Overview

In a legal landscape often characterized by stress and pressure, Claire E. Parsons stands out as a beacon of mindfulness, compassion, and holistic well-being—creating a blueprint for a truly balanced and empowered existence.

Claire E. Parsons is a seasoned attorney with an illustrious 15-year career, specializing in litigation matters in state and federal courts in Kentucky and Ohio. Claire's practice encompasses school law, administrative law, municipal law, employment law, and litigation in both states. Notably, she has been selected as the General Editor of a forthcoming legal treatise on employment contracts by LexisNexis, slated for publication in May 2024.

In prior roles, Claire successfully handled all facets of civil rights and tort litigation as insurance counsel for county, municipal, and school entities and officials in both Kentucky and Ohio. Her achievements include serving as first chair defense counsel in three successful jury trials and multiple administrative hearings before the Kentucky Department of Education. As general counsel for multiple Kentucky school districts, she provided guidance on employment matters, policies and procedures, and various legal issues.

At the onset of Claire's legal career, she obtained precedent-setting decisions through written and oral advocacy in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Kentucky Court of Appeals. A proficient communicator, Claire has demonstrated her skills not only in the courtroom, but as an excellent presenter and writer on legal and other topics for various organizations at local, regional, and national levels.

Beyond her legal prowess, Claire is a recognized leader both within and outside the legal sphere. Her strong commitment to promoting and mentoring young attorneys, fostering employee well-being, and contributing to volunteer and professional associations showcases her dedication to the legal community. Claire E. Parsons stands out as a distinguished legal professional with a wealth of experience and a passion for making a positive impact in and beyond the courtroom.

Industries & Practices

Education

University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2008)

University of Louisville, B.A. – Philosophy, magna cum laude (2005)

Distinctions

  • Certified, SHRM-CP (2023)
  • Certified, SHRM Workplace Investigations Specialty Credential (2023)
  • Awarded, “Sharing Her Passion,” Ms. JD (2020)
  • Selected, Ms. JD Writer in Residence (2018)
  • Awarded, “Emerging Leader,” Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky (2015)
  • Awarded, “Legacy’s Next Generation Leader,” Business, Financial, and Legal Services (2015)

Professional Activities

  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association Wellness Advisory Board
  • Member, Northern Kentucky SHRM Board of Directors
  • Ohio State Representative, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (July 2023–Present)
  • Member, Lawyers Living Well Committee (2022–Present)
  • Chair, Leadership Northern Kentucky – Leadership Council (September 2021–Present)
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (2021–Present)
  • Chair, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Initiative – Roundtable Committee (2020–Present)
  • Board Member, Kentucky Educational Television Regional Foundation (October 2019–Present)
  • President-Elect, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. – Board of Directors (November 2018–Present)
  • Board Member, Northern Kentucky Education Council (2018–Present)
  • Vice-President, Kentucky School Board Associations Council of School Attorneys – Board of Directors (2017–Present)
  • Member-At-Large, Kentucky School Board Associations Council of School Attorneys – Board of Directors (2014–Present)
  • Vice-Chair, Leadership Northern Kentucky – Class Project (November 2014–Present)
  • Member, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. (2013–Present)
  • Member, Kentucky School Board Associations Council of School Attorneys (2010–Present)
  • Member, Northern Kentucky Bar Association (2008–Present)
  • Member, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • Class of 2015, Leadership Northern Kentucky
  • Chair, Women Lawyers Section (2010–2013)
  • President, Kentucky School Board Associations Council of School Attorneys – Board of Directors (2018–2020)
  • Member-At-Large, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. – Board of Directors (February 2015–2016, 2020–2022)
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. – Board of Directors (November 2016–November 2017)
  • Vice-President, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. – Board of Directors (November 2017–November 2018)
  • President, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. – Board of Directors (November 2019–2020)
  • Member, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Initiative

Presentations & Publications

Additional Items

  • "Mindfulness for School Attorneys," National School Attorneys Association (October 2023)
  • Author, “Mommy Needs a Minute” (May 2023)
  • "Calm in a Crisis: Mindfulness for Stress and Risk Management," Crisis Prevention Institute (April 2023)
  • Author, “How to Be a Badass Lawyer: The Unexpected and Simple Guide to Less Stress and Greater Personal Development Through Mindfulness and Compassion” (November 2022)
  • Participant, Legal Roundtable, Kentucky Council of Administrators of Special Education (July 2022)
  • "Be the Adult in the Room: How to Avoid and Resolve Disputes Relating to Special Education," LRP - Special Ed (April 2022)
  • “NTI Will Fly: Litigation Challenging District Flexibility During a Pandemic,” Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys (May 2021)
  • "Don't Get Schooled: How to Avoid 'Familial Status' Discrimination in Local Zoning Actions," DRI Government Liability Newsletter (April 2020)
  • Author, "School Sanctuary: An Analysis of Federal Education Law and Immigrant Students," Common Defense, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. (August 2017)
  • Author, "What Is an Appropriate Education: The Supreme Court’s Most Recent Interpretation of the IDEA’s FAPE Standard," Lex Loci, Northern Kentucky Bar Association (July 2017)
  • Author, "Discovering Coverdell: Maximizing Statutory Immunity for School Officials," Common Defense, Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. (July 2014)
  • Author, "What Is a Child’s Then Current Educational Placement When He Is Unilaterally Enrolled by His Parents in a Private School?" National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys (June 2014)
  • Author, "Miranda and Student Interrogations: To Warn or Not To Warn" Inquiry & Analysis, National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys (October 2013)
  • Author, "Did the Supreme Court Strip Away the Authority of School Officials? Searches in School and the Fourth Amendment" Lex Loci, Northern Kentucky Bar Association (August 2010)

Outside The Office

Meet Claire E. Parsons, a certified yoga, meditation, compassion, and pranayama teacher. She weaves a tapestry of well-being into the fabric of her legal career, focusing on mental, emotional, and physical health. These multifaceted interests extend to the kitchen, where her love for cooking becomes a canvas for creativity and mindfulness. She also embraces Power Zone training on her Peloton, demonstrating a commitment to physical well-being that parallels her focus on mental and emotional health.

Beyond the courtroom, Claire is the founder of the Brilliant Legal Mind blog (www.brilliantlegalmind.com), a platform that reflects her commitment to nurturing the mental and emotional health of legal professionals. A captivating speaker and accomplished writer, Claire shares her wisdom on mindfulness, compassion, stress management, and confidence for lawyers and other professionals. Her passion for well-being is not just a sideline; it's a central theme in her life.

In November 2022, Claire authored "How to Be a Badass Lawyer: The Unexpected and Simple Guide to Less Stress and Greater Personal Development Through Mindfulness and Compassion," a groundbreaking work that offers a fresh perspective on navigating the challenges of legal practice. Building on this success, she followed up with "Mommy Needs a Minute" in May 2023, showcasing her ability to connect with a diverse audience, and extending her insights beyond the legal realm.

In a legal landscape often characterized by stress and pressure, Claire E. Parsons stands out as a beacon of mindfulness, compassion, and holistic well-being. Her narrative is an inspiring testament to the possibility of intertwining a successful legal career with a rich, fulfilling personal life, creating a blueprint for a truly balanced and empowered existence.

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Claire E. Parsons

Attorney
  • Northern Kentucky Chamber Center
    2400 Chamber Center Drive, Suite 300
    Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017

Admissions

  • State of Ohio (2008)
  • State of Kentucky (2009)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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