Betty Grdina has more than 30 years experience as an active litigator handling labor and employment matters for unions and employees in federal and state courts.
Ms. Grdina has served as lead counsel for plaintiffs in more than fifteen class actions involving labor issues, and has handled hundreds of labor and employment cases and won an impressive number of plaintiff's jury verdicts. From 1983 to 1995, she served as outside Regional Counsel for the International Union United Auto Workers in northern Ohio. From 1995 to 1999, Ms. Grdina held a series of positions with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington, D.C., becoming Deputy General Counsel, where she supervised the union's nation-wide litigation practice. Ms. Grdina was of counsel with the law firm Heller, Huron, Chertkof, Lerner, Simon & Salzman, PLLC from 2002 until 2010.
Ms. Grdina currently represents the Service Employees International Union and other unions in a variety of matters in Washington, D.C., and she also represents individual employees in civil rights and discrimination cases.
Ms. Grdina became a member of the bar in Ohio in 1981, and a member of the District of Columbia bar in 1996. She is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee, the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Ms. Grdina was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1976, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in political science and sociology. She received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Cleveland Marshall University in 1981. Before she became an attorney, Ms. Grdina was Director of Community Development for the City of Cleveland in 1978-1979 under the leadership of then-Mayor Dennis Kucinich.
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