Jennifer M. Atzberger

Associate

With over twenty years of experience in her combined areas of practice, Ms. Atzberger brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding to the unique needs of your case. Having worked in both the public sector and in private practice, she has provided expert legal advice and representation to a diverse community of clients in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Portage, and Geauga County.​ She is also an adjunct faculty member at Baldwin Wallace University teaching a course in Juvenile Law in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department.

Ms. Atzberger started her career as an Assistant Public Defender in Cuyahoga County where she represented juveniles in delinquency proceedings and adults in criminal felony complaints. She has handled hundreds of cases and successfully defended clients charged with the most serious offenses.

She was also the supervising attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Education Law Unit. During her time at Legal Aid, she represented families in negotiations for IEP and 504 Plans, and successfully filed complaints with the Ohio Department of Education, and the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. 

She later became the senior staff attorney for the ACLU of Ohio where she worked to educate the public and policy makers about the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions. She represented clients in cases ranging from failure to provide special education services, sex discrimination, free speech violations, and rights of immigrants in detention.

Accomplishments

  • Presented oral arguments before the Ninth District Court of Appeals regarding unconstitutional probation orders.
  • Filed a Writ of Prohibition with the Ohio Supreme Court that led to a rule change banning shackling of juveniles in Ohio.
  • Created and teaches a course in Juvenile Justice for Baldwin Wallace University, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2008
  • Admitted to the Ohio Bar, 2000

Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • AILA

Education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 1999
  • Occidental College - Los Angeles, CA, 1994
  • Associate of Cleveland State Law Review
  • Managing Editor of Cleveland State Law Review
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