Pamela Krivda, partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, on noteworthy cases, promising opportunities
Current: Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, two years
Education: OSU Undergraduate/English; Capital University Law School
Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations; Ohio Management Lawyers Association (Steering Committee); National and Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Associations
Certified Employment and Labor Law Specialist; labor/employment litigation; crisis management
Ohio Super Lawyer (2007-present); Top 25 Columbus Women Lawyers (2012-2015); Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law (2011-2015)
COSI Community Board; Women for Economic Leadership and Development; pro bono work for Hands On Central Ohio volunteer agency; Pancreatic Cancer Action Network/ volunteer
Two noteworthy cases:
I'm most successful if we solve a problem before it becomes "a case" and certainly before it gets to a trial or hearing. Interpreting "case" as I believe the question intends, however, one noteworthy matter involved an elected official in Northeast Ohio who had been accused of sexual harassment, something in which he had not engaged. Because of the "she said/he said" nature of those issues, we were not able to resolve the matter without a trial. I had 34 witnesses take the stand and, for strategic reasons, did not have anyone sit second chair. The trial started three weeks before ha Christmas which is never popular with jurors. It was all well worth it, though, because there was a unanimous verdict for my client.
This "case" was a very long and involved investigation for a municipality. There were two, very different major issues and a host of sub-issues. The investigation involved scores of painstaking interviews and transcription thereof and analysis of hundreds of documents. At the end of the very detailed work, I had gotten to the bottom of the allegations and was able to support every conclusion from the record. I do a lot of internal investigations, but few are as involved or contain as many allegations as this one-and only in some are the results so conclusive.
Hahn Loeser & Parks (1990-1996); Habash Reasoner & Frazier (1996-1998); Krivda Law Offices (1998-2008)
How did you come to focus on your practice or specialization?
I was a human resources manager for The Columbus Dispatch and went to law school specifically to practice in this area.
What business or legal trends are key drivers in your practice?
Government regulation, either by legislative body or judicial decisions.
What is the biggest change you have adapted to in your practice?
What are the most promising opportunities for your practice?
Management training and preventative action. So many day-to-day employment problems can be avoided or lessened with before-the-fact management training and effort being devoted to policies and procedures that will prevent problems – or at least help employers deal with them quickly and successfully. Everywhere I conduct management training, no matter what level of supervisors or managers comprise the audience, I find them to be very engaged and actually relieved to have a forum for learning how to be better, more-informed leaders.
If not law, what would be your dream job?
General counsel and director of player personnel for an NFL team.