S. Joseph Stephens, III


Joe’s practice primarily focuses on assisting client employers of all sizes with a wide range of labor and employment issues.  He has counseled employers on matters involving the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and employment contract law.

Joe has substantial experience defending employers against charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and similar state employment commissions, as well as matters in state and federal courts across the country. He also works closely with employers to ensure that problems do not reach litigation by consulting on appropriate methods to manage risk in the workplace.

Prior to joining the firm, Joe served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky for U.S. Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith. In those positions he gained experience researching and writing for matters before the court.

Joe received his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he also served as editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Journal.


  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law  (J.D., magna cum laude, 2015)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Indiana Law Journal, Vol. 90, editor-in-chief
  • The Ohio State University  (B.S., 2011)
    • Political Science
    • Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky