He is responsible for creating binding legal precedent entitling employers to secure indemnity from other parties in harassment or retaliation cases. He has also established legal precedent holding that the claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress is preempted by statute. In a class discrimination case, he prevailed in challenging a claim brought by the federal government that women were categorically excluded from coal mining jobs.
For his many accomplishments, John has been distinguished with multiple local, state and national recognitions, including more than eight consecutive years of being listed in the Best Lawyers in America peer-review publication.
Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits: John’s extensive experience encompasses the full breadth of employment law, including traditional labor law, laims of harassment and retaliation, breach of contract disputes and enforcement of trade secrets.
Appellate: Once a trial court decision has been made, John is fully prepared to take cases to court at the state or federal level as necessary to obtain a satisfactory resolution. He has obtained favorable verdicts for both appellants and appellees.
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Best Lawyers in America , 2010-present
•Kentucky Super Lawyers , 2013-present
•Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, Labor & Employment Law, 2012; Labor & Employment Law - Defense, 2013 and 2014
•Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer for Business, Labor & Employment, 2014-2016
•Responsible for creating binding legal precedent entitling employers to secure indemnity from other parties in discrimination, harassment, or retaliation cases.
•Successful in preserving constitutional and statutory right of private membership clubs to select their own members without adverse tax consequences.
•Established legal precedent holding that claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress or outrage is preempted by statute.
•Prevailed in class discrimination case brought by federal government seeking to establish that women were categorically excluded from coal mining jobs.
•Succeeded in preventing ACLU and similar organizations from using courts to create judicial amendment expanding Civil Rights Acts beyond their terms.
•Established legal precedent recognizing civil rights act exemption for national veterans organization.
Breach of Contract
SKO represented an insurance company that was being sued in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky by a paper products manufacturer for breach of an insurance contract. The manufacturer alleged that it had proven a covered loss under an employee theft policy and the insurer...
Related Practices: Business Litigation , Appellate
Workers’ Compensation Retaliation
SKO represented a manufacturer and distributor of auto supplies that was sued for workers’ compensation retaliation under the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act, KRS Chapter 342. The United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky entered summary judgment in favor of the...
Related Practices: Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits , Business Litigation , Appellate
Breach of Contract, Fiduciary Duty & Trade Secrets Law
SKO represented four employees of an asset management firm employees who sought new employment at a bank and were sued by the asset firm to enjoin them from working for the bank. These employees were also sued for alleged breaches of contract, fiduciary duty, trade secrets law and for other...
Related Practices: Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits
Kentucky Super Lawyers Recognizes 52 Stoll Keenon Ogden Attorneys, Dec. 11, 2018
SKO Attorneys Recognized Among 2019 Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 15, 2018
SKO Attorneys Recognized Among Best Lawyers in America, Aug. 16, 2017
Five SKO Attorneys Recognized Among Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers, Nov. 18, 2016
Best Lawyers in America Chooses 61 SKO Attorneys for 2017 Publication, Aug. 30, 2016
30 SKO Attorneys Named “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine, Mar. 2, 2016
Chambers USA Recognizes 24 SKO Attorneys, Feb. 22, 2016
Lea Pauley Goff and Richard G. Griffith named among Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers, Nov. 30, 2015
EEOC finds current law prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, Nov. 2, 2015
SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2016, Aug. 17, 2015
28 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2015, Apr. 1, 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
33 SKO Attorneys Named “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine, Mar. 25, 2014
25 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2014, Mar. 12, 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
22 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2013, June 5, 2013
34 SKO Attorneys Names “Top Lawyer” by Louisville Magazine, Mar. 5, 2013
22 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Chambers USA 2013, Feb. 10, 2013
61 SKO Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2013, Sep. 7, 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
Stoll Keenon Ogden Announces New Attorney, John O. Sheller, Apr. 4, 2007
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
Advanced Employment Law: Confidently Tackle Advanced Employment Disputes, National Business Institute, 2016
Human Resource Management: How a Successful Workplace Can Lead to a Successful Business, Nonprofit Conference sponsored by the Kentucky Society of CPAs and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, 2011
Dealing with the Sexual Harassment Claim in Kentucky, National Education Network
Legal Issues Arising from Workforce Reductions, Lorman Education Services
Covenants Not To Compete, Lorman Education Services
Update on Employment Law and Litigation Strategies, Louisville Bar Association
Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Louisville
Litigating a Sexual Harassment Case, Louisville Bar Association
Employee Discharge and Documentation, Lorman Business Cente
•Louisville Bar Association
•Kentucky Bar Association
•Indiana Bar Association
•Texas Bar Association
•National Multiple Sclerosis Society, board member
•Louisville Metro Animal Services Spot Board, board member
•Disabled American Veterans, supporter
•Sunrise Children's Services, contributor
•Federalist Society, member
•Christian Legal Society, contributor/supporter