Kris Woliver represents and counsels companies in all aspects of employment law, with a specialty in 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 claim disputes and has successfully resolved such matters, along with related executive compensation disputes, throughout the Midwest and in North Carolina, New York and California. Kris recently obtained a total victory in an ERISA top hat plan dispute in arbitration, saving the company approximately US$5 million.

In addition to her litigation work, Kris provides counseling to clients in creating and implementing employment policies by staying up to date on hot topics affecting employers. On one such topic – arbitration in the employment context – Kris has experience under Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and California law. In addition, she is familiar with state-by-state wage and hour laws, with specific focus on wage deduction laws. Kris likewise stays current on best practices regarding restrictive covenants. She has both defended and pursued enforcement of non-compete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements. She attacks all breach and trade secret misappropriation matters with creativity, incorporating her knowledge of the inevitable disclosure doctrine and other statutory and common law.

While in law school, Kris served as the business editor for the Ohio State Law Journal. She also represented the Moritz College of Law in an official capacity by co-leading the Moritz Ambassador program. Kris earned the CALI Excellence award in Legal Research and Writing. While studying Economics and Spanish at The Ohio State University, she studied abroad in Toledo, Spain. Kris is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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


  • Ohio, 2014


  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio

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  • Presenter, "Social Media State of the Union," Squire Patton Boggs Webinar, April 14, 2016.
  • Author, "High Court Holds ERISA Preempts State Law Regulating Plan Reporting Requirements," Employment Law Worldview Blog, March 9, 2016.
  • Author, "Executive Action: Obama's Legacy and 2016 Predictions (Part 2 of 2)," Employment Law Worldview Blog, January 15, 2016.
  • Author,"Executive Action: Obama's Legacy and 2016 Predictions (Part 1 of 2)," Employment Law Worldview Blog, January 14, 2016.
  • Author, "New York City Commission on Human Rights Clarifies Which Positions are Exempt from Newly Effective Credit Check Law" Employment Law Worldview Blog, October 6, 2015.
  • Author, "Supreme Court Extends Same-Sex Marriage Rights to All 50 States," Employment Law Worldview Blog, June 26, 2015.
  • Author, "Colorado Supreme Court Confirms Employers May Fire Employees for Medical Marijuana Use," Employment Law Worldview Blog, June 15, 2015.
  • Author, "10th Circuit Reverses EEOC Win After Lower Court Applied Wrong ADA Direct-Threat Standard," Employment Law Worldview Blog, March 18, 2015.
  • Author,"Freeman's Background Check Win Has Little to Do with Background Checks, Everything to Do with EEOC Experts," Employment Law Worldview Blog, February 27, 2015.
  • Author, "That Delaware choice of law provision might not save your non-compete, at least when California is involved," Employment Law Worldview Blog, February 6, 2015.
  • Author, "President Obama Pushes Increased Funding and High Hopes for the DOL, EEOC, and NLRB in the FY 2016 Proposed Budget," Employment Law Worldview Blog, February 3, 2015.

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