D. Patton Pelfrey - Frost Brown Todd LLC

D. Patton Pelfrey

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1983
Phone: 502-568-0252

Pat is a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC and is the founding chair of the Firm’s labor and employment law department. His practice consists of labor law under the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Immigration Reform and Control Act and other federal and state statutory and common law issues involving employee relations and litigation (exclusively representing management).


Pat spends considerable time consulting with clients and engaging in preventive measures to avoid litigation, representing clients in both the private and public sectors.

His experience includes negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, handling union organizing campaigns and litigation of cases involving employee relations before the United States Supreme Court, various United States Circuit Courts of Appeal, Federal District Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, United States Department of Labor and various state and local agencies.

From 1968 to 1972 he served as a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in the Cincinnati, Ohio Regional Office. 

California State UniversityBA University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of LawJ.D.

Client Comments

"In addition to the excellent legal advice, we also found Pat and his colleagues willing to educate our team on the nuances of specific legal issues and/or processes. With this additional expertise and service we could minimize our legal expenses over the long term as we internalized the expertise. In my experience, Pat also provides practical guidance on strategy and tactics in order to make efficient business decisions, not just win at all costs. That said, we did not lose a labor arbitration in the decade plus period that Pat represented Nexans Energy USA Inc. and Nexans Magnet Wire USA Inc. While Pat is based in Louisville, KY I always had support from our business leaders to fly Pat to represent us at hearings in other jurisdictions. Pat always has delivered fantastic service, even when he should have been on vacation."

"Patton Pelfrey is not just a labor attorney but a friend to the corporation on all employee matters. He is very responsive. He listens first and then assists us with our needs."

-William Corum
Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives

"Patton Pelfrey without question has a very positive response time with and we have had excellent results."

-William Corum
Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives

"Mr. Pelfrey has been an outstanding resource for our labor and legal matters since we engaged Pat when we purchased two nursing facilities in northwest Ohio that had union representation. Pat guided our way through a unique provision in labor law which resulted in us not recognizing these union contracts, but fulfilling our obligation to meet with the union. Shortly thereafter, both facility union employees filed decertification petitions and were both successful by very wide margins. Pat has been most gracious in all matters as he has serviced Trilogy Health Service in a number of ongoing matters. Pat is very accessible and prompt in returning calls when requested. I know of only a couple of attorneys with Pat's skill and knowledge of labor matters. Without hesitation, I would recommend Pat to any other clients who may be in need of effective labor counsel."

-Philip Caldwell
Chief Operating Officer
Trilogy Health Services, LLC

"I have known Mr. Pelfrey since 1998 when he represented our company on labor relations issues in our Kentucky facility. His excellent service and support was the catalyst to engage Mr. Pelfrey on all of our U.S. labor and employee relations matters including union organizing, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, plant closures, restructuring, and all legal compliance issues. In addition to his guidance on strategy and tactics for complex issues, he also ensures we receive appropriate education, thus saving us legal costs for the future. Mr. Pelfrey has gone above and beyond by providing service on weekends and even during his vacation time. I continue to be impressed with his practical guidance, problem solving, and business acumen."

-Edward Faultless
Director, Operational HR, Employee & Labour Relations, North America

Office Location

400 West Market Street, Suite 3200
Louisville, KY 40202-3363
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment