Shane C. Sidebottom

Shane C. Sidebottom

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Covington, KY

Ziegler & Schneider PSC
 | 541 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 500
Covington, KY 41017-5710
Phone: 859-426-1300
Fax: 859-426-0222
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Immigration: Consumer (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (20%),
  • Family Law (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%),
  • Business Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Mr. Sidebottom maintains a diverse general practice in Kentucky and Ohio.  Mr. Sidebottom's practice emphasizes litigation as he frequently represents public and private employees on various employment issues.  However, Mr. Sidebottom has litigated many unique and  complex areas of law all the way through to successful Jury verdicts.  While he has achieved positive jury results at Trial, Mr. Sidebottom has built a reputation statewide in negotiating excellent settlements on behalf of his clients before the necessity of a Trial.  Mr. Sidebottom has been involved in many high profile cases that were reported in the media and he is on record for obtaining some of the highest settlements ever in Kentucky public employee disputes, particularly violations of the Kentucky Whistleblower Act.

    Some of the practice areas that Mr. Sidebottom handles frequently include Employment and Labor issues (both on behalf of employees and employers), Family law, and Small Business Representation/litigation.  He also has experience in Probate, US Immigration Law, and State Administrative law.

    Prior to becoming a member of Ziegler and Schneider, PSC, Mr. Sidebottom represented a local School Board for twelve years which gave him valuable insight on the interworking of a public body.  This vast background of legal experience has helped Mr. Sidebottom develop into an excellent problem solver focused on finding common sense solutions to his client's legal needs.  Mr. Sidebottom is also a Mediator and is listed on the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts approved Mediator roster.

    Mr. Sidebottom has been very active in the local professional and civic communities. Mr. Sidebottom frequently teaches CLE on topics that include Legal Ethics/Professionalism, Employment and Labor Law, and US immigration law.  Mr. Sidebottom has been an active supporter over the years of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association and served as its elected President in 2017. He also served two terms as a Commissioner on the Kentucky Supreme Court's Continuing Legal Education after receiving his Supreme Court appointment in 2009. In 2014, Mr. Sidebottom was appointed by the President of the Kentucky Bar Association to serve as Chair of CLE Programs for the Annual Bar Convention located in Covington, Kentucky.    

    About Shane Sidebottom

    Admitted: 2001, Kentucky

    Professional Webpage:


    • Annual Award issued for addiitional CLE attendance., Continuing Legal Education Award, Kentucky Bar Association, 2019
    • Recognition for time and commitment dedicated to the Northern Kentucky Bar Association., Volunteer of the Year , Northern Kentucky Bar Association, 2011

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Northern Kentucky University-Salmon P. Chase College of Law.Mediation Training: Theory & Techniques for the Advocate & Mediator. Forty hour certification course to meet Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) guidelines to be placed on active Court Mediator rosters., 2019
    • Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) Approved Mediator on the Court's Mediator roster., 2019

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, CLE Programs Chair, 2014
    • Northern Kentucky Bar Association, At-Large Board of Director, 2006
    • Kentucky Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Commission Shane was previously appointed by the Kentucky Supreme Court as the 6th Judicial District Representative of Kentucky Continuing Legal Education Commission.  The seven member Commission is responsible for the regulation and administration of all continuing legal education programs for Kentucky attorneys throughout the State., 2009
    • President- Northern Kentucky Bar Association, 2017

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • YMCA -Volunteer Coach for multiple sports, 2020
    • Northern Kentucky Volunteer Lawyers, Inc.- provides pro bono legal services for those who cannot afford such service., 2020

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Shane has been a featured speaker for CLE programs on the topics of Legal Ethics/Professionalism, Employment Law, the Kentucky Whistleblower Act, and US immigration Law., CLE-Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association/Northern Kentucky Bar Association, 2019
    • Featured Speaker on the topic:  Discrimination and Harassment, Featured Speaker, Human Resource Law From A to Z, National Business Institute, Law And Human Resources, 2020
    • Featured CLE speaker on the topic of: Arbitration Agreements in Kentucky, Featured CLE Speaker, 36th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute , Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Law And Human Resources, 2019
    • Featured speaker on the Topic:  How to Win a Settlement, Mediation and Trial, Featured CLE Speaker, Workplace Disputes: From Administrative Review to Trial, National Business Institute, Legal And Human Resources, 2019


    • Tackett v. Goble (Scott County).  Tackett, and two colleagues were fired after reporting the elected official for engaging in possible criminal activity and other office misfeasance.  Case was settled before trial.  Settlement amount $185,000.00., 2019
    • Zirbes v.  Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (Fayette)Ms. Zirbes was a veteran correctional officer who reported an employee on felony probation from accessing improper information on other inmates.  When Zirbes reported the issue to the Director, she was punished for reporting misconduct outside her chain of command.  Settlement immediately before Trial.$225,000.00., 2010
    • Ratliff v. Prestonburg City Utilities (Johnson County).  Ms Ratliff was a public agency employee who was terminated after reporting possible financial malfeaseance.  She filed a Kentucky Whistleblower Action for retaliation. Settled before Trial for $200,000.00., 2018
    • Hannan v. McCracken County Clerk (McCracken County)Ms.  Hannan was a twenty year veteran clerk who reported suspected tax billing fraud originating from the Clerk's office.  She was soon thereafter, chosen for a layoff.Settlement before Trial.$345,000.00., 2014
    • Moore v.  Cabinet for Health and Family Services (Kenton County).  Ms. Moore reported safety issues to management regarding the placement of small children in the Cabinet's care.  She was subsequently retaliated against for her report in violation of the Kentucky Whistleblower Act.  Litigation commenced and a settlement was reached before Trial.$380,000.00., 2007
    • Trotter v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (Fayette County) Ms. Trotter, a correctional officer, reported a Superior Officer for sexually harassing her in front of inmates which created an enhanced safety risk.  Jury Verdict in Trotter's favor. $60,000.00 for pain and suffering.$201,000.00 Statutory Attorney fee awarded., 2012
    • Heyman v. Public Protection Cab. (Franklin)  Ms. Heyman was a Supervising Attorney at the Agency who reported misconduct of employees that was occuring within the PPC and was subsequently terminated.  Specifically, employees were running personal businesses through the internet while on the clock and using their government offices to pack and ship their products, which included adult themed toys.  Heyman filed a whistleblower case which was tried over for four days with the parties reaching a settlement right as closing arguments were to begin.  Settlement value  $225,000.00, 2017
    • Garrett v. Louisville Metro Government (Jefferson County) Mr. Garrett was an employee of Metro government who used an Ethics tip line to report financinal fraud and taxpayer waste.  He was subsequently suspended.Settlement immediately before Trial. $315,000.00., 2012
    • Schworer v. City of Park Hills  (Kenton County) Chief Schworer was the first female police in Northern Kentucky's, if not Kentucky's history.  A few months into her tenure, the new Mayor terminated her after continuing to demean her because of her gender in front of her officers.  Testimony was obtained that he wanted a male Police Chief.Settlement days before Trial.$350,000.00., 2014

    Representative Clients:

    • Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue Team (Quasi Public Agency)-Board Attorney, 2020

    Educational Background:

    • Mediator- Salmon P. Chase College of Law Mediation Training (Family Law), 2019
    • Mediator- Salmon P. Chase College of Law Mediation Training (Civil Law), 2019

    Industry Groups

    • Employment Law
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    Office Location for Shane C. Sidebottom

    541 Buttermilk Pike
    Suite 500
    Covington, KY 41017-5710

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    Last Updated: 7/7/2020

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