Rachelle K. Zidar

Rachelle K. Zidar
attorney, Employment & Labor, Fiduciary Litigation, Litigation

Rachelle K. Zidar, Esq.



Ms. Zidar is a member of WHP’s Litigation Department, serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors, and focuses on complex commercial litigation as well as probate and fiduciary litigation. Since her admission to the Ohio Bar in 1996, Ms. Zidar has practiced regularly before the Federal District Courts, Ohio Appellate District Courts, and Ohio Supreme Court. Her practice focuses on representing corporate clients in contract disputes, shareholder derivative litigation, fiduciary litigation, corporate dissolution, and enforcing and defending restrictive covenants in the employment context. Ms. Zidar is also an accomplished litigator in the arena of copyright and trademark law.

Ms. Zidar is a published writer, having authored an article on a seminal libel case for the Media Law Resource Center’s Media Law Letter. She is a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Lorain County Bar Association as well as the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Ms. Zidar is actively philanthropic. She has worked with several charitable foundations including the Second Harvest Food Bank, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Genesis House, a Lorain County Safe Harbor for victims of domestic violence, the Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation, and YMCA of Greater Cleveland, French Creek Branch.

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Tell us a little bit about your history and how you came to be at Wickens Herzer Panza.
I was clerking at a Firm in downtown Cleveland during my second year of law school when my Contracts professor mentioned WHP was looking for a summer clerk. I looked up the Firm and was interested to find it did some First Amendment/libel litigation. Although the Firm was located in Lorain at the time, I decided to take the position there because I was impressed with everyone I met in the litigation department. I continued to clerk throughout the remainder of my law school stint and was hired full time after passing the bar examination.
What is your passion? What are you passionate about? What makes you tick?
I love to cook and entertain. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is go to the West Side market to shop for delicious, locally sourced ingredients. I also love to read and travel and have a special fondness for our national parks like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.
Why do/should people want to and choose to work with you?
Every client and every case is important to me. My goal with each new matter is not just to handle my client's immediate problem but to become someone they look to for advice or guidance well into the future.
What one quote resonates with you, either personally or professionally (or both)?
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. -Aristotle
What else should we know about you?
I'm learning to kayak and loving it!
Tell me about your most recent big 'win'.
We obtained an Agreed Permanent Injunction against a former employee enjoining competitive employment in violation of a non-compete agreement. We also obtained a federal Mandatory Injunction requiring the transfer of in excess of $1 million in retirement benefits in connection with a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.
1996 - Cleveland-Marshall School of Law (J.D., cum laude)
1993 - Bowling Green State University (B.A., magna cum laude)
Karen P. Nakon Breast Cancer Foundation (Board of Directors, 2003-Present)
Genesis House (Board of Directors, 2016-Present)
Holy Trinity Development Team (2016)
YMCA of Greater Cleveland, French Creek Branch (Community Advisory Board, 2018)
Lorain County Chamber of Commerce
Lorain County Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association

State of Ohio

Moot Court Board of Governors; National Order of Barristers
Benton National Moot Court Competition Championship Team


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