Kris Woliver represents and counsels companies in all aspects of employment law, with specialties in harassment and ERISA litigation.

    Kris serves companies ranging in size from several employees to thousands of employees worldwide. She regularly defends employers in litigation, including against age, race, sex and disability discrimination claims, along with retaliation, harassment and wrongful termination claims. She has successfully resolved disputes from the charge and position statement stages through discovery and summary judgment. Kris also offers e-discovery expertise.

    Kris specializes in ERISA litigation. She has the unique ability to simplify complex benefits claims and 401(k) disputes, and has successfully resolved such matters, along with related executive compensation disputes, throughout the Midwest, the Northeast and in North Carolina and California. Kris recently obtained full dismissal of a breach of fiduciary duty 401(k) action and a total defense victory in an ERISA top hat plan dispute.

    Kris also has expertise in all aspects of corporate investigations and related harassment matters. Kris has led a wide variety of employment investigations, ranging from internal sexual harassment complaints, to anonymous complaints issued against high-profile executives, to employee and executive complaints of widespread harassment and discrimination. She regularly presents on the shifting legal landscape in the #MeToo era and provides corporate anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training.

    Kris drafts and helps companies implement employment policies that are both legally compliant and congruent with the client’s unique culture. Kris likewise stays current on best practices regarding restrictive covenants and trade secrets. She has both defended and pursued enforcement of non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, along with trade secret obligations.

    While in law school, Kris served as the business editor for the Ohio State Law Journal. While studying Economics and Spanish at The Ohio State University, she studied abroad in Toledo, Spain. Kris is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Furthering her passion for animal welfare, Kris currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Columbus Humane.

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    • Obtained summary judgment for employer in disability discrimination, retaliation and FMLA case in federal court.
    • Obtained total defense victory in arbitration for international retailer in ERISA retiree benefits dispute involving US$5 million claim.
    • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of Ohio company in ERISA withdrawal liability dispute.
    • Successfully defended international company in racial discrimination and retaliation case in Ohio state court.
    • Successfully defended administrative charges for age, race, gender and disability discrimination and retaliation claims for a variety of companies.
    • Represented international finance company in obtaining and enforcing injunction order to protect trade secrets, and obtaining summary judgment against former CEO for breach of confidentiality agreement.
    • Obtained total defense victory in New York federal court against former CEO’s legal and equitable claims seeking US$25 million in awards under LTIP.
    • Successfully defended use of fluctuating workweek method of pay under Kentucky law.
    • Counseled national fraternity organization regarding chapter management and various university disputes.
    • Served on Monitorship team of major automotive company, per US Government Consent Order.
    • Conducted numerous whistleblower, discrimination and harassment investigations for multiple companies.

    Education

    • The Ohio State University, J.D., cum laude, Ohio State Law Journal, 2014
    • The Ohio State University, B.A., with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, 2011

    Admissions

    • Ohio, 2014

    Courts

    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Ohio
    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021: Ones to Watch for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law in Columbus

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