Kathryn A. Quesenberry


Kathy Quesenberry is a Partner in the Labor and Employment Department. At a time when fewer than 5% of all cases go to trial, Kathy has tried nearly 20 cases to jury verdict, including three discrimination/harassment cases in the last three years, each of which resulted in defense verdicts. Kathy has successfully represented clients all around Kentucky, including jury trials in Jefferson, Fayette, Montgomery, Barren, Simpson, and other Kentucky counties, as well as in federal courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. On behalf of employers large and small, she defends employment lawsuits that include claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, hostile work environment and harassment, wage and hour, breach of contract, disability and Family and Medical Leave Act. In addition to her extensive trial record, she has successfully argued cases on appeal before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Kentucky Court of Appeals. She regularly provides advice and counsel to employers on personnel policies and procedures, employee discipline, and harassment investigations. Kathy develops training for managers and HR professionals on hiring, firing, FMLA, wage and hour laws, and a variety of employment-related topics. Her clients range from national and international corporations to smaller family-owned businesses.


  • Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville  (J.D., magna cum laude, 1990)
  • Vanderbilt University  (B.A., 1983)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Western District of Kentucky
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Southern District of Indiana


  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member; Past Chair of the Labor and Employment Section
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • ALFA International, Former Member of Board of Directors; Former Labor and Employment Practice Group Steering Committee
  • Louisville Metro Government Ethics Commission, Member 2003-2007; Chair 2007-2010
  • Louisville Police Administration Advisory Commission, Member and Chair, 1994-1999
  • Sacred Heart Schools Board of Trustees, Member
  • The Speed Art Museum Human Resources Committee Member


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Labor and Employment Law, Management and Litigation 
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Louisville for Litigation - Labor and Employment, by The Best Lawyers in America®, 2017 
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List for Labor and Employment
  • Selected as a Top 25 female attorney for the Kentucky Super Lawyers®
  • Listed in Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Labor & Employment 
  • Named among ‘Top Lawyers’ by Louisville Magazine since 2009
  • Honored as Outstanding Volunteer for Human Resources, 2002 by the American Red Cross, Louisville Area Chapter
  • Awarded the Mary Rudd Volunteer Service Award, 1996 by the Center for Women and Families
  • Named to the 2016 "Top Lawyers” list by Louisville Magazine