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Thomas M. Williams

Member, Louisville

Tom is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogden's Louisville office. He serves as co-chair of the Arbitration & Mediation practice and is a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice.

Tom occupies a unique position in the community that enables him to counsel new and existing businesses as they explore whether B Corporation is appropriate for them. He also works with existing Public Benefit Corporations on various aspects of governance and compliance.

He has more than 20 years of labor and employment law experience. Since 2004, Tom has been recognized by Chambers USA as a "Leader in Kentucky" in the field of labor and employment law. According to that publication, he is considered by clients to be "an extremely professional lawyer who treats each of his clients as if they're number one." He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America®.

Since 2008, Tom has been recognized by Kentucky Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 attorneys in the state. In addition to his litigation practice, he is an employment law mediator and a frequent lecturer, trainer and writer on employment law topics.

Tom is past President of the Louisville Bar Association. Active within the community, he was a founding board member of Restorative Justice Louisville, Inc. and co-chair of Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville. Tom also served as the Board Chair for the Leadership Louisville Center in 2010. He is married to his wife Sarah, and has three children. He enjoys golf in his free time.

Education
University of Cincinnati College of Law
1990, J.D.
College of William Mary
1986, B.A.
Admissions
Indiana
Kentucky

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2015 - present
  • Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyer, 2017
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Labor & Employment, 2014-2017
  • Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Labor & Employment Law, 2012; Labor & Employment Law-Defense, 2013 and 2014
  • Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyer, Employment & Labor
  • "Louisville Peacemaker of the Year" Award, 2011 
  • University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Dean’s Service Award, 2009
  • Advanced a local ordinance naming "Thomas Merton Square" in downtown Louisville, 2008
  • "Spirit of Yes" Award from Leadership Louisville, 2003
  • Award for Professional Excellence, Louisville Society for Human Resources Management, 2002
  • Advanced congressional legislation creating an inscription at the Lincoln Memorial for Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, 2000. The inscription was dedicated on the 40th anniversary of the dream speech in August 2003.
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Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association, president, 2007
  • American Bar Association, member, Employment Rights and Responsibilities subcommittee, 1998-present
  • Louisville Society for Human Resources Management
  • Restorative Justice Louisville, Inc., founding board member
  • Partnership for a Compassionate Louisville, co-chair, 2011
  • Leadership Louisville "Connector," 2010
  • Leadership Kentucky, 2009
  • Leadership Louisville, board chair, 2009, programs chair, 2007-2008
  • Interfaith Paths to Peace, board member, 2008-present
  • Thomas Merton Institute, board member, 2008-present
  • Bingham Fellows, 2004 and 2018
  • Leadership Louisville, 2003
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Work Highlights

Violations of Agreements and Restrictive Covenants

SKO represented a provider of specialty patient care equipment that sued a consultant and its consulting business after an agreed upon Asset Purchase Agreement and Consulting Agreement’s restrictive covenants had been violated by the consultant. The provider sued for both monetary damages and...

Kentucky Civil Rights Act & Disability Discrimination

Successfully represented a company and one of its executives against claims by plaintiff for alleged disability discrimination, retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. SKO represented the company during investigations by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and Equal...

News Publications Seminars
June 16, 2016, June 21, 2016
Young Professionals Association of Louisville, Develop Series: The Key to Negotiations, PNC/Paycor Department of Labor Overtime Seminar
Fellowship of Reconciliation Monthly Luncheon, Compassionate City Initiative Update, Sept. 15, 2011
Leadership Louisville 2012 Class, Connector Project and Social Capital Update, Sept. 13, 2011
Annual Legal Update, Society for Human Resources Management, 2005 to 2008