Neil Klingshirn

Neil Klingshirn

AV rated Super Lawyer and Employment Law Specialist

Elfvin, Klingshirn, Royer & Torch, LLC
4700 Rockside Rd
Suite 530
Independence, OH 44131


About Me:

Neil grew up working on a Lake Erie farm and winery. He was called to the law and, in 1986 he began his legal practice at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland. Neil practiced employment law with his own firm from 1993 until 2016, when he joined Elfvin, Klingshirn, Royer & Torch, LLC. Together, Elfvin Klingshirn has nearly 100 years of employment law experience.


Neil graduated with Honors from the Ohio State University College of Law in 1986. He was an Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and a Founding Trustee of the Student Funded Fellowship.

Neil graduated summa cum laude and with University Honors from Kent State University in 1983, where he holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting. Neil was elected Executive Director of the Undergraduate Student Senate (i.e, student body president) in 1982. Kent State University recognized Neil's contributions that year by selecting him as the Outstanding Senior of the Year.

Community and Professional Service

Neil's peers have selected him as a Super Lawyer for over ten years, and long ago honored him with an AV rating, signifying preeminence in the practice of law and the very highest ethical standards. Neil was also among the first lawyers in Ohio to receive Specialty certification in Labor and Employment law.

Neil currently serves the employment law community as a Board Member of the Ohio Employment Lawyers's Association, and as a founding Member of Protecting Ohio's Employees. Neil serves on the Ohio State Bar Association's (OSBA) Midwest Labor Law Conference Planning Committee and on the Employment Law Specialization Board. Earlier, Neil was the Chair of the OSBA Employment Law Section.

In his community, Neil has served in leadership posts on numerous boards and committees. He was the Chair of the Hudson, Ohio Personnel Advisory and Appeals Board (i.e., Civil Service Commission) and co-Chaired the successful merger of Hudson Village and Hudson Township in the 1990s. He has also served on successful Hudson School levy campaigns.

At St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hudson, Neil served as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and co-Chaired a multi-million dollar capital campaign for a a new sanctuary. Neil also served on the Construction committee, both as a member and as the attorney for St. Mary's.


The vast majority of employment claims are resolved through negotiation or settled before trial. The test of a true employment lawyer, however, is his or her ability to prevail at trial.

Neil has successfully tried bench and jury cases in state and federal courts. He has recovered substantial verdicts on behalf of discrimination and retaliation victims and has enabled his clients to secure their rightful place at work.

Contact Neil Klingshirn

Neil Klingshirn

Neil Klingshirn
AV rated Super Lawyer and Employment Law Specialist
Independence, OH
Phone: 216-382-2500