Kristina W. Supler

Kristina W. Supler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Schools & Education Attorney in Cleveland, OH

Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP
 | One Cleveland Center, 29th Floor, 1375 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114-1793
Phone: 216-696-8700
Fax: 216-621-6536
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013, 2015 - 2016, 2020
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Schools & Education (30%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
Attorney Profile

Kristina is a partner with Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, LLP in Cleveland, OH. She co-chairs the firm’s Education Law and Student & Athlete Defense Practice Group, as well as the Criminal, Cyber and White-Collar Practice Group. She has developed a sophisticated state and federal practice with a particular focus on technology and internet-based offenses. Her expertise has been enlisted for complex matters including government procurement fraud, public corruption, bank fraud, and tax issues. Kristina’s extensive experience with sexual assault cases proves invaluable to clients subject to Title IX proceedings. She has represented individual students and Greek organizations involved in disciplinary matters. When campus misconduct matters have required litigation, she has litigated suits in state and federal courts. She thoroughly enjoys the practice of law and working with clients from diverse backgrounds.

About Kristina Supler

Admitted: 2006, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2007
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2007
  • United States Supreme Court, 2011
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2006

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Women's White Collar Defense Assocation, Member; Ohio Chapter, Secretary
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member; Board of Directors, 2013-present; White Collar Committee, 2013-present ;Indigent Defense Committee, 2012-present; Champion Advisory Board, 2007-present; Title IX Committee, Chair
  • Stop Abusive & Violent Environments, Member
  • Council of Parent Attorneys adn Advocates, Member
  • Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Member
  • Families Advocating for Campus Equality, Member
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member; Judicial Selection Committee, 2018
  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association, Life Member Board of Trustees, 2012-present Professional Opportunities Committee, 2011
  • American Bar Association, Member; Ethics and Professionalism Committee, 2009
  • Federal Bar Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • ., Presenter, Cyberbullying and Threats: School Authority and Liability, 2019
  • ., Presenter, Manifestation Determination Review (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?, 2018
  • ., Presenter, How #MeToo and Title IX Have Changed Campus Culture, 2018
  • ., Presenter, Parallel Proceedings in Sexual Assault Cases: Finding Evidence and Avoiding Incrimination, 2018
  • ., Presenter, Title IX and Affirmative Action, 2018
  • ., Panelist, The 8th Annual FACE Meet and Greet Private Weekend, 2018
  • ., Presenter, Student Records: Legal Requirements You Need to Know (FERPA), 2017
  • ., Presenter, Wicked Good Defenses - Title IX Session, 2017
  • ., Guest Instructor, Computers & Law, 2017
  • ., Guest Instructor, Trial Advocacy Clinic, 2017
  • ., Instructor, New Lawyer Training: Law Office Management, 2015
  • ., Instructor, CMBA 3Rs program, 2014


  • Won an appeal with the NCAA to allow a student to remove an eligibility restriction and play football. , 2018

Representative Clients:

  • Susan and Kristina are great lawyers. They helped me resolve an extremely difficult academic dishonesty accusation case against me at the university level. They had helpful ideas and were persistent in making sure my defense was the best it could be. They were creative in their way of utilizing outside resources that helped achieve a positive outcome. Good, prompt responses to my questions. I highly recommend them!, 2018
  • We are very grateful for all the hard work that Susan, Kristina and her team put into a rather difficult case. Our son was put in a very difficult situation while playing sports at the College level. His strength and conditioning coach recommended a pre-workout substance that he said was NCAA approved to use before working out. After submitting to a random drug test, he tested positive for that exact substance and was then suspended. Susan and Kristina represented our son during the NCAA appeal process. Ultimately, his suspension was overturned and he returned to the sport he loves. Thank you again., 2018
  • Kristina and Susan are very competent and experienced attorneys in Title IX and higher education law who treat their clients with integrity and compassion. Highly recommend this team!, 2018


  • With allegations of Title IX violations on the rise nationwide, students and their parents need to know what to do when they’ve been accused of campus sexual misconduct. Here’s Part 2 of our Ten Tips series with KJK Partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler., 10 Tips When Facing a Title IX Investigation: Part 2, 2018
  • With allegations of Title IX violations on the rise nationwide, students and their parents need to know what to do when they’ve been accused of campus sexual misconduct. Here’s Part 1 of our Ten Tips series with KJK Partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler., 10 Tips When Facing a Title IX Investigation: Part 1, 2018


  • Roughly 3.6 million students are expected to graduate from high school this year. It is estimated that 1 in 59 children in the United States have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (“ASD”), and of those children, 35% of students will continue to college. But many are not ready for life on campus., Falling off a Cliff: High School Students on the Autism Spectrum Must Proper Transition Planning for College
  • , KJK Partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler Share UNC Women's Basketball Investigation Insights with CNN
  • Parents across the country are enraged over allegations of a multi-million dollar bribery scheme using wealth and fame to influence the admission of students into prestigious universities. Fifty people – including Hollywood celebrities like ‘Full House’s Lori Loughlin and ‘Desperate Housewives’ star Felicity Huffman – are accused in what prosecutors are calling the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted. Of particular concern is the allegation that the scam involved exploiting an entrance exam policy meant to help students with disabilities. As moms and attorneys who defend students nationwide in cases of misconduct, we understand the anger and frustration. We’re all wondering how something like this could happen, and questioning just how level the playing field really is when it comes to college admissions., Will Colleges Level the Playing Field After Admissions Cheating Scandal?
  • While the stage is certainly not as big as its Division I counterpart, Division III student athletes quietly dedicate their time and energy to their respective sports with equal vigor. According to the NCAA, more than 190,000 student-athletes at 450 institutions make up Division III, the largest NCAA division both in number of participants and number of schools. Because these students are not likely to sign professional contracts upon graduation, their participation in athletics is driven by passion and love for their sport. And while many colleges and universities require student athletes to sign a code of conduct, when it comes to disciplinary actions, athletes at Division III schools have more to lose., No Running from Trouble with the Transfer Rule
  • At least once a week, clients ask us questions along the following lines: someone filed a police report against me, will I be arrested? When will I be charged? Will the police come looking for me? I didn’t do anything wrong, so when will the police tell me the case is closed? These questions are all normal to ask., Will I Be Arrested?
  • How far would you really go for your child? ‘Full House’s Aunt Becky and a former Desperate Housewife lied and cheated for the sake of their children. It’s all over the news. Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin (formerly Aunt Becky in sitcom ‘Full House’) and Felicity Huffman of ‘Desperate Housewives’ fame are among at least 50 people charged in a $25 million college entrance cheating scheme. Movie stars and CEOs allegedly paid a college admission consultant to scam SAT and ACT results and bribed coaches to vouch for athletic credentials – in hopes of their students gaining admission to elite universities, regardless of achievement or ability. But while the media is buzzing about the indicted celebrities, the students impacted by the fraud will suffer the most., Learn from Aunt Becky: Money and Fame Won't Protect Your College Student
  • CLEVELAND – Feb. 23, 2019 – PRLog — During this year of the woman everywhere else in the country, Hollywood is turning a blind eye yet again: no Oscar nominations for women in any of the most prominent award categories and punishment for a woman who spoke up., Heads Up Hollywood, What About the Women?
  • Looking back on the last year, it’s impossible to ignore the ways in which the #MeToo movement has changed our country. Many of the effects have been positive: victims of sexual assault and harassment who previously stayed silent are coming forward, empowering fellow survivors, taking a stand, and shining a spotlight on an issue whose magnitude is perhaps more far-reaching than any of us realized. The movement sparked a much needed discussion, occurring everywhere from dinner tables to social media to Hollywood and Capitol Hill. In response, change is happening in the name of combating “rape culture;” change that can certainly be seen on college campuses across America. Greek life, in turn, has been targeted, and we are now seeing Greek organizations fight back against threats to their right of free association., Is the Party Over for Greeks at Harvard? Fraternities and Sororities Sue Harvard, Claiming Sex Disrcimination
  • We are passionate about advocating for students with disabilities. In September of 2018, we met with various members of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to share our views regarding how Title IX regulations need to protect students with disabilities. We believed that our experiences would provide insight on how the proposed regulations need to be modified when applied to disabled students., Fighting to Make Sure Title IX Doesn't Trample the Rights of Disabled Students
  • Allegations of research misconduct are as scandalous to the accused scientist as sexual misconduct allegations are to the CEO or rich and famous. Careers dedicated to the hope of a major breakthrough can be vanquished. However, unlike a tawdry affair, understanding what constitutes research misconduct is a lot more, well, scientific., The Scandalous Effect of Research Misconduct Allegations
  • Why should Lisa Borders have to step down? The CEO of Time’s Up, the Hollywood-led organization created in response to sexual misconduct allegations against such high-profile figures as movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, resigned within 24-hours of learning that her son was accused of sexual assault. According to its website, “Time’s Up is an organization that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds.” News reports indicate that Borders stepped down because her role “was in conflict with being a mother who was taking active steps to defend her son.”, Get Up Lisa Borders: Why Should Time's Up CEO Have to Step Down?
  • This article was published in the January 2019 edition of the Fraternal Law Newsletter.College campuses have long been known as incubators for political values. From 1960s sit-ins against the Vietnam War to high-profile rape culture debates on campus, the world of higher education is often home to activism. Like-minded students have a way of finding each other and creating ways to champion their shared beliefs. Whether it’s through social interest groups, athletic teams, or Greek organizations, students should be free to explore and cultivate interests and hobbies, while also respecting those with different viewpoints., Were Single-Sex Fraternities Bullied off Campus at UMW?
  • Partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler share insights on Title IX and plea deals in CNN’s “Why the Baylor rape case plea isn’t all that surprising to lawyers” article., KJK Partners Susan Stone and Kristina Supler Share Baylor Case Insights with CNN
  • “The biggest thing to be aware of,” says Supler, “is that the absence of a no does not mean yes. A lot of times our clients will say, ‘Well, he or she didn’t say no, so there was consent,’ and that’s not the case at all.” In many cases of sexual misconduct allegations, says Supler, malicious sexual assault was not intended. Rather, it was a failure on behalf of the student to understand consent., The Talk About Consent That You Must Have With Your College Student
  • Last month, Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos released the much-anticipated revised Title IX regulations. Ever since DeVos rescinded Obama-era Title IX guidance in September of 2017, advocates for greater procedural protections in campus sexual misconduct proceedings have lobbied for reform. While certainly not perfect, the new regulations go a long way when it comes to injecting fairness into campus proceedings. Most importantly, student advisors (typically lawyers) now have room to properly represent the accused student through a misconduct proceeding., New Title IX Regs: More Hope for the Accused
  • Earlier this month, the Washington Postannounced that a new report on the state of mental health in the United States shows “alarming” increases in depression in young adults. Estimates suggest that the number of young adults with suicidal thoughts is approaching 10 million. Yet, the reported numbers only reflect those who have been diagnosed with major depression. Research by the American Psychological Association indicates that one in three college students suffers from a mental health disorder. These, and many more, silently contemplate suicide., Accused Students Should Not Suffer in Silence
  • Recently, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered its decision in L.H. v. Hamilton County Department of Education, which some have called the most important special education case to be heard by the court in decades. The court held that: the school district violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”)because it demanded that L.H., a student with Down Syndrome, be removed from a mainstreamed general education classroom and moved to a segregated classroom comprised solely of special education students; and L.H.’s parents were entitled to reimbursement from the school district for his private placement in a Montessori school., Sixth Circuit Uphold a Student's Right to Mainstreamed Education
  • Every October, the U.S. recognizes National Bullying Prevention Month with efforts to raise awareness and reduce incidents of bullying. While bullying is most common in middle school, as students enter high school and college they are at increasing threat of hazing. Both forms of harassment among students are on the rise; 28% of U.S. students between grades 6 and 12 say they’ve experienced bullying, while 22% of Americans ages 18-34 report being hazed in high school and 11% say they were hazed in college., Bullying Prevention Month: What Parents Should Know About Bullying and Hazing
  • Yesterday, the New York Times claimed to have obtained the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) proposed rules for how colleges and universities should address reports of sexual misconduct. The new rules reportedly provide stronger protection for accused students., New Title IX Guidance: Fact or Fiction?
  • On Friday, attorneys Susan Stone and Kristina Supler met with officials from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and others to highlight the need for reform in Title IX, the federal mandate that governs the way colleges and universities respond to allegations of sexual misconduct. Stone and Supler, both partners in the Cleveland-based law firm Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, have long specialized in serving students and professors accused in Title IX matters involving campus sexual misconduct and assault., A Call for Title IX Reform Amid Kavanaugh Debate
  • Social media missteps can get college students in hot water with their university while they are enrolled, but few students realize that social media can get them into trouble even before the school year begins., Social Media Pitfall: Student Missteps Can Derail College Career
  • Last month, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) released a survey of college students that measured where they stand on the issue of due process rights in campus misconduct proceedings. The results might not seem shocking to most – 98% supported the notion that students deserve due process, which they defined as the right to be presumed innocent before guilty and to have an advisor present during misconduct proceedings. These values clearly align with the underpinnings of our American criminal justice system., Opinion: Due Process For All?
  • As of July 23, 2018, more than 100 former student athletes from The Ohio State University have come forward with sexual assault allegations against a former school-employed doctor, Richard Strauss. Student athletes from a variety of teams ranging from fencing to football have shared stories of Strauss’ abuse, which spanned nearly twenty years in the 1980s and 1990s. Despite the number of athletes who have come forward, Strauss will never be brought to justice as he committed suicide in 2005. Ohio State, however, is facing mounting legal battles. Two lawsuits have already been filed by former members of the wrestling team., Why Athletes Need Title IX Protection
  • When college students Kathryn Novak and Brandon Simpson broke off their relationship last October, Simpson headed to a secret Facebook group to share photos and videos of their sexual encounters with a group of his Delta Sigma Phi fraternity brothers at the University of Central Florida. The videos clearly showed Novak’s face and were posted without her consent. Novak, a student in Arizona, found out about the posts earlier this year, and last month she filed a lawsuit against Simpson, the fraternity and four of the fraternity brothers alleged to have watched the video., Revenge Porn: College Students Beware!
  • Earlier this month, a female college student from Long Island, New York, was sentenced to one year in prison for falsely reporting to the police that she was sexually assaulted by two male students at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. According to the student, two football players raped her in 2016 at an off-campus party. When interviewed by the police for a second time, two months after her initial report, the student admitted that the sexual encounter she previously described as rape was, in fact, consensual sex. She lodged claims of rape in order to elicit attention from another male whom she hoped to date., When An Accuser Cries Wolf: Repercussions for Making False Allegations of Sexual Assault on College Campuses
  • Two major trends are simultaneously unfolding on college and university campuses around the country. One, growing numbers of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are being accepted into higher education. Two, colleges and universities are actively training students to understand that sexual harassment of any kind is intolerable and to report incidents of misconduct. Both trends are positive: students on the spectrum add a lot of unique perspectives to college and university communities, and colleges and universities should take allegations of sexual assault seriously and encourage prompt reporting to Title IX offices., "I don't get it": Why college students with autism are vulnerable to charges of sexual misconduct
  • A Title IX finding of non-consensual sexual contact on a college or university campus can lead to legal repercussions years later. Imagine this scenario in college: Two students meet at a bar or party. After an evening of drinking and flirting, both students decide to “hook up.” The next morning, or maybe a year or two later, perhaps right before graduation, one student files a complaint with the Title IX office alleging a lack of consent or having been too drunk to consent to sexual activity., Title IX Meets Rocky Balboa: What Charges Against College Students and Sylvester Stallone Have in Common
  • “This tool provides bandwidth to address employee misconduct, ethical challenges, harassment and other divisive workplace issues,” Supler says. “One of the most important things that you can have in a business, or in any type of formal group setting, is an environment where people feel there is an opportunity to be heard. It helps to create a more cohesive workplace culture.”, Conflict resolution program could be used to resolve workplace issues
  • “Today, students as young as 10 years old have smartphones, which gives them access to different messaging services that use a variety of media to make public posts. It’s important that parents recognize and understand the risks this brings,” says Kristina W. Supler., Lessons for parents about the risks their children face on social media
  • The highlight of every student’s year is often summer vacation. Free from the stress of school, students of all ages yearn for sleeping in, watching Netflix and enjoying the warmer weather.  This temporary freedom often involves parties, alcohol and casual sexual relationships., Ohio's Campus Disruption Act: Students beware
  • Many students will head off to college this fall looking forward to newfound freedom and academic challenge. When it comes to college drinking, most students understand that underage drinking is illegal and can lead to discipline on campus. What students may not understand, however, is that drinking alcohol, even if legally consumed by students 21 years old or older, can lead to Title IX problems., Drinking in college can lead to Title IX charges

Educational Background:

  • Skidmore College, Certificate of Completion, Restorative Justice Training, 2017
  • Boston University, B.A. European History, Magna Cum Laude, 2003
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2006

Industry Groups

  • Athletes
  • Greek Organizations
  • Higher Education Professionals
  • Students
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Office Location for Kristina W. Supler

One Cleveland Center, 29th Floor
1375 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44114-1793

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Last Updated: 8/26/2019

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