Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston is pleased to announce that firm member Kimberly L. Hall has successfully completed the examination process required by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) for certification as a specialist in Labor and Employment Law.
The certification process is rigorous. In order to earn the Labor and Employment Law certification, the attorney must (1) demonstrate that for each of the three years prior to application at least 35% of the applicant’s practice is devoted to Labor and Employment law; (2) provide a minimum of five references from attorneys already certified in Labor and Employment Law, sitting judges, magistrates or from an attorney that meets the “substantial involvement” requirement who are familiar with the applicant’s competency in the specialty; (3) pass a written examination; (4) provide satisfactory evidence of good standing with the Ohio Bar and evidence of liability coverage; and (5) complete a minimum of 36 hours of participation in continuing legal education in the area of Labor and Employment law within the prior three calendar years. Attorneys must undergo recertification every six years.
Hall is the chair of the firm’s Employment Law Practice Group and is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She focuses her practice on counseling employers in employment law matters and regularly assists employers in complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Hall is also experienced in defending employers in collective action/class action wage and hour lawsuits.
Hall has represented employers in state and federal court, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board. She also represents employers in OSHA and workers’ compensation matters.
Hall is deeply involved in a number of civic and community organizations in the Wooster, Wayne County, Ashland County, and Holmes County areas, often in a position of leadership. She is a prior member of the Board of Trustees of the Holmes County Economic Development Council and currently sits on the Board of the Heartland, Stark & Muskingum Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross. Her love of animals shines through in her role on the Board of Directors of the Wayne County Humane Society, to which she devotes many hours of her time. She is an advisor to the Ashland University Women in Leadership program and is a former board member of OneEighty, Inc.
Professionally, Hall is an active member of the American, Ohio, and Wayne County Bar Associations. In addition, she was previously a member and one-time President of the Holmes County Bar Association. Hall shares her knowledge of employment law in a number of ways, including as a speaker to a wide variety of professional and business organizations and through her writing. She has received recognition for her work in employment and labor law from two attorney rating services, having been selected as an “Ohio Rising Star” by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine (2022 and 2023) and a “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch” by Best Lawyers™ (2021 and 2023).
Hall earned her law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and her B.S. from the College of Wooster, where she graduated summa cum laude.