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Kathleen M.W. Schoen

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Practice Areas:

  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Litigation


Kathleen Schoen is an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (Employment Panel), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. Ms. Schoen serves as Vice-Chair for the Louisville Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section.

Ms. Schoen's practice areas include labor & employment law, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, business/commercial litigation, general civil litigation, and administrative law, including disability claims.

Ms. Schoen has experience litigating a wide range of state and federal employment laws, including the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Kentucky Civil Rights Act, Wage and Hour Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, WARN Act and reductions in force, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). Ms. Schoen is experienced in wrongful termination, employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, collective bargaining agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, and non-compete matters. Ms. Schoen has represented the interests of both the employee and the employer at various times, resulting in a balanced perspective.

Ms. Schoen is experienced in litigating various business matters, including partnership disputes, breach of operating agreement, business dissolution, unfair competition, fraud, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with contract, and various other business torts.

Ms. Schoen has attained both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and the Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification.


  • University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D.
    • Honors: International Law Moot Court Team
  • John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: English
  • John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio
    • M.A., Master of Arts
    • Major: English

Bar Admission

  • Kentucky, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Published Works

  • “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
  • 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


  • Kentucky Super Lawyers, 2015-2017
  • Top 40 Litigator Under 40, 2013-2015

Classes & Seminars

  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: What Employers Need to Know, Sterling Education Services, 2014 to 2014

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Volunteer with the Legal Aid Society

Past Positions

  • Jefferson County Attorney's Office, Law Clerk, 2000 to 2001
  • John Carroll University, Graduate Assistant/English Instructor, 1997 to 1999

Professional Associations

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 2002 to Present
  • Louisville Bar Association, Member, Vice Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2002 to Present
  • American Arbitration Association, Abitrator, 2014 to Present
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Public Arbitrator, 2015 to Present
  • Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Arbitration Panel, 2014 to Present

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Senior Professional in Human resources, HR Certification Institute, 2014
  • Senior Certified Professional, Society for the Human Resource Management, 2015

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney
  • Arbitrator