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Jeffrey A. Calabrese

Member, Louisville

Jeff is the practice leader for Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits group and serves as Chair of the Firm’s Personnel Committee. Jeff is relied upon by clients as a trusted, responsive, and down-to-earth advisor. He has substantial experience litigating in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies, and regularly provides clients with advice on difficult workplace issues and legal compliance matters.   Jeff also works closely with educational institutions, and has been certified as a Title IX Coordinator by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).

Jeff represents employers across a range of industries, particularly manufacturing, transportation, education and finance. His clients include employers of all types, from private business to government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits: Jeff regularly counsels employers on difficult workplace issues and is a sought-after speaker on employment law. While the services he provides cover a full range of employment areas, he has particular expertise with claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, FMLA/ADA leave and reasonable accommodation issues, and non-compete agreements.

Higher Education: Jeff has many years of experience advising public and private universities with respect to Title IX compliance, employment law, and other matters unique to faculty, students, and administrators of higher educational institutions.

Sports Law: Jeff applies his labor and employment experience to counsel one of the nation’s most successful collegiate athletics programs. He works with athletic directors, coaches and other staff, in offices and in courtrooms, helping them maintain their focus on the fields of competition.

University of Georgia
2003, J.D., magna cum laude
Emory University
2000, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
United States Supreme Court


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2015-present
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2019
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Disability Law, 2014, 2016
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  • American Bar Association, Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee, 2004-present
  • Louisville Bar Association: member, 2006-present; Board of Directors, 2010-2011; Communications Committee, 2007-2016; Labor and Employment Section Chair, 2009
  • Metro United Way, Board of Directors, Executive Committee, 2016-present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Lincoln Heritage Council Executive Board, 2018-present
  • St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, former senior warden, 2016; vestry member, 2014-2016
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Work Highlights

Breach of Contract

SKO represented an insurance company that was being sued in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky by a paper products manufacturer for breach of an insurance contract. The manufacturer alleged that it had proven a covered loss under an employee theft policy and the insurer...

Wrongful Termination

SKO represented a university that terminated one of its police officers after two episodes of misconduct that were detected through intradepartmental procedures. The employee appealed the termination through an internal appeal process, which concluded in a four-day de novo hearing before a...

News Publications Seminars
Getting Worker Classification Right, speaker, KYSHRM Conference, 2016
Disability Law Update, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce HR Update, speaker, 2013
Accommodation Without Surrender: Beyond the ADA Amendments Act,  Kentucky Chamber of Commerce HR Update, speaker, 2012
Disability Law Update: The EEOC Redefines 'Disabled',  Kentucky Chamber of Commerce HR Update, speaker, 2011
Kentucky Legal and Legislative Update,  CUPA-HR Kentucky/Tennessee Regional Meeting, speaker, 2011
Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Law Update, Carl Warns Labor & Employment Law Institute, speaker, 2009
Just (Cause) Around the Corner?, American Bar Association Employee Rights & Responsibilities Committee Midwinter Meeting, speaker, 2009
Strong Foundations Make Strong Cases, American Bar Association National Labor & Employment CLE Conference, speaker, 2008
Strong Foundations Make Strong Cases. American Bar Association National Labor & Employment CLE Conference, speaker, 2007
Lawsuit Risks for the Professional Firm, Association of Legal Administrators Regional Conference, speaker, 2006
Avoiding Retaliation Claims: A Primer for Kentucky Employers, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC 2006 Employment Law Seminar, speaker, 2006