Karen Soehnlen McQueen

Firm: Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.
Location: Canton - OH

  • 4775 Munson St. NW
    Canton, Ohio 44718
  • Tel : 330.497.0700
  • Fax : 330.497.4020

Karen is a director of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A. with a practice that focuses on areas of employment litigation and labor, representing employers in all labor matters throughout widely diversified industries.

Professional Experience:

  • Advocates for employers in State and Federal Courts, including the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission
  • Serves as a mediator or arbitrator in many disputes
  • Frequent presenter to business and community groups regarding various labor issues including discrimination, sexual harassment and family medical leave


  • Ohio Northern University, B.S. B.A. Degree in Economics and Management, 1981
  • Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude 1984; named to the Order of the Coif, former editor-in-chief of the Law Journal

Notable Presentations and Publications:

  • “Family Medical Leave:  Continuing Challenges”
  • “New Regulation: GINA & American with Disabilities Act Compliance”
  • “Employment Law for Supervisors”
  • “Conducting Internal Investigations”
  • “Discrimination & Unlawful Sexual Harassment”
  • “Employment Issues”
  • “Isn’t Showing Up a Requirement of the Job?:  Managing Employee Leaves”
  • “Department of Transportation: Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use & Testing
  • “Fair Housing and Harassment Issues”
  • “Practical Issues in Implementing Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)”
  • “Current Issues In FMLA, Equal Pay Act & Intern Rules”
  • “What is Workplace Harassment?”
  • “Unlawful Harassment and FMLA”
  • “GINA RULES  [Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008, Final Rules Effective January 2011]”

Courts and Bar Associations:

  • Ohio, 1980
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2004
  • Stark County Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • Aultman College, Chair and Member, Board of Directors
  • Stark Community Foundation, Member, Board of Directors
  • United Way of Stark County, Member, Board of Directors
  • Holy Cross Academy, Member, Board of Directors
  • Aultman Women’s Board
  • Litigation Council, Fellow
  • Former Board Member: Aultman Health Foundation
  • Former Board Member: Canton Symphony Orchestra
  • Former President and former Board Member: Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio
  • Former Board Member: Junior Achievement of Stark County
  • Leadership Stark County, 3rd Graduating Class

Honors & Awards:

  • AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Ohio Super Lawyers®
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
  • Listed as Best Lawyers 2015, 2017 Employment Law Management “Lawyer of the Year” – Akron area
  • Listed as Best Lawyers 2012 Litigation – Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year” – Akron area
  • Listed as one of the Top 50 women in the state – Ohio Super Lawyers® (2010-2012, 2014-2016)
  • Listed as one of the Top 100 lawyers in the state – Ohio Super Lawyers® (2016)
  • Listed as one of the Top 25 Women Cleveland Lawyers® (2009)
  • Selected a Leading Lawyer in the northeast Ohio region by Inside Business Magazine (2010)
  • Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Recipient of the Canton Jaycees Distinguished Service Award
  • Premier Employment Lawyers Featured Attorney 2019

Griffiths & Dougherty Co., L.P.A.

Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty, Co., L.P.A. is an experienced and professional law firm of over 50 award-winning attorneys specializing in 25 legal practice areas and serving individuals and entities locally, regionally, and nationally. While KWGD continues to adapt its expertise to the needs of its clients and the demands of the ever-changing world, the commitment of our attorneys to maintaining the professionalism and passion for the practice of law established by Samuel Krugliak remains constant. Our commitment to servicing our clients is rivaled only by our commitment to the communities that we are privileged to serve.