I focus my practice on assisting and defending employers in workers' compensation and employment law matters. I enjoy assisting clients with implementing proactive and effective strategies for handling day-to-day employment issues including disciplinary matters, terminations, investigations, and policy review as well as working with clients to develop and conduct in-house trainings on such topics as retaliation, harassment, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and wage and hour issues.
In addition to handling lawsuits, I regularly handle and respond to Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and Kentucky Commission on Human Rights charges, as well as unemployment matters, Department of Labor audits, and Kentucky and Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations or investigations. Since 1996, I have practiced in all state and federal courts in Kentucky and Indiana, handling a variety of employment litigation cases stemming from discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment, and retaliation claims.
I provide workers compensation advice and guidance to employers and insurance carriers on prelitigation matters such as compensability, settlement value, and independent medical examination (IME) referrals. Once in litigation, I defend claims before the Kentucky and Indiana workers' compensation Administrative Law Judges and Boards.
I am an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), primarily the Kentucky, Louisville, and Southern Indiana Chapters, and serves on the Board of Directors for Louisville SHRM as the Employee Labor Relations Chair. I am involved with other legal and professional organizations in her area, in addition to volunteering and serving on the Board of Directors and as the Board Chair for the Center for Women and Families.
|IN||Active In Good Standing||1996||10/12/2021|
|KY||Authorized to Practice Law||1996||10/04/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers in Employment Law||Best Lawyers in America®||2015|
|Indiana Super Lawyers Labor and Employment||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Best Lawyers in Employment Law||Best Lawyers in America®||2014|
|Indiana Super Lawyers Labor and Employment||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Best Lawyers Employment Law||Best Lawyers in America®||2013|
|Indiana Super Lawyers Labor and Employment||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Partner||Kightlinger & Gray, LLP||2010 - Present|
|Partner||Dinsmore & Shohl||2009 - 2010|
|Partner||Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, LLP||1996 - 2009|
|Louis D. Brandeis School of Law At The University of Louisville||J.D.||1996|
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