Kathleen M.W. Schoen

Kathleen M.W. Schoen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor 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:
  • Employment & Labor (40%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Administrative Law (10%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)


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Attorney Profile

I am an attorney with a focus on employment law and business litigation. I also serve as an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Assocation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA"), and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. As an Arbitrator, I conduct hearings, rule on motions, and issue findings of fact and conclusions of law for cases that are arbitrated rather than litigated in court. I have served as an arbitrator in cases involving the Fair Labor Standard Act ("FLSA"), Wage and Hour, discrimination and retaliation, hostile work environment, Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Kentucky Securities Act/"Blue Sky" law, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of NASD and NYSE rules, violation of SEC Rule 10b-5, neligence, and fraud.

My practice areas include a wide range of state and federal employment laws, including the FMLA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Kentucky Civil Rights Act, ADA, ERISA, WARN Act, Wage and Hour, FLSA, and Whistleblower. I have also successfully litigated several cases involving enforcement of non-competition ("non-compete") agreements, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business/employment-related claims.

I am also experienced in business & commercial litigation, including business dissolution, partnership disputes, breach of operating agreement, breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, fraud, Uniform Commercial Code, and various other commercial and corporate matters. 

I am also experienced in administrative law and in litigating claims before administrative law judges, including claims for social security disability benefits, workers' compensation benefits, and unemployment benefits.  

I represent clients in all phases of litigation, including trial and appeal, and have also successfully mediated and settled several cases.

About Kathleen Schoen

Admitted: 2002, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: http://www.tilfordlaw.com/index.php/attorneys/kathleen-mw-sc...


  • 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

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:

  • Vice-Chair of the Alernative 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.  

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 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 relgious 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 Assocation's, Attorneys, Members Of Louisville Bar Association, 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


  • 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 Assocation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA"), and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

Educational Background:

  • J.D. - University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. M.A. - John Carroll Univeristy B.A. - John Carroll University

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

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