William J. Wahoff
(614) 456-1654
Office: Columbus
J.D. The Ohio State University
A.B. Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Licensure: OH | TX
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Bill Wahoff concentrates on keeping his clients in compliance with health and safety laws, including OSHA on a national basis, Ohio 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, arbitrations, federal and state wage and hour matters, and has bargained with the UAW, Steelworkers, Glass Molders and Potterers, OEA and OAPSE. He served as Membership Development Liaison to the American Bar Association Section on Labor and Employment Law, for its Occupational Safety & Health Committee, and has been an active participant, presenter and moderator for the Midwinter meeting for over 24 years. He was chosen by the Chief Judge to present to the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) Judicial Conferences 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. He is a Fellow of The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Ohio Super Lawyers.

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/Panelist, March 7, 2019, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Occupational Safety & Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting, “OSHA Recordability, Reportability and Impact on Workers’ Compensation: The Interplay between OSHA’s Amended 29 CFR 1904.35 and Workers’ Compensation Laws and Administration,” Breakout Session, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Presenter, December 5, 2018, Phylmar Regulatory Roundtable Webinar, “Federal OSHA ‘Clarification’ of Drug Testing and Corporate Incentive Programs,” Sacramento, California

Moderator, July 25, 2018, Ohio Chamber Webinar, “Update on Labor Issues Under the Trump Administration,” Columbus, Ohio

Presenter, June 20, 2018, Ohio Chamber Webinar, “OSHA’s Agenda Under the New Acting Assistant Secretary,” Columbus, Ohio

Presenter, April 11, 2018, Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, “OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard,” Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Presenter, March 2, 2018, American Bar Association, Occupational Safety & Health Law Committee Midwinter Meeting, “The General Duty Clause: How Does OSHA Prove Its Case and What Role Do Industry Standards Play?,” General Session, Santa Monica, California

Presenter, January 17, 2018, Lorman Webinar, “Medical Records Law (such as HIPAA) in Workers’ Compensation Claims: Know What You Can Release”

Presenter, December 5, 2017, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, “10 Management Mistakes to Avoid,” Medina, Ohio

Presenter, November 16, 2017, NBI, “Seven Ways the Ohio Workers’ Compensation System Differs from Those of Other States,” Cincinnati, Ohio

Presenter, August 1, 2017, NBI, “Ohio Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Differences from Insurance States,” Cincinnati, Ohio

Presenter, July 19, 2017, Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers National Safety Summit, “HazCom Enforcement in the First 180 days of the New Administration,” Columbus, Ohio

Presenter, July 12, 2017, Ohio Chamber of Commerce Webinar, “OSHA Requirements for Confined Spaces in General Industry and Construction”

Presenter, June 30, 2017, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, “10 Management Mistakes to Avoid,” Port Clinton, Ohio

Presenter, June 13, 2017, Ohio Hospital Association Annual Conference, “New Landscape of the Department of Labor and OSHA in the Trump Administration,” Columbus, Ohio

Presenter, May 31, 2017, Phylmar Business Roundtable National Safety Webinar, “Future of OSHA Interpretations after the D.C. Circuit’s Agricultural Retailers PSM Decision”

Presenter, May 17, 2017, Ohio Chamber of Commerce Webinar, “Recordability, Reportability and Compensability”

Presenter, March 15, 2017, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, “10 Management Mistakes to Avoid,” St. Clairsville, Ohio

Moderator, March 10, 2017, American Bar Association, OSH Committee Midwinter Meeting, “OSHA Interpretations after Agricultural Retailers,” Jupiter, Florida

Presenter, February 23, 2017, Webinar, Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers, “OSHA Record Keeping”

Presenter, January 17, 2017, Webinar, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, “Medical Releases and Workers’ Compensation”

Presenter, October 19, 2016, Robotics Industries Association, “OSHA Standards versus Robotics Standards,” Cincinnati

Presenter, September 16, 2016, Ohio State Bar Association, “Hot Wage and Hour Issues,” Cleveland

Presenter, September 14, 2016, Webinar, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, “OSHA’s Rules Regarding Employee Incentive Programs”

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 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

Author, April 26, 2016, "OSHA Update", Steptoe & Johnsom Blog Article

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

Author, March 3, 2016, IN COMPLIANCE? Be prepared! FLSA rule changes and OSHA penalty increases will happen in 2016

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, 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

Fellow, The College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, 2018
Peer Review Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell since 2002
The Best Lawyers in America® Workers' Compensation, 2015-2019
Super Lawyers® in Ohio Workers’ Compensation – Employers 2004-2019
"Top Lawyer-Workers' Compensation," Columbus CEO Magazine, 2010-2017
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)
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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, 1999-2017
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