Kathleen M.W. Schoen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Louisville, KY

Tilford Dobbins & Schmidt, PLLC
 | 401 West Main Street, Suite 1400
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-584-1000
Fax: 502-584-2318
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (50%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Administrative Law (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    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.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 50%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 10%Real Estate: Business
    • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 10%Administrative Law
    Focus Areas

    Arbitration, Mediation, Landlord/Tenant, Employment Law - Employee, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2015

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    About Kathleen Schoen

    Admitted: 2002, Kentucky

    Professional Webpage: https://www.tilfordlaw.com/About/Kathleen-M-Schoen.shtml

    Honors/Awards:

    • 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

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • 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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • 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.

    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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • 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

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • 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.

    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.

    Educational Background:

    • 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

    Industry Groups

    • American Arbitration Association
    • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution
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    Office Location for Kathleen M.W. Schoen

    401 West Main Street
    Suite 1400
    Louisville, KY 40202

    Phone: 502-584-1000

    Fax: 502-584-2318

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