Elizabeth S. Muyskens
Member , Lexington KY
Elizabeth is a Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Lexington office and has been with the firm since 2008. She is co-practice leader of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice group and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Elizabeth is relied upon by clients as a trusted and responsive advisor. She counsels clients on workplace law issues, represents employers in administrative proceedings, and litigates matters when conflicts arise.
Elizabeth has been honored as a “Rising Star’ by Kentucky Super Lawyers® and named a “Leading Lawyer for Business” in her field by Chambers USA. Elizabeth is licensed in Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.
Prior to joining SKO, while pursuing her undergraduate degree, Elizabeth worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits: Elizabeth coordinates with in-house counsel, human resources professionals, and company leaders on employment agreements, internal investigations, personnel issues, and a range of other concerns. She also represents employers in administrative proceedings and effectively argues cases in Court.
University of Kentucky College of Law, 2008, J.D., summa cum laude
University of Kentucky, 2005, B.S., summa cum laude
PracticesLabor, Employment & Employee Benefits
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional & Community Activities
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Junior Achievement; Volunteer, 2011 – present
GleanKY, former Board member
Girls on the Run, former Board Member
United Way Get on Board; Graduate, 2011
The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law – Management, 2024
Kentucky Rising Stars® Honoree, 2015 – 2022
Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Labor & Employment, 2015 – 2016
Top Ranking Student in the Class
Order of the Coif
Dismissal of Complaints
SKO sought dismissal of two complaints against a theological seminary, arguing that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents the Court from considering the matter. More specifically, SKO argued that because of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses, courts do not have jurisdiction over claims arising from the employment relationship between a religious institution and its ministerial employees. The Court granted summary judgment for the Seminary, and the Kentucky Court of Appeals confirmed each judgment.
Breach of Employee Covenant
SKO filed suit on behalf of a relocation and executive housing provider to enforce the covenants in an employment agreement and to recover damages. A competitor hired a former employee of our client and conspired with the employee to steal business from our client by misappropriating trade secrets and improperly utilizing confidential information.
- Arbitration Update and a #METOO World, Association of Corporate Counsel, Speaker, 2019
- Drug and Alcohol Testing and Substance Abuse in the Workplace, co-presenter, KYSHRM Conference, 2017
- Women @ Work Conference, FLSA Update, 2016
- Special Employment Law Topics for Religiously Affiliated Employers, co-presenter, KYSHRM Conference, 2016
- Employment Law / Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today’s Handbooks, Kentucky Non-Profit Network, 2015
- Women @ Work Conference, 2015
- Drafting Must-Have Policies for Today’s Handbooks, NBI Seminar, 2015
- HR Boot Camp, 2015
- Other Employment Laws You Need to Know, NBI Seminar, 2014
- Wage and Hour Mistakes Supervisors and Managers Can’t Afford to Make, Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board Seminar, 2013
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