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.