Nelva J. Smith
(614) 456-1656
Office: Columbus
J.D. Capital University
B.A. Capital University
Licensure: OH
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Nelva Smith practices in the area of labor and employment law.  Prior to receiving her Juris Doctorate, she was a legal assistant with Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP, and was a third party workers’ compensation claims adjuster.  Ms. Smith is experienced representing and defending employers against workers’ compensation claims and defending employers in OSHA matters throughout the United States, as well as charges filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Work Experience

2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2008-2015 Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP
2005-2008 Legal Assistant, Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP

Speaking Engagements

"Fair Labor Standards Act/Wage and Hour Critical Issues," Sterling Education, 2015

"Wage Issues for Workers' Compensation," 2011

Chapter Editor, Occupational Safety and Health Law Treatise, Third Edition

Key Experience

Participated as co-counsel in defending an employer against an OSHA citation before an Administrative Law Judge at an OSHRC hearing in Wisconsin
Participated and prepared for depositions in OSHA and FMLA cases
Investigated and prepared Position Statements for Ohio Department of Job and Family Services wage investigations

Memberships & Awards

Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association, 2013-2015
Certified, OSHA 10 Hour General Industry