Kathleen M.W. Schoen
Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Louisville, KY
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015
Kathleen M.W. Schoen is an attorney at Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC, in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Schoen practices in the areas of employment and labor law, alternative dispute resolution, business, commercial and general civil litigation, and administrative law, including disability claims. She represents both employers and employees in Louisville and the surrounding areas. She also serves as an arbitrator.
Ms. Schoen has over 15 years of legal experience. Over the course of her career, she has litigated complex matters involving breach of contract, collective bargaining agreements, discrimination, harassment, noncompete agreements, unlawful retaliation and wrongful termination. She also has experience with business law, advising and representing business clients in various legal matters.
An active member of the legal community, Ms. Schoen belongs to the Louisville Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She serves on the arbitration panel of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Labor Cabinet and volunteers with the Legal Aid Society.
Ms. Schoen graduated cum laude from John Carroll University with a bachelor’s degree in English and received a master’s degree in English from the same institution. She went on to earn her law degree from the University of Louisville School Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and a Society for Human Resource Management certification.
Ms. Schoen obtained her license to practice law in 2002. She is qualified to practice before all Kentucky state courts, the U.S. district courts for the western and eastern districts of Kentucky, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
- 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
- 50%Alternative Dispute Resolution
- 10%Administrative Law
- 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
- 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
- 10%Real Estate: Business
Arbitration, Mediation, Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Landlord/Tenant
- Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
- Rising Stars: 2015
About Kathleen M.W. Schoen
First Admitted: 2002, Kentucky
Professional Webpage: https://www.tilfordlaw.com/About/Kathleen-M-Schoen.shtml
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
- U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
- Kentucky, 2002
- Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Arbitration Panel, 2014 - Present
- American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator, 2014 - Present
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Public Arbitrator, 2015 - Present
- Louisville Bar Association, Member, Vice Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2002 - Present
- Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2002 - Present
- Vice-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Louisville Bar Association, 2016
- Member of Labor and Employment law sections of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association.
- Requests for Accommodation: Effectively Implementing the ADA's Interactive Process, American Bar Association - Employment & Labor Relations Law Newsletter, June, 2014
- Religious Discrimination Claims and the Rise: Requests for Religious Accommodation, Louisville Bar Briefs, May, 2014
- “The Need to Close Kentucky’s Revolving Door: Proposal for a Movement Towards a Socially Responsible Approach to Treatment and Commitment of the Mentally Ill,” 29 Northern Kentucky Law Review 189 (2002). “Disparate Treatment of Students in a Similar Class: The Constitutionality of Kentucky’s Method of Determining Residency Status for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes,” 40 Brandeis Law Journal 1037 (2002)., Author, Brandeis Law Journal, Northern Ky. Law Review, Law Journals, 2002
- “Disparate Treatment of Students in a Similar Class: The Constitutionality of Kentucky’s Method of Determining Residency Status for Admission and Tuition Assessment Purposes”, 40 Brandeis Law Journal 1037, 2002
- “The Need to Close Kentucky’s Revolving Door: Proposal for a Movement Towards a Socially Responsible Approach to Treatment and Commitment of the Mentally Ill”, 29 Northern Kentucky Law Review 189, 2002
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What Employers Need to Know, Sterling Education Services, 2014 - Present
- Article discussing the rise of religious discrimination claims, the EEOC's enforcement of Title VII with respect to religious discrimination, the employer's duty to accommodate employee's religious beliefs, and the ways in which an employer can (and is expected to) accommodate the employee's religious beliefs., Author, Religious Discrimination Claims on the Rise: Requests for Religious Accommodation, Louisville Bar Association's, Attorneys, Members Of Louisville Bar Association, 2014
Other Outstanding Achievements
- Serve as an Arbitrator on arbitration panels with the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA"), and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.
Pro bono/Community Service
- Member of Junior League of Louisville, an organization committed to promoting voluntarism, to developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
- Volunteer with the Legal Aid Society
- Trial verdict in favor of Defendant on Age Discrimination and Retaliation claims. Trial verdict in favor of Plaintiff on FMLA claims. Trial and mediation/arbitration experience in the field of employment law. Participated in settlement negotiations and settled several employment law cases.
- B.A., Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Major: English, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1997
- M.A., Master of Arts, Major: English, John Carroll University, 1999
- Selected by American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 40 Litigation Lawyers Under 40 in the State of Kentucky for 2013, 2014, and 2015. ASLA is an "invitation-only organization comprised of the nation's most skilled lawyers." ASLA limits its membership to no more than 2% of lawyers overall and invites lawyers "under age 40 who combine stellar legal credentials and show promising commitment to community engagement, leadership, and the highest professional standards.", Top Litigation Lawyers Under 40 in Kentucky, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015
- Top 40 Litigator Under 40, 2013 - 2015
- Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2015 - 2017
- Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), 2015
- Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) - certified by HR Certification Institute in January 2014. This certification covers Business Management & Strategy, Workforce Planning & Employment, Human Resource Development, Compensation & Benefits, Employee & Labor Relations, and Risk Management. "The Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification is recognized as a credential for those who have mastered the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management in the United States." SPHR certification signifies that individuals possess the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field., 2014
- American Arbitration Association
- Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution
Last Updated: 5/15/2022