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Labor & Employment — Kentucky


Fisher Phillips - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique with an excellent nationwide footprint offering strength in disputes arising from discrimination, retaliation, harassment and unfair dismissal allegations. Provides strong counsel on legislative compliance needs and is also recommended for its traditional labor practice. Displays particular strengths in the automotive and manufacturing industries.

Strengths Clients laud the team as "at the top of their game; they are very responsive, they have a deep bench and their advice is both practical and usable."

Clients also note the firm for its "impressive cadre of attorneys who excel at thinking outside the box and finding solutions to both ordinary and extraordinary legal problems."

Work highlights Represented five employees of General Dynamics who were enjoined from working for the company for violations of noncompete agreements they had with Trinity Services. The firm secured lifting of the injunctions and moved to dismiss the lawsuit in federal court.

Acted for Olameter corporation with regard to claims for disability discrimination and retaliation, and workers' compensation retaliation.

Notable practitioners

According to clients, Thomas Birchfield "promotes confidence in his clients, his expertise is obvious to all those who work with him. His no-nonsense approach to advisory work is a breath of fresh air." He has a strong reputation among peers and his practice includes advising on litigation prevention and representation in collective bargaining.

Cynthia Blevins Doll draws on significant experience of ADA compliance, trade secret and noncompete litigation in her representation of both employers and employees. She also handles discrimination and unfair dismissal disputes.

Raymond Haley has "the ability to look at issues from all angles, finding weaknesses where they are not obvious to most," reports a source. His practice focuses on traditional issues such as matters before the NLRB. Clients say: "If you are going into battle, you want Ray by your side."

Jeffrey Savarise acts solely on behalf of employers with a particular focus on issues in the automotive sector. Clients praise Savarise, saying: "In addition to being a strong technical lawyer, he has the ability to step back and consider all possible solutions."

Laurel Cornell focuses her practice on employment, acting on behalf of employers on issues around FMLA, wrongful termination and breach of contract. Clients say she is "great, efficient, detail oriented and extremely effective."

About the Team (content provided by Fisher Phillips)

Fisher Phillips attorneys are ready to help you take a stand: in court, with employees and unions, or with competitors. Fisher Phillips has the experience and resolve to back you up. That’s why some of the savviest employers come to the firm to handle their toughest labor and employment cases.

The firm has more than 350 attorneys in 33 offices. In addition to Louisville, the offices are in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Gulfport, Houston, Irvine, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Memphis, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

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Frost Brown Todd LLC - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Enjoys a strong reputation for its effective handling of labor matters including collective bargaining agreement negotiations and contentious NLRB engagements. Particular acumen in union relations and union avoidance work. Also recommended for its abilities assisting employers with the defense of racial, gender and disability discrimination claims as well as unfair competition disputes.

Strengths Clients report: "They are easy to work with and offer excellent counsel. The attorneys are responsive to our inquiries and possess an unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge in multiple areas."

"Their experience and knowledge regarding labor relations is vast," according to a client, who adds: "They are always very prompt in returning e-mails and phone calls; the team is very timely."

Work highlights Acted as counsel and spokesperson in labor negotiations following Noranda Aluminum's bankruptcy filing.

Advising Global Brass & Copper in labor negotiations with eight unions.

Notable practitioners

Richard Cleary ably represents employers in a range of matters including significant discrimination and wage and hour litigation. He also is "very well regarded by peers" for his experience handling collective bargaining matters.

James Cockrum advises clients, including unionized and nonunionized employers, on proceedings before the NLRB. He also acts for individual employees in discrimination claims.

John Lovett offers experienced advice on litigation prevention strategies and also counsels employers on union avoidance measures. He has expertise in labor relations matters and noncompete agreements. Sources say: "He is very knowledgeable, cordial and client friendly."

Patton Pelfrey works exclusively on behalf of management in matters such as ADA and age discrimination, as well as providing representation in arbitrations. Clients say: "He provides practical counsel and knows how to get results in a union negotiation. He knows what is achievable and what isn't."

Tony Coleman provides representation for management, his practice including matters relating to the NRLA, FLSA and RLA. He is noted by peers for his work with clients in the transportation and distribution sector. Sources commend his "substantial knowledge and experience."

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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Maintains its well-earned reputation for its proficient representation of employers in complex disputes arising from discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination allegations. Also provides strong guidance on union relations and regulatory compliance matters.

Notable practitioners

Donna Perry provides counsel to both employers and employees and has been noted by her peers for particular strength in employment litigation. She is particularly well known for her discrimination claim defense work. Her practice also includes witness preparation and pre-litigation investigation.

Kathryn Quesenberry has particular strength defending employers in discrimination and harassment claims. She also handles matters concerning disciplinary proceedings and internal workplace investigations. She is well known in the space for her excellent trial abilities.

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Littler Mendelson, PC - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialist firm with strong nationwide connections that earns plaudits for its considerable strength in complex and contentious employment matters. Seasoned representation for wage and hour class actions, retaliation accusations, discrimination allegations and union arbitrations. Demonstrates notable experience working with county governments.

Strengths Clients report that "the value for the money is outstanding, they are prompt in responding to requests and they provide sound legal counsel."

Work highlights Represented Maxim Healthcare Services in a lawsuit brought by a former licensed practical nurse who contended that her termination violated the Kentucky Patient Safety Act and she was not paid as required by the Kentucky Wage and Hour Act.

Notable practitioners

LaToi Mayo has experience working in the healthcare and public sectors on issues such as retaliation, general medical leave and hiring. Clients say: "She understands our business and works very well with our HR department and our operations in the field."

Associate Jay Inman exclusively represents employers, and according to clients "does good work and gives good direction based on case law." His practice encompasses harassment, class action defense and e-discovery.

About the Team (content provided by Littler Mendelson, PC)

Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, representing management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serving as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for more than 75 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing member entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms. For more information visit littler.com.



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Smith & Smith Attorneys - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique practice maintaining a formidable reputation for its traditional labor practice, with proficiency assisting in arbitrations, strike prevention and union avoidance matters.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Smith represents clients in a range of labor law matters including proceedings before the NLRB. He also manages collective bargaining agreements on behalf of a variety of employers.

James Smith is known by other practitioners as a strong figure in labor and employment law. He handles the full range of traditional labor matters, with particular experience in union avoidance.

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Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC - Labor & Employment Department

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What the team is known for Deep bench valued for its counsel on a broad range of matters including FMLA compliance, executive compensation and union prevention activities. Seasoned representation for contentious proceedings related to restrictive covenants, discrimination allegations and retaliation claims. Notable experience advising nonprofit and religious organizations.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for providing "very high-quality labor and employment counsel," adding: "Their advice is very pragmatic, practical and grounded in the latest legal principles and theories."

Clients also note the firm is "very accommodating, professional and customer driven."

Work highlights Defended Lowe’s Home Centers against allegations made by a former assistant store manager that he was discriminated against on the basis of his national origin and terminated as retaliation for filing a worker's compensation claim.

Represented Excel Mining against the plaintiff's claim that he had been discriminated against on the basis of his alleged disability.

Richard Griffith is described by clients as "an outstanding adviser: he is very knowledgeable and practical with great communication and client service." His practice is focused on the representation of employers and he demonstrates particular skill in discrimination and retaliation issues.

About the Team (content provided by Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC)

SKO’s Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice act as trusted advisors and effective advocates. We help employers through proactive counseling, employee training and cost-efficient litigation, including alternative dispute resolution. Services include:

•    Unlawful discrimination cases (Title VII, ADA, ADEA, Kentucky Civil Rights Act)
•    Restrictive covenant matters, including non-compete covenants
•    Employee disciplinary matters
•    Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)
•    Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
•    Lie detector and drug testing matters
•    Americans with Disabilities Act counseling and litigation
•    Family Medical Leave Act counseling and litigation
•    Employee handbook drafting/review
•    Employment contract and severance agreement drafting/review
•    Mass layoffs and WARN Act counseling and compliance
•    Unemployment insurance claims and appeals
•    National Labor Relations Board practice
•    Union avoidance/organizing and related counseling
•    Union strike/injunction litigation
•    Immigration matters
•    Employee benefits matters

We partner with HR professionals and company leaders to ensure objectives and strategies are aligned with your business and are responsive to needs without rushing to judgment.  In litigation, we take every opportunity to resolve a case in your favor without the cost of a trial. We are mindful of financial pressures and will work with you to customize solutions for your every need.

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Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP - Labor & Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Seasoned representation for education institutions and healthcare organizations, offering adept guidance for union relations matters including bargaining agreements, arbitrations and strike prevention actions. Noted for its assistance with employment litigation arising from discrimination and wrongful termination allegations. Also offers pre-litigation advice and training regarding employment policy.

Strengths Clients say that "they are responsive, efficient" and "have good technical expertise."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Signature Healthcare in relation to 22 EEOC claims.

Notable practitioners

Tyson Gorman is head of department and a key contact at the practice.

About the Team (content provided by Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP)

​Labor & Employment

Wyatt’s Labor and Employment lawyers have experience in resolving all manner of employment difficulties: hiring and firing decisions; labor relations; employee training; compliance issues; and suits filed by current and former employees.  Following are examples of the employment matters with which we regularly help our clients: employment practices liability; counseling and training; employment litigation; traditional labor matters; agency practice; and class and collective action defense. Our team also offers diversity services to provide counseling and advice to companies and organizations committed to attracting and retaining diverse employees and customers.  Additionally, Wyatt's Labor & Employment team includes the practice of immigration law which serves corporate, academic, institutional and individual clients.


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Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Cleary ably represents employers in a range of matters including significant discrimination and wage and hour litigation. He also is "very well regarded by peers" for his experience handling collective bargaining matters.

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Band 1

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

James Cockrum advises clients, including unionized and nonunionized employers, on proceedings before the NLRB. He also acts for individual employees in discrimination claims.

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Richard G Griffith

Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Griffith is described by clients as "an outstanding adviser: he is very knowledgeable and practical with great communication and client service." His practice is focused on the representation of employers and he demonstrates particular skill in discrimination and retaliation issues.

^ See whole ranking table

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Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Donna Perry provides counsel to both employers and employees and has been noted by her peers for particular strength in employment litigation. She is particularly well known for her discrimination claim defense work. Her practice also includes witness preparation and pre-litigation investigation.

^ See whole ranking table

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Kathryn A Quesenberry

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathryn Quesenberry has particular strength defending employers in discrimination and harassment claims. She also handles matters concerning disciplinary proceedings and internal workplace investigations. She is well known in the space for her excellent trial abilities.

^ See whole ranking table

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Smith & Smith Attorneys

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Smith represents clients in a range of labor law matters including proceedings before the NLRB. He also manages collective bargaining agreements on behalf of a variety of employers.

^ See whole ranking table

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James U Smith III

Smith & Smith Attorneys

From the Chambers USA guide

James Smith is known by other practitioners as a strong figure in labor and employment law. He handles the full range of traditional labor matters, with particular experience in union avoidance.

^ See whole ranking table

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Thomas J Birchfield

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

According to clients, Thomas Birchfield "promotes confidence in his clients, his expertise is obvious to all those who work with him. His no-nonsense approach to advisory work is a breath of fresh air." He has a strong reputation among peers and his practice includes advising on litigation prevention and representation in collective bargaining.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

John Lovett offers experienced advice on litigation prevention strategies and also counsels employers on union avoidance measures. He has expertise in labor relations matters and noncompete agreements. Sources say: "He is very knowledgeable, cordial and client friendly."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

LaToi Mayo has experience working in the healthcare and public sectors on issues such as retaliation, general medical leave and hiring. Clients say: "She understands our business and works very well with our HR department and our operations in the field."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Patton Pelfrey works exclusively on behalf of management in matters such as ADA and age discrimination, as well as providing representation in arbitrations. Clients say: "He provides practical counsel and knows how to get results in a union negotiation. He knows what is achievable and what isn't."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Frost Brown Todd LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Tony Coleman provides representation for management, his practice including matters relating to the NRLA, FLSA and RLA. He is noted by peers for his work with clients in the transportation and distribution sector. Sources commend his "substantial knowledge and experience."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Cynthia Blevins Doll

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Cynthia Blevins Doll draws on significant experience of ADA compliance, trade secret and noncompete litigation in her representation of both employers and employees. She also handles discrimination and unfair dismissal disputes.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Philip Eschels of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP represents employers in a wide range of matters, including work with noncompete covenants and other employment issues. He also counsels clients on litigation avoidance strategies and minimizing liability.

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Raymond Haley III

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Raymond Haley has "the ability to look at issues from all angles, finding weaknesses where they are not obvious to most," reports a source. His practice focuses on traditional issues such as matters before the NLRB. Clients say: "If you are going into battle, you want Ray by your side."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Jeffrey A Savarise

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Jeffrey Savarise acts solely on behalf of employers with a particular focus on issues in the automotive sector. Clients praise Savarise, saying: "In addition to being a strong technical lawyer, he has the ability to step back and consider all possible solutions."

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Fisher Phillips

From the Chambers USA guide

Laurel Cornell focuses her practice on employment, acting on behalf of employers on issues around FMLA, wrongful termination and breach of contract. Clients say she is "great, efficient, detail oriented and extremely effective."

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Middleton Reutlinger PSC

From the Chambers USA guide

Loren Prizant of Middleton Reutlinger PSC is an up-and-coming lawyer who is commended for his "extreme depth and breadth of legal knowledge and experience." He represents employers in wage and hour disputes and is skilled in handling workplace investigations.

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Associates to watch

Littler Mendelson, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Associate Jay Inman exclusively represents employers, and according to clients "does good work and gives good direction based on case law." His practice encompasses harassment, class action defense and e-discovery.

^ See whole ranking table