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I want to represent honest, hard-working individuals and families who have been damaged by the negligent or intentional wrongdoing of others.  My experience has mainly been in personal injury and accident cases, employment law including discrimination, whistleblower and wages and overtime cases, insurance claims and cases and Kentucky workers compensation cases.  Although Kentucky does not recognize any areas of legal specialty, I know these areas the best, they often overlap and interrrelate in a particular case and it is an advantage to have a lawyer who can cover all these bases.  I invite you to contact to visit my website and contact my office.

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  1. Unspecified: 55%
  2. Employment: 30%
  3. Criminal Defense: 15%

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NYCurrently registered 199003/07/2016
KYAuthorized to practice law198707/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Kentucky Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Kentucky Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Kentucky Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Kentucky Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Kentucky Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Kentucky Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerRobert Abell Law1991 - Present
Public DefenderLegal Aid Society of New York City1989 - 1991
AttorneyGreenebaum Doll & McDonald1987 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Kentucky Justice AssociationN/AN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Kentucky Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
James Wells v. Columbia Gas of KentuckyJury verdict awarding Client James Wells $165,377 in damages including $50,000 in punitive damages
Boyce Works v. LexTranJury verdict awarding damages including punitive damages totaling $215,000; Mr. Works was also reinstated to employment.
Melinda Massarone v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County GovernmentSettled for $150,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Robert Abell Law BlogThe Little Guys Win One in the Supreme Court; Class Actions Live2016
Robert Abell Law BlogGov. Bevin Bows to Insurance Companies2016
Robert Abell Law BlogADA - Telecommuting As A Reasonable Accommodation2016
Robert Abell Law BlogSexual Harassment and "Horseplay" in the Workplace2016
Robert Abell Law BlogDoes Retaliation Also Require Underlying Discrimination?2016
Robert Abell Law BlogOvertime for the Salaried Worker2016
Robert Abell Law BlogDisability Discrimination-Liver Transplant Patient Fired2016
Robert Abell Law BlogCaregiver Discrimination Suits on the Rise2016
Robert Abell Law BlogCan an Employee Waive the Right to Overtime Pay?2016
Robert Abell Law BlogCan a Fiscal Court Refuse the Jailer's Raises?2016
And Justice for AllQualified Immunity and the Sad Case of DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services2016
And Justice for AllRoberts Court Finds Another Way To Assist Rich2016
And Justice for AllDecline of Lawyers in Elected Office2016
And Justice for AllAlabama Censures Judge Who Threatened Poor Defendants with Jail Unless They Gave Blood2016
And Justice for AllClass Action by Individuals Put Back in Jail After Being Cleared of All Charges2016
And Justice for All"Fairyland" Damages and Samuel Johnson in the Sixth Circuit2016
And Justice for AllRough Day for a Lawyer at the Courthouse2016
And Justice for AllA Clear-Eyed Assessment of Justice Scalia2016
And Justice for AllBob Dylan as a Legal Authority2016
And Justice for AllCivil Suit Filings in Kentucky Continue to Plummet2016
And Justice for AllJudicial Independence & Review Under Attack in Kansas2016
And Justice for AllFederal Sentencing Reform Alive in the Senate2016
And Justice for AllRuling on Document Delivery Motions Not Delivering Documents2016
And Justice for AllWill the Supreme Court Halt the Continuing Criminalization of Politics2016
And Justice for AllJustice Delayed and Justice Denied; A Bronx Tale2016
And Justice for AllDoes an Employer's Ratification Require Explicit Affirmation or Endorsement?2016
And Justice for AllReport Finds Thousands Held in Federal Prison Beyond Release Date2016
And Justice for AllTrumpt and the Judge2016
And Justice for AllPresident Obama Commutes Sentences in 42 Federal Drug Cases2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogOvertime Claims under the FLSA; the Need for Judicial Approval of Settlements2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogRetaliation Claims Under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogBut For Causation and Retaliation Claims Under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogRetaliation Need Only Be A Factor Not the Only Factor to Violate the Kentucky Civil Rights Act2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogRetaliation, The Temporal Proximity Doctrine and an Employee's Continuing Complaints about Discrimination2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogEmployer Not Entitled to Employment-At-Will Jury Instruction in Retaliation Case2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogThe Business Judgement Instruction in Discrimination and Retaliation Cases2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogFront Pay in Discrimination Cases for the Younger Plantiff2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogCan an Employer Accused of Discrimination Limit Discovery?2016
Kentucky Employment Law BlogSixth Circuit Adopts "Reasonable Diligence" Standard in Overtime Cases2016
Robert Abell Law BlogTechnical Writers Seek Overtime2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogAn Employer Who Knows or Has Reason To Know That An Employee's Time Records Underreports Their Work Hours May Not Escape FLSA Liability Based on the Employee's Failure to Fully Report the Hours Worked2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogRetiree Benefits "Are Not A Form of Deferred Compensation" Supreme Court Rules, They Are ....2015
Kentucky Employment Law Blog"Professionalism" A Medical School's Academic Judgment, Sixth Circuit Rules Taking Away Medical School Diploma2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogStopping the Double-Cross: Equitable Estoppel and the FMLA2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogTemporal Proximity When the Employer Retaliates at the Earliest Opportunity, Although 15 Months Later2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogMore Than Six Months Between Protected Activity and Retaliation Does Not Preclude Causative Link, Sixth Circuit Again Emphasizes2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogKentucky Supreme Court Affirms ALJ's Finding of Psychological Impairment2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogDamages in Kentucky Wrongful Termination Suits2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogPolice Officers Bill of Rights Applies to All Complaints, Internal and Citizen, Kentucky Supreme Court Rules2015
... and Justice for AllWhat Happens When USDA Gives Up on Food Safety Inspections?2015
... and Justice for AllPunitive Damages Assessed for Corporate Wrongdoing are Deductible as "Ordinary Business Expense"2015
... and Justice for AllThat Ain't the Law: the Dilemma Posed by "Unpublished" Opinions2015
Robert Abell Law BlogManagers Dipping Into Tip Pool Alleged in Pat O'Brien's Suit2015
Robert Abell Law BlogNurses and Work Injuries2015
Robert Abell Law BlogWage Theft - 9 out of 10 Fast Food Workers Are Victims2015
Robert Abell Law BlogWhistleblower - Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Air Marshal2015
Robert Abell Law BlogTip Sharing & Set-Up Work at Issue in Hooters Suit2015
Robert Abell Law BlogNoncompete Agreements - Tech Companies to Pay $415 Million2015
Robert Abell Law BlogDiscrimination - EEOC Settlement Process in Supreme Court2015
... and Justice for AllJustice Scalia Criticizes Gay Rights Rulings at Georgetown Law School2015
Robert Abell Law BlogAssistant Managers Sue Jimmy John's for Overtime2015
... and Justice for AllRacism & Juries; Exclusion of African-Americans From Juries2015
Robert Abell Law BlogWhistleblower Retaliation - $97,000 Settlement for City Employee2015
www.RobertAbellLaw.comOvertime Case In the Supreme Court2015
Robert Abell Law Blog49ers Sued for Age Discrimination2015
Robert Abell LawLoopholes in Workers Comp Coverage2015
Robert Abell LawTenants Claim Sexual Harassment by Housing Authority2015
Robert Abell LawRetaliation & Discrimination - Proving Emotional Distress2015
Robert Abell LawCriminal Background Checks and Employment Discrimination2015
Robert Abell LawKentucky Whistleblower Act - City & Municipal Employees2015
Robert Abell LawNoncompete Agreements; Sen. Franken Proposes Some Relief2015
Robert Abell LawUnpaid Wages and Wage Theft2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogArbitration: The Right to an Unfair Trial2015
Kentucky Employment Law Blogthe Hazards and Perils of Noncompete Agreements2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogAge Discrimination; Does It Make a Difference If the Replacement Employee is "Temporary" Instead of "Permanent"?2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogDoes An Age Discrimination Plaintiff Have to Show That He Was Treated Less Favorably Than Someone Outside the Protected Class?2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogCan a Nondecisionmaker Provide Circumstantial Evidence of Discrimination Through a Lay Opinion?2015
Robert Abell LawEscort Drivers Overtime Suit2015
Robert Abell LawLogan's Roadhouse - Unlawful Use of Tip Credit and Unpaid Wages Suit filed by Server2015
Kentucky Employment Law BlogRetaliation - Is the Denial of Leave Proof of Retaliation?2015
Robert Abell Law BlogOutback Steakhouse Overtime Suit2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogHow Did Sex Discrimination Get Included in the Civil Rights Act?2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogThe Gender Wage Gap: An Infographic2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogLane v. Franks: Even Though It Would be A Crime, Supreme Court Rules that Public Employer Is Entitled to Qualified Immunity From Any Damages2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogNoncompete Agreements: Are They Proliferating for No Good Reason?2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogFalse Claims Act: Sixth Circuit Rejects Arbitration of Retaliation Claims2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogDoes a New Arbitration Agreement Apply to an Already Pending Lawsuit?2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogFMLA: A "Strong Presumption In Favor of Liquidated Damages" Says the Eighth Circuit2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogShift Supervisors and Overtime Pay2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogADA: How To Tell Whether a Job Function Is Essential2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogADA: An Employer's Good Faith Obligation2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogADA: Determining What Is an "Essential Function" Of a Job2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogPolitical Coercion in the Workplace - A Legacy of Citizens United2014
Robert Abell Law BlogField Techs Sue for Overtime2014
Robert Abell Law BlogBank of America Whistleblowers to Receive $57 & 56 Million2014
Robert Abell Law BlogPolice Officers Bill of Rights Applies to All Complaints2014
Robert Abell Law BlogWage Theft - $187 Million Verdict Against Walmart Upheld2014
Robert Abell Law BlogSexual Harassment by Housing Agents Alleged by DOJ2014
Robert Abell Law BlogToo Feminine for Police Work? a Twist to Sex Discrimination2014
Robert Abell Law BlogShift Supervisors File Overtime Suit2014
Robert Abell Law BlogFrat House Culture Alleged in Sex Discrimination Suit2014
Robert Abell Law BlogCall Center Employees Seek Overtime Pay2014
Robert Abell Law BlogWorking Off the Clock Overtime Suit Against Bank Settled2014
Kentucky Employment Law BlogPregnancy Discrimination: Who Is Similarly-Situated?2013
Kentucky Personnel BoardAppellant's Exceptions to Recommended Order2012
Kentucky Personnel BoardHearing Officer's Recommended Order: Adkins v Department of Corrections2012
Kentucky Employment Law BlogFamily Members and Others Closely Associated With Employee That Complains of Discrimination Are Protected From Retaliation, Supreme Court Rules Unanimously2011
Lexington Herald-LeaderTort Reformers Want Cruel Cure for Fictional Ill2010
Robert Abell LawHostile Work Environment and Racial Harassment2010
The Advocate (Kentucky Justice Association)The Executive, Administrative and Professional Exemptions to the Overtime Requirement2010
Kentucky Employment Law BlogKentucky Workers Compensation Retaliation: Punitive Damages and the Jural Rights Doctrine2010
Kentucky Employment Law BlogDouble Kentucky Workers Compensation Benefits Recoverable Where Employment Ends Due to Previous Work-Related Injuries2010
Kentucky Employment Law BlogWrongful Discharge in Kentucky: Pleading the Claim2010
Kentucky Employment Law BlogFree Speech Rights of Government and Public Employees: What are "Matters of Public Concern"?2010
Kentucky Employment Law Blog"Similarly Situated" Employees Need Not Have the Same Supervisor2010
Kentucky Employment Law BlogCausation in Retaliation Case Demonstrated by Encouragement of Supervisor With Knowledge of Protected Activity, Second Circuit Rules2010
Kentucky Employment Law BlogThe Cold Shoulder: Supervisors' Conduct Toward Employee That Complained of Discrimination As Proof of Retaliatory Intent2010
Kentucky Employment Law BlogRetaliation Verdict For Employee Fired Less Than Three Weeks After Complaining of Age Discrimination Upheld2010
Abell's Kentucky Law BlogSupreme Court Friendly To Corporate Interests, Study Shows2010
Abell's Kentucky Law BlogReprehensible Conduct and Punitive Damages: Judge Amul Thapar illustrates The Error by the Kentucky Court Of Appeals in the Trent DiGiurio Case2010
Abell's Kentucky Law BlogThe Trent DiGiurio Case: The Kentucky Court of Appeals Finds Constitutional Rights to Limit Punitive Damages Liability for Intentional Killing and Everything Else Too2010
Lexington Herald-LeaderAsk An Attorney Questions, Demand Straight Answers2009
The Advocate (Kentucky Justice Association)There You Again: Admissibility of Other Bad Act Evidence Under KRE 404(b)2009
The Advocate (Kentucky Justice Association)Injured Workers May Pursue Civil RICO Claim Based on Enterprise to Deny Them Workers' Compensation Benefits2009
The Advocate (Kentucky Justice Association)A Guide to Getting “Differential Diagnosis” Evidence Admitted2009
The Advocate (Kentucky Justice Association)“Exposing Deceptive Defense Doctors” by Dorothy Clam Sims, (book review)2009
Robert Abell LawThe Importance of Uninsured Motorist (UM) Coverage Shown Again2009
Robert Abell LawAre life insurance benefits payable where death results from accidentally running a stop sign? Since an ordinary person would characterize running a stop sign as an accident, life insurance benefits payable for an accidental death must be paid2009
Robert Abell LawNational Guardsman Wins USERRA Case2009
Robert Abell LawSexual Harassment - Hostile Work Environment Created By "Locker Room" Atmosphere2009
Robert Abell LawKentucky Consumer Guide To Buying Car Insurance2008
Lexington Herald-LeaderCongress Must Fix Inequitable Drug Sentences2005
Robert Abell Law - Brief to Kentucky Court of AppealsWorkers Compensation Retaliation, Abuse of Process & Malicious Prosecution2004
The Advocate (Kentucky Justice Association)Why Punitive Damages Are Recoverable for Employment Discrimination Under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act2001
Lexington Herald-LeaderLiability Suits Are Path to Justice2000
Robert Abell LawSexual Harassment in Housing1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of KentuckyHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Conference on Health Care Transparency and Patient AdvocacyRegulating and Reporting: Duties of the Cabinet and the Health-Care Employee2007
Employment LawHide & Seek: Discovery & Evidentiary Issues in Employment Litigation2001