Pamela S. Krivda

Partner / Chief Human Resource Officer Columbus


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.

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.

As Taft’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Pam has a senior role in human resources policies, procedures and initiatives. She is a member of the senior administrative team, advising on aspects of the human resources and employment law function.

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.


  • Most Powerful and Influential Women in Ohio Honoree, Ohio Diversity Council (2017)

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America (2011 - present)

  • Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers, Employment & Labor Law (2007 - present)

  • Top 25 Columbus Women Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers (2012 - 2014)

  • Top 50 Ohio Women Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers (2013 - 2014)

  • Top Columbus Lawyers Honoree, Columbus CEO (2015)

  • Board Certified Specialist, OSBA, Labor & Employment Law

All Service Areas


  • Capital University Law School (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

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association

    Member, Labor & Employment Section
    Former Section Chair, Labor-Employment Board of Governors (2008 - 2009)
    Former Program Chair, Labor-Employment Board of Governors (2007 - 2008)

  • Ohio State Bar Foundation

    Fellows, Class 2010

  • Columbus Bar Association

    Member, Labor & Employment Section

  • Ohio Public Employer Labor Relations Association (OHPELRA)

    Member (2011 - present)

  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association

    Member (2008 - present)
    Member, Steering Committee (2013 - present)

  • OSBA Annual Midwest Labor & Employment Conference

    Member, Planning Committee (2006 - present)
    Former Program Chair (2007 - 2009)

  • Women Lawyers of Franklin County


Community Involvement

  • Recreation Unlimited

    Board Member 
    Member, HR Committee

  • HandsOn Central Ohio

    Pro Bono Employment Advice

  • Center of Science and Industry (COSI)

    Community Board Member (2014 - present)

  • Ohio State University Extension

    Volunteer, Master Gardener (2014 - present)