Donna King Perry


Donna is a Partner in the Labor and Employment Department. She focuses her practice in the areas of labor, employment and general litigation. Her practice includes all aspects of pre-litigation investigation, evidence and witness preparation, trial and appellate work, and responding and participating in agency investigations, including the Departments of Labor and Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. In 2016 and 2017, Donna had three jury trials, each ending in a defense verdict. She has arbitrated dozens of union matters and presented cases before the National Labor Relations Board. She regularly represents boards of directors and their officers, provides counsel, coaching to executives and assists organizations with business strategies and growth plans. Donna provides training to management, supervisory and human resources personnel and is a regular speaker at continuing legal education seminars. Her clients include large and small for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, public utilities, healthcare organizations, colleges and universities.

Earlier in her career, Donna had the distinction of serving as the Managing Partner for Woodward, Hobson & Fulton L.L.P., which made her the first female Managing Partner of a major law firm in Kentucky.


  • Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville  (J.D., 1989)
  • University of Texas at Austin  (B.A., summa cum laude, 1986)
  • Georgetown College  (B.S., magna cum laude, 1981)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Foundation
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inns of Court
  • Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association
  • Leadership Louisville, Class of 2005
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville, Advisory Board Member
  • Louisville Bar Foundation, Board Member
  • Young Professionals Association of Louisville, Advisory Board
  • Louisville Society for Human Resource Managers, Legal Advisor to Board
  • University of Kentucky's Institute for Workplace Innovation, Advisory Board


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Labor and Employment Law, Management Litigation and Arbitration 
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List
  • Listed in Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment  
  • Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, 2007 Honoree
  • Business Woman of the Year, 2006
  • University of Louisville Distinguished Alumni, 2006
  • Named to the 2013 & 2016 "Top Lawyers” list by Louisville Magazine 
  • Included in 2014 edition of Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers