Faith C. Whittaker

Biography

Faith has experience guiding clients through issues that arise in the workplace. She serves as chair of the firm’s employment practice group and 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 clients' industries and gaining insight into their operations. While 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 as human resources officials and company executives, to analyze each matter and chart 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 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 clients' 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.

A respected leader within the firm, Faith serves on Dinsmore's Board of Directors, as Dinsmore’s social chair, as a member of the business development committee, is former chair of the firm’s United Way campaign, leader of the firm's COVID L&E task force, and the founder and chair of the Cincinnati Women’s Initiative.

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Cincinnati Ballet
    • Board of Trustees, member
    • Development Committee, chair
    • Executive Director Search Committee, member
    • Etoile member
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
    • Board of Trustees, member and secretary
    • Executive Committee, secretary
  • American Heart Association, Go Red for Women, Executive Leadership Team
  • Family Promise through St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, volunteer
  • Chase College of Law Alumni Council
  • Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) (2016 graduate)
  • WE Lead Cincinnati Chamber Leadership Program, graduate 
  • Cincinnati Chamber C-Change, graduate

Distinctions

  • YWCA Rising Star (2014)
  • Outstanding Alumna of the Past Decade Award from Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law (2016)
  • Cincy Leading Lawyer, Cincinnati Magazine (2021)
  • Leading Lawyers Power 100, Cincy Magazine (2021)