As SKO’s General Counsel, Walter represents the firm in dealing with its insurance carriers and its risk management, including dealing with conflicts and ethical issues affecting the practice of law. Walter still maintains an active private practice dealing with a variety of litigation issues.
Walter began his practice as a labor and employment attorney more than 40 years ago. He has represented employers in over 50 union organizing drives and in countless cases before state and federal agencies regulating employment. Walter has represented employers in jury trials involving sexual harassment claims, and age, race and sex discrimination claims in federal and state courts throughout the nation. Over his career Walter expanded his practice to become an accomplished appellate and jury trial lawyer, with cases regarding commercial litigation, copyright infringement, insurance rehabilitation, public utility regulation, commercial and business tort matters, election cases and cases dealing with the First and Fifth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Because of the precipitous decline in the penetration of labor unions in the private sector work force, few younger lawyers have an opportunity to do traditional labor work before the National Labor Relations Board. Accordingly, I am the lawyer at SKO with the most experience in resisting union organizing drives.
Most recently, I successfully represented the employer performing the drywall installation on Louisville’s Omni Hotel project in resisting an organizing drive by the Carpenters Union.
Other highlights from my career include the following:
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...
Successful bench trial, resulting in approval of contested $5 million settlement agreement regarding an insurance company rehabilitation.
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...