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Blaine is a partner in the firm's Louisville office and a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Blaine advises clients on employment law matters arising under a broad range of state and federal laws affecting employers, advises employers on how to avoid litigation, and handles employment litigation issues from complaint through trial and appeal.  Blaine also works closely with clients’ human resources departments to assist in compliance with state and federal statutes, and to implement best HR practices. He has handled numerous labor arbitrations arising under collective bargaining agreements. Blaine has also assisted employers with handling Department of Labor investigations, responding to unfair labor practice charges, navigating legal issues that arise during collective bargaining negotiations, providing advice to employers on how to avoid labor disputes and unionization, and counseling employers concerning labor laws that may affect layoffs or the purchase or sale of a business.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

Statutes on which Blaine has provided advice to clients include, but are not limited to:
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; the Civil Rights Act of 1991; Sections 1981 through 1988 of Title 42 of the United States Code, as amended; the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (42 U.S.C. §1981); the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (42 U.S.C. §§1985 and 1986); the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985; the Fair Labor Standards Act (to the extent permitted by law); the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act; Age Discrimination in Employment Act, as amended (ADEA); the National Labor Relations Act; the Labor Management Relations Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978; the Rehabilitation Act of 1978; the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), as amended; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; the Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), as amended; Affordable Care Act (ACA); Dodd Frank Act; state and federal healthcare worker anti-retaliation laws, and state and local laws governing employment terms and conditions

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2018, in the fields of Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the area of Labor & Employment Law – Defense, 2016
  • University of Kentucky, Leatherman Scholarship and Academic Scholarship
  • Articles Editor, University of Kentucky College of Law Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law
  • Named Top Lawyers in Louisville in Employment Law 2014
  • Named SuperLawyers Rising Star 2014

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Chair, Louisville Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, 2013
  • Vice-Chair, Louisville Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, 2012

Media

Contributions & Published Works

Events

Presentations

  • Presenter, 19th Annual Beyond the Basics Employment Law Seminar, Sterling Education Services, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky, October 2010
  • Speaker, "FMLA Master Class 2010: Overcoming Compliance and Employee Leave Challenges"

Services

Industries

Brigham Young University, B.A., English, 2003
University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 2006
George Washington University Law School, LL.M., Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, with highest honors, 2009

  • Kentucky, 2006
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Portuguese
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