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Walter L. Sales

Walter L. Sales

Walter is among the attorneys at Stoll Keenon Ogden who have retired from the firm after many years of distinguished service. His successful career is testament to the broad-ranging depth of experience that drives SKO’s Legal Horsepower™. If you require assistance with matters relating to Business Torts, Business Litigation, Appellate, or Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits, we invite you to visit our Contact Us page.

Walter served as Stoll Keenon Ogden’s General Counsel and joined the firm’s Louisville office in 1984. He was also a Member of the Business Torts, Business Litigation, Appellate, and Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice groups.

As General Counsel, Walter represented the firm in dealing with its insurance carriers and in managing risks, which typically concerned conflicts and ethical issues affecting the practice of law.

Walter began his career as a labor and employment attorney. He represented employers in more than 50 union organizing drives and in countless cases before state and federal agencies. He defended employers against charges of sexual harassment, as well as age, race and sex discrimination claims.

Midway through his career, he expanded his practice to become an appellate and jury trial attorney. He represented clients in matters regarding commercial litigation, copyright infringement, insurance rehabilitation, public utility regulation, commercial and business torts, and elections. He also handled cases dealing with the First and 5th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

For his many legal accomplishments in state and federal courts across the nation, Walter was AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He was also recognized as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.

Walter L. Sales

Work Highlights

Civil Rights – Age Discrimination

SKO successfully defended a Fortune 500 company that was being sued in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky by a former employee alleging age discrimination.  The former employee claimed that the company violated the Kentucky Civil Rights Act when it selected him, and not a younger co-worker, for layoff during a company-wide reduction in force.  The plaintiff sought lost wages of more than $100,000, emotional distress damages of $1,300,000, and an award of attorney’s fees.  This case was noteworthy because it included so-called “direct evidence” of age discrimination: an audio recording that plaintiff had secretly made of his conversation with his supervisor, wherein the supervisor could be heard telling the plaintiff that he was being laid off because of his age.

After a four day trial in August 2014, a seven member jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the company, finding that the company had not engaged in unlawful discrimination.  SKO’s trial team won the case by proving to the jury that the company had a well-conceived plan for the reduction in force that was properly implemented, and that the plaintiff’s termination was actually motivated by his job performance, which did not compare favorably with the younger co-worker.  The Company also showed that the supervisor’s recorded statements about age were intended to avoid hurting the plaintiff’s feelings by telling him with the true reason for his layoff.

Insurance Companies Company Rehabilitation: Contested Settlement Agreement

Successful bench trial, resulting in approval of contested $5 million settlement agreement regarding an insurance company rehabilitation.

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 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.