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Joan C. Szuberla


Szuberla, Joan 8x10 LJoan joined Spengler Nathanson in 1985 following her two-year term as a law clerk to the Honorable John W. Potter, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. She appears regularly in federal and state trial and appellate courts. She concentrates in the areas of civil rights, public entity and law enforcement liability, employment law, and complex commercial litigation. Joan represents a number of public sector clients. She also assists clients in complying with complex federal and state laws.


Joan has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2011, in the practice area of Civil Rights Law. She has also been recognized twice as the Best Lawyers’ Civil Rights Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Toledo, in 2016 and 2018, which is an honor reserved for only one lawyer in each practice area in each community.  Joan has been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers 2012 and 2013 in the areas of Civil Rights/First Amendment, Employment & Labor and Civil Litigation Defense.


Representative Matters

• Horner v. Klein, Case No. 11-3442, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 18372 (6th Circuit 2012)
• Dyno Construction Co. v. McWane, Inc., 198 F.3d 567 (6th Circuit 1999)
• Walborn v. Erie County Care Facility, 150 F.3d 584 (6th Circuit 1998)
• Ahmed v. University of Toledo, 822 F.2d 26 (6th Circuit 1987)
• Houck v. Bd. of Park Commrs. of the Huron Cty. Park Dist., 116 Ohio St.3d 148 (2007)
• Riehl v. Rossford, 2007-Ohio-3824
• Armaly v. Wapakoneta, 2006-Ohio-3629
• Siebenaler v. Montpelier, 113 Ohio App.3d 120 (1996)
• Picciuto v. Lucas Cty. Bd. of Commrs., 69 Ohio App.3d 789 (1990)


Ohio State Bar Association
Lucas County Bar Association
Toledo Bar Association
Toledo Women’s Bar Association
Toledo Museum of Art Docent
Ohio State Bar Foundation Class of 2002


900 Adams Street
Toledo, OH, 43604


Dominican University (B.A. 1964)
The Johns Hopkins University (M.A.T. 1965)
University of Toledo (J.D. 1983, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review)


Bar Admissions
All Ohio Courts
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

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