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Patricia A. Wise

Patty practices in labor and employment law and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in that area. She represents diverse clients of all sizes and from all industries. Patty regularly handles matters involving employee discipline, employment discrimination, FMLA, wage-hour law, grievance arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution. She also represents employers in litigation in state and federal courts at the pretrial, trial, and appellate stages of litigation.


Patty is a former senior vice president and in-house counsel for a billion dollar bank holding company. She also spent more than 30 years in private practice before joining Spengler Nathanson. Patty was appointed by former Chair Jenny Yang to the EEOC Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment, and she is a member of the SHRM Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel, which she co-chaired in 2014-2015.  Patty is a member of the EEOC Pro Bono Panel of Mediators.


Since 1999, Patty has served as an adjunct or visiting professor at The University of Toledo College of Law. She trains and speaks regularly on employment law issues. Patty frequently speaks for state banking associations and serves on the faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has published books on harassment and retaliation and recently completed the 3rd edition of her book, Understanding and Preventing Workplace Retaliation, published by the Thompson Publishing Group, Inc.


Patty served as Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General from 2003 to 2007. In 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court appointed her to serve as a member of the Board of Professional Conduct. Patty holds Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating.



Professional Memberships


Ohio State Bar Association


Toledo Bar Association


Ohio Management Lawyers Association





Advocates for Basic Legal Equality


Legal Aid of Western Ohio


Northwest Ohio Development Agency


Toledo Fair Housing Center


Owens Community College, YMCA of Greater Toledo, Toledo Community Foundation, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Maumee Valley Country Day School





2007 Public Service Commitment Award, University of Toledo College of Law Alumni (Inaugural Award)


Women of Toledo (2004), St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary


Outstanding Achievement in Trusteeship (2003), Ohio Association of Community Colleges Excellence Awards


Milestones: A Tribute to Women (2000) Award for Achievements in Business


Outstanding Community Service Award (1999) Ohio State Bar Association, District 4


Alumni Community Service Award (1996) BGSU Alumni Association


“Twenty Under 40” Community Leadership Award (1996) Toledo Jaycees (Inaugural Award)


Ohio State Bar Association, Fellow (Class of 1999)





Harassment in the Workplace: Sexual, Racial and Religious Complaints, Thompson Publishing Group, 2012.


“Viewpoint: The ABCs of the NLRA for Nonunion Employers,” at (co-authored with Christine V. Walters), 2016.


Understanding and Preventing Workplace Retaliation, Thompson Publishing Group, 2000, 2007 (2nd Edition)


Coming Soon to a Court Near You: Changes in Employment Law, Ohio Record, Spring 2008


“Uneven Odds for Employers Attempting to Get Even – The Status of Retaliation Claims After Burlington Northern,” Inter Alia, Federal Bar Association, N.D.O.C., Fall 2007


“Employers Pay for Retaliation,” Ohio Record, Summer 2004


“Fair Labor Standards Act Revisions,” Ohio Record, Summer 2004


“Disabilities Act Compliance Needn’t Disable Your Bank,” ABA Banking Journal, July 1997


“Guidelines on How to Discipline and Discharge Employees Safely and Effectively,” Ohio Banking News, August 1997


“Bridging the Gap from Affirmative Action to Cultural Diversity: The Legal Societal, and Cultural Issues,” 1993



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Toledo, OH, 43604



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