements You Need to Know, 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.