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.
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 injunctive relief. The Jefferson Circuit Court granted the provider’s motion for a temporary injunction against the consultant under the Consulting Agreement, but denied the motion for a temporary injunction against the consultant under the Asset Purchase Agreement. Because the Asset Purchase Agreement provided greater injunctive protection, the provider filed an interlocutory appeal pursuant to CR 65.07. The Kentucky Court of Appeals agreed with the provider that the Jefferson Circuit Court had erred in denying injunctive relief under the Asset Purchase Agreement, and reversed the Jefferson Circuit Court’s decision on that issue. This was a notable decision because the standard of review for a party seeking interlocutory relief from a trial court’s decision to grant or deny a temporary injunction is a clear abuse of discretion.
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 Employment Opportunity Commission. After the EEOC found no wrongdoing, the plaintiff filed claims in the Pulaski Circuit Court. After three years of litigation, we obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims. SKO then successfully represented the company on appeal. The Kentucky Court of Appeals affirmed the Pulaski Circuit Court's order dismissing all claims and denied the Plaintiff's petition for a rehearing.