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Cynthia Blevins Doll

Partner, Louisville
t: 502.561.3988
f: 502.561.3991


Cynthia Blevins Doll has made responsiveness and client service a prime focus throughout her 27 years of practicing labor and employment law.  Dedication to defending and promoting the rights and interests of clients informs her approach to the cases she litigates and the advice and counsel she provides.

A partner in the Louisville, Cynthia represents employers in employment litigation of all types in the federal and state courts, and she counsels them on compliance with the law in such areas as Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), employment discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, wrongful termination, asbestos premises liability, wage and hour issues, reductions in force and sexual and racial harassment. Cynthia frequently litigates non-compete and trade secret disputes.

Cynthia also assists clients in their prevention efforts by conducting employee training and preparing handbooks and policies for the workplace. She assists employers and executives with negotiating employment and severance agreements.

Cynthia is a regular speaker on wage and hour law, discrimination, harassment, FMLA, ADA and other employment law topics.

She is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Kentucky Super Lawyers since 2007. Cynthia has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010 and named one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in the state of Kentucky by Law and Politics. She was also listed in the 2016 Best Lawyers Business Edition as a “Woman in the Law” in the Labor & Employment area and was identified as one of the “People to Know in Law” by Business First in 2018.

Cynthia is a member of the Fisher Phillips diversity committee and Women’s Initiative and Leadership Council, and has made promoting and encouraging women and minorities in the practice of law a personal mission.


Reported Cases

  • Charles v. Print Fulfillment Servs., 2015 WL 865325 and 2015 WL 5786817 (W.D. Ky. 2016) (granting summary judgment in favor of employer in claim of wrongful discharge and age discrimination and denying plaintiff’s motion to alter or amend).
  • Jack Matthews v. USI Ins. Servs., No. 2014-CA-001184 (Ky. Ct. App. 2014) (upholding injunctive relief in favor of client against former insurance executive based on covenant not to compete)
  • Keys v. Humana, Inc., 684 F.3d 605 (6th Cir. 2012) (12(b)(6) dismissal of race discrimination claim was improper, refining standards post Iqbal-Twombly)
  • Miller v. Administrative Office of the Courts, 361 S.W.3d 867 (Ky. 2012) (6th Circuit’s summary judgment did not preclude Plaintiff from pursuing her previously-filed state constitutional claim in state court)
  • Norris v. Premier Integrity Solutions, Inc. 641 F.3d 695 (6th Cir. 2011) (summary judgment upheld in plaintiff’s 42 U.S.C 1983 case alleging Kentucky’s system of drug testing arrestees violates the Fourth Amendment)
  • Capitol Specialty v. Industrial Electronics, 09-6368 (6th Cir. 2011) (coverage dispute in which coverage was denied)
  • Nathan v. Papa John’s International, Inc., 2011 WL 2173739 (W.D. Ky. 2011) (dismissing plaintiff’s national origin and race discrimination claims).
  • Wims v. Powell, 2010 WL 3190772 (E.D. Ky. 2010) (granting motion to dismiss claim of intentional infliction of emotional dismiss and upholding fraudulent joinder argument)
  • EEOC v. Staffing Solutions,. Inc., 2008 WL 1968315 (W.D. Ky. 2008) (granting motion to dismiss EEOC’s damage claims on behalf of two claimants for failing to disclose claims in bankruptcy proceeding)
  • General Electric v. Cain, 236 S.W.3d 579 (Ky. 2007) (summary judgment for premises defendant upheld and new law established by the Kentucky Supreme Court on asbestos premises liability cases)
  • Miller v. Administrative Office of the Courts, 448 F.3d 887 (6th Cir. 2006) (summary judgment for employer upheld on plaintiff’s 42 U.S.C. 1983 employment claims)
  • Babbs v. Minton, 2005 WL 635047 (Ky. 2005) (upholding disqualification of employee’s counsel for indirect contact with employer’s manager)
  • Huish Detergents v. Warren County, 214 F.3d 707 (6th Cir. 2000) (42 USC 1983 commerce clause case against government entity on behalf of my client, plaintiff company, reinstated by Sixth Circuit)
  • Welch v. American Publishing Co., 3 S.W.3d 724 (Ky. 1999) (upholding dismissal of defamation claims by public official against newspaper based on the 1st Amendment).
  • Stith v. Jefferson County Board of Education, No. 97-CA-1890 (Ky. Ct. App. 1998) (trial court judgment against employer and workers compensation carrier reversed on appeal)
  • Ibrahim v. Food Lion, Inc., No. 97-5343 (6th Cir. 1998) (affirming summary judgment for defendant in Title VII claim).
  • Jefferson County Board of Education v. Cowles, 982 S.W.2d 224 (Ky. Ct. App. 1998).
  • Hirschinger v. Allstate Ins. Co., 884 F. Supp. 317 (S.D. Ind. 1994) (striking jury demand in discrimination case).

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Named, Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year", Employment Law - Management (2021)
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2011 – 2021)
  • Listed in Chambers USA (2017 - present)
  • Listed in Kentucky Super Lawyers since 2007

Professional Activities

Cynthia serves as a member of the board of directors at the Louisville Bar Foundation. She was a member of the Kentucky Commission on Women for eight years and is a past chair of the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit. Cynthia served as an adjunct legal writing instructor at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and clerked for Sixth Circuit Judge Alan E. Norris after law school. She is a past member of the Louisville Bar Association Diversity Task Force and is a current member of Fisher Phillips Diversity Committee and Women's Initiative and Leadership Council.



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Opioids in the Workplace" - Kentuckiana Health Collaborative
  • Opioids and Medical Marijuana - Louisville SHRM
    July 10, 2018
  • “FMLA Leave Strategies That Tackle Abuse: Overcoming Leave Challenges While Maintaining Compliance” - Center for Competitive Management
  • "Trending Issues in Employment Law" - Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. 
  • "Nine in Ninety: Hot Topics in Employment Law" - Kentucky SHRM Annual Convention
    September 2015
  • "Same-Sex Marriage and Transgender Employees: What it All Means" - One Day, Many Solutions Seminar 
    May 2015
  • "Update on Labor and Employment and NLRB Developments" - Kentucky Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section
    April 2013
  • "Managing the Tangle Web of Leave Laws" - Kentucky SHRM Annual Convention
    September 2012
  • "The Tangled Web of Leave Laws" - Kentucky SHRM Statewide Convention 
    September 2011
  • "Significant Legal Developments" - Kentucky SHRM Statewide Convention 
    October 2010
  • "ADA Update and Overview" - Sterling Education Services – Louisville, KY 
    October 2009
  • Moderated, "Review of Kentucky Employment Law Cases"  - 26th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr. Labor and Employment Law Institute
    June 2009
  • "Caregiver Responsibility Discrimination" - Louisville Bar Association Labor and Employment Section's "Hot Topics in Employment Law" 
    May 2008
  • "Family and Medical Leave Act Update" - Carl A. Warns Labor and Employment Law Institute sponsored by the University of Louisville 
    June 2007
  • "Kentucky Case Law Update," - Carl A. Warns Labor and Employment Law Institute sponsored by the University of Louisville 
    June 2006
  • Moderated presentations on pension plans and ERISA reform - Carl A. Warns Labor and Employment Law Institute sponsored by the University of Louisville 
    June 2005


  • "DOJ Issues Guidance Regarding Services Animals"
    July 2015
  • "Kentucky’s New Data Breach Notification Law"
    July 2015
  • "Louisville Metro Minimum Wage Increase"
    June 2015

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