James Dotson Allen

James Dotson Allen: Attorney with Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Attorney Awards


Jim is a Member in Stoll Keenon Ogdens Lexington office and has been with the firm since 1990. He is a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practice. He focuses his practice on representing and advising employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. Jim has successfully litigated employment matters, including class actions, and regularly represents employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He counsels employers in a wide variety of employment matters, including OSHA, FMLA, ADA, reductions in force and wage/hour matters.

Additionally, Jim is familiar with Kentucky’s Public Benefit Corporation statute and helps clients determine if B Corp status is right for their organizations.

Jim is listed in The Best Lawyers in Americaand honored as a Kentucky Super Lawyer for Labor and Employment Law. He defended the Kentucky Retirement Systems in a claim brought against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging age discrimination in the state's retirement plan. The case, which was litigated for 12 years, was heard by the United States Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of KRS. The result saved the state system approximately $70 million.

Jim is a member of the Fayette County, Kentucky and American Bar associations. He is also a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association. To give back to the community, he served as director of Members Heritage Federal Credit Union and served on its supervisory committee for a number of years.


•Best Lawyers in America , Lawyer of the Year, 2016
•Best Lawyers in America , 2010-present
•Kentucky Super Lawyer, Employment & Labor
•Northern Kentucky Law Review
•Research Assistant to Professor Edward P. Goggin
•Edited Chapters of Elkouri & Elkouri, How Arbitration Works
•Order of the Curia


SKO Attorneys Recognized Among 2019 Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 15, 2018

SKO Attorneys Recognized Among Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 16, 2017

Becoming a B Corp Benefits More Than the Greater Community, June 28, 2017

Best Lawyers in America Chooses 61 SKO Attorneys for 2017 Publication, Aug. 30, 2016

Lea Pauley Goff and Richard G. Griffith named among Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers, Nov. 30, 2015

SKO Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers , Aug. 17, 2015

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2016, Aug. 17, 2015

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 57 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, Nov. 24, 2014

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2015, Aug. 18, 2014

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 42 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, Nov. 26, 2013

SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2014, Aug. 19, 2013

61 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2013, Sep. 7, 2012

Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 31 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, July 20, 2012

53 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2012, Sep. 6, 2011

53 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2011, Aug. 6, 2010

49 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 6, 2009


Kentucky Employers Can’t Enforce Arbitration Agreements Required for Employment, Oct. 18, 2018

New NLRB rulemaking may change the joint-employer standard, Oct. 4, 2018

In Landmark Decision, U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Union Fees, July 19, 2018

Five Reasons to Contact Your Labor and Employment Lawyer Now, Jan. 11, 2018

The Loan Zone: Curing Late Payments on Loans From Qualified Employer Retirement Plans, Nov. 29, 2017

Labor Secretary Confirms June 9, 2017, Effective Date for Investment Advice Conflict of Interest Rule, June 2, 2017

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?, May 17, 2017

U.S. Department of Labor to review investment advice conflict of interest rule, Mar. 24, 2017

Federal Court Blocks New Overtime Regulation, Nov. 23, 2016

Kentucky Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Minimum Wage Ordinance, Oct. 24, 2016

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Business Litigation
  • Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits
  • Public Benefit Corporation Services

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
859-309-5447  Phone
859.231.3081  Phone
859.246.3681  Fax
University Attended:
University of Kentucky, B.B.A., High Distinction and Departmental Honors in Business Administration, 1986
Law School Attended:
Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Curia, 1990
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky; 1990, Kentucky; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit


•American Bar Association
•Kentucky Bar Association
•Fayette County Bar Association
•Members Heritage Federal Credit Union, director
•Members Heritage Federal Credit Union, member, Supervisory Committee

Birth Information:
Prestonsburg, Kentucky, May 14, 1964

Peer Reviews

Lexington, Kentucky

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