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Laura E. Landenwich

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Louisville, KY

Adams • Landenwich • Walton PLLC
517 W. Ormsby Ave
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: 502-561-0085
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019
Licensed in Kentucky Since: 2007
Practice Areas: General Litigation, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor: Employee
Attorney Profile

Laura Landenwich practices law in Kentucky and Indiana and is a founding member of the Louisville firm Adams Landenwich Walton, PLLC. Laura received her Juris Doctor from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and her undergraduate degree in music and philosophy from Indiana University. She focuses her law practice on employment discrimination and civil rights litigation, representing clients who have been the victims of bigotry, ignorance, and the abuse of power. Laura argued the Kentucky marriage equality cases at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in August 2014, which later led to the landmark Supreme Court opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges. She has worked as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Kentucky, represented reproductive healthcare providers in their efforts to keep healthcare available to Kentucky women, and has successfully represented inmates in county jails who suffer inhumane conditions of confinement and other abuses.  Laura has been recognized by her peers as a Top Lawyer (Louisville Magazine) and a Super Lawyer for several consecutive years.

Practice Areas
  • 40%General Litigation
  • 30%Civil Rights
  • 30%Employment & Labor: Employee
Focus Areas

Litigation, Police Misconduct, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Sexual Harassment

Selections

3 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019

Articles about Laura E. Landenwich appearing in Super Lawyers

About Laura E. Landenwich

First Admitted: 2007, Kentucky

Professional Webpage: http://www.justiceky.com/attorneys/laura-landenwich/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board of Directors, MothersEsquire, Inc.
  • Louisville Bar Association Pro Bono Consortium, 2019
  • Volunteer coach, Highland Youth Recreation, 2019
  • Defended Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
  • Represented local abortion providers in various legal matters.
  • Board of Directors, Bluegrass Center for Autism
  • Lawlapalooza — Battle of the Bands to Benefit the Ellen B. Ewing Foundation
  • Board member, Louisville Bar Association

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • National Employment Lawyer Association
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Kentucky federal courts
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Kentucky
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • Kentucky Justice Association

Educational Background

  • Indiana University
  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, 2007

Representative Clients

  • Represented Kentucky couples seeking marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 (2015), 2015
  • Defended Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky from penalties imposed by Kentucky governor's administration for complying with directives from the previous administration on licensure requirements. , 2019
  • Represented Kentucky couples who were denied marriage licenses by a county clerk following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Miller v. Davis, 267 F. Supp. 3d 961, 974 (E.D. Ky. 2017), aff'd sub nom. Miller v. Caudill, 936 F.3d 442 (6th Cir. 2019), and aff'd sub nom. Miller v. Caudill, 936 F.3d 442 (6th Cir. 2019), 2019
  • Represented the estate of a man suffering from a medical emergency misidentified as intoxication who was killed while in custody of the Scott County, Indiana Sheriff. Locklear v. Herald, et al. 4:16-CV-85 (S.D.IN), 2017
  • Represented a Kentucky family defrauded by environmental consultants, a PCR lab, and their own attorneys. Hullette v. GZA Geoenvironmental, et al. No. 13-CI-00530, McCracken Circuit Court., 2017
  • Represented former pre-trial detainees in a class action against the Floyd County Indiana Sheriff related to the conditions of confinement. Gentry v. Floyd County, 313 F.R.D. 72 (2016)., 2017
  • Represented state government employee who was fired after participating in teachers' protests at the Kentucky Capital. Cooke v. Beavin, W.D.Ky. , 2019

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Gentry v. Floyd County, 313 F.R.D. 72 (2016)., 2016
  • Miller v. Davis, 267 F. Supp. 3d 961, 974 (E.D. Ky. 2017), aff'd sub nom. Miller v. Caudill, 936 F.3d 442 (6th Cir. 2019), and aff'd sub nom. Miller v. Caudill, 936 F.3d 442 (6th Cir. 2019), 2019
  • Ledford v. Eye Mart Family Vision Care, et. al., 2012
  • Obergefell v. Hodges, 192 L. Ed. 2d 609, 2015 U.S. LEXIS 4250 (2015), 2015

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Litigators spearheading the marriage equality cases filed in Kentucky and resolved by the United States Supreme Court recount the story of litigating on a big stage, Co-Author, The Lessons of Love: Kentucky Litigators Recount the Fight for Marriage Equality, Kentucky Bar Association Bench and Bar Magazine, 2016
  • Current status of federal and state protections for LGBT employees and insights for pursuing future claims., Presenter, LGBT Issues in the Workplace, Kentucky Employment Law Association, 2016
  • Overview of police liability claims, including intentional torts, negligence, and Civil Rights claims., Presenter, Police Liability Claims from Start to Finish, NBI, 2016
  • INTRODUCTION................................................................................................................ 2 § 1983’s Text................................................................................................................. 2 Elements of § 1983 Claim.......................................................................................... 2 § 1983 Contains No Substantive Provisions.......................................................... 3 Exhaustion of State Remedies Not Required........................................................ 3 Limitations Period For § 1983 Claims.................................................................... 3 Jurisdiction................................................................................................................... 4 UNDER COLOR OF STATE LAW.............................................................................. 8 Coextensive With Fourteenth Amendment’s “State Action” Req..................... 8 Tests To Determine When Private Actors Engaged In State            Action (no single test governs).................................................................................. 9 III.     § 1983 PLAINTIFFS..................................................................................................... 10 “Other Persons” Entitled To Bring § 1983 Claims............................................ 10 § 1983 DEFENDANTS — INDIVIDUALS.............................................................. 11 Official vs. Individual Capacity Generally.......................................................... 11 Who Are Suable “Persons” Under § 1983?........................................................... 12 Immunity Defenses To Individual Capacity Damages Claims....................... 13 § 1983 DEFENDANTS — STATE GOVERNMENT............................................. 20 Generally..................................................................................................................... 20 Text of Eleventh Amendment, U.S. Const......................................................... 20 § 1983 DEFENDANTS — MUNICIPALITIES....................................................... 22 Generally..................................................................................................................... 22 Municipality Liability / Defenses........................................................................... 23 VII.    ATTORNEYS’ FEES..................................................................................................... 25 Generally..................................................................................................................... 25 42 U.S.C. § 1988(b).................................................................................................... 26 Entitlement To Attorney Fee Award.................................................................... 26 Computation Of Fee Awards.................................................................................. 29, Presenter, Understanding the Basics of 42 U.S.C. 1983, ACLU of Kentucky, 2017

Honors/Awards

  • Chair, Human Rights Section, Section of the Year, Louisville Bar Association, 2019
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Office Location for Laura E. Landenwich

517 W. Ormsby Ave
Louisville, KY 40203

Phone: 502-561-0085

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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