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Larry A. Sykes

Counsel to the Firm, Lexington

Larry is Counsel to the Firm in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1983. He is a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice. He has extensive experience with claims of race, age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, breach of covenants not-to-compete and whistleblower claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He also practices in areas of traditional labor law and is an Adjunct Professor of Labor Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Larry is BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for his many legal accomplishments. Recently, he represented a Fortune 500 company, Lexmark International, in an action to enforce a non-compete agreement against a company executive who breached his agreement by taking a position with a competing company, Hewlett Packard in California. He obtained a preliminary injunction against the former executive, and ultimately achieved a settlement that required the executive and Hewlett Packard to comply with the original agreement and pay $525,000 in compensation to Lexmark.

Larry is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar Associations. Active within the community, he has been a LYSA Coach, as well as a Poney Baseball Coach. In addition, he also served on the Lafayette High School Site Based Decision-Making Council for five years. Larry is married with three children and enjoys basketball during his free time.

University of Kentucky College of Law
1983, J.D.
Vanderbilt University
1975, B.A., cum laude
Fayette Circuit Court
Kentucky Court of Appeals
Kentucky Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States Supreme Court


  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," Lexington, Labor Law-Management, 2013
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, Employment Law-Individuals, Employment Law-Management, Labor and Employment Litigation, Labor Law-Management, Labor Law-Union


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Lafayette High School Site Based Decision-Making Council, 2003-2008
  • LYSA Coach
  • Poney Baseball Coach
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News Publications Seminars
"Brokering a Deal: Drafting Enforceable Non-Compete Agreements" 2008
"Riding the Wave of Change: Navigating the Currents of Developing Employment Law" 2007
"Kentucky Law Governing Employee Non-Compete Agreements" 2006
"Avoiding Retaliation Claims - A Primer for Kentucky Employers" 2006
"Sources of Wrongful Discharge Claims (2005) Preventing Harassment Claims" 2005
"Documenting Harassment and Discrimination Claims" 2005
"'The Common Law i... A Moving Stream': Recent Legal Developments Affecting Kentucky Employers" 2004
"Documenting ADA Claims" 2004
"Documenting Harassment and Discrimination Claims" 2004
"Sources of Wrongful Discharge Claims (2004) Arbitration in Employment Disputes" 2002
"Negligent Hiring/Retention" 2002
"Recent Developments Regarding the Direct Threat Defense Under the ADA (2002)
Americans with Disabilities Act: Issues Regarding the Definition of 'Qualified Individual with a Disability'"