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.
“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.