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David O’Brien Suetholz

Location: Louisville, Kentucky


Phone: 502.636.4333

David Suetholz is a founding member of HSGLaW.  He concentrates his practice on labor and employment law, appellate practice and civil litigation. He has broad experience in representing working people and their unions in Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri. He previously served as the general counsel of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and was partially responsible for record-breaking wage recoveries for Kentucky workers. Additional legal accomplishments include victories at both the Kentucky Supreme Court in Workforce Development Cabinet v. Gaines (2008) and the U.S. Supreme Court in Thompson v. North American Stainless LP (2011), which changed the law for the entire country to more broadly protect people from retaliation under Title VII. Mr. Suetholz is a graduate of Villanova University, where he studied history and theology. He credits his theology background for his decision to attend Notre Dame Law School, where he earned his J.D., and ultimately become a Union-side labor attorney. After law school, he spent nine months at the Instituto de Idiomas in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to learn Spanish and assist immigrant workers. He served as the General Counsel of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet for nearly three years before returning to private practice in 2012. He is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

Areas of Practice

  • Union-side Labor
  • Employment
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Litigation


  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2003
  • Villanova University, B.A., 2000


  • English
  • Spanish

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2004
  • Indiana, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2004
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010


Representative Experience:

  • Helped expand Title VII retaliation protection in Thompson v. North American Stainless LP>
  • Won “whistleblower” case before the Kentucky Supreme Court in Workforce Development Cabinet v. Gaines>
  • Successfully defended arbitration victory for worker terminated “without just cause”
  • Routinely handles contact arbitrations for union clients
  • Champions the rights of immigrant workers
  • Assisted progressive senate campaign Booker for Kentucky in obtaining injunction to allow voters turned away in 2020 primary

Community Involvement

  • Board member, Doors to Hope, Sisters of Charity Nazareth, 2019 – present
  • Board member, Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Louisville, 2007 – 2009

Professional Honors and Activities


  • Lawyers Coordinating Committee, AFL-CIO, 2004
  • Kentucky Bar Association, 2004
  • Indiana State Bar Association, 2005
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Shelbyville, Kentucky chapter, 2018