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Phil is a partner and former co-chair of the Labor and Employment Department. He represents employers in defending against employment-related claims in both federal and state courts. He represents clients involving covenants not to compete and the protection of trade secrets. Phil also counsels employers and trains management personnel concerning a wide range of employment-related topics including harassment, how to prevent discrimination lawsuits and how to minimize potential liability when hiring, disciplining and firing employees.

Phil is an Associate Editor and Chapter Monitor of the first supplement to the Employment Discrimination Law resource book.

Career Highlights

Awards

  • Annually selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Labor & Employment
  • Selected as a ‘2014 Top Rated Lawyer in Litigation’ by Martindale-Hubbell™, in conjunction with American Lawyer Media
  • Selected as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment’ by Martindale-Hubbell™, in conjunction with American Lawyer Media
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2010-2018, in the fields Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Legal USA. Eschels was recognized in The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers from 2011-2013
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® in the field of Employment Litigation: Defense, 2007-2017
  • Recognized as one of the “Top 50 Kentucky Super Lawyers” within the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2012-2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisville Magazine’s 2014 “Top Lawyers” list in the field of Labor & Employment Law — Defense, 2011-2014

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association (Section of Labor and Employment)
  • Kentucky Bar Association (Co-Chair, Section of Labor and Employment, 1992)
  • Indiana Bar Association (Section of Labor and Employment)
  • American Bar Association (Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity, Section of Labor and Employment)
  • American Employment Law Council
  • Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Inc., 2007

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Leadership Louisville, Class of 1997
  • Bingham Fellows 2000
  • Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2001

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Louisville Bar Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Actors' Theatre of Louisville Board of Directors
  • Concordia Lutheran Church, Chairman of the Board of Elders
  • Assumption High School Board of Directors

Media

Contributions & Published Works

  • Cumulative Supplement, Employment Discrimination Law, Fifth Edition, B. Lindeman & P. Grossman, American Bar Association, Associate Editor, 2014
  • Cumulative Supplement, Employment Discrimination Law, Fifth Edition, B. Lindeman & P. Grossman, American Bar Association, Chapter Monitor, 2014
  • How to Avoid Legal Problems in Hiring and Firing in Kentucky, Co-Author, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2013
  • Cumulative Supplement, Employment Discrimination Law, Fourth Edition, B. Lindeman & P. Grossman, American Bar Association, Chapter Editor, October 2010
  • Bridgeport Employment Law Treatise, Co-Authored chapter on "Post-Trial Issues," March 2010
  • "Expanded FLMA Benefits Available to Military Families," Co-Author, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers’ The Goods, November 2009
  • Employment Discrimination Law, Fourth Edition, B. Lindemann & P. Grossman, American Bar Association, Chapter Editor, 2007
  • "Effective Post-Trial Motion Practice in Employment Cases," The Practical Litigator, July 2006
  • Kentucky Employment Law Letter, M. Lee Smith Publishers, Contributing Editor, 1990-2011
  • "Minding Your Company's Business: Strategies to Assist Human Resources in Limiting Liability and Bringing Value to the Bottom Line, Harassment and Discrimination - How to Minimize Your Liability in Today's Work Environment," M. Lee Smith's Managing Your Workforce in 2002, Presenter and Co-Author, October 7-8, 2002
  • Cumulative Supplement, Employment Discrimination Law, Third Edition, B. Lindeman & P. Grossman, American Bar Association, Chapter Editor, 2001
  • "Kentucky Legislative Update in Employment Law: 1992," Kentucky Hospitals Magazine, October 1992
  • Co-author, "Whistleblowers, Insubordination and Employee Rights of Free Speech," Personnel Law Update 1991, April 15, 1991
  • “Legal Implications of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace,” December 1989
  • “Overview of Labor Law,” Eastern Mineral Foundation, Special Institute on Miners' Rights and MSHA Discrimination Law, February 1989
  • “Legal Issues of Smoking in the Workplace,” 1987

Blog

News

Events

Presentations

  • Firm Harassment Training, Sept. 6, 2012
  • “Civility and Professionalism,” University of Louisville Labor Management Seminar, June 22, 2012
  • “Administrative Agency Tips and Trends and Guidance for Handling Electronic Discovery,” Louisville Bar Association Seminar, June 14, 2012
  • “Employers in Cyberspace,” SHRM, September 2011
  • “Recognizing and Preventing Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace,” Aug. 4, 2011
  • “Social Media,” Kentucky Clerks Association, April 2011
  • "Protecting the Company (and Yourself) from Liability for Harassment," Greater Louisville, Inc., January 2011
  • “Group Dynamics of Social Media,” Louisville Bar Association, 2011
  • Union Avoidance Seminar, 2011
  • “Professional Series: Social Media,” Better Business Bureau, Cincinnati, November 2010
  • "Trial Tactics," American Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Annual Meeting, Denver, Sept. 12, 2008
  • "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Aug. 9, 2005
  • “Workplace Harassment,” Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management Conference, September 2002
  • “Avoiding Employment Litigation from Disciplinary Actions, Terminations and Harassment,” SERC-NAHRO Annual Conference: Managing Your Workforce in 2002, June 18, 2002
  • “Human Resources in Cyberspace: Telecommunications, E-Mail Monitoring and Discovery Issues,” Four Rivers SHRM, Minding Your Company's Business: Strategies To Assist Human Resources in Limiting Liability and Bringing Value to the Bottom Line, March 15, 2002
  • “Avoiding Retaliation Claims,” American Bar Association EEO Basics Seminar, Louisville Bar Association, Dec. 13, 2000
  • “Harassment – It's Not Just Sex Anymore,” Paducah Area Employee Relations Association, April 27, 2000
  • “Hiring and Firing Without Fear,” Management Seminar, January 1993
  • “The Legal Aspects of Employee Discipline and Evaluation,” Southeastern Regional Council, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Nov. 16, 1992
  • “Avoiding Employment Litigation,” Southeastern Regional Council, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, Nov. 16, 1992
  • “Dealing with Unionization in Long Term Care in the Health Care Industry,” Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, Winter Annual Meeting, Nov. 10-11, 1992
  • “The Legal Aspects of Employee Discipline and Evaluation,” Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, Summer Annual Meeting, May 7, 1992
  • “Responding to Union Organizing Attempts in the Health Care Industry,” Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, Summer Annual Meeting, May 6, 1992
  • “Sexual Harassment: Protecting the Company (and Yourself) from Liability,” Management Seminar, January 1992
  • “The Americans with Disabilities Act,” KBA Workers Compensation Section, October 1991
  • “Labor Law Developments and Responding to Union Organizing Attempts in the Health Care Industry,” HFMA-Invest In Quality, August 1991
  • “Update in Labor and Employment Law,” Labor and Employment Law Section of the Louisville Bar Association, January 1991
  • “Legislative Update,” Kentucky Bank Personnel Administrators, Inc., Oct. 1, 1990
  • “Implementing Smoking Policies,” Green River Comprehensive Care Employment Issues Forum, April 14, 1989
  • Co-chair, “Using the Expert Witness in Employment Litigation,” KBA Labor and Employment Law Section Seminar, March 16, 1989

Services

Industries

Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois, B.A., 1974
Ball State University, M.A., 1977
Indiana University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1983

  • Indiana, 1984
    Kentucky, 1985
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1984
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 1985
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 1986
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1988
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