William Wahoff, Nelva Smith Join Steptoe & Johnson PLLC



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Both will practice employment law in firm’s Columbus, Ohio office

COLUMBUS, OhioWilliam “Bill” Wahoff and Nelva J. Smith have joined the Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Labor and Employment Law Team in the firm’s Columbus, Ohio office. 

Wahoff represents employers in a number of labor and employment areas, including OSHA defense, workers’ compensation, wrongful discharge, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, litigation, and labor negotiations.  Wahoff is an Ohio Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. 

Before joining Steptoe & Johnson, Wahoff served as a founding partner for the law firm of Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP.  There, he represented employers in health and safety law, including OSHA, workers’ compensation, and Ohio Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR) and intentional tort lawsuits, as well as defended FMLA, ADA, discrimination and other employment actions.  Wahoff earned his law degree from The Ohio State University and his undergraduate degree from Miami University.  He is an active member of the ABA Occupational Safety & Health Committee, has presented at numerous national ABA meetings of that committee, and is a chapter editor of the ABA Treatise on Occupational Safety & Health. He is also a member of the workers’ compensation committees for the Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati Bar Associations.  He has also been named an Ohio Super Lawyer in Workers’ Compensation Law by Cincinnati Magazine. 

Nelva Smith earned both her undergraduate and law degrees from Capital University and is a former third party workers’ compensation claims adjuster.  She is a former Associate for Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP in OSHA and workers’ compensation law.  Smith has defended FMLA claims and handled discrimination matters.  She is also a Chapter Editor of the ABA Occupational Safety and Health Law Treatise.  She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Women Lawyers of Franklin County. 

About Steptoe & Johnson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a U.S. law firm with more than 325 attorneys and core strengths in energy, business, employment, and litigation.  Steptoe & Johnson operates 14 offices in six states including Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and West Virginia.   Visit http://www.steptoe-johnson.com and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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