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Janet is chair of the firm's Partnership Board and a member in the Litigation Department. Her practice focuses on business and commercial litigation.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

  • Successful prosecution and defense of a variety of commercial, securities and RICO litigation, intellectual property, class action and arbitration matters involving the banking and insurance industry, brokerage firms, manufacturing, service and retail industries.


  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Litigation: General Commercial, 2004-2012, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Louisville Litigation - Intellectual Property "Lawyer of the Year", 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Louisville Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year", 2017
  • Recognized as a "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark Litigation, 2008, 2012, 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Benchmark: Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2016 and 2018
  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the area of Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Louisville Litigation – Banking & Finance "Lawyer of the Year", 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2006-2018, in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Litigation - Banking and Finance; Litigation - Intellectual Property; Litigation - Securities
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® in the field of Business Litigation, 2008-2018
  • Recognized as one of the “Top 25 Women Kentucky Super Lawyers” within the Kentucky Super Lawyers lists, 2008-2018
  • Recognized as one of the “Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers” within the Kentucky Super Lawyers lists, 2009-2017
  • Leadership Kentucky 2005 Selection Committee
  • Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2003
  • Certified Mediator, The International Center for Dispute Resolution & Leadership, 2002
  • Dean's Service Award, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Louisville Bar Association, Committee of the Year, Professional Responsibility


Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • President, Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court
  • Past President, Louisville Bar Association
  • Member, Kentucky Defense Trial Lawyers Association 
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Annual Convention Planning Committee, 2016
  • Kentucky Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Commission, Member, 2009-2012
  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Moderator of the Kentucky Bar Association Professionalism Program, 2001-03, 2005-07
  • Citizens for Better Judges, Member, Steering Committee
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member of the Ethics 2000 Committee (appointed by Kentucky Supreme Court)
  • Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, President, Executive Committee and Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Trial Commissioner (appointed by Kentucky Supreme Court)
  • Louisville Bar Association
    - President, 2008
    - President Elect, 2007 
    - Vice President, 2006
    - Secretary and Treasurer, 2005
  • Member of the 2004 and 2005 Campaign, Legal Aid
  • Kentucky Law Journal, Staff Member
  • Moot Court Board
  • The Woodcock Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi


Contributions & Published Works

  • "Why Kentucky's Statutes of Limitation Should Apply to Claims Raised in Arbitration," Kentucky Bench & Bar, March 2011
  • "Juries," Kentucky Civil Practice at Trial, 3d Edition Handbook, 2008 
  • "Practical Ethics Considerations for Your Practice," Louisville Bar Association, May 1999
  • The Executive Branch Code of Ethics," Election Law in Kentucky, 1995
  • "Survey Article-Domestic Relations," Vol. 70, Kentucky Law Journal, 1981-82




University of Louisville, B.A., 1979

University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1982

  • Kentucky, 1982

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2016

    U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2015

    U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2012

    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2002

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1997

    United States Tax Court, 1987

    U.S. Supreme Court, 1987

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1986

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1983

    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 1983
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