Karly B. Johnson

Karly’s scholastic interests have always been vast. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University with the intention of pursuing a career in nuclear medicine technology; however, following her graduation, she instead sought a career that allowed her to integrate her primarily math and science based education with her philosophical and creative interests. After being given an opportunity to work closely with an intellectual property attorney in patent prosecution, her interest in the law was piqued. Within a mere six months, she was accepted to and began attending The University of Akron School of Law. A few years later, Karly graduated with a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude.

During her legal studies, Karly worked in-house with general counsel at a Fortune 100 company. There, she was exposed to numerous labor and employment issues and came to realize her passion for the practice area. Consequently, she was eager to further her career in management-side labor and employment law and she joined the team at Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC.

In her role at KWW, Karly works with employers on a wide array of labor and employment matters. On a day-to-day basis, Karly advises clients to ensure statutory compliance and limit potential legal liability. She collaborates with clients to revise employee handbooks and formulate other policies. She also counsels employers on wage/hour issues, ADA and FMLA compliance, and employee discipline/discharge. Karly assists clients when charges are made, such as those arising out of employment discrimination claims. This means guiding clients through alternative dispute resolution, administrative agency, or litigation processes.


Karly is a Canfield High School graduate, and continues to reside in the Youngstown, Ohio area. As an only child, Karly remains very close to her family and shares much of her recreational time with them. In high school, Karly was a four-year letterman in golf and continues to enjoy the ever-challenging, yet still relaxing, sport. Karly also enjoys new experiences in dining and traveling, and she welcomes any suggestions or recommendations. Additionally, and often to her despair, Karly is an unwavering Cleveland sports fan, attending events whenever possible.

Kastner Westman & Wilkins

Kastner Westman & Wilkins LLC is a labor and employment law firm representing management in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Six founding partners who had practiced together for many years formed the firm of Kastner Westman & Wilkins in January 2000.

Since our founding, we have added attorneys and key professionals to our staff in order to provide our clients with sound, comprehensive legal advice on the full range of labor and employment issues. Our professionals have extensive experience in providing management counsel on labor and employment, workers’ compensation, and employee benefits.

Our objective is to maintain a boutique labor and employment law firm that is focused on serving our clients while maintaining a professional, collegial atmosphere.

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