College of Law

Patricia Anne Wise

Patricia Anne Wise

Lecturer in Law

Phone: 419.241.2201
Fax Number: 419.241.8599

Secretary: Sandra Garcia; 419.530.2878

Patty is a labor and employment lawyer, and a partner with Spengler Nathanson P.L.L.; She is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in that area of practice.  She was appointed by former Chair Jenny Yang to the EEOC Select Task Force on Workplace Harassment and is a member of the SHRM Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel, which she co-chaired from 2014-15.  Patty carries Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating and has published books on harassment and retaliation.

Patty has been an adjunct or visiting professor at the University of Toledo College of Law since 1999. She is a frequent speaker for state banking associations and serves on the faculty of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In 2014, she was appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio to serve as a member of the Board of Professional Conduct.  She served as Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General from 2003-2007. 

Patty represents diverse clients of all sizes and from all industries.  She is a former senior vice president and in-house counsel for a billion dollar bank holding company. Patty trains and speaks extensively on employment law issues and recently completed the 3rd Edition of her book, Understanding and Preventing Workplace Retaliation, published by the Thompson Publishing Group, Inc. 


Published Works

Harassment in the Workplace: Sexual, Racial and Religious Complaints, Thompson Publishing Group, 2012.

“Viewpoint: The ABCs of the NLRA for Nonunion Employers,” at (co-authored with Christine V. Walters), 2016.

Understanding and Preventing Workplace Retaliation, Thompson Publishing Group, 2000, 2007 (2nd Edition)

Coming Soon to a Court Near You: Changes in Employment Law, Ohio Record, Spring 2008

“Uneven Odds for Employers Attempting to Get Even – The Status of Retaliation Claims After Burlington Northern,” Inter Alia, Federal Bar Association, N.D.O.C., Fall 2007

“Employers Pay for Retaliation,” Ohio Record, Summer 2004

“Fair Labor Standards Act Revisions,” Ohio Record, Summer 2004

“Disabilities Act Compliance Needn’t Disable Your Bank,” ABA Banking Journal, July 1997

“Guidelines on How to Discipline and Discharge Employees Safely and Effectively,” Ohio Banking News, August 1997

“Bridging the Gap from Affirmative Action to Cultural Diversity: The Legal Societal, and Cultural Issues,” 1993


Awards and Honors

2007 Public Service Commitment Award, University of Toledo College of Law Alumni (Inaugural Award)

Women of Toledo (2004), St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary 

Outstanding Achievement in Trusteeship (2003), Ohio Association of Community Colleges Excellence Awards

Milestones: A Tribute to Women (2000) Award for Achievements in Business

Outstanding Community Service Award (1999) Ohio State Bar Association, District 4

Alumni Community Service Award (1996) BGSU Alumni Association

“Twenty Under 40” Community Leadership Award (1996) Toledo Jaycees (Inaugural Award)

Ohio State Bar Association, Fellow (Class of 1999)


Professional Memberships

Federal Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association 

Toledo Bar Association

Ohio Management Lawyers Association

National Association of College & University Attorneys


Community Involvement

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality

Legal Aid of Western Ohio

Northwest Ohio Development Agency

Toledo Fair Housing Center

Owens Community College, YMCA of Greater Toledo, Toledo Community Foundation, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Maumee Valley Country Day School


Last Updated: 7/3/19