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Thomas M. Williams

Member, Louisville

A Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits since 1995, Tom serves as Co-Chair of the Arbitration & Mediation practice.

Tom has earned multiple distinctions for his professional accomplishments and community contributions. He is a past President of the Louisville Bar Association and has been recognized by Chambers USA as a “Leader in Kentucky.” According to the publication, he is “an extremely professional lawyer who treats each of his clients as if they’re number one.” was named Louisville Peacemaker of the Year by the Interfaith Paths to Peace.

Mediation: Tom mediates employment and contract matters with a hands-on approach that supports resolution of claims.  For this work, Tom has been recognized as a distinguished neutral.

Employment: With more than 30 years of experience, Tom helps employers handle difficult employment issues in a manner that meets their goals and minimizes the risks of litigation. He promises a quick and effective response to the most troubling employment situations.

Purpose Driven Businesses: As the founding board member of Canopy Certified, Tom occupies a unique position in the community that enables him to counsel new and existing businesses as they explore whether public benefit corporation status is appropriate for the needs and goals of community conscious business.

University of Cincinnati College of Law
1990, J.D.
College of William Mary
1986, B.A.


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Best Lawyers®, Lawyer of the Year, 2016, 2020
  • Best Lawyers®, Employment Law — Management, and Litigation — Labor and Employment, 2015-present
  • Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers®, 2017
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers® Honoree, 2007-2023
  • 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
  • "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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  • Louisville Bar Association, President, 2007
  • American Bar Association, Employment Rights and Responsibilities subcommittee, 1998-present
  • Louisville Society for Human Resources Management
  • Restorative Justice Louisville, Inc., Founding Board Member
  • Canopy, Inc., Board Chair, 2018-2019
  • Charter for Compassion, Board Member, 2017-2020, Executive Committee, 2018-2019
  • 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, 2018
  • Leadership Louisville, 2003
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News Publications Seminars

     Public Benefit Corporations
, 19th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, University
     of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law, Speaker, 2023

     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, 2011
Leadership Louisville 2012 Class, Connector Project and Social Capital Update, 2011
Annual Legal Update, Society for Human Resources Management, 2005 to 2008