Ilana L. Linder


Manley Burke LPA
225 West Court St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States

Tel: 513-721-5525


Ilana Linder is a seasoned attorney based in Cincinnati, Ohio, specializing in consumer protection law with a keen focus on maintaining fairness in the realm of home construction and improvement. With a robust background in civil litigation and contract law, Ilana quickly became a reliable advocate for homeowners, championing the rights of those who have fallen victim to unscrupulous practices within the construction industry.

Recognizing that bad actors can tarnish the reputation of honest and hardworking contractors, Ilana takes a unique approach in her practice. Ilana is not only an advocate for homeowners, but also serves as a legal ally to numerous contractors and builders. Understanding the importance of maintaining a high standard of professionalism, Ilana works diligently to review and update contract documents for her contractor clients, ensuring compliance with Ohio’s legal requirements. By doing so, she aims to shield contractors from potentially costly lawsuits initiated by disgruntled customers, fostering a fair and ethical environment within the industry.

Ilana earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University before attending law school at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While in law school, she served as an articles editor for the Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality, and was awarded oral advocacy honors while participating in the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition. She also received two “CALI Excellence for the Future Awards” in recognition of her academic accomplishments in philanthropy and nonprofit law. After law school, she earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership and started her (current) Ph.D. in Education Policy program at the IU School of Education.

Ilana has an extensive background in different facets of university administration. She has worked with the Indiana University Foundation and the Eskenazi Museum of Art in charitable gift planning and development capacities, and served as the Academic Policy Fellow for IU Policy Administration for several years. She also served as a legal compliance consultant with the IU Office of Online Education.

She is a regular contributor to the Fraternal Law Newsletter and the Education Law Association’s School Law Reporter and currently serves on the board of directors for the Education Law Association.

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Ohio
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • 2021 (In progress), Ph.D. in Education Policy, Indiana University School of Education
  • 2017, M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Indiana University School of Education
  • 2016, J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law (cum laude; Articles Editor, Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality; Oral Advocacy Honors)
  • 2013, B.A., Tufts University (cum laude)
  • Legal Issues Concerning Greek Life on College Campuses, Education Law Association Annual Meeting, Norfolk, VA (November 2019).
  • Anti-Lunch Shaming Acts: Recipes for Ending Embarrassment in School Lunchrooms, Education Law Association Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, November 2018.
  • Using Compliance to Support Innovation, Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate Conference, Denver, CO, April 2019.
  • A Strategic and Collaborative Approach to Online Education Compliance, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, February 2019.
  • Combining Compliance with Quality, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Central Region Conference, St. Louis, MO, September 2018.
  • School Dress Codes: “Covering Up” Distractions or Discrimination?, Education Law Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2017.
  • Homeless and Refugee Student Education, Webinar Presentation. American Education Research Association (AERA): Division A Webinar Presentation, November 2016.
  • Advocates for Social Justice: Leaders, the Law, and Diverse Student Populations, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI, November 2016.
  • “Hangry” for School Lunch Guidance, Journal of Law & Education, 2019.
  • Regular contributor to the Fraternal Law Newsletter.
  • The 10th Anniversary of Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: Little Guidance from Subsequent Court Decisions, West Education Law Reporter, 2019.
  • Regular contributor to the Education Law Association’s School Law Reporter, 2017-present.
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Education Law Association
  • American Educational Research Association
Manley Burke is a team of 14 professionals who work together in selected areas of the law to solve our clients’​ legal problems. We serve each client with an uncompromising commitment to the highest quality legal representation.

Our work frequently involves complex transactions and matters affecting substantial human or financial stakes. We frequently engage in courtroom litigation, as well as administrative and legislative proceedings. While litigation is by nature adversarial, we approach complex problems by remaining flexible to negotiated resolutions. Our combination of skilled advocacy, high quality representation, and flexibility toward negotiated resolutions frequently produces better and more efficient results than can be produced through protracted adversarial proceedings.

In addition, Manley Burke publishes a nationally circulated newsletter entitled Fraternal Law which stems from our representation of fraternal organizations nationwide, both as general and special counsel. In addition to our legal work, Manley Burke takes great pride in our active and enthusiastic involvement in a wide variety of public affairs and community service activities.