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.
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.
“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. 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 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.
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.
Ms. Stone and Ms. Supler have represented students at the following college and universities:
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland State University
College of Wooster
John Carroll University
Kent State University
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Northeast Ohio Medical University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Akron
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Miami
Wright State University
Youngstown State University
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.