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Debra H. Dawahare

Senior Counsel

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P 859-288-7617 F 859-259-0649

250 West Main Street
Suite 1600
Lexington, KY 40507

 

Debra Dawahare is member of the Firm's Labor & Employment Service Team.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and general litigation.  Ms. Dawahare regularly counsels employers with regard to other employment issues, such as handbooks, policies, hiring, discipline and discharge.

Debra H. Dawahare

Location

250 West Main Street
Suite 1600
Lexington, KY 40507

Representative Matters

  • Jury verdict in favor of Asbury College in breach of contract and defamation case.
  • Unanimous verdict in favor of Berea College in a sex discrimination case.
  • Summary judgment and published appellate decision in favor of Papa John's International, Inc. in a sex discrimination and retaliation case.
  • Summary judgment in favor of Green's Toyota in personal injury case alleging negligent repair.
  • Summary judgments or jury verdicts for defendants in numerous cases of sexual harassment, workers' compensation retaliation, disability discrimination, age discrimination and race discrimination.

Representative Clients

  • James River Coal Company
  • International Coal Group, Inc.
  • CMH of Kentucky, Inc.
  • 3M
  • AT&T
  • Berea College
  • Centre College
  • Asbury College
  • Sayre School
  • Alice Lloyd College
  • Georgetown College

Professional Experience

  • Co-counsel with the late Bert T. Combs in the landmark case of Rose v. Council for Better Education, in which the entire system of school finance in Kentucky was declared unconstitutional
  • Taught legal writing at the University of Kentucky for several years
  • Volunteer mediator at the Mediation Center of Central Kentucky

Honors

Best Lawyers Generic Honor LogoDebra Dawahare, SL

  • Best Lawyers® 2016 Lexington Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor & Employment, 2006-2014, 2016-2017
  • Recognized in Kentucky Super Lawyer® since 2007 and in the top 25 women attorneys in Kentucky, 2013
  • Chambers U.S.A.: America’s Leading Lawyers in the area of Labor & Employment since 2004.  Clients interviewed by Chambers USA describe Ms. Dawahare as "extremely professional," "top-notch" and "one of the top litigators in the region."
  • "AV" rated in Martindale-Hubbell

Education

1983 - J.D., University of Kentucky; Notes Editor, Kentucky Law Journal

1979 - M.A., University of Kentucky

1976 - B.A., Centre College

Presentations

  • "Knowing When You Need A Lawyer," co-presenter with Erin McMahon, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), Lexington, KY, August 19, 2014.

  • Regularly speaks on employment issues at bar association meetings and CLE seminars, as well as to civic groups

  • Provides workplace training for managers and employees

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Appointed to four-year term, the University of Kentucky College of Law Visiting Committee, 2011
  • Leadership Lexington, Class of 2000
  • Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2008
  • Fayette County and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • University of Kentucky College of Law's mentor program for women law students and other minority law students

Admissions

  • Kentucky State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Publications

  • "Supreme Court Considers Cases That Could Affect How You Do Business," Business Lexington, October 23, 2014.
  • Contributing Author to Legal Aspects of Horse Farm Operations (4th ed. 2014 published by the University of Kentucky College of Law, Office of Continuing Legal Education).
  • Contributing author to The Kentucky Unemployment Compensation Handbook (published by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 2006).
  • Author of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's booklet, Preventing Workplace Violence - A Guide for Kentucky Employers.
  • Organizing editor and a contributor to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's recent guideline to Unemployment Compensation in Kentucky.
  • University of Arkansas Law Review, Fall 2004, Public School Reform: Kentucky's Solution.

Interests

  • Travel, reading, horseback riding

Representative Matters

  • Jury verdict in favor of Asbury College in breach of contract and defamation case.
  • Unanimous verdict in favor of Berea College in a sex discrimination case.
  • Summary judgment and published appellate decision in favor of Papa John's International, Inc. in a sex discrimination and retaliation case.
  • Summary judgment in favor of Green's Toyota in personal injury case alleging negligent repair.
  • Summary judgments or jury verdicts for defendants in numerous cases of sexual harassment, workers' compensation retaliation, disability discrimination, age discrimination and race discrimination.

Representative Clients

  • James River Coal Company
  • International Coal Group, Inc.
  • CMH of Kentucky, Inc.
  • 3M
  • AT&T
  • Berea College
  • Centre College
  • Asbury College
  • Sayre School
  • Alice Lloyd College
  • Georgetown College

Professional Experience

  • Co-counsel with the late Bert T. Combs in the landmark case of Rose v. Council for Better Education, in which the entire system of school finance in Kentucky was declared unconstitutional
  • Taught legal writing at the University of Kentucky for several years
  • Volunteer mediator at the Mediation Center of Central Kentucky

Honors

Best Lawyers Generic Honor LogoDebra Dawahare, SL

  • Best Lawyers® 2016 Lexington Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Labor & Employment, 2006-2014, 2016-2017
  • Recognized in Kentucky Super Lawyer® since 2007 and in the top 25 women attorneys in Kentucky, 2013
  • Chambers U.S.A.: America’s Leading Lawyers in the area of Labor & Employment since 2004.  Clients interviewed by Chambers USA describe Ms. Dawahare as "extremely professional," "top-notch" and "one of the top litigators in the region."
  • "AV" rated in Martindale-Hubbell

Education

1983 - J.D., University of Kentucky; Notes Editor, Kentucky Law Journal

1979 - M.A., University of Kentucky

1976 - B.A., Centre College

Presentations

  • "Knowing When You Need A Lawyer," co-presenter with Erin McMahon, NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), Lexington, KY, August 19, 2014.

  • Regularly speaks on employment issues at bar association meetings and CLE seminars, as well as to civic groups

  • Provides workplace training for managers and employees

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Appointed to four-year term, the University of Kentucky College of Law Visiting Committee, 2011
  • Leadership Lexington, Class of 2000
  • Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2008
  • Fayette County and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • University of Kentucky College of Law's mentor program for women law students and other minority law students

Admissions

  • Kentucky State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Publications

  • "Supreme Court Considers Cases That Could Affect How You Do Business," Business Lexington, October 23, 2014.
  • Contributing Author to Legal Aspects of Horse Farm Operations (4th ed. 2014 published by the University of Kentucky College of Law, Office of Continuing Legal Education).
  • Contributing author to The Kentucky Unemployment Compensation Handbook (published by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce 2006).
  • Author of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's booklet, Preventing Workplace Violence - A Guide for Kentucky Employers.
  • Organizing editor and a contributor to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's recent guideline to Unemployment Compensation in Kentucky.
  • University of Arkansas Law Review, Fall 2004, Public School Reform: Kentucky's Solution.

Interests

  • Travel, reading, horseback riding
Debra H. Dawahare