Steve represents clients in many areas of the law, including driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), speeding and other traffic offenses, criminal defense, drug offenses, employment rights, civil rights, education law, unlawful discrimination, unemployment benefits, ERISA, debtor-creditor relations and foreclosure defense, divorce, child custody, child neglect, child abuse, paternity, contract claims, municipal law, open records and open meetings law, and appeals. Steve is a graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, and is admitted to practice in the state courts in Kentucky. He served as a law clerk and staff attorney for the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He is also licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and the Southern District of Indiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also a member of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.
Steve’s private practice experience includes representing individual employees, and labor organizations. He has represented major Taft-Hartley jointly trusted funds: pension, health and welfare, education and training apprenticeship trust funds and I have represented individuals who are seeking ERISA fund benefits. He has also represented Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 502 Health and Welfare Fund, the Local Unions No. 502 and 633 Pension Trust Benefit Funds, the Local Union No. 502 Education and Training Fund, and Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 502, in collection of moneys owed to the local and the several funds.
Steve has worked with more than three hundred individual clients and many labor organizations while he has been in private practice. He has represented clients in a wide range of matters - from those arising in small claims court, to state and federal appellate courts. Some of his clients have brought suit against large corporations and organizations, including some very large companies based in New York, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, and Kentucky. Steve has also represented several clients who live outside of Kentucky, including clients from California, Indiana, Kansas, Colorado, Michigan, Arizona, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.
Steve has represented municipal corporations for more than nine years, including Pewee Valley, Kingsley and Hurstbourne Acres. He is currently the city attorney for LaGrange, Kentucky. In doing so, he has been retained to represent those clients concerning open meetings law appeals and open records law appeals. Here is a sample of some of the published opinions concerning these matters:
In re: Kyle T. Hubbard/City of Pewee Valley, 01-ORD-222; In re: Stephen C. Emery/Office of the Mayor of the City of Shepherdsville, 02-ORD-69; In re: Stan Fitch/Pewee Valley City Council, 02-OMD-91; In re: The Oldham Era/Pewee Valley City Council, 02-OMD-93; In re: The Oldham Era/Pewee Valley City Council, 02-OMD-127; and In re: Teri and Keith Zipper/City of Kingsley, 05-ORD-079.
Steve has also represented clients in these other published cases:
Central Kentucky News-Journal v. George, 306 SW 3d 41 (Ky. 2010)
Medley v. Board of Educ., of Shelby County, 168 SW 3d 398 (Ky. App. 2004)
Meers v. Medley, 168 SW 3d 406 (Ky. App. 2005)
Springer v. Bullitt County Bd. of Educ., 196 SW 3d 528 (Ky. App. 2006)
Elliott v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 473 F. 3d 613 (6th Cir. 2006)
Crosby v. Rohm & Haas Co., 480 F. 3d 423 (6th Cir. 2007)
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