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Susan E. Baker - Member

Education & Experience


  • Case Western Reserve University, J.D. (1992)
    • Awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers award for trial advocacy
  • Ashland University, B.S., magna cum laude, Nursing
    • Inducted into the Ashland University Academic Hall of Fame

Notable Experience:

  • Extensive knowledge of OSHA, EEOC and OCRC policies and procedures
  • Represents large self insured employer in defense of workers’ compensation claims in a mass tort action
  • Chair of the Workers Compensation Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association (2013-2015)
  • OSBA Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation (2006 - present)
  • Selected Court Cases:
    • State ex rel. Kelsey Hayes Co. v. Grashel, 138 Ohio St 3d 297 2013-Ohio-4959
    • State ex rel. Griffith v. Indus. Comm. (1999), 87 Ohio St.3d 154
    • State ex rel. Apostolic Christian Home, Inc. v. King, 2009 Ohio 5670
    • Carpenter v. Bishop Well Services, 2009 Ohio 6443; 2009 Ohio App. LEXIS 5391

Awards and Honors:

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Workers' Compensation Law - Employer (2013-2020)
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America© Akron "Lawyer of the Year" for Workers' Compensation Law - Management (2019)
  • Ohio Super Lawyer in Workers’ Compensation (2008-2020)
  • Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation (2006-present)
  • Inducted into The College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers (2013)
  • Elected Fellow of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and the Wayne and Medina County Bar Associations
  • Admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of Ohio, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Publications & Lectures

  • Frequent lecturer - Advanced Workers’ Compensation continuing education seminars

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Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Summa Health Systems Care Delivery Board (2014-2015)
  • Member and Former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital and Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital Foundation
  • Member and Former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Wayne Economic Development Council (2015-present)
  • Former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Wayne County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Wayne and Holmes County Goodwill Industries, Inc.
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