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 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.

    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 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. 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.

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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.
    • Represented New York company in obtaining and enforcing injunction order protecting trade secrets.
    • 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.


    • 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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