• Ohio, 2001
  • Michigan, 2019
  • U.S. District Courts:
      -Northern District of Ohio, 2002
      -Southern District of Ohio, 2003
      -Western District of Tennessee, 2013
      -Eastern District of Michigan, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2002


University of Toledo, J.D. cum laude, 2001

Bowling Green State University, B.A., 1998


Carrie L. Urrutia’s practice includes counseling on employment policies and handbooks, training, representing employers in administrative proceedings, defending against discrimination claims and providing guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), drug testing, privacy, harassment, workers' compensation and a host of other employment law issues.

Ms. Urrutia regularly defends employers in state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies throughout Ohio.  In 2009, Ms. Urrutia, a member of Eastman & Smith, was certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist.

A frequent lecturer on a range of employment law issues, Ms. Urrutia enjoys facilitating training for her clients and other industry groups.  While in law school, Ms. Urrutia served as a published member and editor of the University of Toledo Law Review.



Her practice covers the range of employment issues, including:

  • Appellate Practice
  • Background Checks
  • Disability Accommodation & Leaves of Absence
  • Discrimination & Harassment
  • eDiscovery
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Practice Audits & Investigations
  • Grievance & Arbitration Processing
  • Hiring, Performance Management & Termination
  • Labor Relations
  • Litigation & Trials
  • Policies & Procedures (Handbooks)
  • Retaliation & Whistleblowing
  • Temporary Staff & Contingent Workers
  • Training & Compliance
  • Unfair Competition, Confidentiality & Trade Secrets
  • Wage & Hour
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workplace Data Privacy, Including HIPAA and GINA

Honors & Affiliations

Community/Professional Affiliations

Professional Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Sandusky County Human Resources Management Association (legislative director and board member)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Toledo Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Adelante, Inc. (past president and board member)
  • ABLE/Legal Aid of Western Ohio Campaign for Equal Justice (co-chair)
  • ABLE/Legal Aid of Western Ohio Access to Justice Steering Committee

Honors & Awards

The Ohio State Bar Foundation awarded Ms. Urrutia the Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under in 2012.  Also in 2012 she was a recipient of a 20 Under 40 Award which recognizes Toledo individuals under the age of 40 who have "distinguished themselves in their careers and/or as a volunteer in the community."  The Toledo Business Journal named her as one of Toledo's Who's Who in Area Law.  Ms. Urrutia is listed as a Rising Star in Super Lawyers magazine from 2011 - 2016.

Publications & News

Events & Speaking Engagements