Meet the Commissioners

Elise Hara Auvil, Human Resources Manager, City of Westlake; Attorney


Elise Hara Auvil has dedicated the majority of her career working for government and nonprofit entities. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University Law School, she worked for Cleveland Legal Aid during law school and began her legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in Philadelphia. She has called greater Cleveland her home for almost two decades. She is specialized in human resources and employment law and served as Associate Counsel for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA), General Counsel for Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network, and Director of Human Resources and Employment Counsel for Cuyahoga County. She currently works for the City of Westlake as the Human Resources manager and enjoys volunteering for grassroots organizations.


Chad Eggspuehler, Attorney, Appellate & Legal Issues, Tucker Ellis, LLP


Chad Eggspuehler is an appellate and complex litigation strategist with experience in federal and state courts across the United States. Chad specializes in crafting succinct and thoughtful solutions to complex legal issues at all stages of litigation, ranging from jurisdictional and discovery issues to appellate oral arguments. Applying experience gained as a law clerk to federal judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Chad has devised winning strategies for a variety of clients, ranging from product-liability dispositive and expert-witness motions to unique procedural obstacles, multidistrict litigation, and LGBT civil rights issues. In addition to working on appellate, administrative, and complex litigation matters, Chad has experience with intellectual property disputes, including multiple copyright infringement cases. He has penned winning briefs in state and federal courts across the country, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Circuits and amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Every case is a puzzle; Chad thrives at arranging the pieces and fitting them together. Chad’s advocacy extends beyond the traditional courtroom. He has prosecuted character and fitness and unauthorized practice of law matters before the respective committees of the Supreme Court of Ohio on behalf of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and he has given legislative testimony to the Ohio General Assembly in support of LGBT rights, including addressing the House Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight on passage of the Ohio Fairness Act. He volunteers as a consultant with Equality Ohio and has taught legal writing and appellate advocacy while coaching moot court programs at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and The University of Akron School of Law. A Dallas native, Chad became a third-generation Buckeye when he attended law school at Ohio State, and he has lived in Northeast Ohio since 2011.


Natalia Steele, Partner, Commercial Litigation and Brand Protection, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP


Natalia is an attorney with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLC, where she practices in the areas of litigation and online brand protection. She grew up in what was then Soviet Russia and came to the U.S. in 1995, attended John Carrol University for her B.A. in History, Cleveland State University for Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations, and, ultimately The Ohio State University to obtain her law degree. A passionate Clevelander, Natalia always looks for opportunities to be involved in the local community through service on boards like Vocational Guidance Services, or simply volunteering with various organizations dedicated to social justice and equality. She lives in Moreland Hills with her husband and son; in their spare time, they enjoy exploring local Metroparks, skiing, biking, and travel.