Faith C. Whittaker

Biography

A partner in the Employment, Labor and Benefits Department, Faith has experience guiding clients through issues that arise in the workplace. She handles employment-related litigation for her clients, who range from local businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

Understanding each client has different tolerances and objectives in dealing with employment matters, Faith is passionate about learning her client’s industry and gaining insight into their operations. While always prepared to vigorously proceed through litigation, she teams with her clients to conduct a thorough evaluation of the case, examining the risks and options before crafting a unique strategy that meets their needs. She works with in-house counsel and legal departments, as well human resources officials and company executives, in analyzing each matter and charting the best course toward a resolution. Faith handles litigation relating to all facets of employment law, including, but not limited to, discrimination claims, retaliation claims, wrongful discharge claims, class and collective actions, claims relating to background checks, wage and hour claims, noncompetition issues, and common law tort claims. She also handles wage/hour and exemption issues for clients and has extensive experience in negotiating settlements.

Faith understands labor and employment law is constantly evolving, and she teams with clients to offer proactive counsel, including conducting training programs and drafting employee policies and procedures to ensure compliance. Her experience with companies and organizations enables her to provide counsel that mitigates her client’s risk, while also allowing their business to effectively operate. She conducts training for her clients related to a variety of issues, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, The Fair Credit Reporting Act, and other state and federal employment statutes and regulations. Faith has experience litigating in several different jurisdictions, which helps strengthen her ability to guide clients in compliance with the law.

Education

  • Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law  (J.D., 2007)
    • Symposium Editor for Northern Kentucky Law Review
  • University of Dayton  (B.A., cum laude, 2004)
    • History

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Western District of Michigan
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • District of Colorado
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Cincinnati Bar Association, trustee
  • Young Lawyers Section of the CBA, executive board and chair.  Past vice-chair, secretary, chair-elect and social committee chair
  • CBA Labor & Employment Law Committee, chair and past secretary
  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation, past trustee
  • Arts Innovation Movement (fka ballet tech), past board member
  • Family Promise through St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, volunteer
  • Marjorie P Lee assisted living, past volunteer
  • Destiny Hope, past volunteer
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project, past volunteer
  • Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship, past volunteer
  • UC Economics Step-up, past volunteer
  • Dress for Success, past volunteer
  • Destiny Hospice, past volunteer
  • Chase College of Law Alumni Council, member

Distinctions

  • Selected as a 2014 YWCA Rising Star
  • 2016 Graduate of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (“CALL”) program
  • 2016 recipient of Outstanding Alumna of the Past Decade Award from Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law