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John defends those who create jobs. Employers look to John to keep legal issues from adding unnecessary costs, distraction, or inefficiency to their workplaces.

John’s work focuses upon (1) helping employers avoid litigation; (2) keeping the workplace union-free; (3) managing existing union relationships; (4) prevailing if litigation is unavoidable; and (5) protecting employers from unfair competition from former employees.

John brings a pragmatic eye to an employer’s objectives in order to take the most direct, cost-effective route to achieving them. For example:

  • Avoiding litigation. Because plaintiff’s lawyers use a “no recovery/no fee” business model, John positions employment decisions so plaintiff’s counsel see challenging them as a “bad bet,” and the EEOC and other government agencies have little interest in them.
  • Unions. Unions can threaten the effectiveness of any workplace. Employers who face union organizing, negotiations, arbitrations, or contract interpretation need legal guidance steeped in labor law and the workplace dynamics unique to unions. John combines labor law knowledge with insight into the “workplace politics” that determine success or failure when facing a union.
  • Litigation. Realistic cost/benefit analysis, avoiding surprises, and a down-to-earth defense strategy characterize John’s litigation practice. Judges, juries, and government agencies lose sympathy for “sympathetic” plaintiffs when they see the burden they placed on co-workers. John empowers an employer’s factual and legal arguments by turning the focus from profits to protecting jobs and the day-to-day work life of solid employees.
  • Unfair competition. Information, business contacts, and goodwill are often a firm’s most important assets in today’s economy. Employers must entrust these assets to their employees. John uses a practical understanding of what will work to protect these assets.
  • Resources. John can rely upon a deep bench. John recently served a six-year term as Chair of the firm’s over 50-lawyer Labor and Employment Practice Group. These lawyers offer diverse expertise, backgrounds, price-points, and local knowledge. John knows them well.  Plus, John can call upon over 500 lawyers across the firm when a labor or employment issue touches on another legal field.

John and his wife, Melissa, have four adult daughters. John’s favorite diversion is commuting to work on his motorcycle.

John's Relevant Experience

Other Info About John


Law School

University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1981
Order of the Coif
Kentucky Law Journal, member of Staff

Undergraduate School

Indiana University, B.A., 1978


John served as a clerk for the court(s) and judge(s) below:

Law Clerk, United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 1981-1982

Bar Memberships

John is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Kentucky, 1981


John is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

United States Supreme Court

United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky


Local & National Recognition

Chambers USA, Labor & Employment, 2004-2021

Named one of the “Top 100 Labor Attorneys” in the U.S. by the Labor Relations Institute

The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, 1999-2022; Louisville Employment Law–Management “Lawyer of the Year,” 2017; Louisville Labor Law-Management “Lawyer of the Year,” 2018

AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®,  2007-2022

Member and former Chair, Labor Lawyers Advisory Committee, CUE: An Organization for Positive Employee Relations

Associated General Contractors of Kentucky (AGC), Kentucky Construction Industry Award for Excellence by an Associate Member, 1997

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Kentucky Bar Association

American Bar Association

Louisville Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association, Past Service on Judicial Evaluation Committee

American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section

American Employment Law Council, Charter Member

Labor Lawyer Advisory Committee, CUE:  An Organization for Positive Employee Relations

ABC Attorneys Council (Associated Builders & Contractors)

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