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Jeffrey A. Savarise

Partner, Louisville


Jeff Savarise is a partner in the Louisville office and chair of the firm's Automotive Manufacturing Practice Group. Jeff has served as Toyota Manufacturing’s national outside labor and employment counsel for over 20 years.

Jeff practices exclusively in the areas of labor and employment law on behalf of employers, where he handles cases in a number of state and federal jurisdictions. He also provides a variety of preventive maintenance and employment training programs especially geared to the automotive industry.

Jeff received the "Distinguished Alumni Award" given to alumni of the University of Akron Law School  who have demonstrated significant achievement in the field of law and have made significant contributions to their community.

Jeff is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in the Kentucky Super Lawyers list since 2007.

He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2003. Jeff was recognized as a Labor Law - Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for 2014.

Jeff was named to the 2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars, an exclusive group of attorneys singled out for client service excellence.


Reported Cases

  • Toyota Motor Mfg., Ky., Inc. v. Williams, 534 U.S. 184 (2002)
  • McKay v. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, 110 F.3d 369 (6th Cir. 1997)
  • Bauer v. Varity Dayton-Walther Corp., 118 F.3d 1109 (6th Cir. 1997)
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. v. Kelley, 2013 WL 6046079 (Ky. App. Nov. 15, 2013) — in which the Court agreed with Jeff’s novel argument that the text of the Kentucky Wages and Hours Act does not permit class actions, thus ending years of class action litigation under the Act.

Honors & Leadership

Professional Activities

Jeff is a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and American Bar Associations. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Community Activities

  • Member, University of Akron School of Law, Dean's Council (2002-present)
  • Spalding University Board of Overseers (2003-2004)


Seminars & Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

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