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Thomas J. Birchfield

Regional Managing Partner, Louisville


Tom Birchfield is the managing partner of the Louisville office, which he helped open for the firm in 2009. Tom has represented employers exclusively for over 30 years in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies throughout the nation.

Tom prides himself in being incredibly responsive to his clients’ needs and in offering them sage and practical business advice on a variety of issues. 

Tom assists employers with their employment practices liability prevention efforts by conducting training, counseling, and reviewing and revising employment policies.

Tom also handles all types of employment litigation, including trade secret and non-competition actions, and represents companies in collective bargaining, arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).



  • Successfully represented an automotive parts supplier with over 500 employees in a union organizing campaign.  The union withdrew its petition for election with the NLRB 48 hours prior to the election.
  • Represented a large automotive manufacturer for many years in the defense of over 30 unfair labor practice charges filed by the UAW. Also assisted this client in its union avoidance efforts.
  • Handled a Gissel bargaining order case for a large acute care hospital in a unit of 630 registered nurses which involved a 25 day administrative hearing and an appeal to the NLRB. The NLRB did not issue the bargaining order. (Audubon Regional Medical Center, 331 NLRB No. 42 (2000)).The case also involved a Section 10(j) injunction proceeding in which the NLRB's General Counsel petitioned a federal court to impose the bargaining order before the conclusion of the administrative hearing. Tom was one of the lead counsel on this matter and the request for injunctive relief was denied. (Ahearn v. Audubon Regional Medical Center, 937 F. Supp. 617 (W.D. Ky. 1996)).
  • Handled litigation matters for a large assisted living company throughout the United States and is very familiar with the issues facing this industry. Tom has represented numerous other clients in mediation and trials.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • AV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Kentucky Super Lawyer since 2007
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2011 – 2021)
  • Labor Attorney of the Year: Management in 2012, Louisville: Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News and World Reports
  • Labor Attorney of the Year: Management in 2018, Louisville: Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers

Professional Activities

  • Member, Indiana Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Kentucky Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky State Council Member, Society for Human Resources Management (1999-2006)



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "Update on Significant Legal Decisions" - 26th Annual Kentucky Chamber Human Resources Update
    May 2014
  • "Update on Significant Legal Decisions" - 24th Annual Kentucky Chamber Human Resources Update 
    June 2012
  • "Update on Significant Legal Decisions" - 23th Annual Kentucky Chamber Human Resources Update 
  • "Wellness Programs-All Well and Good? - Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Wellness Conference 
  • "Downsizing Staff-How to Reduce Liability" - 25th Annual Kentucky State SHRM Conference 
    September 2009


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