Pam has a unique background in both employment/labor law and Human Resources, which has contributed to her now serving as both a partner at Taft and as Taft’s own Chief Human Resources Officer.
In her law practice, Pam represents and defends public and private employers in all aspects of employment and labor relations matters. She holds the distinction of being Board Certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in the practice of Labor and Employment law.
For her labor and employment law clients, Pam provides counsel covering:
- Solid, practical “what-to-do” advice to employers.
- Defense of harassment, discrimination and other employment-related lawsuits and administrative proceedings.
- Negotiations for private and public labor contracts, interpretation and arbitration.
- Employer representation at trial and before administrative agencies.
- Compliance experience in all employment/labor laws.
- Other services for employers, including handbooks and policies, leaves of absence, accommodation, wage and hour, non-harassment, termination, separation agreements, reductions in force and last chance agreements.
As Taft’s Chief HR Officer, Pam is responsible for providing leadership and establishing and implementing human resources strategies to support the policies, practices and operations for the organization.
With more than 30 years' experience, Pam creates and delivers practical management training how-to programs specifically designed to teach effective employee management, within the confines of the law, to executives, managers and supervisors.
Pam has been involved with a number of professional associations throughout her career. She is immediate past chair of the Ohio Management Lawyers’ Association. She is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association: Labor and Employment Section and the National and Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Associations.
Pam proudly serves her community as a board member of Recreation Unlimited and as a member of the Recreation Unlimited Human Resources Committee; as a community board member for the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), and as a Certified Master Gardner/Volunteer.
Pam received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and earned her J.D. from Capital University School of Law.
Honoree, Most Powerful and Influential Women in Ohio - Ohio Diversity Council (2017)
Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law (2011-present)
Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor Law (2007-2019)
Top 25 Columbus Women - Ohio Super Lawyers (2012-2014)
Top 50 Ohio Women - Ohio Super Lawyers (2013-2014)
Honoree, Columbus CEO - Top Columbus Lawyers (2015)
OSBA Board Certified Specialist in Labor & Employment Law
All Service Areas
- Capital University School of Law (1988)
- The Ohio State University, B.A. (1974)
- Federal - Northern District of Ohio
- Federal - Southern District of Ohio
- Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
- State - Ohio
- Ohio State Bar Association
Labor-Employment Board of Governors (Section Chair, 2008-2009 and Program Chair, 2007-2008); Labor & Employment Section
- Ohio State Bar Foundation
Fellows Class 2010
- Columbus Bar Association
Labor & Employment Section
- Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association (OHPELRA)
- Ohio Management Lawyers Association
Member since 2008; Steering Committee Member (2013-present)
- OSBA Annual Midwest Labor & Employment Conference
Program Chair (2007-2009); Planning Committee (2006-present)
- Recreation Unlimited
Board Member and HR Committee Member
- HandsOn Central Ohio
Pro Bono employment advice
- Center of Science and Industry (COSI)
Community Board Member (2014-present)
- Ohio State University Extension
Master Gardener Volunteer (2014-present)