Wijdan Jreisat

Wijdan Jreisat


Katz Teller

Recognized since 2013

Cincinnati, Ohio

Practice Areas

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Wijdan Jreisat thrives on bringing people together and creating relationships. It is surprising, then, that much of her work finds her advising people on moving apart in business and personal settings. She handles clients’ family law and employment law needs. As such, she advises clients in the most important relationships in their lives.

What distinguishes Wijdan to her clients is her ability to serve as a counselor, zealous advocate (or devil’s advocate) and warm-hearted friend throughout what is often a highly stressful process. Wijdan skillfully navigates the balance between sympathy and reality, providing equal doses of both to her clients, while aggressively defending and advancing their interests in various domestic proceedings.

She also serves as an advisor to employers in handling their relations with employees. So, whether hiring, disciplining or firing, Wijdan assists in setting the tone for that employer’s relationships with its employees.

Wijdan also serves as an elected member of the firm’s Board of Directors and a member of the firm’s strategic planning and recruiting committees.

REPRESENTATIVE FAMILY LAW EXPERIENCE

Wijdan focuses her practice on domestic relations and family law matters, which include divorce and dissolution actions, prenuptial agreements and related legal proceedings. Wijdan began her practice in business litigation. She has translated her understanding of relationship dynamics into her practice while using the sharp negotiation and dispute resolution skills she honed handling commercial litigation. Building on that background, she comfortably navigates hotly-contested and emotionally-charged matters to resolve cases that often involve the valuation and division of privately held businesses and other high net worth assets. She has done so in both traditional divorces and in relationships and divorces of same-sex couples.

Wijdan is an attorney member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals, which requires specialized training in negotiation skills and conflict resolution techniques. Collaborative Family Lawyers are committed to helping parties achieve an agreed resolution of their financial issues and parenting arrangements to unwind those relationships in a productive and respectful manner.

  • Litigated highly contested divorce action representing client against a spouse who was a high level executive of a public company that involved stock options, deferred compensation plans, and properties and accounts in various states and countries.
  • Negotiated dissolution of marriage for client including the division of closely held businesses by structuring relationship and corporate agreements to allow spouses to remain as joint owners.
  • Negotiated resolution of ownership dispute with partner/key employee in advance of negotiating buy-out of spouse’s interest in closely held business in dissolution action.
  • Litigated custody matter to obtain temporary custody of toddlers for father from mother who, prior to divorce, was the stay at home mother.
  • Represented client in Ohio in separation agreement and coordinated divorce in California, on the basis of that agreement, involving a same-sex marriage with attendant issues as to property transfers and taxation issues resulting from lack of federal recognition of such marriages.
  • Negotiated and prepared prenuptial agreement for professional athlete to address property and spousal support provisions.
  • Represented client in post-decree process to modify spousal support obligations and conclude financial obligations to spouse.
  • Represented parent in post-decree litigation as to modifications to parenting agreement and addressing contempt issues.
REPRESENTATIVE EMPLOYMENT LAW EXPERIENCE

In Wijdan’s employment practice, she represents and advises clients in a variety of employment matters ranging from Title VII and the hiring, discipline and termination of employees to non-compete and restrictive covenant disputes. In that role, she regularly conducts employment practice reviews including creation and revision of handbooks and reviews the application of employment policies. In addition, she serves as an advisor to employers in day-to-day matters ranging from policy implementation to harassment investigations. She also authors and presents training programs for employees and managers on a variety of employment issues. Likewise, she represents and advises clients in discrimination claims by employees at the administrative and judicial levels.

  • Successfully defended an age discrimination claim in which the plaintiff sought over one million dollars in compensatory damages, winning a summary judgment motion in Kentucky federal court that resolved the case in favor of the employer without the need for a trial.
  • Assisted in the representation of a client that acquired a business located in the United Kingdom including review of employment contracts needed for various European countries coordinating with counsel overseas.
  • Negotiated employment agreement for President of local affiliate of international company.
  • Negotiated severance agreements and related company buyouts for employee/shareholder.
  • Represented executive employee in litigation as to entitlement to change in control compensation under agreement with corporation after merger.
  • Defended departing employees from claims of trade secret theft and non-competition violations against former employer.
  • Presented trainings to employees and managers on subjects from discrimination and harassment to hiring, firing and discipline, to ADA and FMLA considerations.

Location

  • 255 East Fifth Street, 24th Floor
    Cincinnati, OH 45202-4724

Languages

  • English

Education

  • University of Virginia , J.D., graduated 1994
  • Centre College, B.A., graduated 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1994
  • Ohio, 1994, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

Affiliations

  • American Cancer Society - Former Volunteer
  • Centre College - President's Advisory Council Member
  • Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Member
  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers - Graduate
  • Cincinnati Bar Association - Board of Trustees, Former Member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association - Member
  • Cincinnati Women's Executive Forum - Member
  • Corporation for Findlay Market - Board of Directors
  • Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. - Board of Directors, Former Member
  • Easter Seals Work Resource Center - Former Volunteer
  • Girl Scouts Great Rivers Council - Former Board Member
  • Girl Scouts of Western Ohio - Former Board Member, Former Development Committee Member
  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation - Governing Board Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals - Member
  • Leadership Cincinnati - Class XXXI - Member
  • Leadership Council for Women's Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation - Chair
  • Social Venture Partners Cincinnati - Founding Member
  • WE Lead - Graduate
  • YWCA Cincinnati - Board of Directors

Katz Teller
Headquarters: Cincinnati, Ohio

17 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

4 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

Awards:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Law & Politics Media, Inc. Ohio Super Lawyer® "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Ohio" (2012, 2013 & 2017)
  • Named by Cincy Business Magazine as a “Leading Lawyer”
  • Inaugural Class of Women of Influence by Venue and LEAD Magazines, 2013
  • Alumna of Excellence Award - Trailblazer by Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, 2013
  • “40 Under 40” recognition from the Business Courier in 2008, honoring the next generation of community leaders and innovators
  • Honoree of the Girl Scouts Great Rivers Council for Philanthropy Day 2006
  • Law & Politics Media, Inc. Ohio Super Lawyer®, 2005-2007, 2011-2018
  • Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2018
  • Law & Politics Media, Inc. Ohio Super Lawyer® "Top 25 Women Super Lawyers in Cincinnati" (2012-2018)

Practice Areas

  • Employment
  • Family and Domestic Relations
  • Litigation

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