Matthew Lockaby

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Lexington, Kentucky

Lockaby PLLC
Matthew Lockaby
Lockaby PLLC

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation, Business Litigation; view more

Licensed in Kentucky since: 2006

Education: Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

Lockaby PLLC

476 E. High St.
Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40507 Visit website


Matt Lockaby is the founder and managing partner of Lockaby PLLC in Lexington, Kentucky. He focuses his practice on employment law, representing both employees and employers throughout Kentucky in nearly every aspect of workplace law; business litigation, representing plaintiffs and defendants in breach-of-contract actions, including those involving restrictive covenants; and estate planning for individuals and families.

Matt graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and earned his law degree, cum laude, from Northern Kentucky University-Chase College of Law. As a law student, he served as Executive Editor of the Northern Kentucky Law Review, mentored first-year law students, and worked as an extern for a former U.S Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Matt is admitted to practice in the state courts of Ohio and Kentucky, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Matt's accomplishments have earned the respect of his peers. He was recognized as a Kentucky Super Lawyer in 2022, as s Rising Star from 2013 to 2017, and the attorney peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell gave him its highest rating*, AV Preeminent.

Matt is a member of the American Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, and the Fayette County Bar Association. Having previously served as the chair, vice-chair, and secretary of the KBA's Labor and Employment Law Section, Matt regularly speaks on employment law topics at conferences and seminars for the Kentucky Bar Association and groups such as the National Business Institute. And he has authored a variety of articles for bar associations and other publications.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice areas

Employment & Labor: Employer, Employment Litigation: Defense, Business Litigation, Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Estate Planning & Probate, Personal Injury - General: Defense

Focus areas

Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Employment Law - Employer, Labor Law, Personal Injury - Defense, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination

  • 30% Employment & Labor: Employer
  • 20% Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 10% Business Litigation
  • 10% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10% Other

First Admitted: 2006, Kentucky

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Educational Background:
  • J.D., cum laude, NKU - Chase College of Law Executive Editor, Northern Kentucky Law Review, 2006
  • B.A., Centre College  , 2000
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, A Reminger Report regarding the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend.,, 2013
  • Author, A Reminger Report regarding the impact of the Supreme Court's opinion in Standard Fire Insurance Company v. Knowles,, 2013
  • Author, An article pushed in the Northern Kentucky Bar Association's Lex Loci publication regarding the impact of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in Spees v. James Marine, Inc.,, 2011
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Secretary and Vice-Chair, KBA Labor & Employment Law Section, 2018
  • Chair, KBA Labor & Employment Law Section, 2019
  • , Kentucky Bar Association Leadership Conference, Kentucky Bar Association, 2019
Industry Groups:
  • Employers
  • Food Services
  • General Contracting
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources
  • IT
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional

Office location for Matthew Lockaby

476 E. High St.
Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40507

Phone: 859-263-7884


3 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2017

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