Nelva J. Smith
Of Counsel
(614) 456-1656
Office: Columbus
J.D. Capital University
B.A. Capital University
Licensure: OH
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Nelva Smith practices in the area of labor and employment law.  Prior to receiving her Juris Doctorate, she was a legal assistant with Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP, and was a third party workers’ compensation claims adjuster.  Ms. Smith is experienced representing and defending employers against workers’ compensation claims and defending employers in OSHA matters throughout the United States, as well as charges filed with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Work Experience

2015 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2008-2015 Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP
2005-2008 Legal Assistant, Scott, Scriven & Wahoff LLP

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, “Medical Records Law in Workers’ Compensation Claims: Know What You Can Release,” January 2017

Presenter, “Finer Points of OSHA Recordkeeping and Recordability,” Ohio Chamber, October 2016

Presenter, “Department of Labor New Overtime Rules with OSHA Bonus,” St. Clairsville Chamber of Commerce, September 2016

Presenter, “Safety Incentive Programs Under 11(c) of the Federal OSH Act,” Ohio Chamber, September 2016

Presenter, “Hot Wage and Hour Issues,” OSBA, September 2016

Presenter, “The Ever-Changing Landscape of FLSA Wage & Hour Issues,” Sterling Education, September 2016

Presenter, “Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio – NLRB,” AICUO, June 2016

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

Presenter, “Train Your Supervisors and Managers About Your Ohio Workers’ Compensation Program,” Ohio Chamber, May 2016

Presenter, “OSHA Primer,” ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Midwinter Meeting, March 2016

“Are You In Compliance? Be Prepared! FLSA Rule Changes and OSHA Penalty Increases Will Happen in 2016,” Ohio Chamber, December 2015

Presenter, “The Million Dollar Question: Are They Independent Contractors or Employees? What the Fair Labor Standards Act Could Cost Your Company,” Ohio Chamber, November, 2015

Presenter, “Fair Labor Standards Act/Wage and Hour Critical Issues,” Sterling Education, September 2015

Moderator, “Combustible Dust: When is a hazard really a hazard? What is the real potential for explosion/deflagration?,” ABA Labor & Employment Law Section Midwinter Meeting, March 2014

Presenter, “Wage Issues for Workers’ Compensation,” 2011

Chapter Editor, Occupational Safety and Health Law Treatise, Third Edition

Key Experience

Participated as co-counsel in defending an employer against an OSHA citation before an Administrative Law Judge at an OSHRC hearing in Wisconsin
Participated and prepared for depositions in OSHA and FMLA cases
Investigated and prepared Position Statements for Ohio Department of Job and Family Services wage investigations

Memberships & Awards

Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Certified, OSHA 10 Hour General Industry