William J. Wahoff
Member
(614) 456-1654
Office: Columbus
Energy
Business
Employment
Litigation
J.D. The Ohio State University
A.B. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Licensure: OH
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Biography

Bill Wahoff’s primary focus is health and safety law, including OSHA on a national basis, workers’ compensation, Ohio VSSR, and intentional tort litigation defense. He has vigorously represented employers at several thousand administrative hearings, in numerous court cases, including jury trials, and mandamus actions.  He also has significant experience representing employers in federal and state court employment litigation and in labor negotiations. He has handled ADA, FMLA, and race, gender-based, Title VII discrimination cases and has bargained with the UAW, Steelworkers, Glass Molders and Potterers, OEA and OAPSE. He is liaison to the American Bar Association Section on Labor and Employment Law, for its Occupational Safety & Health Committee.  He was chosen by the Chief Judge to present to the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) Judicial Conference in both 2008 and 2010.

An Ohio State Bar Association Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist, he is also an OSHA Authorized 10 & 30 Hour General Industry Trainer.

Work Experience

2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1995-2015 Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP, Founding Partner
1982-1994 Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Law Clerk (1980), Summer Associate (1981), Associate (1982), Profit Sharing Associate (1989), Equity Partner (1992)

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, July 14, 2016, “FLSA and OSHA Regulatory Changes,” Ohio Chamber of Commerce: Marietta, May 24, 2016, Pataskala, June 21, 2016, Urbana‐Champaign County

Presenter, June 13, 2016, “OSHA’s Multi-Employer and U.S. Department of Labor Joint Employee Doctrines,” Ohio Hospital Association Annual Conference Presenter, June 13, 2016, “OSHA’s Multi-Employer and U.S. Department of Labor Joint Employee Doctrines,” Ohio Hospital Association Annual Conference

Presenter, June 8, 2016, “Privacy In The Workplace and Employee Monitoring,” Human Resources from A to Z, NBI Seminar, Columbus

Presenter, May 25, 2016, “Train Your Supervisors About Your Ohio Workers’ Compensation Program,” Ohio Chamber of Commerce Webinar

Presenter, May 17, 2016, “OSHA’s New Rules Regarding Worker Safety Incentive Programs,” Phylmar Regulatory Roundtable and the BioPharma EHS Forum, Webcast

Moderator, March 10, 2016, “New Developments In Process Safety Management,” ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, Occupational Safety & Health Committee Midwinter Meeting, Santa Barbara, CA

Presenter, November 18, 2015, “FLSA and OSHA Changes,” Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Webcast

Presenter, August 18, 2015, “Creating FLSA Compliance Strategies That Work,” NBI

Presenter, December 4, 2014, “Significant Decisions,” Cincinnati Bar Association Advanced Workers’ Compensation Seminar

Presenter, October 2014, “Workers’ Compensation Update: Laws & Rules, Class Action Suit, Medical Facilities, and Claims Handling; OSHA Recordkeeping Changes,” HRA of Southwestern Ohio (SHRM Affiliate), Wilmington, Ohio

Presenter, February 2014, “The Top 5 Safety & Health Considerations Upon Entering An Investigative Site” (from the OSHA perspective), Insurance Fraud/Fire Investigators’ Joint Seminar

Presenter, December 2013, “Significant [Workers’ Compensation] Decisions,” Cincinnati Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Committee Advanced Seminar

Presenter Hot Topics in Employment Law, 2013, “PPACA/Obamacare: What Businesses Need to Know,” Sterling Education Seminars

Moderator, 2013, "Significant [OSHA] Decisions,” American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section, OSHA Committee, Mid-Winter Meeting

Presenter, 2011-2012, “Top Ten Management Mistakes to Avoid,” Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Presenter, 2010-2012, “The Finer Points of OSHA Recordkeeping,” “Injury & Illness Prevention Programs,” “Combustible Dust,” “Retaliation and Whistleblower Statutes Under OSHA’s Enforcement Jurisdiction,” Association of Rubber & Plastics Manufacturers’ (ARPM) Safety Summit

Presenter, 2011, “Intentional Tort, RICO Liability, and Other Third Party Actions,” Ohio Self-Insurers Association, Workers’ Compensation Education Day

Presenter, 2010-2011, “Combustible Dust,” Annual Ohio Workplace Safety & OSHA Compliance Conference

Key Experience

Defended a manufacturer in the rubber and plastics industry in Missouri on Combustible Dust OSHA citations that were vacated
Defended a manufacturer in the rubber mixing industry in Alabama resulting in key OSHA Citations vacated
Defended a manufacturer in the rubber mixing industry in Wisconsin resulting in an Administrative Law Judge ruling vacating the explosion hazard citations regarding a majority of the cited dust collectors and setting forth a method to analyze combustible dust cases scientifically – the first reported decision in the rubber mixing industry since the OSHA National Emphasis Program

Memberships & Awards

Professional
Peer Review Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell since 2002
The Best Lawyers in America® Workers' Compensation, 2015-2017
Super Lawyers® in Ohio Workers’ Compensation – Employers 2004-2016
"Top Lawyer-Workers' Compensation," Columbus CEO Magazine, 2010-16
American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, OSHA Committee Member
Chapter Editor, Treatise, “Occupational Health and Safety Law, 3rd Edition,” ABA Labor & Employment Law Section (OSHA Law Committee)
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (Defense)
Ohio State Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Committee
OSHA Committee Past Membership Liaison to Section, ABA-Labor & Employment Law Section
OSHA Authorized 10 & 30 Hour General Industry Course Trainer
Columbus and Cincinnati Bar Associations, Workers’ Compensation Committees
Columbus, Cincinnati, Mahoning County and Marion County, (Ohio) Bar Associations
Ohio State Bar Association Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist, 1999-2016
Service Above Self Award, Rotary District 6690
Silver Beaver Award Recipient, Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America
Issue Planning Editor for The Ohio State Law Journal

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