Kathleen A. Carnes


Kathleen Carnes is an attorney at Dinsmore and Shohl. Her practice includes all aspects of labor and employment law in defense of employers. Kathleen specializes in advising employers regarding compliance with Title VII, the National Labor Relations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other state and federal employment statutes and regulations. Prior to joining Dinsmore and Shohl, Kathleen worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, where she investigated and prosecuted unfair labor practices. She has also worked as the Director of Personnel for a large state agency/cabinet where she oversaw all aspects of human resources including internal and external investigations, compliance with harassment/discrimination policies as well as FMLA, ADA, FLSA, and in-training for supervisors and employees. Kathleen received her undergraduate degree from University of Louisville and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati where she was an executive member of the Moot Court Board. Kathleen practices in state and federal courts, as well as numerous agencies and commissions.


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law  (J.D., 2001)
    • Moot Court Executive Board Member; Order of the Barristers
  • University of Louisville  (B.A., cum laude, 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Southern District of Ohio
  • Northern District of Ohio


  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati, University of Louisville Alumni Association, Executive Board Member
  • Northern Kentucky Human Resource Association
  • Chase College of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2007
  • Northern Kentucky University Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, Director
  • United Way Leadership Council of Human Services Executives, Operations Committee


  • Selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List
  • Selected for the Ohio Rising Stars® List