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Pamela S. Krivda
Partner / Chief Human Resource Officer

Ranked by Super Lawyers

PAMELA S. KRIVDA represents and defends public and private employers in all aspects of employment and labor relations matters. Pam also serves as Taft’s Chief Human Resources Officer, responsible for providing leadership and establishing and implementing human resources strategy to support the policies, practices and operations for the Taft organization.

For labor and employment law clients, Pam provides counsel covering:

  • Solid practical “what-to-do” advice to employers
  • Defense of harassment, discrimination and other employment-related lawsuits and administrative proceedings
  • Negotiations for private and public labor contracts, interpretation and arbitration
  • Employer representation at trial and before administrative agencies
  • Legal compliance advice:
    • Handbooks and policies
    • Leaves of absence
    • Accommodation
    • Wage and hour
    • Non Harassment
    • Termination
    • Separation agreements
    • Reductions in force
    • Last chance agreements

Management Training Services
With more than 25 years of experience to draw from, Pam creates and delivers practical management training how-to programs specifically designed to teach effective employee management, within the confines of the law, to executives, managers and supervisors.

Board Certification
Pam has the distinction of being Board Certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in the practice of Labor and Employment law.

Achievements and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law (2011 - 2018)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor (2007 - 2017)
  • Top 25 Columbus Women Super Lawyers (2012 - 2017)
  • Top 50 Ohio Women Super Lawyers (2013 - 2014)

Professional Memberships and Community Service

  • Ohio State Bar Association: Labor and Employment Section; Labor-Employment Board of Governors Section Chair (2008 – 2009); Labor-Employment Board of Governors Program Chair (2007– 2008); Arbitration/Mediation Services Committee (2010 – 2011); Future of the Profession Advisory Committee (Concluded); CLE Advisory Committee (Concluded)
  • Program Chair for Midwest Labor Conference (2007 & 2008); Midwest Labor Law Conference Planning Committee (2006 – 2015)
  • Ohio Management Lawyers’ Association (2008 – Present); Steering Committee Chair (2015 – Present)
  • Women for Economic & Leadership Development (2007 – Present)
  • The National and Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association (2011 – Present)
  • Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Community Board (2014 – Present)
  • Recreation Unlimited Board (providing outdoor experience for individuals with disabilities) (2014 – Present); Recreation Unlimited Resources Committee (2014 – Present)
  • Recreation Unlimited Human Resources Committee (2015 – Present)

Speeches and Publications
Pam is a requested speaker for client seminars and at professional and trade associations, educational institutions, and private and social service organizations. She also serves as a subject matter expert for media inquiries and analysis. Recent examples are:

  • Author, "Proper Drafting Can Ensure That Your Policies Aren't Boomerangs," HARDI, July 2017
  • Presenter, "Labor and Employment Law: Changes All Corporate Counsel Need to Know," Ohio State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Institute’s CLE program on Nov. 4, 2016
  • Presenter, "Managing Mental Health Issues in the Workplace," Human Resources Association of Central Ohio 12th Annual Legal Update & Monthly Meeting, October 11, 2016
  • Presenter, "Government Affairs Briefing," 2016 Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) Strategic Leadership Conference, October 3, 2016
  • Presenter, "Avoiding Litigation and Being Very Prepared if the Wolf Comes to the Door," Taft Columbus Labor & Employment Seminar, September 26, 2016
  • "Is Sexual Orientation Covered Under Title VII - or Not?" August 1, 2016
  • "Prevent Expensive Retaliation Claims: Train Managers and Supervisors," February 18, 2016
  • "Same-Sex Harassment," February 11, 2016
  • “Five HR Issues that Demand your Immediate Attention" Cincinnati Business Courier, March 7, 2014
  • "Federal Rule Could Force Legal Disclosures" Columbus Business First, February 21, 2014
  • Author, “Ohio's Prevailing Wage Law” Ohio Township Association News, July/August 2010
  • “A Conversation with Chester Willcox & Saxbe Partner, Pamela Krivda” Columbus Business First, February 12, 2010