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Janis E. Susalla Foley

1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604


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Janis E. Susalla Foley focuses her practice primarily in the areas of asbestos litigation management and employment law.

Janis handles employment litigation defense.  She also advises clients on employment law compliance, assists clients with employment policies, personnel forms and employee handbooks, conducts employee investigations, and offers management training seminars for clients.

Janis also serves as national discovery counsel for asbestos litigation, managing a large document repository, developing discovery responses, assisting with corporate product witness deposition preparation, and helping counsel around the country with defense strategy.

She serves as a mediator in employment matters.  Janis has been listed in annual editions of Ohio Super Lawyers and carries Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® rating.

Janis served as law clerk to Hon. Nicholas J. Walinski of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Western Michigan University in 1980 and a law degree, cum laude, from The University of Toledo College of Law in 1986.  Janis is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Representative Matters

  • Colacci v. Bimbo Bakeries, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio (2004).  One of two defense attorneys in age discrimination case.
  • Crews v. In Home Health, Inc., United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania (2001).  Lead defense attorney in wage and hour class action.
  • Etter v. American Family Life Insurance Company, Erie County Common Pleas Court (2008).  One of two attorneys defending disability insurance coverage claim.
  • Mays v. Norplas, Inc., United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2001).  Lead attorney defending claims of race discrimination against employer.
  • Palmer v. Health Care Manor Care, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2000).  Defended appeal after obtaining summary judgment for employer in discrimination case.
  • Prater v. Owens-Illinois Closure, Inc., United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2006).  Lead counsel defending the employer against Family & Medical Leave Act and retaliation claims.
  • Summer Thompson v. Air-Way Manufacturing Co., United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (2007).  Lead counsel who negotiated settlement in pregnancy discrimination action.
  • Thakur v. HCR Manor Care Services, Lucas County Common Pleas Court (2008).  One of several lead counsels representing the nursing home and individual care-givers in resident death case.


  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2004 - 2006, 2009 - 2012, 2018
  • Toledo Business Journal, “Who’s Who in Toledo Area Law”

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Toledo Women’s Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Ohio Supreme Court, Commission on the Certification of Attorneys as Specialists
  • Member, OSBA Labor & Employment Section Council (2002 - present)
  • Certified by OSBA as Specialist in Labor & Employment Law (01/01/2003-12/31/2012)
  • Former Board Member, Greater Toledo Urban League
  • Volunteer, St. Richard Church

News Releases


May 1997"The FLSA’s 'salary-basis' test – Are unpaid suspensions for managers okay?"  Labor Law Reports
April 1997"Common Personnel Practices Can Destroy the Exempt Status of Salaried Employees," Labor Law Journal

Alternate biographies





  • J.D., cum laude, The University of Toledo College of Law, Order of the Coif, 1986
  • B.A., cum laude, Western Michigan University, 1980

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Ohio, 1986
  • Michigan, 1987
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1987



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